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Trimmer heats up my forearm!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jocko1104, Jun 27, 2003.

  1. jocko1104

    jocko1104 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    When I operate my echo 2 cycle trimmer (left hand down) I get an incredible hot spot on my right forearm. You would think that the guys from echo would have figured this out by now and put the muffler on the other side? Am I missing something?
  2. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    My Robin 253 is the same. It's not too bad though since it's really lightweight and I don't really need to lay my arm on it, except in tight or difficult situations.
  3. My stihl fs 55 does that too, i was doing some ditches the other day ,i was using my forearm to support the weight the trimmer so i could stand at the top of the ditch and reach in with one hand . and after 15 minutes my arm felt really hot. I put on the sholder strap when i got home and it helps to suport more weight so i don`t have to use my arm.
  4. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    A very common problem and the only thing that I have found that will help will be a long sleeve shirt or using a strap.

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  5. jocko1104

    jocko1104 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    Yeah I ended up using a bandanna from the truck and wrapped it around my arm. My partner told me I looked like Chachi from happy days with the bandanna, LOL.
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  6. WE Chapps

    WE Chapps Sponsor
    Messages: 91

    One of our early products was the Arm Chapp. Just as the Leg Chapps and later the Strap Chapps were designed to ease the pain,grass stains and getting foreign objects in your shoes caused by trimmers, the Arm Chapps were designed to protect the forearm from the wrist to the elbow from the heat of the mufflers on the string trimmers.
    The Trimmer manufacturers over the years have greatly improved the housing around the engine and mufflers so that the heat generated doesn't effect the operator as much as in the beginning of commercial weed trimmer production. The mufflers use to be bare metal and free standing on the right side of the trimmer so that any contact with the engine resulted in an immediate forearm burn.
    The housing can still get hot and the upper portion of the shaft can also burn your skin. So please, protect yourselves and your crews and keep letting manufacturers know what is wrong with or how to improve their products and eventually you will have the best equipment and accessories possible.
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  7. tsh1773

    tsh1773 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    My echo has that problem too. I just bought a sweat band (normally worn around the wrist) and slide up my arm to cover the spot that gets hot. Problem solved.
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  8. SR Landscaping

    SR Landscaping LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 49

    It happends with my Redmax. Only when I'm using it on big accounts and run it straight for over 5 hours. I just buy a wristband and stretch it to my forearm.:blob3:
    So when you do that you look like Micheal Jordan. So Lets all be like Mike.
    Why can't we get together and design, our own equipment? We need a parking brake on ground blowers, so we can quit wedging sticks and stones under the wheels when we're blowing hills. We also don't want any nuts on the undercarraige, of our mowers. Makes scraping a pain in the a--. I'm sure there are many, other Ideas:confused:
    So Let's give them to Sean, and give him something to do! Later, Steve
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I thought I was the only one with that problem. I wrap a ace bandage around my forearm to keep it from getting burned.
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  10. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    Same here with my Shindys.
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