Knowing how to use a grass trimmer or brush cutter correctly is a simple matter of the right technique. You’re sure to succeed with our clear guide.
Working with powerful tools is fun and means you can extend your abilities – which is great as long as you are relying on effective and safe protective clothing while using them. Always wear personal protective equipment when working with your chainsaw. This includes a helmet, cut protection trousers, safety boots, and more. The instruction manual for your product contains more details on this. Fully familiarise yourself with the tool before you use your grass trimmer for the first time, and check it is in flawless condition before each use. On request, your STIHL dealer will be happy to prepare your tool for its first use, and will also advise you on models and sizes of protective clothing that you can try at your leisure. Please remember that personal protective equipment is no substitute for safe working techniques.
Before you really get on with your grass trimmer techniques and use, you need to equip it properly. For efficient and comfortable work, it is important that the harness for your grass trimmer, brush cutter or clearing saw fits you perfectly, otherwise the weight will be unbalanced and the tool will be harder to use properly.
With the right technique, you can achieve amazing results with your STIHL grass trimmer. Even if this is the first time you have used a grass trimmer, the basic technique for cutting an area of grass is simple and quick to master: just swing the power tool in a semicircle from right to left, while slowly moving forward. One advantage of this method is that it means the cuttings fall onto the mown area.
If you have very tall grass or weeds to deal with, we recommend a two-step approach. First swing your grass trimmer from left to right at a higher level, to cut the top of the grass or weeds; then sweep back in the opposite direction close to the ground, to complete the cut. The cuttings will also fall to the left.
Our Tip: The best way to approach a large grass trimmer job on an even expanse is to use the quadrant method. Just divide the area into smaller manageable sections, and work from the outer sections to the middle. This is a methodical approach that will give more consistent results.
A string trimmer is the best tool for trimming lawn close to trees and shrubs without damaging the plants. If you have several trees close together, you may wish to trim a border into the grass around them before you mow the lawn. You can use the guard of your grass trimmer to make sure the border is neat: keep the guard against the trunk as you move the trimmer around the tree. You can use a similar method for trimming grass along a fence.