How To Use A String Trimmer


Following few simple steps can maximize the string trimmer uses. This powerful grade tool helps in minimizing scarring, scalping, and shredding your yard. Here are few tips you should learn to use your string trimmer like a pro.

Trimmer Type
Though curved-shaft string trimmers are considered as the best tool for many users, it is sometimes best to choose straight-electric weed trimmer as by using this straight shaft tool; it is much easier to control.

This tool is much more effective than the curved shaft string trimmer, and as an added benefit, you can get this straight shaft string trimmer under the things like small trees and shrubs more easily, when compared to a curved tool.

Spin Direction

One of the main things in lawn trimming that most of the people get confused and feel hard is when they use this string trimmer is the spin direction. Same like a circular saw tool, which needs to eliminate sawdust while it works, a trimmer also needs to throw out the debris from the cut path.


When the trimmer spins in a counter-clockwise direction, it ejects out the waste materials from the left direction of the tool, and at the same time it cuts out the best by the right side of the tool.

For this reason, if you are moving along a walk, low fence or curb, then keep your right side of the body closer to work, which will position the head of the trimmer so that it can cut and eject to the left.

If you step into the opposite way, then you will eject material into the cut path, and there could be nowhere for it to go out. It piles up along your cut line which in turn bogs down the trimmer and makes the scalping  inescapable which means that it cuts too much of the blades of grass.

Cutting Techniques

Many people feel that trimming the grass evenly should be very simple and easy that just drifts the string trimmer above the whole grass and then the whirring strings will automatically cut it to length. However, this is not the proper approach as this simple process could lead to some serious scalping.

So to make the unruly equipment into a precision tool that provides the exact cut you want, it is better to rely on few vital techniques. However, before you start with those techniques, you need to understand one thing that is the string ends are the place where most of the cutting power lies. So the more free and faster these ends move, the easier the lawn life will be.

Tapering: Lawn edges can be treated by two methods, that is either by the tapering method or by edging method. Along the path of a curb, retaining tree, fence or wall, it is better to opt to taper. While tapering, the tool is held in such a way that the string strikes the grass at a quite slight angle.

The main issue associated with not doing tapering, or keeping the tool in such a way that the string is parallel to the ground, is that the whole diameter of the string has to cut a total swath of the lawn grass.

One suggestive sign that a person had not taper is a bunch of grass in your yard that the trimmer clearly cut shorter than that of mowed grass. However, if you pitch the string tips toward your trimming object, then you will end up with cutting fewer amounts of grass and by leaving a tapered and tight edge.

Edging: if your lawn surfaces are essentially parallel, that is if the path between grass and your walkway are parallel, then it is better to go for edge method. To use string trimmer as an edger, just turn the string trimmer and keep it in a position such that string is placed in the vertical direction.

Later, take the tool into the cut path so that it can eject material where you just cut. By this method, you can expect to remove the rocks, dirt and other debris. In lawns that have never been edged, better try not to cut entire crisp edge at a time and instead of it prefer to cut more lawn on every week until it gets “sneak up” on the edge you want.

Scything:  if there are many obstructions and if you can’t easily walk along your lawn or else if you are working in tall grass, then it is recommended to choose scything, which means taking the tool into and out of work in a slightly U motion. Overlapping the scythes helps you to evenly cut the grass.

Spreading: if weeds and grass are growing in walking paths or driveways or at sidewalk cracks, then screening offer the quick and efficient way.

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