How to Start a Stihl Trimmer

Updated July 20, 2017

Stihl makes a full line of construction, garden and home improvement tools, including drills, chain saws, hand tools, blowers and yard trimmers. You can start your Stihl gas-powered trimmer with relative ease. With a little preparation before you attempt to start the trimmer, you will help ensure that you operate the trimmer safely and efficiently.

Put on long trousers, work shoes, work gloves, safety glasses and earphones.

Check your trimmer's fuel level and add fuel if necessary. Ensure that the fuel cap is properly seated and tightly secured so there are no gaps or leaks.

Check the throttle trigger to make certain it moves freely and springs back to the idle position when depressed and released.

Check that the cutting tool blades are not cracked, bent or otherwise damaged. Tighten any loose screws with a screwdriver as needed.

Lay the trimmer down and prepare to start the engine by making certain you and other objects are clear of the cutting tool. The engine speed at start-up may be fast enough to engage the clutch and spin the cutting tool.

Press the primer bulb and set the choke when starting a cold engine.

Pull the starter grip toward you, then guide it back to its position using your hand. Pull the starter several times until you hear the engine attempting to start, then move the choke lever to the open position to avoid flooding the engine. With the engine running at idle, you can attach your trimmer to your harness (if applicable) and proceed with your trimming chores.


When pulling the starter grip, be sure not to wrap the grip around your hand. Doing so could cause injury. When pulling the starter grip, do not release it and allow it to snap back into position on its own. You could injure yourself or cause damage to your trimmer. Starting procedures for different models may vary. Consult your owner's manual for specific instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • Fuel
  • Screwdriver (optional)
  • Long trousers
  • Work boots
  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety earphones
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