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Do you remove the line guard from your trimmer??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Country, May 13, 2008.


Guard on or off

  1. ON

    95 vote(s)
  2. Off

    66 vote(s)
  1. Country

    Country LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    I see a lot of the guys in my area don't have them on.
  2. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,449

    I keep mine on, it's safer.
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I've been removing them since the guard fell off of a straight shaft Homelite I had back in 1996.
  4. SamTheLawnMan

    SamTheLawnMan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 219

    I always remove mine....I'm sure one day it will bite me....
  5. JFF

    JFF LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    I take them off, but it is obviously safer to keep them on.
  6. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,578

    I was planning on taking the guard off of my Stihl FS 90 R, but I found that Stihl uses 4 screws to hold the guard on. I just moved it back 1 set of holes and I get enough line that I'm not tapping the head all of the time. I still get grass all over me, but it's better than losing an eye. No offense to those who prefer it totally off, as I did that with my last trimmer.
  7. thelawnboss

    thelawnboss LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    we actually leave the guard on, but cut off the part that cuts the trimmer line off..... i cant really explain it, more like having a flat plate on instead of it coming out and then 90 degree angle down.

    not the safest i know, but alot more productive while still having some amount of safety.

    so where is my option for BOTH
  8. robertsturf

    robertsturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    We always leave ours on. Check with your workmens comp or commercial insurance provider. If you remove factory safety shields or other equipment you may not be covered in case of a claim.
  9. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
    Messages: 867

    I do the same as thelawnboss. I just cut off the lower part of the guard so I can let out more line. I say leave your guards on, I know I get way less debris thrown at me than without one, and that means less chance of a nail or something going through my leg.
  10. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,119

    We have too much trimming to leave them on, as long as the operatior knows what they are dong there is no more of a safety issue than having the guard on. I used to be a skeptic until I took one off for a day, that night I took them off of every trimmer I owned.

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