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Echo Hedge Trimmer Help

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Kingram10, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. Kingram10

    Kingram10 LawnSite Member
    from Arizona
    Messages: 53

    Hey Guys, I just bought a Echo HC-150 Hedge Trimmer and I have a Question.

    It came with a Blade Stiffener. Do you Guys use these and what are they for??
     
  2. lawnsbytim

    lawnsbytim LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    Do you mean the blade guard that keeps fingers from being cut off?
     
  3. Kingram10

    Kingram10 LawnSite Member
    from Arizona
    Messages: 53

    There is a Orange Blade cover that is used during transport and there is also a BLADE STIFFENER that attaches to top of blades and guides material being cut into blades.
     
  4. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    Is it a silver metal strip. If so I use it on mine. It came with it on and I never needed to take it off. I am to lazy to remove it any ways.
     
  5. ed2150

    ed2150 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    Most trimmers have these, they're not only a stiffener, they provide you a measure of protection in case the trimmer contacts your leg or something like that.

    It's not absolutely necessary, I messed the one on my Kawasaki trimmer up and ran it without it while the one I ordered came in. It shouldn't affect the way the trimmer operates with or without it and from a safety standpoint it oughta be there.
     
  6. CNY Property Management

    CNY Property Management LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I run that trimmer as well. The bracket you are referencing provides a certain level of protection for your hand that is closest to the blade. The machine will run fine without the bracket, but will be less safe. I beleive the bracket also acts as a support and guide for the blade.
     
  7. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    If you are using in commercially Echo actually recommend leaving it off their hedge trimmers.
     
  8. jmq

    jmq LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I use the same trimmer and I have not take it off either. One problem I have noticed is that if the blades are not lubricated often enough, the cutting blades will sieze up. I always clean and oil before I put my orange cover back on...

    Have any of you used VERY long (36"+) hedge trimmers????
     
  9. Matts lawn care

    Matts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 829

    i have the same trimmer. never bothered to take it off. it is a safety feature. it also helps guide the bush into the blades. no problems here.
     
  10. Kingram10

    Kingram10 LawnSite Member
    from Arizona
    Messages: 53

    My Echo came with Blade stiffener/Guard off Just laying in the box.
    It said everytime you put it on or take it off you have to use NEW locking nuts.
     

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