How to Tune Up Your Trimmer

You've given your lawn its due diligence. You've aerated, seeded and fed it...now you wait. You wait for warmer days. You wait for bluer skies. And with confidence, you know the grass will soon be greener.

You've checked off the to-do prep list for your lawn. But is your trimmer ready? Is your tool shed tuned up and ready for a new cutting season?

Here's a simple trimmer tune-up to-do list to make sure you're ready to tackle your outdoor tasks:

Fuel

Trimmers will have a healthier, grass-ready engine if you add a fuel stabilizer to the gas mix. For long-term storage, be sure to empty the machine of all fuel. Then, start the engine and let it completely run out of fuel throughout the entire carburetor system. When it comes time to refuel for another season, it's important to use a pre-mixed oil and gas product like TruFuel®, which ensures optimal performance in 2- and 4-cycle trimmers. Pre-mixed fuel helps eliminate the mess and hassle of mixing oil and gas, and prevents fuel from becoming stale. It also ensures high performance for two years from when it's opened.

Engine

The off-season is an ideal time to replace your trimmer's spark plug, fuel filter and air filter, as tuning up your engine will reduce fuel consumption and increase power. For trimmers with 4-cycle engines, you should make sure the engine oil is fresh and full.

Cutting Systems

Round trimming lines can get dry and brittle over time. To prevent this from occurring and increase the life of your round line, simply store it in a sealed bag with a small amount of water. However, also keep in mind some Troy-Bilt® trimmers come equipped with the Aero-Flex® Trimming System ' which is now Glider Ready and includes Aero-Flex Line formulated to withstand moisture loss and brittleness.

Upgrade Your Tool Shed

Products with versatility not only provide convenience when it comes to day-to-day yard maintenance, they can also allow you to be more efficient in completing various lawn and garden projects. Troy-Bilt's suite of TrimmerPlus® attachments makes it easy to check off different yard tasks with one tool, transforming attachment-capable trimmers into other pieces of yard equipment like a hedge trimmer, cultivator, pole saw, edger and blower. Other attachments include the AF730 Glider cutting head attachment, which combines the Aero-Flex Trimming System with its four long-lasting and easy-loading, nylon cutting blades, along with the new Aero-Flex Glider head. The Aero-Flex Glider is a new breakthrough for trimmers, allowing the user to rest the trimmer directly on the ground ' relieving trimmer weight and enabling more precise control of the cutting height. The Glider is also engineered with precision bearings that allow the trimmer to move or 'free-wheel' in any direction along and on all types of terrain.

 

The Aero-Flex Trimming System and Glider, Troy-Bilt AF370 attachment and Glider Upfit kit are available on www.lowes.com, and the Aero-Flex System can be found at Lowe's® stores nationwide or on www.lowes.com.