A string trimmer also referred to as a weed eater is a small but mighty tool used to remove weeds from gardens and lawns.
Made with a trimmer head at one end, an engine at the other, and a driveshaft connecting the two, there’re always a handful of reasons for your Hyper Tough Weed Eater to malfunction.
While most weed eater problems are usually linked to engine operation, some of these issues often have fairly quick fixes. So, before you choose to purchase a new weed eater, it’s important to check whether your existing model can be salvaged.
In this article, we’ll discuss the various common hyper tough weed eater problems along with tips to help resolve the issues.
Hyper Tough Weed Eater won’t Start
While an electric string trimmer, cordless battery-powered string trimmer, and gas-powered string trimmer function in almost the same way during operation, they all start in different ways.
It’s important to note that all Weed Eater brand two-cycle gas trimmers use a 40:1 ratio of gas to oil- which equals 3:2 ounces of oil to 1 gallon of regular gas. The gas should be 87 ounces with not more than 10% alcohol.
Also, gasoline can break down in as little as 30 days, and while homeowners sometimes stash their string trimmers in the garage at season’s end without stabilizing the gas, the oxygen will have all winter to break down and ruin the gasoline, leaving you with a trimmer that won’t start afterward.
An electric trimmer may fail to start because it’s connected to a dead outlet or due to a broken extension cord. A battery-powered trimmer, meanwhile, may not start because its charge is too low.
However, when a Hyper Tough Weed Eater won’t start, inspecting the tank is always a good first step. Your trimmer won’t start if the tank is empty or nearly there.
Your gas trimmer may also seize or smoke when you try to start it if the gas-to-oil ratio in the tank is incorrect. Using the right ratio- which varies by model- is important when it comes to starting the trimmer.
Hyper Tough Weed Eater Won’t Stay Running
This is yet another common problem you’re likely to experience with your string trimmer. Clogged filters are often to blame when a weed eater starts but then stalls.
Once the gas breaks down, gums, varnish, and other debris can form and accumulate inside the carburetor and clog the tiny fuel passages.
Refer to the user manual for guidance on locating and cleaning any air filters, spark arrestor screens, or fuel filters in your model. A clogged carburetor could also be the problem. Remove it and use a carburetor cleaner to scrub away debris to improve engine performance.
Before removing the air filter, be sure to brush away loose debris around the filter cover and filter element. Then tap rigid filters on the palm of your hand or a tabletop to dislodge any dirt or debris.
Compressed air works well too. You just need to make sure you direct air through the filter from the inside to avoid lodging deeper in the filters.
Hyper Tough Weed Eater is Leaking Fuel
Fuel leaks are only common among gas-powered string trimmers, and Hyper Weed Eaters are no exception. If your model is leaking fuel, first confirm whether the gas tank’s cap is securely tightened. If the cap is not cracked or loose, then the leak could be coming from the fuel line.
It is possible for this line to become worn and develop cracks over time. Although specifics tend to vary by model, replacing the fuel line is generally a manageable task for most people.
Getting a new fuel line can cost you less than 410 at your local home improvement store. Size varies by trimmer, so refer to your model’s specs or get a fuel line kit that includes lines of multiple sizes.
This project also involves needle-nose pliers, which come in handy in pulling the faulty lines off the carburetor and out of the fuel tank. It also helps in maneuvering the new line into place.
Safety is vital when dealing with fuel. So get rid of anything that could spark and ignite the fuel. Consider wearing safety gloves and remember to drain all the liquid out of the string trimmer’s tank into a properly sealed gas can before replacing the fuel line.
Hyper Tough Weed Trimmer Head Won’t Spin
The trimmer head connects to the clutch via a driveshaft. The work of the clutch is to make the trimmer head spin, creating the centrifugal force that causes the trimmer line to move fast enough to cut through the things.
If the head doesn’t spin, it’s generally due to a problem with the clutch or driveshaft. While a broken clutch can be replaced with a new one, it might be more economical to invest in a new string trimmer if the driveshaft is broken.
Hyper Tough Weed Trimmer Line Won’t Cut
In the event that your string trimmer powers on and spins well, but the weeds aren’t getting any shorter, There’s likely something wrong with the trimmer line itself. It could be that the line has become too short and doesn’t extend far enough out of the trimmer head to effectively cut weeds.
This issue can be resolved by tapping the head on the ground with a bump and feeding the trimmer head to advance the more line. Many models feature a spool button that can be pressed to release more lines. Others will automatically feed more lines when necessary.
In case your model method doesn’t feed more line out of the trimmer head, the line may be stuck or has become too short and needs a replacement. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to restring your string trimmer as
For safety purposes, make sure that you turn off the trimmer’s power, disconnect the spark plug wire and empty the fuel tank in a gas trimmer before working on the trimmer line. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to restring your model as different trimmer heads are strung differently.