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Spring cleaning isn’t just for inside your house. It’s time to get your outdoor landscaping ready for the growth season by preparing your outdoor power equipment.

Among the tools you’ll need to ensure are in prime condition is your weed trimmer (or weed whacker, weed eater or whatever you want to call it). In today’s post, we’ll take a closer look at some ways to prepare it for the busy spring season.

1. Clean Exterior

Before you fire it up, clean the exterior and check it for any signs of damage. There may be broken components like the trimmer head, or debris, grass and dirt caught in hard-to-reach areas. Not only is a clean weed whacker more efficient, but it’s less prone to malfunctions. 

2. Check Fuel System

The fuel system is another area of interest. Since stale fuel that has been sitting for a while can cause engine issues, drain any old fuel left in the tank from the previous season. Refill it with a fresh tank of high-quality fuel—and consider adding a fuel stabilizer to keep it fresh if there’s still time before you need to use it. Inspect the fuel lines as well for cracks and leaks, then replace as necessary.

3. Inspect Spark Plug

The spark plug plays a vital role in the ignition process of your weed trimmer. When it gets damaged or worn out, it affects engine performance. But you can easily remove the spark plug and inspect it to see if there’s any sign of corrosion, deposits or other issues. It’s possible it might just need a cleaning, or you could replace it with a new one. This will help with your engine efficiency either way. 

4. Check/Adjust Cutting Line

Once your machine is in good shape, turn your attention to the cutting line. Also known as trimmer string, it’s a crucial component of the tool. Cut or adjust it to the proper length and replace it if it seems frayed or damaged. You might need an entire new spool.

5. Perform a Test

Finally, give it a test run! Start the engine, let it run for a few minutes and make sure everything seems to be functioning correctly. Pay attention to unusual sounds or vibrations that could indicate potential issues. If everything is good, you’re ready for spring. If not, you may want to consider taking it into a weed eater repair shop for troubleshooting.

These are just a few ways to prepare your weed whacker for spring. For more advice on lawn care and to browse our selection of weed eaters, weed trimmers and other tools, stop by one of our Classic Turf Equipment locations in Dallas-Fort Worth today.