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Old 06-07-2014, 07:47 AM
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I'm still trying to figure out how it restricts your vision. Do you trim with the back side of the line or something?
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I trim with back side of the head a lot poles fence post ditch banks

Last time I had a shield on was in the 80s now brush cutting I'll put it on with the steel blade
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Old 06-07-2014, 07:59 AM
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I'm still trying to figure out how it restricts your vision. Do you trim with the back side of the line or something?
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Yup, no need to walk around a light pole, just hit it with the back of the trimmer.
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:03 AM
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Yup, no need to walk around a light pole, just hit it with the back of the trimmer.
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I can do that with a guard on.. Lol
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:13 AM
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I can do that with a guard on.. Lol
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Same here I don't want to be eating rocks and dirt all day either it poses a much bigger hazard without the guard for debris to bust out some windows. I can do everything they say without the guard just as easy with a guard.
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:15 AM
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Same here I don't want to be eating rocks and dirt all day either it poses a much bigger hazard without the guard for debris to bust out some windows. I can do everything they say without the guard just as easy with a guard.
Like I said earlier I do modify the guards. We take the cutter out and trim the back a little bit so I can run the line out.

Just trying to figure out how a guard allows you to see better
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:24 AM
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Mine are still on and work fine, I have also started wearing safety glasses to keep the crap out of my eyes.
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:32 AM
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Mine are still on and work fine, I have also started wearing safety glasses to keep the crap out of my eyes.
Just started Larry man your lucky, if I didn't wear them I'd be blind by now lol

I have had the occasional rock fly up in nasal passage a few times not a fun feeling
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:32 PM
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Same here I don't want to be eating rocks and dirt all day either it poses a much bigger hazard without the guard for debris to bust out some windows. I can do everything they say without the guard just as easy with a guard.
I can say never busted out a window running with out a guard in all the years I mean none of my guys has.

I know other guys busted windows running guards

Running no guards makes you a better trimmer You learn to stay out of the rocks and the dirt Yes sometimes you find a rock or 2 and Yes it hurts on the legs. When running steel blades and I have guard on I still find rocks hitting me in the legs.

If you are happy with guards on I'm happy with them off
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Old 06-07-2014, 11:03 PM
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There are perks to both.

I have one trimmer with the guard on and one with it off.

I do notice I don't get hit as much with the guard off. It is odd, but I do notice there are less stings and thumps on my legs when I'm trimming with the guard off.

I like the trimmer with the guard on for those properties where there is never the need for a wide swath. I notice with the guard off I wind it out too much.

To me it's the same as having a 52 inch mower on certain properties and a 36 on others....

The right tool for the right job.

If I ever had to make an absolute choice, I would just keep the guard on.

Your dealer will let you know, but some companies do void the warranty if you use the trimmer with the guard off. My dealer let me know that I take the guard off, be sure to keep it so I can put it back on for warranty work.
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Let me add to this topic - because I have done it both ways....

Not all guards were created equal. For instance the Stihl guard definitely helps keep debris from flying back at you - but it only allows a small amount of string out at a time.

Now Shindaiwa is a completely different monster. It allows nearly double the length of the Stihl - but I definitely notice my legs getting tiny rocks pelted at them more often running it.

My old Husqvarna had a massive guard - seemed to solve both problems - allowed a lot of line out and didn't get hit as often, but at a price.... was impossible to see past it! I mean it was BIG!. Forget trying to edge with that monster on.

I been trying to wear shorts on the hotter days - so I keep the guards on. It's the tiny rocks that hit your legs that leave you cursing at the wind.

I will say without the guard it allows you to trim further away from objects so you can definitely move faster with the mower. Get pelted with them tiny tar chips near roadsides and you'll quickly put the guard back on again
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