by Amy Gordon
(last updated May 10, 2019)
When taking care of your lawn, you probably find that most of the tools you use are powered either by physical labor or by gasoline. While both of these things work fairly well, some people prefer to use lawn care equipment powered by electricity. Electric powered tools definitely have their advantages, most of them pertaining to weight, since the electric tools do not have to store gasoline. This is especially good for weed eaters, since holding a gas powered weed eater for too long can really strain the arms.
Although electric equipment has its advantages, the biggest disadvantage to using it is that you have to deal with cords. Keeping the cord untangled can really be a hassle, especially since after mowing or trimming a lawn, most people do not want to do anything other than take a break. I have found that getting something to coil the cord in helps make the process a little easier, but it can still be a hassle.
Keeping the cord untangled can be hard enough, but it is not nearly as important as keeping the cord from getting damaged by your mower or cutters while taking care of the garden. The most important thing to do is make sure that the cord is behind you at all times. If the cord is behind you, you are less likely to run over it or cut through the wire. Cutting a wire, especially with something that is almost entirely made of metal, can be a big hazard to your safety. You could blow out a fuse or throw a circuit, or even end up electrocuting yourself.
Something else that you should always be aware of while using electric equipment in the yard is that the cord stays out of puddles. A cord through the puddle could prove to be just as dangerous as one that has been run over and cut through.
Finally, if you do plan to use any electrical equipment, make sure that you are running the cord through a circuit breaker. Isolating the equipment may cost a little bit of money in the short run, but it just may end up saving your life.
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