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jocko1104
06-27-2003, 05:00 AM
When I operate my echo 2 cycle trimmer (left hand down) I get an incredible hot spot on my right forearm. You would think that the guys from echo would have figured this out by now and put the muffler on the other side? Am I missing something?

Tharrell
06-27-2003, 06:05 AM
My Robin 253 is the same. It's not too bad though since it's really lightweight and I don't really need to lay my arm on it, except in tight or difficult situations.

CMLLawnServices
06-27-2003, 09:53 AM
My stihl fs 55 does that too, i was doing some ditches the other day ,i was using my forearm to support the weight the trimmer so i could stand at the top of the ditch and reach in with one hand . and after 15 minutes my arm felt really hot. I put on the sholder strap when i got home and it helps to suport more weight so i don`t have to use my arm.

Gravely_Man
06-27-2003, 10:32 AM
A very common problem and the only thing that I have found that will help will be a long sleeve shirt or using a strap.


Gravely_Man

jocko1104
06-27-2003, 11:59 AM
Yeah I ended up using a bandanna from the truck and wrapped it around my arm. My partner told me I looked like Chachi from happy days with the bandanna, LOL.

WE Chapps
06-27-2003, 02:01 PM
One of our early products was the Arm Chapp. Just as the Leg Chapps and later the Strap Chapps were designed to ease the pain,grass stains and getting foreign objects in your shoes caused by trimmers, the Arm Chapps were designed to protect the forearm from the wrist to the elbow from the heat of the mufflers on the string trimmers.
The Trimmer manufacturers over the years have greatly improved the housing around the engine and mufflers so that the heat generated doesn't effect the operator as much as in the beginning of commercial weed trimmer production. The mufflers use to be bare metal and free standing on the right side of the trimmer so that any contact with the engine resulted in an immediate forearm burn.
The housing can still get hot and the upper portion of the shaft can also burn your skin. So please, protect yourselves and your crews and keep letting manufacturers know what is wrong with or how to improve their products and eventually you will have the best equipment and accessories possible.

tsh1773
06-27-2003, 02:16 PM
My echo has that problem too. I just bought a sweat band (normally worn around the wrist) and slide up my arm to cover the spot that gets hot. Problem solved.

SR Landscaping
06-27-2003, 03:44 PM
It happends with my Redmax. Only when I'm using it on big accounts and run it straight for over 5 hours. I just buy a wristband and stretch it to my forearm.:blob3:
So when you do that you look like Micheal Jordan. So Lets all be like Mike.
Why can't we get together and design, our own equipment? We need a parking brake on ground blowers, so we can quit wedging sticks and stones under the wheels when we're blowing hills. We also don't want any nuts on the undercarraige, of our mowers. Makes scraping a pain in the a--. I'm sure there are many, other Ideas:confused:
So Let's give them to Sean, and give him something to do! Later, Steve

rodfather
06-27-2003, 06:12 PM
I thought I was the only one with that problem. I wrap a ace bandage around my forearm to keep it from getting burned.

greenman
06-27-2003, 11:20 PM
Same here with my Shindys.

Frosty_03
06-27-2003, 11:44 PM
I agree with the long sleeve shirt theory, It is also a good way to stay cool on the up and comming Dog days of the summer.:cool: :blob2:

CMLLawnServices
06-28-2003, 11:41 AM
This reminds me of the last time I was in the really far back part of my dealer`s complex, i was looking for a left hand thread lock nut and he said there might be one back in the bins where the snowmoble skis where and , walking back there i passed mounds of dead trimmers and the last pile before i got to the lock nuts there was this old Kawi trimmer sittin on top of the pile ,it was green with an orange head, and the plastic did`t go around the cylinder head ! the bare head was just sticking out cooling fins and all and i thought what a way to burn your self anll you have to do its touch it for a split second.............
anyone seen one of these before?

HarryD
06-28-2003, 02:47 PM
On which side of your body are you holding the power head right side or left side. I run mine with the power head on the right side of my body using my right hand to control the throttle and I have no problems with my arms heating up. But then again I don't rest my arm on the power head either

howiehowie
06-28-2003, 04:25 PM
My arm looks like yalls. I am sure going to try the sweatband idea! Glad to hear my problem is not unique to me. :D

nelbuts
06-28-2003, 07:34 PM
I have the solution to the problem and it works!!!

Take an old sock and cut off the foot part. Then slide it over your arm while you are trimming. Then take it off when finished.

This is a problem when manufactures changed their spark plug guard. They made it lower and closer to the plug. Now your arm rests on the plug and gets hot.

This solution works great and I have used it for years. Give it a try. BTW when I am finished I just put the sock in my back pocket till I get to the next yard.

rodfather
06-28-2003, 08:59 PM
Originally posted by nelbuts
I have the solution to the problem and it works!!!

Take an old sock and cut off the foot part. Then slide it over your arm while you are trimming. Then take it off when finished.

This is a problem when manufactures changed their spark plug guard. They made it lower and closer to the plug. Now your arm rests on the plug and gets hot.

This solution works great and I have used it for years. Give it a try. BTW when I am finished I just put the sock in my back pocket till I get to the next yard.


Good idea...better than my mine for sure. Thanks:)

nelbuts
06-28-2003, 11:28 PM
nice thing is when you get that hole in the sock it is still worth something. Hahahaha.

KerryB
06-30-2003, 10:06 AM
Yeah my FS85 does the same thing. I have complained about it over and over and over again. Do you think the dealer or the Stihl rep have done anything? lol

TLS
06-30-2003, 10:14 AM
THIS is REDICULOUS!!! :confused:

There's NO REASON for your arm to rest anywhere NEAR that engine.

I've had no problems for 22 years with what you guys are describing.

I can't be the ONLY guy NOT resting his arm on the engine, can I ? :eek:

greenman
06-30-2003, 09:39 PM
Originally posted by TLS
THIS is REDICULOUS!!! :confused:

There's NO REASON for your arm to rest anywhere NEAR that engine.

I've had no problems for 22 years with what you guys are describing.

I can't be the ONLY guy NOT resting his arm on the engine, can I ? :eek:

Its not that it rests on the engine casing or spark plug, but my arm does touch it at times, and its hot. Teaches me not to relax that arm!:(

TLS
06-30-2003, 09:44 PM
Originally posted by greenman
but my arm does touch it at times, and its hot.


Well, don't do that then!
:eek:
:D

nelbuts
06-30-2003, 10:09 PM
Hey TLS your statement is rediculous! I rest my arm on my weed eater and have been in this business for as long as you have. So according to your theory that makes me right too. I balance the machine and can weed eat steep banks quite easily with one arm. I do not want to get in a peeing contest here with you but the fact is that many people hold weed eaters differently and that the plug guard is not higher than the plug like they used to be. So if you don't get your arm warm I am soooooooo happy for you. However, many of us do and want to continue holding our weed eaters the way that is comfortable to us. So don't call us rediculous. In fact your statement and your impiled attitude is just that. Thank you very much.:angry:

polecat63
06-30-2003, 10:23 PM
I don't know what you fellas are talking about. I'm left handed.

TLS
06-30-2003, 10:34 PM
Originally posted by nelbuts
Hey TLS your statement is rediculous!

So don't call us rediculous. In fact your statement and your impiled attitude is just that. Thank you very much.:angry:

Come on Nelbuts, don't sugar coat it, tell me how you really feel! :rolleyes:


I don't hold it that way because it hurts.

If the string trimmer was designed to have your elbow rest on top of the engine, it would have heat shields and padding there.

I hold my string trimmer 3 different ways, and use 3 different fingers to actuate the throttle. Not one of these ways causes me to get burnt.