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Guard on or off on your string trimmer??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by scagdude, May 27, 2009.

  1. scagdude

    scagdude LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 344

    I am just curious about some advantages and disadvantages of having your guard on or off your strung trimmer. I have mine off on both of my trimmers because i cant stand how short the line is with the guard on. Are there any disadvantages to do this?? Thanks
  2. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    Don't be a fool keep guards and all safety devices intact..... Do you really need someone to explaine why?
  3. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,444

    The main disadvatage is it's a stupid practice. You're asking to get hurt, hurt someone else or damage someone else's property. It's also a topic that's been beat to death.

    Only a moron removes a factory safety device from a piece of power equipment. If you're offended by that...... too bad.
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Mine are off and have been for over a decade. Trimmer guards are marginally effective at preventing accidents at best. Most of them cover way less than half of the rotating trimmer line. They're good for keeping grass off of your ankles though.
  5. BTM Lawn Maintenance L.L.C

    BTM Lawn Maintenance L.L.C LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 440

    I personaly dont think 4 inchs of plastic is going to make that much of a difference...I use one with and one without a guard and with either trimmer i get hit with debri or they throw debri...either way they are dangerous and should be usd very carefully....just my 2 cents...
  6. WH401

    WH401 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    I have the guard on my trimmer and it might as well not be on there. After I use it I end up with more grass clippings on me than the ground, and I always have stuff being deflected back at me anyway.
  7. Damian

    Damian LawnSite Member
    Messages: 242

    I use one of the biggest ones they ever made for Echo. I don't know if it was for blade use or what, but it's easily twice the size of the current shields. I keep it for these reasons - and yes, this has been beaten to death -:

    1. I learned how to edge/trim with one on and simply continue to do it like that.

    2. When I take it off, it seems I have to use more force to hold the head down, so you could say it serves as a partial counter-weight to the engine. Especially when working on slopes and trying to "one arm it."

    3. I love the blade to cut the line. Mine came with two sets of holes and I use the closest to the edge. There's room for a third set, but just have never gotten around to drilling the holes to give me that extra inch of line.

    4. It gives added protection to close to the ground shrub growth when edging a bed. It's not perfect but I mutlitate a whole lot less shrubbery/plants with it on than off.

    5. Deep down, while I know it probably would mean nothing, I feel if I were to break a customers window or passing cars' window, I could at least point to the shield as an example of me trying to follow the suggested safety guidelines and use it safely. Like I said, this may mean nothing, but...

    6. I think I get hit less than without one, but if you get hit 10+ times a day, preventing a couple of more just doesn't seem like that big a deal.

    7. No one else in my company likes them, so I can rest assured the little ******* will never grab mine "by mistake."
  8. bighaydenslawn

    bighaydenslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    I have an FS 90R just like you.


    Keeps stuff from flying up, is safer, and easier to use.

    Unless you are using the trimmer in place of a 21", then you could take it off.

    Removing guard usually voids warranty.
  9. 1993lx172

    1993lx172 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,305

    I tried using my trimmers with the guards off for one yard, at the next they were back on. They keep rocks from flying off and hitting someone or something and they keep the line at the proper length to avoid engine stress from having to spin the extra resistance of the extra line. It's true that guards are pathetic at keeping you clean but if you are worried about that then this is the wrong line of work for you (no offense meant by that just a generalization). My guards stay on.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    recently mine have been offf and i can trim much faster

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