How to Start a Stihl HS 45 Hedge Trimmer

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Stihl Incorporated USA is a well-know manufacturer of outdoor power equipment such as chainsaws, leaf blowers, industrial demolition saws, edgers and hedge trimmers. If you have acquired a Stihl HS45 model hedge trimmer and wish to start it for the first time, it is a fairly straightforward task. Before you begin, be sure to fuel the unit according to the manufacturer's directions.

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  1. 1

    Slide the blade lock lever forward toward the front handle.

  2. 2

    Press the stop switch into the interlock position.

  3. 3

    Press down on the throttle trigger interlock lever, squeeze the throttle trigger and hold it in that position.

  4. 4

    Press in the starting throttle lock.

  5. 5

    Set the choke lever to the cold starting position and press the fuel primer bulb a minimum of five times.

  6. 6

    Place the unit on the ground and remove the blade scabbard. Be sure that the blade does not make contact with the soil.

  7. 7

    Grasp the machine firmly with your left hand pressing down on the front handle.

  8. 8

    Pull the starter handle and rope until you feel it begin to engage. Give the rope a strong swift pull. As the engine starts, gradually slide the starting rope back into the unit so that it will rewind properly.

  9. 9

    Tap the trigger quickly. This action releases the engine from the full choke position.

  10. 10

    Allow the engine to warm up for a minute or two before beginning to trim your hedges.

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