Tips on Using the McLane 101 Lawn Edger
There is something special about looking at a lawn that you have just cut and trimmed. The smell of freshly cut / pruned grass! A personal feeling of pride! Just a combination of things that in that moment put all your other thoughts, worries and worries aside. Truly, a time to “feel good about yourself” and a time to savor! To help you enjoy that moment a little more, here are some tips and reminders on using your McLane 101 lawn mower / trimmer.
1. Generally, you will want to set the depth of cut for the edger blade so that the blade cuts approximately 1 “deep into the ground. Setting the depth at this level should allow you to reach and cut the roots of the grass.
2. If possible, do not trim the grass when it is wet. Wait until the grass is dry! Cleaning your lawn when it’s wet doesn’t give you such a neat and clean cut. Also, mowing wet grass tends to obstruct the guard of the edger blade.
3. When edging along the outside (postless side) of a fence, set the angle of the edger’s cutting head so that the cutting blade tilts slightly toward and below the fence. Edge carefully so that the cutter blade does not hit the guide.
4. For a professional looking cut along flowerbeds and gardens, position the cutter blade at a 15-20 degree angle so that the bottom of the blade is angled towards the flowerbed / garden.
5. When walking on driveways and sidewalks, push your McLane edger at your normal walking speed. (Note: When you first edging your garden at the beginning of the mowing / mowing season, I found that pushing my edger forward 2 steps, then back 1 step, then forward 2 steps and back 1 step, etc. produces the best results. edging This 2-step forward, then 1-step back approach does a good job of clearing the edger blade cutting area along the driveway / sidewalk that has been filled with dirt over the winter.
6. Reminder: With your McLane 101 edger, you don’t need to mix oil with gasoline.
7. As with any equipment, it will be worth reading the 15-page McLane Edger Operator’s Manual before you start operating your edger for the first time. (Actually, there are only about 7 1/2 easy-to-read pages. The rest of the pages are cover, pictures, a parts list, maintenance note pages, etc.)
8. When skirting curbs, you can try removing the space bar between the front wheels and then moving the right wheel up against the left wheel and then reinserting the space bar to the right of the wheels side by side. This should give your edger better balance when cutting along the curb. Important: Make sure you have the edger completely off before beginning to remove the spacebar / move the front wheels.
9. Use a synthetic SAE 5W-30 or 10W-30 viscosity grade motor oil in your McLane 101 edger. This will provide the best temperature range to operate your edger. Many people use SAE 30 grade motor oil; But if you operate your edger on SAE 30 grade oil when the outside temperature is below 40 degrees, it may be more difficult to start the edger.
10. A good habit is to check the oil level in the edger every time you use it.
I hope these tips and reminders are helpful!