November 18, 2013

How to use a homeowner brushcutter

To keep one’s garden in shape, a bit of clearing work every now and then is a necessity.

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Husqvarna Brushcutters
This is a job that requires a number of different tools, with the brushcutter being the most versatile example. Therefore, here are a few great tips on how to work in a safe and efficient way with your Husqvarna brushcutter.

First of all, if you’re planning to clear a large area, start by setting an overall plan. That will save a lot of time. Always walk systematically in a way that takes you back in time for the next fuel refill. And, if working on a hill, start at the bottom and work your way up gradually. Instead of going up and down.

Safety and ergonomics

Working with power tools is never completely risk free. So, to stay as safe as possible, use protective clothing such as: 

1. A helmet with visor and hearing protection
2. Rip-resistant garments
3. Protective gloves
4. Reinforced shoes or boots

Setting up

Before starting, make it a habit to double-check all parts of the machine that are extra important from a safety perspective. Look for any visible cracks in the blade, or whatever cutting equipment you are using, and make sure that:

1. The lock nut and the fuel cap are properly tightened.
2. The blade guard is not damaged.
3. The throttle, stop switch and muffler work as intended.
4. The blade does not rotate when in idle mode.
5. That the harness is adjusted in a comfortable way and the safety release works.

Getting started

Watch out for people standing too close to you while you are working; all models have a certain safety distance. Most often 10-15 meters. Place the machine on the ground against a solid surface with the cutting part away from surrounding objects. Press down on the machine with one hand, not your foot, and grab the starter handle with the other. Pull it slowly until you feel a slight resistance, and then yank it hard and quickly. Once the engine starts, remember to reset the choke control.

The harness

Use your brushcutter with a supporting harness. By doing so you effectively distribute the weight of the machine and add great balance, making it feel both lighter and more maneuverable. To increase comfort, remember to adjust it to your body. And, in case of emergency the harness offers a quick release feature that lets you drop the machine instantly. Make sure that you know how this works before you start.

How to adjust your brushcutter

Once you have adjusted the harness it is time to move on to the actual brushcutter. Here are three important things to fine-tune:

1. The loop
When letting go of the handle, the cutting blade should balance gently on the ground. To accomplish this, adjust the suspension loop on the shaft until you get the right balance. This all depends on the amount of fuel in the tank though. So, for the best result, do it while the tank is half full.

2. The handlebar
The handlebar is easily adjusted sideways. Adjust it so that it is positioned right in front of your arms.

3. The handles
Set the handles so that the angle of your elbow is at about 120 degrees when the saw is hanging freely. At that point, the wrist needs to be straight. Be careful not to tilt the handlebars, which will position them too close to the body.

Maintenance & service

A well-sharpened blade makes work much more efficient. Therefore, try to file the blade fairly often, preferably after every refuelling. Regular maintenance also extends the life of your machine. If you don’t have the time to do it yourself – do get in touch with your local Husqvarna dealership. It will be well worth your time.

To find your nearest dealer, visit http://www.husqvarna.com/ca/en/dealers/dealer-locator/.