A weed eater, also known as a weed whacker or a steam, is used for trimming parts of a lawn to get that neat, manicured look, and for cutting bushes. They are really handy because they are light, portable, quick, easy-to-use, and, best of all, can do more than a lawn mower – not to mention the fact that they are far more versatile!
A weed eater can also convert into other machines, such as a leaf blower, a lawn edger, a hedge clipper, a chainsaw, and a plant pruner. The problem is that the string trimmer and most of the other tools, aside from the leaf blower, can cause serious injury if they are mishandled.
A weed eater is a pretty handy tool, but if things go wrong, they can go very wrong indeed. This is why we are going to give you a few pointers and suggestions concerning safety when it comes to using a weed eater and its attachments.
The Risks of Injury and What Precautions to Take When Using a Weed Eater
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 inflict serious damage on your shins, lower body, and, if things go really wrong, your face and eyes.
This is why we highly recommend that you always wear thick shoes, long pants (like jeans), a sweater or jacket, as well as goggles or sunglasses, at the very least. If you are doing some heavy-duty work, such as trimming large hedges with the hedge clipper, then you will need to wear a face guard and a helmet, so you will be protected if something 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 to the string trimmer shaft. This is why we recommend that you always keep the machine at arm’s length and remain aware of your surroundings, as well as where your body is, in relation to the moving part of the machine.
In addition to the above, never hold the moving parts close to your face or body when in use. Furthermore, never use the machine with only one hand; always keep both hands firmly on it, especially if you are using the bladed attachments, for example. If you are doing heavy-duty work, you are strongly advised to wear a hard hat.
Finally, you are at risk of injury when you restring your weed eater, change its head, or put on a different attachment. There is always a chance that it can come off. Always follow the instructions carefully and ensure that all of the pieces are in place. You don’t want something to come loose and cause serious injury to yourself or those around you.
On a side note, if you are using a gas-powered weed eater, always make sure that you keep all flames away from flammable liquids, such as gas and oil. Make sure that you keep the extension cord out of the way if you are using a corded weed eater, and take care not to electrocute yourself.