22 April 2012

How To Winterize Your Hedge Trimmers

Whilst it can be tempting to simply shove your hedge trimmer into the shed before winter hits, this could actually cause them to work inefficiently come next spring. To ensure your equipment is still at its premium after a long period of disuse, you should get it ready for storage first.

Begin by draining the hedge trimmer’s fuel tank. Open the fuel cap and pour whatever is left into a gas can or other container (providing it is suitable for transporting fuel). Next, press the primer button and start the trimmer’s engine, allowing it to run until it dies (and there is, therefore, no fuel left in it). You should also take this opportunity to check the fuel lines for any signs of damage.

Remove the spark plug, and then pour a few drops of two-cycle oil into the port where it sat. Give your hedge trimmer’s starter cord a few gentle tugs to lubricate all the pistons, and then install a brand new spark plug. Take a stiff-bristled brush and give the blades and all of the moving parts of the hedge trimmer a good scrub to remove any dirt.

Take a look at the air filter and clean it if it is dirty. You can knock out any loose dirt by tapping the filter against a sturdy object. If the filter is constructed out of paper, use compressed air to remove any remaining dirt, but if it is constructed out of foam, use soap and water to clean it.

Your hedge trimmer is now ready to be stored for the cool winter months. Place it inside wherever possible, but if there is a risk of it becoming wet (your shed roof may leak, for example) cover it with a tarp for added protection.

Posted by: John in Hedge Trimmers