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Trimming without the guard

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by zackvbra, Jun 5, 2014.

  1. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've been seeing a few guys trimming without the guards on their weedeaters. What's the advantage? I may try it out if theres no big problems with it. I would imagine if you bumped it one good time it would send too much string out and wrap around the head.
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  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    It's lighter.

    And you can get the string out to the width of a push mower.

    I like a guard, so on ours we use the Stihl brush cutter guard and take the bottom skirt off along with the line cutter.

    With the line out longer, you can trim about 3 times faster, with lower RPM's and less scalping.

  3. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    I run no guards but I run fix string heads I don't think I would do that with a feeder head
    Sure does help I would say 10 times faster and I think I burn less fuel
  4. TTM42

    TTM42 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 205

    First thing we do when we get a new weed eater is take the guard off. If you edge using your weed eater it is a lot easier to see where your line is and the guard wont get in your way. Also, as has been said, you can get out more line which is beneficial in some cases as well.
  5. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,206

    Speed feed heads make life easy if you get to much string out or like I do I use different lengths string all the time
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  6. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    There is no advantage to running without a guard.
  7. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
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    Would you rather have a 16 inch push mower or 21?
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  8. pseudosun

    pseudosun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,740

    I forgot what it's like to operate a trimmer with a guard. Occasionally, too much line will come out when i accidentally bump it, but it's rare. I couldn't be as efficient with a guard; just don't like it. I have trouble seeing my edge, and occasionally i can use long line for light trimming.
  9. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,308

    I thought the same way until I tried it. :laugh:

    I burnt up the clutches on an echo running without a guard and still wouldn't be caught dead trimming with one on there.
  10. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,308

    Speed head makes this easy when you put too much string out there. A simple twist of the head fixes that issue. I couldn't agree with you more though, I'm faster and much much more precise then I was with the guard on there. And I can sure as heck edge much more perfect with the guard gone.

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