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Trimmer Guards?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DaughtryLC, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. DaughtryLC

    DaughtryLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 739

    I see alot of guys taking off their line trimmer guards. does this help? If so in what way!
  2. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 841

    If they do alot of tall grass, I can see it helping because it does not get so tangled up. However, i would not remove mine for safety issues as well as teh fact that the line cut off is on the guard and I use it often to balance out the length of the line.
  3. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,110

    Both my trimmers now have the guards on. A friend of mine who works for a large company told me OSHA said put the guards on or be fined. So I put mine back on. Slows ya down a bit around trees, but thats about it.
  4. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,613

    Mine stay on with the line trimmer, come off when I bust out the brush cutter.
  5. Harvest

    Harvest LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    Both mine are off as soon as i get them home along with the spark arrestor. I let one get a little dirty so if i need warranty work done i can put it back on real quick. With the guard off it voids the warranty on most models.
  6. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    Off for me. I tried a couple times to put it back on and it drove me nuts. Not enough line out to do any good with it on and every time u bump feed about an inch comes out, well if you only have a half inch of room before the knife blade the extra gets cut off, sure it's only a half inch or so, but over time it adds up to a lot of wasted line! When having it off, and then replacing it, I noted just how much stuff was hitting me on and off. Honestly I saw NO difference either way.

    Warranty schmorranty, I have NEVER had a trimmer quit or break on me within the first couple years at least, and then it's 90% fuel or fuel line issue.
  7. Rons Rightway Lawncare

    Rons Rightway Lawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,163

    You took the words out of my mouth! This is exactly the same I do! Matter of fact, I used to save the guards in case I needed to take it back to the shop but heck I just threw them all out yesterday as I got tired of looking at them.

    I hear all this talk of OSHA and how I may get fined if I take my guards off, or mow without the deflector chute.... I have not heard of one person who has been pulled over by the OSHA police yet! Heck it is my stuff, I should be able to use it how I want to. Maybe it is a different story when you got employees
  8. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,449

    is this true??:dizzy: :laugh: what are they gonna do next, check the depth of the soles of my boots?

    its one thing if you are working in and creating an unsafe work area with civilians directly around you, but that is rare for me.
  9. extremerc76

    extremerc76 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 93

    when working in residential areas i keep the gaurds on but as soon as i am away from people, the gaurds come off of everything, mower deflector, weedwacker, etc. i leave them on around people because i figure better safe then sorry, not only that if i nail someones window because i don't have a deflector on i will be pi$$ed off at me
    as for OSHA it's my stuff
  10. prostriper

    prostriper LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 336

    I take mine of for many reasons.

    1. You can direct the discharge 360 degrees, with the guard you are pretty much stuck discharging to your right side only.

    2. You can reach around trees and small obstacles.

    3. One arm a dranage ditch or retention pond to get a wider swath, try this with the guard on and end up with a smooth cut, verry difficult if not impossible. THis keeps you saver and avoids the chance of going for a unexpected swim.

    4. The trimmer is 4 lbs lighter, even more when you figure in the leverage from being at the end of the shaft.

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