Lawn maintenance and gardening have become easier with the use of trimming machines like weed eaters that make cutting and trimming grass very efficient and convenient. Although it’s a light machine that will need less space than a lawnmower, it can be a bit difficult to store depending on the model because of the different power sources.
You can either have a weed eater that is powered by electricity, gas, or batteries which will determine how you store it. If your weed eater runs on batteries, you should make sure you remove the batteries before storage, especially during the winter. On the other hand, if you have a gas-powered model, you should remove the mixture of oil and gas you used to run the unit because it has a limited shelf life and it will probably not be useful when the new season starts
Points to consider to help you store your weed eater properly
Cleaning your weed eater
Before storing your machine in your garage, you’ll need to clean it by first removing all the debris like dirt, grass, or rocks you can see, especially from the weed eater’s head and around the nylon string. This will help keep your machine well-prepared to be used in spring and it increases its lifespan. Use a hard-bristled brush to help remove all the dirt and use a power sprayer to rinse the machine well. You can also use an old toothbrush to clean every crevice that is within reach. You can also use a flat screwdriver to remove the debris. Clean your weed eater outside to avoid adding more cleaning for your garage.
A weed eater is a relatively small machine so you can comfortably store it in your garage and still have some free space. As long as you store it properly and it doesn’t get damaged, it will have a longer period of service.
Before you hang your weed eater to its designated place of storage, you need to ensure the unit is not hot. Placing a machine near a cold wall before it has cooled off can damage the engine. If you have a gas-powered model, make sure you empty the fuel tank before hanging it before the winter. However, if yours is electric-powered, clean the air filters, the edger’s shaft, and handle, and always check the spark plugs. With proper maintenance, your weed eater will be ready for use the next season.
Best storage options
There are a couple of easy storage options you can use to properly store your weed eater. You can make a closet shelf brackets to be a horizontal cradle for your trimmer, or a custom slotted rack that will store your trimmer and other tools vertically.
Closet shelf brackets
You can create shelves which is a great and convenient option to store your small device horizontally if you don’t have much space in your garage. You need to ensure that the shelf brackets are strong enough to securely hold the weed eaters. Purchase a set of reliable and good quality shelf brackets from your local home improvement store and create a properly-sized cradle for your trimmers. The only problem with this option is finding the right spot in your garage that is both away but easily reachable at the same.
Custom slotted rack
You can either buy this rack at your local retail store or design one yourself for your garage. Apart from storing your trimmer, you can also use it to store other tools in your garage. Buy a piece of plywood that is 0.75 inches or 2 cm thick that measures 34 by 12 inches. Before turning on your power saw, make sure you’ve measured the space on the wall properly before starting to cut to make sure that you measure the space properly so that your shelf will fit in that space. The piece of plywood is large enough to store your string trimmer vertically and still have enough room for your other garden tools like rakes, shovels, leaf blowers, and other garden tools.
Holders on walls
This is a simple method that only requires some plywood and some manual labor and in a few hours, you will have your holders ready. But first, before you can drill any holes on your garage wall, take precise measurements of your trimmer and the space required. Remember to place the trimmers somewhere your kids can’t reach because their curiosity can be dangerous and costly if you don’t take precautions.
How to store other gardening and yard tools
PVC tool holder
Hold rakes, spades, and other long handle tools
Carry small garden tools and doubles as a portable stool for resting or pruning
For supporting pipes
Yard tool organizer
A vertical board for hanging brooms, rakes, shovels, spades, and other long handle tools
How to clean weed eater
Regular and proper cleaning of your weed eater will keep it running well for easy use and control. A weed eater isn’t cleaned the same way as other lawn care equipment. If you don’t properly clean your trimmer or you just spray water on it, you can easily damage it. There are safety rules you need to observe and be careful while cleaning.
- Before you start to clean your trimmer, make sure you disconnect its power source. If it’s using electricity, unplug it from the power source, for battery models remove the batteries, and for gas models empty the tank if you’re storing it after cleaning.
- Use a stiff brush to remove dirt, dust, debris, and grass particles on your trimmer. Move the brush back and forth to remove stubborn debris.
- If you can’t remove some of the debris and dirt, use some warm soapy water and a brush to scrub the handles and deck of your trimmer. Before storage, make sure it has dried completely so it doesn’t rust or get damaged.
- After every 10 hours, remove the air filter, wash it with soapy water, rinse it and allow it to air-dry. Apply some motor oil on it before placing it back along with the cover.
- After using your trimmer for 25 hours, you’ll need to clean the spark arrestor with a wire brush and a carbon cleaner. Then place it back into the weed eater.
- Use a socket wrench to remove the spark plug if you own a gas-powered weed eater. Clean out the dirt and debris from the head of the spark plug with a brake cleaner. Also, check the tip of the spark plug or it’s not intact, if it’s black you should replace it.
- After you’ve done all the cleaning, you can reconnect the power source if you want to use your weed eater, but if you want to store it, test the components to ensure you’ve replaced them properly. Remove the battery and keep it safe or empty the gasoline from the fuel tank before storage.
How you store your weed eater will determine how long it will serve you.
Is it okay to store your weed eater vertically?
It’s mostly recommended that you hang your weed trimmer with its engine facing up when storing it vertically. This will prevent fuel leaks and it’s suspended with less weight hanging freely.
How do I store my trimmer in the garage?
Hanging your trimmer with hangers on your wall in your garage will keep it off the floor, prevent it from getting damaged, and save you space.