3rd Degree Burns--You?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Think Green, Jun 27, 2009.

  1. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    This year, we purchased 3 Echo SRM-230 models because of their light weight use and for light duty line-trimming. The other day our two helpers came to the trailer after doing a large job and were complaining of forearm burns from the machines.
    We opened the first aid kits and applied the usual burn creams, and bandaged them up and off to work we went. The next morning, those spots had water blistered up and became infected on one man. I used one of the units myself that day and for the first time of our career that the units do--in fact--get hot as hell on the clutch area and the metal casing. We have used Echo line-trimmers before and now use the Stihl models continuously.
    Has anyone else been having these issues with their units.
    I have been line-trimming for over a decade and have never had these kind of burn since the old time when the muffler covers were metal and not plastic. The old JD line trimmers were bad about burning the stew out of you!
    If so, what means have you done to eliminate the problem from hurting your employees. This is a serious problem as the guys are real pro's at using the line trimmer correctly, but occasionally you do have to rest the thing when it gets hot!!--The heat outside-I mean!! I burned the crap out of my arm and it blistered up too!!!!!!!

    Are you Echo reps out ther looking at my thread??? Give me some feedback!
  2. Okiebug003

    Okiebug003 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    Go to wal-mart and get some felt sticky pads and slap them on there. This is what I did because I like to rest my forearm right under where the spark plug wires go into the casing, just above the clutch area, and it gets craxy hot right there.
  3. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    Thank you my fellow Tulsonian LCO.
    My men like to do the same thing as it is the only feasible way to carry the things. I see other helpers line trim with the engine up next to their heads........??
    Would this be in the crafts section of wally mart?
    After I go and look, I will let you know how it works for us!
    Many overlooked thanks..............
  4. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    You think the echo gets hot, try the redmax! What I do to solve this problem (don't laugh) is I take my wore out socks and cut the ends out of them. I then slip it over my right arm and that solves the problem. I will say with my old echo weedwhackers it only took one sock but the redmax takes two. That sucker could fry an egg it gets so hot.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Best thing I can tell you is I learned NOT to lean my arm on the powerhead unit.
    Because it's hard, after you've been using a Stihl 4-mix, to go back to using an Echo 2-cycler.

    How I know, I've got an FS-100 and an srm-260s, the Stihl's run way cooler.
    And my Echo does exactly the same thing, but I will say this...
    Don't your workers FEEL anything while they're getting burnt?
    I mean dang, I've put my arm on the muffler before and it hurt like hell but I didn't leave it on there long enough to get that bad a burn :p

    Because there's other times, and Stihl's can do it too...
    When that spark plug cable gets to a point, your arm gets too close and ZAP!
    Oh you think the burn hurts?
    That zap about stop your heart LOL

    So, don't let that arm rest on the back end.
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2009
  6. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,719

    This is what I do on the ones of mine that get hot [Echo Shindaiwa].
    Loosen off the screws/bolt that hold the engine to the shaft, then turn the engine to the right alittle. This will make your forearm rest more at the air cleaner area and does not seem to be as hot. This may sound crazy but it works for me and some others I have done this to. Remember not to turn the handle and throttle thought because you want them to be in the same place they were.
  7. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 42,054

    I used a Shindy like that at my fulltime job. I was the only one trimming a huge HOA on Wednesday, for about 8 hours. I noticed the unit getting VERY hot, but no burns.
  8. Okiebug003

    Okiebug003 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    Hardware section, near where they keep screws, bolts and stuff. They make some that are narrow and about 2 inches long that work perfect.
  9. lyube

    lyube LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,597

    I was hit by a toro WB a few years ago and landed on the muffler.


    Ouch. Left an "I" and a lower case q on my arm.
  10. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    yep. had an echo srm 2601. Burned the crap out of me! did what was mentioned by putting the felt pad on. Then I bought a Stihl. No more burns

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