You may not think any harm can come from using a string trimmer, but they're quite capable of causing serious injury if you're not careful.
The debris that's flung by a string trimmer can move at a high enough speed to cut your skin or do damage to your eyes.
Proper safety gear is just as important when operating a string trimmer as it is when operating any other form of power equipment.
Besides safety gear, the clothing that you wear can make a difference too. Full-length pants and closed-toe shoes are recommended.
As you're string trimming, your eyes are at risk of being injured by debris. Small pieces of weeds, brush, and even broken-off string from your trimmer can be thrown back into your eyes.
Protective eye wear shields your eyes without encumbering you. They allow you to keep your eyes on what you're doing without worry of injury.
String trimmers produce around 115 decibels, and the average human pain threshold is 110 decibels. If you use a string trimmer for an extended period of time without hearing protection, the noise could cause serious damage to your hearing.
Earmuff-style hearing protectors are the most effective and comfortable to use. They stay in place and effectively block out high levels of noise.
Because your hands are at the forefront of the action, you'll want to wear some protective gloves. Typically, it's best to use leather gloves or gloves made of a durable woven material that the debris can't penetrate.
Pieces of mulch, stone pebbles, and pieces of the trimmer string can cause injury to your skin at high speeds.
Close Toed Shoes or Boots
While we don't sell boots or shoes, we do recommend wearing closed-to shoes or boots when string trimming. Your feet are very close to the action, and one swipe of the string trimmer across your toes will tell you that sandals were a bad idea!
For maximum protection, wear steel-toe boots. At the very least, wear a pair of leather shoes.
We recommend wearing long pants such as jeans while operating a string trimmer, but if you'd rather wear shorts, you can opt to wear shin guards to protect the fronts of your legs from flying debris or accidental cuts from the weed whacker itself.
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