Should I take my trimmer guard off?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mikegyver, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,803

    Is it easier to edge/trim with the guard off? Will it throw more stuff out? I have a Stihl FS 130.
  2. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    No and Yes
  3. LedgedaleLawn

    LedgedaleLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    Trimming with the guard off sucks. Don't do it.
  4. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,803

    The reason I was asking is because all the crews around here do it. Why do people take it of then?
  5. 2brothersyardcare

    2brothersyardcare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    because edging with a guard on is a pita
  6. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    Leave it on. If you think its hard to edge with it, then youre not good enough to be edging with it then. ha!

    I really dont know why people take em off. Thats just asking for a injury!
  7. A Leaf Above

    A Leaf Above LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    Soon i as i buy a new string trimmer i take that stupid plastic garbage off and throw it in the dumpster before i even leave the dealers parking lot.... Its always in the way it goes bye bye ...I have never been injured by doing this , but thats not to say someone else cant though.
  8. Grass Shark

    Grass Shark LawnSite Senior Member
    from Zone 7
    Messages: 660

    Leave it on
  9. clinicalengineer

    clinicalengineer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I used both of my old trimmers without the guards. I benefited from it when trimming around objects that the guard would catch on, however I did have a lot more debris thrown at me. Now being older and wiser, I left it on my current trimmer because i use it for edging.
  10. a clear difference lawn

    a clear difference lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 421

    I agree - the guard sucks.

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