Working the land

Forest & Backyard

Below you will find our best tips, advice and ideas to get the most out of your working life in the forest and in the backyard. We have also provided some useful guidance when you are buying or doing maintenance on a Jonsered product.

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Buying guide: ride-on mower

Consider your needs first when you are buying a ride-on mower. Here is our 7-tip guide to get the right machine for your working life.

Choosing the right ride-on mower depends on how big your lawn is, how much work you want to do yourself, and how much you want to leave to the machine when it comes to driving, collecting cuttings, etc.

If you have a large lawn and opt for a ride-on mower that can carry accessories, you can save time and effort when clearing leaves, snow and the like. Your Jonsered dealer will be happy to give more advice on choosing the right mower for your needs.

7 tips before buying a ride-on mower

1. Don't buy a ride-on mower that is too small. A powerful machine will do a better job.

2. A good collector ride-on mower can also be used for collecting autumn leaves, or trimmings from hedges and shrubs, and much more.

3. Can your dealer service the mower? Do they have spare parts and accessories?

4. Is the mower easy to look after? Is there a good user manual?

5. Will the mower run on unleaded petrol?

6. Can your dealer demonstrate the mower? Can they give you useful working instructions?

7. Always ask to test-drive a ride-on mower before you make the decision.

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Buying guide: garden tractors

Consider your needs first when you are buying a garden tractor. Here is our 7-tip guide to get the right machine for your working life.

Choosing the right garden tractor depends on how big your lawn is, how much work you want to do yourself, and how much you want to leave to the machine when it comes to driving, collecting cuttings, etc.

7 tips before buying a garden tractor

1. Don’t buy a tractor that is too small. A powerful machine will do a better job.

2. A good collector tractor can also be used for collecting autumn leaves or trimmings from hedges and shrubs, and much more.

3. Can your dealer service the tractor? Do they have spare parts and accessories?

4. Is the tractor easy to look after? Is there a good user manual?

5. Can the dealer demonstrate the tractor? Can they give you useful working instructions?

6. Always ask to test-drive a tractor before you make the decision.

7. Will the tractor run on unleaded petrol?

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Clearing technique for plain grass

Our expert advice on how to clear plain grass, including movements and operating tips that make your work easier and more efficient.

Effective clearing of large areas of grass and long working hours call for powerful machines fitted with a trimmer head. The trimmer line’s cutting area is very large, but it is also very demanding on power, as the line causes a braking-while-cutting effect.

The engine as well as the cutting equipment work under extreme strain. Thanks to the torque increase, due to the gear ratio in the angle gear, even the smaller Jonsered brushcutters have a higher capacity than normal for their class. In parks, where grass clearing is often a question of removing weeds and trimming areas where lawn mowers cannot reach, this gives an extra power margin.

Working technique

You can work with either single or double-sided sweeping movements. Towards the end of the movement release the throttle and accelerate before starting the next movement. The reason why you should not operate the tool constantly at maximum speed is because clearing using a trimmer head is extremely demanding work for the machine. The engine must provide maximum power at the same time as the trimmer line causes a braking effect.

Clearing on slopes

The general rule when planning clearing work on slopes is that you always move along the slope, not up or down. Start at the bottom and let the cut material fall downwards, thereby avoiding using the machine in grass that has already been cut.

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How to use a brushcutter

There are a number of safety aspects to consider when using a brushcutter. Here is an overview of how to dress in order not to get injured, and how to operate the machine efficiently.


Preparations

Always wear a visor, safety glasses and hearing protection when clearing, or a safety helmet with visor and hearing protection if the stand reaches head height. Shoes, protective footwear or strong boots should always be worn.

In dense stands you should wear heavy-duty clothing. When clearing brush and grass, heavy-duty trousers and a shirt or jacket will generally be sufficient.

Read more about safety equipment in our article “Brushcutters and personal safety.”

The harness and anti-vibration system

The design and individual adjustment options of the harness play a crucial role. The harness distributes the machine’s weight so that the body is not put under unnecessary strain. Therefore the harness should not hang loosely, but sit tight against the body. The machine’s suspension point should also be adjusted so that you obtain the correct working angle to the ground.

There are also several other fixing points on the machine, partly so the cutting equipment works parallel to the ground and partly so the machine is correctly balanced.

Most brushcutters are equipped with vibration damping between the engine and shaft. However, as soon as the cutting equipment starts to bite, other vibrations and types of impact occur. To overcome this, Jonsered has developed a unique anti-vibration system. The whole of the upper section with the handle and the section that rests against the body is isolated from the engine and shaft. Jonsered also has a full anti-vibration system on machines fitted with loop handles.

Starting point

The ideal starting point when using a brushcutter is this: A straight back, the hands extended comfortably in front of you and the cutting equipment directly in front of the body.

As Jonsered brushcutters have an angle between the double handle and the shaft, offset 7 degrees to the left, a left-hand sweep is not obstructed by the body and handle colliding. It is this, which allows you to effectively sweep in both directions, without excessive twisting of the back.

Each type of vegetation requires its own clearing technique. On this website you will find easy-to-follow how-to articles on clearing thick grass, plain grass, and coarse brush and bushes.

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Buying guide: trimmers

Consider your needs first when you are buying a trimmer. Here is our 10-tip guide to get the right machine for your working life.

To get the most from your new machine it’s important that you choose the right model. Your choice should be based entirely on the work you do. What type of vegetation will you need to trim? How frequently will you use the machine and for how long at a time?

10 tips before buying a trimmer

1. Does the machine have an adequate vibration reduction system? Vibration will quickly cause fatigue.

2. Don't buy a machine that is too small. A powerful machine will do a better job.

3. A trimmer with a rotating handle will be easier to transport and store.

4. Can the dealer service your machine? Do they have spare parts and accessories?

5. Is the machine easy to maintain? Is there a good user manual?

6. Can the dealer demonstrate the machine?

7. Can the dealer supply you with the necessary protective equipment?

8. Is there a good supply of accessories and spare parts for the machine?

9. Always ask to try the machine before you decide.

10. Check that the trimmer head and guard are tested and CE approved as suitable for use in combination.

In addition to the tips above, your Jonsered dealer will be able to give you further advice and tips. With Jonsered’s extensive range of machines you are bound to find one that suits your needs perfectly.

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Clearing technique for thick grass

Our expert advice on how to clear thick grass, including movements and working positions that make your work easier and more efficient.

Clearing large areas requires the power and capacity found on the larger machines. In mixed vegetation with woody stems and shoots you cannot use trimmer line but must use a grass and brush blade – three-tooth on the larger machines and four-tooth on the smaller. Thanks to the torque increase, due to the gear ratio in the angle gear, cutting capacity is more than enough even on the smaller Jonsered machines.

Sweeping movements

If the vegetation is low you can clear using double sided sweeping movements, however often, particularly in tall grass, it is better to work with single sided sweeping movements, so that you can guide the cut material to one side or the other at the same time as you clear a path. Release the throttle at the end of the movement and accelerate to bring the blade up to speed before starting the next sweep.

Place the fuel can in a suitable position to avoid unnecessary walking to refuel.

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Clearing technique for coarse brush and bushes

Our expert advice on how to clear coarse brush and bushes, including movements and operating tips that make your work easier and more efficient.

The larger Jonsered machines are used with the heavier three-tooth grass and brush blade, which slices effortlessly through stems. If the stems are too thick, then fit a clearing blade, which will cut through the stem. “A rule of thumb”: When the stem is as thick as a thumb, use the clearing blade.

The smaller lightweight Jonsered machines are equipped with the four-tooth grass and brush blade, which works smoother and gives less kick. Alternatively fit a special clearing blade, Opti 26T, which has been specially designed for these machines. If you have a loop handle this should be changed to a “J” handle.

Sweeping movements

In dense vegetation it is preferable to work with a single-sided sweeping movement from right to left – or the reverse – and guide the cut material to the side. The density of the vegetation determines the width of the clearing arc.

In sparse vegetation you work with sweeping movements in both directions. Let the blade do the work using gentle sweeping movements releasing the throttle at the end of the movement. Before starting the next sweep, accelerate to bring the blade up to speed. Operating the blade at high speed gives it the required momentum, while releasing the throttle gives the engine a breathing space

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Brushcutters and personal safety

Wearing the right clothes and safety equipment when working with a brushcutter is important. Here is an easy-to-follow guide to prevent injury.

Always wear a visor, safety glasses and hearing protection when clearing or a safety helmet with visor and hearing protection if the stand reaches head height.

A brushcutter’s cutting equipment may seem to be a fair distance from the operator; nevertheless, there is still a risk of cut material, loose stones, branches, etc. flying off in different directions. And despite the fact that the engines have silencers, your hearing should be protected from prolonged noise.

In dense stands you should wear heavy-duty clothing made of a durable material that does not catch on branches, etc. In addition, such clothing must provide good ventilation and freedom of movement. When clearing brush and grass, heavy-duty trousers and a shirt or jacket allowing good movement will generally be sufficient. It’s a good idea to wear a pair of gloves too.

It goes without saying that heavy-duty shoes, protective footwear or strong boots with deep tread soles that give a firm foothold on slippery, newly cut grass as well as stony, or uneven ground should always be worn.

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Buying guide: clearing saws

Consider your needs first when you are buying a clearing saw. Here is our 7-tip guide to get the right machine for your working life.

The clearing saw is used to clear forests, bushes and undergrowth. A clearing saw has a shorter shaft for better maneuverability in dense stands. The acute angle of the bevel gear facilitates directional felling. A thumb-operated throttle also helps clearing work. Jonsered saws are available in several different designs, each optimized for professional forestry workers or other regular professional use.

7 tips before buying a clearing saw

1. Choose a machine with an effective anti-vibration system that allows you to work longer.

2. Choose a lightweight machine, especially if you work full time.

3. Your clearing saw should be high powered and have a high torque and rapid acceleration for maximum efficiency.

4. Your machine should have an ergonomic harness for the best relief, comfort and efficiency.

5. The handlebar should be angled relative to the shaft, to prevent an uneven load being placed on your back.

6. The handlebar can be angled and folded down, for easier transport and storage.

7. If you plan to work in cold climates, choose a clearing saw with heated handles.

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