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Using a Garden Trimmer Safely

Updated on May 17, 2014
Using a garden trimmer
Using a garden trimmer

String trimmers and bush cutters come in many sizes and flavors, but all of them may be dangerous to use. How to use a string trimmer in a safe way is easy, which makes one wonder why so many people ignore the dangers. It just takes a minute or two to protect yourself.

The biggest danger is from debris shooting off from the cutter mechanism and hitting you in the eyes. The average weed cutter has a head that rotates at 7000 - 12000 rpm and easily thrust a lot of material (wood chips, soil, gravel etc) high into the air.

The one shown here, which we use is a Husqvarna 4-stroke gas trimmer. Gas weeders make a lot of noise and you want to protect your ears. if for nothing else, it gets real boring after just a couple of minutes and we would rather enjoy listening in on the favorite FM station.

Also make sure you are aware of where other people and pets are in relation to your work area. A string cutter will shoot debris several feet in front and to the sides and you DO NOT want kids to come running into the field of spray.

So, here is the safe way to use a string trimmer: use eye protection, use ear muffs, do not use it near other people or pets.

All images by me

Time required: 1 minute

Difficulty: easy

Cost: 30

Materials:

  • Protective eye wear
  • Hearing protection

Tools:

  • Garden trimmer

Instructions:

1. This is the most important piece of equipment you own. Simple and cheap eye protection. Shown here are my tinted plastic protectors costing under 5 bucks.

2. Gas bush cutters and trimmers make a lot of noise. Use ear protection. Our favorite is the one with built-in radio.

3. So is everyone at a safe distance? Yep.

Time for some garden work :)

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    • Gloriousconfusion profile image

      Diana Grant 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting - I never thought of that, even though I have a strimmer. Mine is electric

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      Paula Hite 

      4 years ago from Virginia

      Great info. Your lens was featured on our Facebook page today.

      https://www.facebook.com/GreenThumbOnSquidoo

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