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Ok...Who takes the trimmer guards off?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by drumbo, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. drumbo

    drumbo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    Who leaves the string trimmer guards on? Why?

    Who takes them off? Why?
  2. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    I take them off. I just cant get enough string out with them on.
  3. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    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.
  4. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    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.
  5. OhioBobcat125

    OhioBobcat125 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 32

    Always take them off
  6. ProCutLawnCare&Landscape

    ProCutLawnCare&Landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    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
  7. yungman

    yungman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Calif.
    Messages: 1,274


    Don't you really shorten the life of the clutch and engine if you take the guard off!!!
  8. xdevil_07x

    xdevil_07x LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    On! We buy after market guards that allow us to run the string long with a guard still in place.
  9. lawnboyoung

    lawnboyoung LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    on i dont get grass on me.better balance but the guard string issue does annoy me.
  10. Lawn-Sharks

    Lawn-Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 912

    Guards off for ditch work!

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