How to Operate A Brushcutter
From pre-use checklists to basic operation techniques and storage tips
STIHL trimmers are known for their ability to cut weeds and overgrown grass, but they can do much more. With optional interchangeable cutting heads, you can turn your STIHL trimmer into a power brushcutting machine.
For more information specific to your model, view the product instruction manuals.
- Switch off the engine completely and allow it to cool before refueling
- Check working environment for any hazards
- Keep a safe distance from other people (50 feet or more)
- Ensure attachments are mounted correctly and securely
- Adjust the harness and handle(s) to suit your height
Personal Protective Equipment Checklist
- Brush Shield Protector - To reduce the risk of injury, wear goggles or properly fitted glasses, face shield or face screen, and an approved safety hard hat.
- Hearing Protection - To help protect your hearing, wear sound barriers like ear plugs or ear mufflers.
- Gloves - To help protect your hands, always wear heavy-duty work gloves, made of leather or other wear-resistant material.
- Leg Protection - To help protect your legs, wear long pants made of heavy material.
- Protective Boots - To help maintain good footing, wear sturdy boots with nonslip soles. Steel-toes safety boots are recommended.
Brushcutter Starting Procedure
- Start in a well-ventilated area.
- Move at least 10 feet away from your refueling spot
- Press the primer bulb at least 5 times (if you have a primer bulb)
- Use choke if the engine is cold
- Make sure you have secure footing
- Ensure the cutting attachment is not touching anything
- Start your brushcutter