Tips for `Hedge Trimmer

Do some basic reading

Make sure you’ve read and understood the trimmer’s manual, as well as other pamphlets and labels that contain warnings and instructions. The user manual should contain everything you need to know about the hedge trimmer: technical specifications, operational instructions, warnings and safety precautions, and the manufacturer’s contact information.

Keep to yourself

Never operate the hedge trimmer near other people, especially children. Same goes for pets and other animals. You might expose yourself and other people to danger. Make sure there’s a distance of at least 50 to 80 feet between you and the nearest person. Do not lend the trimmer to anyone as a toy.

Dress properly

Always wear protective gear and clothing before starting the unit. Basic protective gear include: safety face shield or goggles, ear protection, no-slip work gloves, steel-toed boots, long pants, and a respirator. Do not wear loose clothing or any other item that might get caught in the mechanism. Tie your hair up so that it’s out of the way.

Sharp and clean cut better

Before turning it on, make sure the blades are sharp and free of obstruction. Dull blades are less efficient and safe and are more likely to rebound.

Check before you flick

Inspect the hedge trimmer for visible signs of moisture or damage before turning it on. Repair or replace parts as needed.

Keep it dry

It should be a no-brainer that you shouldn’t operate electrical tools and machines in rainy or wet weather. Doing so might cause electric shock, electrocuting you and damaging the trimmer. If you’re out working and see storm clouds on the horizon, stop working immediately and head for cover.

Use both hands

Never attempt to operate a hedge trimmer with only one hand, and always make sure to use the proper handles or strap while using it. Obviously, you should keep your hands away from the blades.