We all know what a string trimmer is, they can also be known as weed whackers or weed eaters too. A string trimmer is used for trimming parts of a lawn, doing the edges nicely to get that neat and manicured look, and for cutting bushes too. They are really handy because they are light and portable, quick and easy to use, and best of all they can do more than a lawn mower not to mention that they are far more versatile too!
Not only can they do that but a string trimmer can usually also convert into other machines such as a leaf blower, lawn edger, hedge clipper, a chainsaw, and a plant pruner too. The problem is that the string trimmer and most of the other tools aside from the leaf blower can cause some serious injury to people when mishandled.
A weed eater is a pretty handy tool but if things go wrong that can go pretty wrong indeed and that is why we are here to give you just a few pointers and suggestions concerning safety as well as a few warnings about the dangers of injury while using a weed eater and the attachments.
The Risks of Injury And What Precautions To Take When Using A String Trimmer
One of the most common risks associated with using a weed eater is having debris fly back at you. This can include rocks, stems, sticks, and other hard or sharp objects that can do some serious damage to your shins, lower body, and if things go really wrong even your face or eyes.
That is why we highly recommend that you always wear thick shoes, long pants such as jeans, a sweater or jacket, as well as goggles or sunglasses at the least. If you are doing some really heavy duty work such as trimming large hedges with the hedge clipper then you even want to wear a face guard and a helmet so nothing big comes flying at your face.
Another risk that comes with using the string trimmer or any of the bladed attachments is getting cut or injured by the string, blades, or saws that can be attached on to the string trimmer shaft. This is why we recommend that you always keep the machine at arm’s length and be aware of the surroundings as well as where your body is in relation to the moving part of the machine.
As well never hold the moving parts close to your face or body when in use as that is obviously dangerous. Furthermore, never use the machine with only one hand; always keep both hands firmly on the machine. This is especially the case if you are using the bladed attachments or something like the chainsaw attachment. As well if you are doing some heavy duty work then it would probably be wise to even wear a hard hat.
Finally, another risk of injury is when you are restringing your weed eater, changing the head, or putting on a different attachment, there is always a chance that it can come off if it is not done properly. Always be sure to follow the instructions carefully and make sure that all of the pieces are. You don’t want something to come loose and severely injure yourself or someone around you.
On a side not if you are using a weed eater that is gas powered always make sure to keep all flames away from flammable liquids such as gas and oil. As well always make sure to keep the extension cord out of the way if you are using a corded weed eater and take care not to electrocute yourself.