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Old 03-01-2015, 02:36 PM
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Pointers on avoiding breaking windows when trimming

Hey guys. Been in business just for a couple years. I've never been too fond of the guards on my trimmers. Well over the last two years I've broken two glass front doors. Luckily each time has only been the first layer of clear glass and hasn't been too expensive. What are some pointers you guys reccomend? Should I go back to using guards? I thought they are mostly used for protecting yourself from debris. I sure would like this season to go good with no breakage or accidents. Knock on wood 😉
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:45 PM
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Yes use guards, OSHA will have a field day with that. Lower rpms when in the area of windows vehicles and such. Trim right to left to throw clippings into yard, Don't trim so low as to kick up such debris
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:55 PM
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Walk right to left especially around houses. Keep rpms down too.even with guards debris will tend to fly out any direction. Just be mindfull of where you are trimming, and maybe use your body to block things from hitting windows.

I broke my truck window last year edging along my driveway. Was flinging rocks and didn't even realize it at first.
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:59 PM
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Trim 2 to 3 inches above the ground, even if there are weeds. Do not trim to the ground. Keep the trim line parallel with the ground.

If you are doing cracks in the sidewalk, keep your back to whatever (car, house ) that could be hit with stones, so you can go lower when needed.

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Yes use guards, OSHA will have a field day with that. Lower rpms when in the area of windows vehicles and such. Trim right to left to throw clippings into yard, Don't trim so low as to kick up such debris
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OSHA does not apply if he has less than 10 employees.

And yeah, Im joking but unfortunately thats what many on here think.

But, in my opinion put the guards on. I hate em too but they are there for several reasons. 1.) Save you money 2) Save your eye 3) save your friends eye 4) save little jimmy's eye

All it takes is one lawsuit and you will lose your house to pay for an eye.
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Move right to left. Always train my guys to do this. Unfortunately it's counter intuitive for most right hand dominant guys.

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Drop rpms

Put your guard back on
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:05 PM
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Also with no guard most guys tend to run too much string which causes excessive wear on the trimmer head, clutch, and engine, and yea rock flying at your eye at 100mph does not feel good at all then you gotta walk around for days looking like a pirate ..
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:09 PM
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Hey guys. Been in business just for a couple years. I've never been too fond of the guards on my trimmers. Well over the last two years I've broken two glass front doors. Luckily each time has only been the first layer of clear glass and hasn't been too expensive. What are some pointers you guys reccomend? Should I go back to using guards? I thought they are mostly used for protecting yourself from debris. I sure would like this season to go good with no breakage or accidents. Knock on wood 😉
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Common sense should have been applied with this matter. Leave all guards and shields in place.
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OSHA does not apply if he has less than 10 employees.

And yeah, Im joking but unfortunately thats what many on here think.

But, in my opinion put the guards on. I hate em too but they are there for several reasons. 1.) Save you money 2) Save your eye 3) save your friends eye 4) save little jimmy's eye

All it takes is one lawsuit and you will lose your house to pay for an eye.
So you got me on the OSHA thing, but will insurance cover incidents that were caused by not having proper safety guards in place? Honest question
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:11 PM
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So you got me on the OSHA thing, but will insurance cover incidents that were caused by not having proper safety guards in place? Honest question
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NO. And if you try and file a claim and are caught it's call insurance fraud.
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