Do you keep your trimmer guards on?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Acute Cut, Jun 26, 2004.

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Do you keep your trimmer guards on?

  1. Nope, they are useless and get in my way.

    48 vote(s)
    36.1%
  2. Absolutely, it keeps us safe

    74 vote(s)
    55.6%
  3. Sometimes (brush cutting, etc)

    8 vote(s)
    6.0%
  4. What is a guard? (This is not a no answer)

    3 vote(s)
    2.3%
  1. Acute Cut

    Acute Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 980

    In writing this article for the stihl 110 trimmer i came across an interesting topic with my dealer. Trimmer guards, do you keep them on yes, no, sometimes. Try and elaborate if yall can. Ill post my opinions too. I am also going to make another poll as well about line length, since it ties in with this one i believe i am hoping yall can post there too. Thanks everyone. I will probably be using these results in my article as well.
     
  2. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,449

    guard comes off immediately. i wear safety glasses though.
     
  3. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    i leave mine on. what are the advantages of taking it off?
     
  4. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    this is the first year that I took my guards off....why didn't I do it sooner. Saves so much time, less weight on the head, and able to get into tight fitting areas
     
  5. Acute Cut

    Acute Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 980

    :D So far just as i thought. Dont forget to vote too guys. I need actual numbers to be able to write with and quote from. Thanks
     
  6. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    im going to take mine off this week and see how i like it...


    *me runs outside to tackle the stihl 110 and take the guard off!!!*
     
  7. twwlawn

    twwlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 283

    I leave it on, never the thought of taking it off. Deflects most clippings or whatever might get hit. The new shields are narrow than the older ones.
     
  8. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,266

    I have never taken the guard off of my trimmers, so this leads me to a question I've never seen asked of those who take them off. How do you control the length of line without the cut-off knife? I mean a real DA could wind up with 15" on both sides of the head if he weren't careful. I have a Redmax 2600s and the shield is almost non-existant anyway.
     
  9. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,449

    just the act of trimming takes care of the length. the only time i've ever had to cut my line myself, is when i restring it, and its alittle long. I'm constantly tapping, well not as much since i've been using titanium husky:cool:
     
  10. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    yup, never have had a problem with long line
     

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