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Varsity L&G
08-25-2005, 06:03 PM
The guard or shield on there wacker?

olderthandirt
08-25-2005, 06:31 PM
Never seen a good reason to remove them

Dashunde
08-25-2005, 06:40 PM
Never seen a good reason to remove them

You cant trim with the back side of the head. (reaching around something like a small tree or pole)

olderthandirt
08-25-2005, 06:41 PM
You cant trim with the back side of the head. (reaching around something like a small tree or pole)
I said GOOD reason

walker-talker
08-25-2005, 06:45 PM
Who still has.....
The guard or shield on there wacker?
I stopped using a condom after I got married :laugh:

Lake Claire Lawn Ranger
08-25-2005, 06:46 PM
First thing I do with a new trimmer is remove the guard before I start it the first time.

John Gamba
08-25-2005, 06:47 PM
i keep them on.

MudslinginFX4
08-25-2005, 06:52 PM
I remove all guards before we use them. More productive. I also take the screens out of the equipment.

liquidforcedude7
08-25-2005, 06:55 PM
I will remove mine if it will actually make it more productive like taking it off in a ditch or someting but otherwise it stays on.

cborden
08-25-2005, 07:33 PM
Took the guards off and replaced them with EDGITs

Richard Martin
08-25-2005, 07:40 PM
For my first couple of years I used Homelite straight shaft trimmers. In my second year the guard came loose and I took it off. I was like "Wow man, this thing is a whole lot easier to use. Been leaving the guard at the dealer ever since.

cleancutccl
08-25-2005, 09:04 PM
Along with the guards you leave at the dealer you are leaving your warranty. Shindaiwa equipment voids warranty if any guard is removed.

Tadams
08-25-2005, 10:39 PM
Mine are off as well as the muffler screens. So much more versitile with them off. I like to have more string fed out and when they were on I was constantly bumping the head to get more line and leaving little pieces of string all over the place.

promower
08-25-2005, 11:45 PM
I never use a guard. I was talking to my dealer and he said having to much string out burns up the motor and voids warranty. Both my guys have so much string out at once it bogs down the trimmer now 2 of my trimmers (the ones they use) are running like crap. Both seem to have way less power then when I bought them 6 months ago. Something to consider when taking off guards.

HighGrass
08-25-2005, 11:49 PM
I leave them on. I get professional results with them on and they help with flying debris. No reason to remove them in my opinion.

GLC51
08-26-2005, 01:02 AM
I leave them on. Keeps some debris from hitting you and if the end frays just bump the head and it cuts off the frayed tip. Also the tendancy without one would be to run too much line and work the enigine harder.

topsites
08-26-2005, 01:51 AM
I said GOOD reason

It throws the trimmer off balance when twirling it like a baton :rolleyes:

topsites
08-26-2005, 01:52 AM
I leave them on. Keeps some debris from hitting you and if the end frays just bump the head and it cuts off the frayed tip. Also the tendancy without one would be to run too much line and work the enigine harder.

Yes, which also wastes string, costing not only a few cents of that but more frequent spool changes = more labor.

topsites
08-26-2005, 01:54 AM
I never use a guard. I was talking to my dealer and he said having to much string out burns up the motor and voids warranty. Both my guys have so much string out at once it bogs down the trimmer now 2 of my trimmers (the ones they use) are running like crap. Both seem to have way less power then when I bought them 6 months ago. Something to consider when taking off guards.

I run .080 line nowadays and the echo is in its 3rd year without a guard and has as much power as the brand-new stihl fs-85 i just bought.
You're not running .095 line are you?

cauz .080 is lighter :)

Richard Martin
08-26-2005, 04:47 AM
Along with the guards you leave at the dealer you are leaving your warranty.

To be honest with you the only thing I've ever taken back in for warranty was the Exmark mower I used to have.

a a green
08-26-2005, 08:58 AM
less likely for a worker to hurt himself with it on....besides if a worker or bystander was to get hurt without the guard on, you as an owner would be liable, wouldn't you?