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Put on a pair of safety glasses. Remove the fuel cap from the Weed Eater and set it aside. Fill the fuel tank with unleaded gasoline that has been mixed with quality 2-stroke oil in a 40:1 ratio. Replace the fuel cap.
Move the Weed Eater to a safe place and lay it flat on the ground. Depress the fuel bulb located beneath the carburetor approximately six times to prime the engine. Press it slowly so that fuel has adequate time to traverse the fuel line.
Slide the handlebar-mounted engine "On/Stop" switch to the "On" position. Slide the choke lever beneath the fuel tank to the "Full" position.
Depress the "Throttle Lock" lever located beside the engine "On/Stop" switch. Keeping the lever depressed, squeeze the throttle trigger. Release the throttle lock. This sequence holds the trigger in the depressed position, which aids in starting the Weed Eater.
Roll the Weed Eater so that it is resting on the engine and the trimmer head shield only. This will allow the spinning trimmer head to avoid contact with the ground. Brace the Weed Eater by holding it to the ground with one hand. Using your other hand, pull the starter rope quickly until the engine begins to run. Do not pull the rope more than a dozen times. If it fails to start by then, squeeze the throttle trigger and continue to pull until the engine starts.
Allow the Weed Eater to warm up for about 15 seconds, then slide the choke lever to the "Off" position. Let the trimmer run for another minute without touching the throttle lever. After the Weed Eater has warmed up, squeeze the throttle trigger once to disengage the throttle lock. The trimmer is now operational.
Locate the red button on the top of the handlebars. This is
called the "kill switch." When you pull it up the engine can run; when
you push it down, the engine will shut off immediately.
Pull the kill switch up.
Turn the key to the "on" position.
Make certain the cord running from the key is attached to
the steering column. This device acts in the same manner as the kill
switch - the engine will run only when it is secured.
Pull the start cord, which looks like an enlarged lawnmower pull-cord and is generally found on the right side of the machine.
Listen to the engine - if it starts, let it get going slowly
. If it "pops" but does not continue to run, try pulling the start cord
a few more times. If you do not hear the engine turn over at all,
proceed to the next step.
Find the pull tab under the right side of the handlebars.
This is called the choke - it often has a circle with a diagonal line
through it. The choke helps to start an engine when the weather is very
cold or the machine hasn't been used in a while. When using the choke,
try leaving it on only long enough to hear the engine fire a couple
times, then return it to the "off" position. A choke left on too long
can flood the engine.
Place the choke in the vertical position - this is called
the half choke position. Pull the start cord several times. If the
engine fires up, place the choke back down to its original position and
let it slowly warm up. If the engine still has trouble starting, proceed
to the next step.
Pull the choke 180 degrees from its original position - this
is called the full choke. Pull the start cord until the engine sputters
a couple times.
Replace the choke to the original off position and continue
to pull the cord. The engine should fire up and settle into a steady
hum, ready for fun in the snow.