Last Updated on August 6, 2021 by Grow with Bovees
A weed eater often dubbed as a string trimmer or weed whacker is a handy lawn care tool that is designed to trim grass and weeds growing in locations not accessible by a lawnmower.
A string trimmer is one of those garden tools that you probably won’t use during the winter just like your lawn mower, therefore must be stored properly during these months for long service life.
As easy as it may seem, the answer to how to store your weed eater is a tricky one, most notably because the guidelines vary across models.
Adding to this, there are a few extra steps to follow when storing a string trimmer, so that you can use it right away in the next spring.
The brief answer to how to store weed eater is it varies depending on models such as electricity, battery, or gas models.
Clean Air Filter and Parts First Before Storage
Regardless of the string trimmer you own, there are certain parts you should clean before putting the tool away for the winter, and for regular maintenance.
Gas-powered weed eaters come with a filter to protect the engine — an important component that should typically be cleaned every 5 or so times you use your string trimmer.
Another reason to clean the filter of your weed eater is that the lawn care tool will be sitting in your garage all winter, hence great chances are that it will get clogged with dust.
Most air filters are tucked away neatly in a box that’s generally located at the back of the tool.
Simply, unscrew the screw to the box to reach the filter, dust the debris off gently with an old toothbrush to get rid of any visible dirt, remove it, wash it with a little gasoline or acetone, air dry, and reinstall it in your weed eater.
If you’re unable to locate the filter at the rear of your weed eater, refer to your owner’s manual under maintenance tips.
While you’re in the process of cleaning the air filter, you might as well wipe down the handle, shaft, and don’t forget to remove any debris, dirt, rocks, and grass that may be stuck around the string, and head of the tool at the same time.
Inspect and Lubricate the Weed Eater
Speaking of the parts, it’s a good idea to check the string spool for knots and twists in the string, and replace it if it isn’t in good working order.
Next, take a closer look at the spark plug, retainers, and springs, and detach the driveshaft to lubricate it with WD-40 or another similar lubricant.
Lastly, check and tighten all the screws and bolts, as some of them can easily come loose during use. If your gas or electric weed eater is a few years old, you may also want to use a light engine oil to coat all the external parts to prevent rust formation before and after storage.
How to Store a Cordless Weed Eater?
Electric weed eaters do not have a fuel tank, making them easy to store over the cold months. Since a cordless weed eater isn’t powered by gasoline, but a battery instead, you should remove the battery and store it in a safe place.
Remove the battery of your weed eater, and store it in a cool and dry place.
How to Store an Electric Weed Eater?
If you have an electric weed eater, one that plugs into an electrical outlet via power cord such as the Makita string trimmer, you simply clean all the parts, wrap the power cord around the length of the tool and put it away in your space.
Best Way to Store a Gas Weed Eater?
The first, most important thing to do when storing a gas weed eater is to remove the fuel for two reasons-it can cause fuel leaks and the fact that gasoline deteriorates after roughly six months.
You can remove the fuel from the gas tank of your weed eater by emptying it into a smaller gas storage tank. But remember to use the fuel from your gas tank within three months or else it will have to be disposed of properly.
With regards to gas, the carburetor of your weed eater will also have small traces of fuel in it that should be removed.
To prevent any fuel discharge from the carburetor, you don’t need any gasoline storage solutions, but can fire up the weed eater, and allow this small amount of gasoline to burn away on its own.
This is a convenient way of ensuring that there’s no gas present in the carburetor. Finally, it’s recommended that you thoroughly clean the weed eater, because gas and oil can easily get into nooks and crannies.
The plastic covering of your weed eater should be the only thing covering these areas, so be sure to remove it to get in there.
Weed Eater Tools Storage Solutions
Brackets and Hooks
You should never leave your weed eater lying on the floor, but hang it in your garage or another enclosed area. Hanging a string trimmer in your garage or other space can be done with a bracket installed on the wall.
First, measure how high you’d like to hang the weed eater so that it doesn’t get in the way, but gives you enough space for other things, and install sturdy hooks into the wall to secure the weed eater on the closet shelf brackets.
Shelves are another great option to store your string trimmer in your garage or shed. If you’re handy with tools, you can make a custom slotted rack or shelves easily using some plywood, and create indents or holes in them to secure and store a weed trimmer, and your other gardening tools over the winter.
You can also buy premade shelves from your local hardware shop to store your weed eater.
Can You Store A Weed Eater Vertically?
Yes, you can and it’s in fact a good idea to store your string trimmer vertically with the help of brackets and hooks or a custom slotted rack.
Can You Store A Weed Eater Horizontally?
Yes, if you prefer to store a weed heater horizontally, you can do so with a horizontal cradle to hang the tool.
Should I Hang A Weed Eater With The Engine Up Or Down?
You can hang your string trimmer in any direction, but most leading manufactures recommend storing a weed eater vertically with its engine up.
The reason for storing a weed eater with its engine at the top is to prevent fuel leaks and to suspend the tool with less supported weight hanging freely.
The best place to store your string trimmer is in an unoccupied area of your garage or shed, and one that’s easy to reach at the same time.