I thought it might be fun for everyone to throw out a few helpful tips for the guy just starting up. Or maybe these tips can help us all. Just list a few and give everyone a chance to chime in. Tip #1 - Always fill up your equipment and cans with gas. If you don't you will surely run out at the most inconvenient time. Tip #2 - Always carry extra blades. this will save you some time eventually. Tip #3 - Always carry extra trimmer string and trimmer head. You'll be sorry if you don't.