How to Install the Blade on a Bushwacker Weed Trimmer

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How to Install the Blade on a Bushwacker Weed Trimmer
Stop clipping by hand and create a masterpiece of shrubbery with the Bushwacker. (Digital Vision/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

The Bushwacker is a hedge trimmer that was manufactured by Craftsman, an imprint of the Sears brand. Bushwackers utilise a small gas engine, which moves one blade against another in a back and forth motion. The machine can be used for trimming hedges, small branches on trees and other various pruning jobs. While Bushwackers are no longer sold on the Craftsman online store, there are still replacement blades available, which can be installed quite simply.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Bushwacker replacement blades
  • Wrench set
  • Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Look halfway down the blade, underneath, to find the screw holding in the guide plate (the stationary metal plate above the blades). Fit a wrench the nut on top and hold this still with one hand. Fit the screwdriver into the bold at the bottom, and turn counterclockwise to disconnect the guide plate from the blades. Put the bolt, washer, and nut in a safe place.

  2. 2

    Locate the bolt and locknut attaching the blades to the rest of the machine. These are near the engine, behind the guard. Attach the wrench to the locknut (located on top of the blades and blade harness), holding this still with one hand. Put the screwdriver into the screw, located under the blades and blade harness.

  3. 3

    Take the screw out by turning counterclockwise. When it is out, the locknut and washer will fall out as well, so keep track of these.

  4. 4

    Set the old blades aside, and put the new ones in place. Line up the hole at the end of the new blades with the space for the nut, bolt, and washer.

  5. 5

    Put the washer back in place underneath the blade harness. Push the bolt through the washer. Place the nut back on top of the washer, and tighten with your fingers.

  6. 6

    Attach the wrench to the nut, and hold in place. Put the screwdriver into the bolt, and tighten by turning clockwise.

  7. 7

    Replace the washer, bolt, and nut on the guide plate. Tighten the nut with your fingers. Hold the nut in place with the wrench while tightening the screw with the screwdriver.

Tips and warnings

  • Check that the new blade is sharp before using. The Bushwacker is an older model so verify that the new blades will fit by speaking with a professional at your home and garden store.
  • Never operate on a hedge trimmer while it is running.

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