Honda’s HHT trimmer is one of the best options for homeowners that need to take back their lawn and surrounding areas from weeds and brush, but the equipment does come with a few unique concerns. Homeowners will need to learn how to stay safe during operation, and they’ll need to understand the HHT trimmer’s unique controls for optimal use. Along with learning how to start and stop the engine, this knowledge can make landscaping easier and trimmer operation much more straightforward.
Before Getting Started: A Note About Safety
Trimmers like the Honda HHT are powerful and effective when eliminating weeds and brush, but this effectiveness can come at the expense of operator safety if a few precautions are not followed. Be sure that the blade cover is always removed before the equipment is started, and check for any oil or gasoline leaks before proceeding.
In addition to checking the trimmer’s fuel and oil levels, as well as its air filter, operators should always thoroughly examine the area that they will be trimming. Any rocks or other loose items can be harmful to the equipment and potentially cause injury to the operator.
Trimmer Controls: What to Know When Getting Started
Before getting started with the Honda HHT trimmer, homeowners should be sure to understand each of the controls that determine how the equipment starts and functions. Here’s what to know.
The Choke Switch: When set to “open,” the switch creates a fuel mixture perfect for starting or using a “warm” engine that has already been actively in use. When set to “closed,” the fuel mixture is adjusted to make it easier to start a cold engine.
The Ignition Switch: When set to “on,” this switch allows the equipment to start. When the switch is in the “off” position, the equipment will be turned off or unable to start.
Operator Presence Lever: When pressed, the operator presence lever allows for control of the throttle and operation of the equipment. This lever serves as a safeguard that will disable the trimmer if the operator loses control or becomes injured.
Throttle Trigger: This trigger controls the speed of the engine, and it can be adjusted to handle varying weed or brush types that might require more speed or power to handle greater thickness or density.
Throttle Set Button: Use of this button will keep the throttle in the “neutral” operating position, allowing the trimmer to be easily started.
Primping Pump: The small priming pump located on the trimmer is pressed several times before ignition, making it easier for the equipment to start when the engine is cold.
Starting the HHT Trimmer’s Engine
The HHT trimmer is very easy to start, but there is a step-by-step procedure that should be followed by operators to ensure that it starts easily each and every time.
1. Adjust the choke switch to either the open or closed position, with the closed position being appropriate for cold engines and the open position working best when restarting a warm engine, such as after the equipment has been refueled.
2. If the engine is cold, use the priming pump until fuel can be seen in the fuel return tube. If the engine is not cold, simply skip this step.
3. Use the throttle set button to place the throttle trigger into the starting, or neutral, position. Place the ignition switch into the “on” position.
4. Lay the trimmer on the ground, resting it on the debris shield. Use the starter grip, pulling it vigorously, to start the engine. One or two pulls should start the trimmer easily.
5. Allow the engine to warm up for a few moments and, when it idles smoothly, move the choke switch into the “open” position that works best with warm engines. Hook the trimmer into the provided shoulder harness and use the throttle trigger to begin normal operation of the equipment by adjusting its engine speed.
Finishing Up: Stopping the HHT Trimmer’s Engine
When the trimming process is complete, stopping the HHT trimmer will take just a few moments of the operator’s time. Begin the process by releasing the throttle trigger and moving the ignition switch into the “stop” position. Next, wait for the cutting line or blade to stop. When the blade or line action has stopped, it’s safe to allow the trimmer to rest without risking damage to the equipment or injury to the operator. Store the equipment safely, preferably in a covered garage or toolshed, until it is needed.
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