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Kingram10
10-30-2006, 10:23 PM
Hey Guys, I just bought a Echo HC-150 Hedge Trimmer and I have a Question.

It came with a Blade Stiffener. Do you Guys use these and what are they for??

lawnsbytim
10-30-2006, 10:25 PM
Do you mean the blade guard that keeps fingers from being cut off?

Kingram10
10-30-2006, 10:57 PM
There is a Orange Blade cover that is used during transport and there is also a BLADE STIFFENER that attaches to top of blades and guides material being cut into blades.

metro36
10-31-2006, 07:09 PM
Is it a silver metal strip. If so I use it on mine. It came with it on and I never needed to take it off. I am to lazy to remove it any ways.

ed2150
10-31-2006, 07:21 PM
Most trimmers have these, they're not only a stiffener, they provide you a measure of protection in case the trimmer contacts your leg or something like that.

It's not absolutely necessary, I messed the one on my Kawasaki trimmer up and ran it without it while the one I ordered came in. It shouldn't affect the way the trimmer operates with or without it and from a safety standpoint it oughta be there.

CNY Property Management
10-31-2006, 07:58 PM
I run that trimmer as well. The bracket you are referencing provides a certain level of protection for your hand that is closest to the blade. The machine will run fine without the bracket, but will be less safe. I beleive the bracket also acts as a support and guide for the blade.

MMLawn
10-31-2006, 09:19 PM
If you are using in commercially Echo actually recommend leaving it off their hedge trimmers.

jmq
10-31-2006, 10:11 PM
I use the same trimmer and I have not take it off either. One problem I have noticed is that if the blades are not lubricated often enough, the cutting blades will sieze up. I always clean and oil before I put my orange cover back on...

Have any of you used VERY long (36"+) hedge trimmers????

Matts lawn care
10-31-2006, 10:24 PM
i have the same trimmer. never bothered to take it off. it is a safety feature. it also helps guide the bush into the blades. no problems here.

Kingram10
10-31-2006, 11:22 PM
My Echo came with Blade stiffener/Guard off Just laying in the box.
It said everytime you put it on or take it off you have to use NEW locking nuts.

ed2hess
11-01-2006, 10:34 PM
Most trimmers have these, they're not only a stiffener, they provide you a measure of protection in case the trimmer contacts your leg or something like that.
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Yes we take it off because it hurts trimming.....but everyone of us has cut our pants and leg at least once a year when we relax and let the darn trimmer get into our leg.