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View Poll Results: Do you use guards on your trimmers?
Yes, I do 66 47.48%
No, I do not 73 52.52%
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:57 PM
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This is what is interesting about this site learning what goes on in different areas. I was a foreman for a large company for 7 years and been in and out of the business since 1997. We never ran without the guards, I can't remember one breaking off. I've not noticed any other LCO in the area running without the guards either. There was no reason we left them on. I always figured that was how the head knew how much line to let out ect but never really gave it much thought. Somehow up here in Maine we have all survived! Lol When I get a 2nd back up trimmer, shopping now, Im going to give it a shot!
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:22 PM
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I remove it before I put gas in it
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:42 PM
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no guards here for all the reasons mentioned. mostly because the one that came on my stihl fs74 was ridiculously huge and heavy. gotta be straight shaft and no guard for me. always wear your safety glasses! oh and be wary of where youre throwing debris. especially when people are around
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:20 PM
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I would be concerned about disabling/removing any safety equipment in the rare event that you cause an accident on a customer's property (ex. A kid comes riding up behind you on her bike while you're edging and can't see her and you pitch a rock with your trimmer and it damages her eye.) There is no way your liability insurance is going to pay out a claim if they find out that you disabled safety features on your equipment. Whether they find out or not, that's another question, but not a risk I'm willing to take.

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Old 09-02-2013, 12:04 AM
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The guard is only designed to protect the operator...which it does to some degree, but it is certainly not 100%.
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:37 PM
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No guards for me neither.
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:58 PM
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I use a guard on mine. I trim naked though.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:27 PM
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No guards here bud
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:04 AM
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If you have employees operating equipment then you want every guard that came on that machine from the factory intact and operational. It's all good until an employee gets injured and has their attorney tell them how hurt they are and they come after you. If you're a solo operator then have at it.... tear it all off if you want. If you have employees you should leave them on. Several years ago there was a local school district that had an in house mechanic that used to take the guards and other plastic shields off of the equipment. It was all good until an employee got injured and sued (and won!) the school district. Just something to think about.....
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:16 PM
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Nah, I did use it for about 2 years with it on tho. After I took it off WOAH BABY!!! What a difference. So much lighter. My arm actually doesn't hurt at the end of the day. Easier to see what your trimming, to go around trees, edging. Never will run a trimmer with the guard on
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