Stihl has earned its massive reputation as one of the leading brands for chain saws. Soon after, they extended their portfolio into a wide range of power tools, which included lawn trimmers as well.
How you start a Stihl trimmer may slightly vary from model to model. However, for the most part, the starting procedure is pretty much identical.
Make sure that there is enough fuel in the fuel tank. Of course, that’s in case you own a gas Stihl weed eater and not an electric one. If your weed eater is low on fuel, then it might not be able to start at all. While you are at it, or your weed eater needs a fuel refill, make sure that the gas-oil ratio is 50 to 1. That’s the recommended ratio for most Stihl models.
1. Start by pushing the fuel pump bulb
You start by pushing the fuel pump bulb four or five times. It needs to be done even if there is some fuel in it. If needed, press the bubble as many times as you need to. This is the same procedure for every gas-powered Stihl weedeater that is available on the market.
So, once you have filled the bulb with fuel, you can move onto the next step.
2. Next comes turning the switch on
That means pressing the “I” button. The thing is, some people are confused because of the “O” and believe that it means “ON.” “O” doesn’t stand for “ON,” but for “OFF.”
Just press the “I” button and move onto the third step.
3. Next comes the choke lever that needs to be positioned accordingly
You need to consider two positions. One is if the engine is cold, meaning it hasn’t been used lately. The other one is for when the engine has been used recently, and the engine is somewhat warm.
Both positions are vividly displayed on every model, and you won’t have any trouble finding them on your weedeater.
So, if the engine hasn’t been used recently, you opt for the cold position. If not, you should use the warm start position.
4. Pull the throttle in and use the small lever next to it
Don’t try to start your weedeater before it is a full-throttle position because it won’t start.
Now, before we move onto the final step and start the weedeater, we need to make sure that it is in a proper position.
Make sure that the weedeater is laid down on a flat surface with the grip handle on the opposite side. That way, the weedeater rests nicely on its deflector. Furthermore, it’s helpful if you mind that the cutting attachment doesn’t touch the ground or some nearby object.
There is a lot that can wrong if you don’t mind these safety tips
5. Pull the rope slowly
For the final step, you need to hold the weedeater steadily with one hand, and with the other, you need to pull the rope slowly. Pull slowly until you feel the resistance. The moment you feel the resistance, give it an aggressive tug.
6. Repeat the process
Whether it starts or not, guide the rope to its housing, so it doesn’t tangle or anything like that. If it doesn’t start at first, repeat the procedure. If there is nothing wrong with the weedeater, it should start soon enough. If not, check the steps mentioned above and make sure you haven’t missed any of them.
Once the engine is up and running, you need to flick the throttle a bit so that the engine goes in its idle mode.
With that said, the only thing that remained is to start working on your lawn.
If you decide to take a small break and turn off the weedeater for a while, make sure that you place it in a safe position. It is best if you place it somewhere from which you can safely re-start the engine, something that we’ve explained above.
The only other thing that you need to also keep in mind is the position of the choke lever that needs to be in the position for a warm engine start. Other than that, all other steps are identical.