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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by drumbo, Apr 8, 2008.
Who leaves the string trimmer guards on? Why?
Who takes them off? Why?
I take them off. I just cant get enough string out with them on.
I leave mine on so that it will still cut the string and remain balanced. It doesn't bother me that a small amount of string is all that is let out.
Off. Once I tried this years back I can now never go back to using them with the guards on. It's a lot easier to trim around things w/o the guard, and with the guard the line is really too short IMO. I don't run mine crazy long, but just enough to get the job done. I feel that I use LESS line over time because with a guard I was always bumping the head to feed more and it would already be out almost to the cutter, so that's about an inch of wasted line each time I'd do that. Adds up too. If I bump out too much w/o the guard on there's always some thing close by to wear it down a little.
Always take them off
Most of ours are guard off
Guard off benefits:
Float the line better over turf, more finesse, better visibility, length of line controlled by operator, productivity, better end results in my opinion
Guard on benefits:
safety of operator, less line out, engine life (less stress on engine when amount of line out is controlled by guard), cuts line for you, warranty
personal preference, but most pro's I know use no guard, and as do I
Don't you really shorten the life of the clutch and engine if you take the guard off!!!
On! We buy after market guards that allow us to run the string long with a guard still in place.
on i dont get grass on me.better balance but the guard string issue does annoy me.
Guards off for ditch work!