removing shield from trimmers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by slingshot, May 20, 2000.

  1. slingshot

    slingshot LawnSite Member
    from pa
    Messages: 115

    anybody take the shield off your trimmersi know it kills your legs but it is the first thing i do when i buy a new one
  2. Alan

    Alan Member
    Messages: 1,185

    Why, knowing the hazards, do you do it? And just what do you gain by having the shield missing?
  3. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,214

    I would think that removing the guards from any pice of equ. would be a big INS issue, especially if hired help were involved,due to injury.I know I wouldn't want to try to explain to workers comp or osha why a guard was missing from a trimmer.
  4. bdemir

    bdemir LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 610

    Its not very safe but every bone does it it makes for a bigger trimming radius becuase the sheild has a cut off blade that will limit your line lenght. if you still want the shield and a long line try taking out the blade maybe that will work too.
  5. Doug406

    Doug406 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    We have some guards off and some in place, just for personal preferance.Try it before you knock it. I do not find any leg injuries occuring. It gives a bigger swath, more visibility, and more trimability(all the way around objects without moving.)
  6. GrassMaster

    GrassMaster Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    Hello Everybody:<p>Removing the guards is dangerous, but it will almost double productivity when operating a trimmer. <p>If your crew edges with a trimmer, nothing can come close to that quality of edging. My crew knew that if they did not have proper eye protection that they could refuse to do the job & I would never say a word. But I always had excellent eye protection. They always had the best in safety equipment!<p>There is plenty of ways to stay safe & if you have good insurance there is no problem. My men came first, then the work.<p>How can you stay safe spraying, but you pay people to spray dangerous chemicals? You pay them to drive a overloaded trailer with no brakes on trailer? You put them on a ladder or roof with no safety belt. OSHA makes the rules, changes the rules & most of all breaks the rules!<p>----------<br>GrassMaster - Home:<br>My Start Up Page
  7. Grassroots

    Grassroots LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    We too take the shields off the trimmers. It increases radius and manuevering. I can not work with the sheild on. I wear eye protection and I never get anything on my legs more than just annoying. It also lets us do light edging.<p>----------<br>Mike Reynolds,<br>Grass Roots Lawn Care (Fla)
  8. Grateful11

    Grateful11 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    My Shin. T27 came with an all metal guard that doesn't have a cutter because it's an auto head. If I'm not mistaken the line clears the bottom edge even if it's out beyond the guard. <br>I know of a company just transporting a chainsaw with broken chain brake handle and being fined $500 by OSHA. I realize that this not the same thing but it's something everyone might want to check into.

    MRPLOW LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    I too like the shield off, but if its real hot out and you wanna wear shorts your legs will not only take a beating they will be so covered with grass you wont be able to see any skin and oyur also way more prone to getting poison ivy this way. I found a way to modify my sthil trimmer so the shield is like an extra 2 inches longer it really helps a lot.
  10. mountain

    mountain LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I also take shields off but I replace them with the shield that comes with saw blade kit , it does not have line cut off blade but offers a little more protection then no guard

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