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Old 12-25-2013, 07:57 PM
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String trimmer guards?

I'm curious to know how many of you take the guards off vs leaving them on and the reason(s) +/- for doing so.
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:31 PM
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We leave them on.
Multiple reasons.
1)safety
2)flinging materials
3)wear on trimmer gears running long string.
4) OSHA and comp.
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:53 PM
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We leave them on for the same reasons.
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Old 12-25-2013, 11:28 PM
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I had a co worker at my last job that swore by taking the guard off. He claimed he can trim faster and more efficiently by having it off. I tried it and did not like it. As the others have said it is unsafe and the trimmer line gets too long and the excess string will bog down the motor.
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:13 AM
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String trimmer guards?

I keep them off and like it way more especially for flip trimming. It's easier to see. I does fling more stuff tho. With the guard on doing flip trimming of sidewalks or fence lines. You just need the strong a bit longer. It wears out too fast or isn't long enough to get all the grass left by the Ztr. I use gator line and that helps
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:21 AM
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When I bought the HHT35SLTA I used for half that day, the I took it of (probably the easiest guard to remove don't need to remove the head) BIG difference. having a little more string won't bog down the engine (I know some of you go full throttle. I always stay less than half throttle)
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:04 PM
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I take mine off because its faster and lighter.
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Old 12-27-2013, 12:54 AM
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No guards here. I run a Dolmar 330 ( had a brush cutter blade on it when I bought it) I have the guard for the brush cutter and the weedwacker but I use neither. Reasons being:

1. lighter, better balance
2. I let the string out pretty long and use it to mow down more sculpted areas of lawn that a ztr mower couldn't get, small hills.
3. easier more accurate upside down trimming for edges
4. easier swap out for a brush cutter blade if and when needed
5. A weedwacker is a precision instrument and I use it as such

It might not be safer, but I don't run a guard on my table saw either, or know many guys who do.
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Old 12-27-2013, 12:58 AM
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From a dealer's side of the fence.....Taking the guard off leads to one thing....longer trimmer line. If you have guys on a crew running 20'' + line it does one of two things: puts a huge load on the clutch and burns the clutch shoes up - or- it drops the engine's RPM's down enough under a load to cause a lot of heat and which leads to scoring on the exhaust side of the cylinder. These new EPA regulated engines (all brands) won't tolerate any extra heat like they used to 10 years ago since everything has went to single piston ring. So when a trimmer comes in without a debris guard on, we instantly look inside the cylinder before we do anything else... The smaller the cc size engine- the worse the scoring is.... So if you are gonna run without the guard- make sure its a 26cc or above size engine- and don't let your guys run it any longer than 18'' wide....oh and did I mention that if you bring a trimmer in without a debris guard, it is supposed to instantly VOID your warranty? So be careful
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Old 12-27-2013, 12:30 PM
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The guard is there to protect the operator ONLY...which it slightly does, but certainly not completely.

We'll see/read it here at LS the rest of our days => that some folks think the guard protects everything in all directions from flying debris.
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