Welcome to Universal's How-to page, where you will find helpful instruction videos and articles on topics such as lawn care, tree felling, and hedge trimming.
Easy-to-understand DIY tips on how to sharpen your chainsaw chain using the Universal chain sharpening kit.
Transcript of the 'How to' video
A sharp chainsaw chain makes your work easier and safer. Our chain filed kits contain everything you need - files, handle and guides.
Ensure that your chainsaw is fixed in a safe position, and that the chain brake is engaged. The arrows on the template should point in the direction of the bar. Mount this on one of the chain cutting edges.
Mark the chain where you started from, so that you will know when you have sharpened all the chain cutters. Always start with the worse cutting-edge.
It is important that you keep the file positioned vertically above the template. To achieve the correct sharpening angle always use the file by pushing it forwards and rotating it. Count the number of times you have sharpened each cutting edge before you're satisfied with the results. Then use the same number of sharpening movements throughout.
Continue sharpening the chain, skipping every other cutting-edge. Then turn the chainsaw over and sharpen in the remaining cutting edges.
You must also remember to sharpen the depth gauges. Replace the file in the handle with the flat file then position the template like this, applying an even filing movement.
When the cutting edges have become worn and are less than four millimetres, the chain should be replaced. Always check the tension of the chain when refuelling your chainsaw.
If the chainsaw chain is too slack, there is a risk that it can come loose and disengage
This quick and easy to follow 'how to' video clearly explains the basic principle in how to replace the nylon string on your grass strimmer.
Transcript of the "How to" video
This is how you replace the Nylon online in your grass trimmer.
Remove the real. The real has a symbol indicating the direction of rewinding. Find the middle part of your line.
Secure the nylon line using the slot in the real. Fasten both ends at the line by winding them in the same direction.
Fasten the line end on the edge of the real, which makes it easier to replace the real in the lid.
Place the trimming line ends in the hole in the lid.
The real is now ready to be reassembled.
If the line ends are too long, just cut them to the desired length with a pair of scissors.
Complete replacement reels with string are available from Universal for most trimmer brands and models .
Move the line ends to the hole in the lid. The real is now ready to be reassembled.
It's important to perform regular maintenance on your lawn mower. This short video shows you how to change the oil, spark plug and air filter.
Transcript of the "How to" video
A regular exchange of oil prolongs the life of your lawn mowers engine. We recommend that you change the oil every twenty-fifth hour of use or annually.
Among our range of lawn mower accessories is an original maintenance kit, including an oil syringe.
Let the engine idle for a few minutes, so that the oil becomes warm and liquid.
Disconnect the spark plug lead. The drain plug is located underneath the engine, but it is much easier to empty the oil through the filler hole using the oil syringe.
Remember that old engine oil is a hazardous waste and should be handled and disposed of accordingly. We recommend that you use our customised oil which is adapted to engine specifications, for both quality and volumes.
When checking the oil level, ensure that the dipstick goes all the way down to the bottom of the crankcase.
The crankcase should always be filled with oil, up to the full mark on the dipstick.
Check the condition of the air filter at regular intervals. It is usually sufficient to just blow this clean, however if it is very dirty it must be replaced.
Now there is only one thing left to do to - check the spark plug.
Always use the recommended spark plug to factory specifications.
Insert the spark plug carefully by hand into the cylinder threads as far as possible, and then tighten fully using a box spanner.