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Maximizing Your Hedge Trimmer's Performance: Best Practices for a Perfectly Manicured Yard

A perfectly manicured yard can take a home's aesthetic to the next level. After all, it is your front yard that people will notice when they take in the exterior of your home. Therefore, it is in your best interest to ensure that your yard is beautiful, well-trimmed, and taken care of. For this purpose, your hedge trimmer will play a vital role. Hedge trimmers are valuable and reliable tools that can help you transform your yard. They allow you to carefully trim and prune hedges and bushes, allowing you to shape them into your desired shape. This can make your garden look presentable with efficiency. However, you must ensure your hedge trimmer is in tip-top condition. Otherwise, it will not operate properly, so it will not trim hedges and bushes properly. You may even notice a problem when checking it through a digital meter. Therefore, ensuring that your hedge trimmer is at peak performance is in your best interest. In this article, we will provide you with the best practices to ensure that you can maximize your trimmer's performance. Without further delay, let's dive in.
Ensure The Blades Are Sharp
Since hedge trimmers are used to prune hedges and bushes, the condition of the blades is crucial for the tool's performance. The sharper the blades are, the more effective and precise the trimming will be. If you do not keep your blades sharp, you will notice that the hedges are not being pruned accurately and may look out of shape. Eventually, the blades may even begin to fail to trim, resulting in your hedge trimmer being ineffective. Therefore, you must regularly keep your blades sharp.
We recommend taking them to an expert who can sharpen the blades when you feel that they are due servicing. Alternatively, you can learn to sharpen the blades using a whetstone and sharpening file. There are extensive tutorials available that can help you understand how you can sharpen your trimmer's blades.
Keep the Blades and Trimmer Clean
When you use a hedge trimmer to prune bushes, there will likely be a mess afterwards. After all, your garden consists of various pieces of debris made up of dirt, mud, twigs, leaves, sap, etc. This debris can get stuck on the blades of your trimmer after you are done pruning your garden. If you do not clean the blades, this debris can build up and get stuck between them, slowing their performance. Eventually, this buildup can become large enough to stall the blades and make the trimmer ineffective. Cleaning the blades regularly will ensure that your blades move at peak performance.
Additionally, the blades and other parts of the trimmer can get stained by this debris. This debris can dull the blades and damage the components of your trimmer. Therefore, you must keep your hedge trimmer clean. We recommend that you clean off the debris after using it. After that, use a cloth and a suitable cleaner to spray and clean the blades until they are shiny and spotless. This will help maintain your hedge trimmer and ensure its peak performance.
Lubricate The Blades
Cleaning your blades will keep them sharp, but it is also important that you lubricate the blades. This is because your blades will be exposed to contaminants besides debris that can cause erosion and dull the blades. Lubricating the blades adds a layer of protection between your blades and these contaminants. This lubrication will also help counter friction when the blades come into contact with hedges during pruning. This ensures that your hedge trimmer will work at peak performance. We recommend lubricating the blades after proper cleaning to ensure no debris is causing erosion underneath the lubrication.
Maintain The Air Filter
The air filter is a crucial component as it ensures that cool and clean air is provided to the motor for it to function. The filter ensures that particles, dust, and other contaminants do not flow inside by blocking them when air flows through. These particles can gradually build up within the air filter as you use the hedge trimmer. If you do not clean the air filter, the particles may build up too much, which can restrict airflow to the motor leading to overheating and poor performance. Therefore, you must regularly clean the air filter to ensure that your trimmer continues operating optimally. You should check out your manual, as it will guide you on releasing the air filter for cleaning.
In Conclusion
A hedge trimmer is an essential gardening tool that can transform a yard into a perfectly manicured one. Therefore, you want to ensure that your hedge trimmer operates at peak efficiency and performance, providing the best results when pruning bushes. This article has looked at the best practices you should apply to maximize your trimmer's performance. We recommend that you apply these to ensure you have the best gardening results. Thank you for reading!

Z-Spray Parts Now With Exmark

In acquiring L.T. Rich Products, Toro hopes to complement its existing equipment lineups. L.T. Rich Products’ Z-Spray line, for example, are innovative stand-on spreaders and sprayers. “With a shared commitment to innovation and serving customers, we look forward to having our products become a part of The Toro Company,” said Tom Rich, president of L.T. Rich Products, in a news release. “We believe that Toro’s strong history, market leadership, and resources will further enable our continued growth in the market.” The Z-Spray Line will remain its own independent line under the Exmark brand for now. Toro will make a few machines that will use the Zmax line of spreaders.

Z-Spray Calibration, Parts Manuals and Install Instructions

ProParts direct also has posted the calibration manuals, all parts manuals and Install instructions. All manuals are PDF's and can be printed off and downloaded at no charge. These Manuals can be found at the bottom of the Z-Spray parts models page.

Z-Spray Online Parts Support

 All parts will be converted to Exmark part numbers over a period of the next year.  ProParts Direct is taking the lead in providing Z-spray parts online and making it easy to order parts for your Z-Max, Intermediate, Junior and Z-Plug machines. You will be able to search for the new part using the old part number.  You can also search by the machine you have.  Here is a link to the Z-Spray parts. Click Here

ProParts Direct awarded Google Trusted Stores badge

ProParts Direct, which offers one-stop shopping for replacement parts on lawn mowers, snow blowers, and outdoor power equipment, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Stores badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting our website,, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store Badge and can click on it to learn more information.  

Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like ProParts Direct attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the Google Trusted Stores badge on their website. 

Our Commercial Landscape Specialists support lawn maintenance professionals across the country. Customers that need replacement parts for routine maintenance or commercial mower repair know that ProParts Direct makes it easy to find OEM or aftermarket replacement parts.   

Get the right part at the right price shipped directly to your door – For more information on ProParts Direct, call us at 800-305-9255.

Altoz coming out with New Mower

New Comers on the Block Altoz Precision Mowers will be unveiling a New Commercial Mower at the 2014 GIE-EXPO in Kentucky. Altoz known for innovation and a no holds bar approach to Commercial Zero-turns aims to turn the market on its head.
Just last year Altoz debuted their XC Commercial mower and had a few people in the industry scratching their heads. Mostly with questions as to why they would want to get into the competitive Zero-turn Mower market. Altoz uses a simple approach. They spare no expense in production and strive to provide a high-quality machine with style. Altoz can be found at the 2014 GIE-Expo in Booth #11086. They have extended a special invite to dealers on October 22,from 5:30 to 6:30p.m.

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