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Old 10-20-2022, 09:56 PM
 
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Trimmers without a guard will improve work efficiency but will also have a negative impact on the lifespan of trimmers. And safety is also a crucial factor. What do you think of this?
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Old 10-20-2022, 10:17 PM
 
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Do you mean a weed-whacker type of trimmer? If so, let me just say that you haven't lived until you get whacked yourself by a flying rock that the string picked up. I wouldn't remove it based on my own experience. The lifespan and efficiency of the trimmer would be the least of my concerns.

If you're talking about some other type of trimmer, I'm no help.
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Old 10-20-2022, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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No I keep it on. The string when let out to guard length allows the guard to be a guide around walls and obstacles. You don't fry your string that way.

I thought everyone knew that?
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Old 10-20-2022, 11:44 PM
 
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Do you mean a weed-whacker type of trimmer? If so, let me just say that you haven't lived until you get whacked yourself by a flying rock that the string picked up. I wouldn't remove it based on my own experience. The lifespan and efficiency of the trimmer would be the least of my concerns.

If you're talking about some other type of trimmer, I'm no help.
Yep, I mean weed eaters. I keep the guard on my weed eater. But I heard from others that taking it off will improve work efficiency.
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Old 10-21-2022, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Ontario, Canada
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No I keep it on. The string when let out to guard length allows the guard to be a guide around walls and obstacles. You don't fry your string that way.

I thought everyone knew that?
That, and when you hit the button to extend the string, the guard has a sharp edge and cuts it off to the proper length.
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Old 10-21-2022, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Sunnybrook Farm
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Yep, I mean weed eaters. I keep the guard on my weed eater. But I heard from others that taking it off will improve work efficiency.
Yeah, it'll be real efficient when you have to stop trimming because the thing just threw a rock at you and knocked out a front tooth, or worst case (if you're not wearing goggles) put your eye out.

If you "heard from others" that picking up a running lawnmower and holding it in your hands as a hedge trimmer would "improve work efficiency", would you do it?

Take a look at professional lawn crews and tell me how many pieces of equipment with the guards removed you see. (Hint: it's an integer less than one.)
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Old 10-21-2022, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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But I heard from others that taking it off will improve work efficiency.
Who are these Others, and how did they determine it was more efficient? What does more efficient mean - uses less string, cuts quicker, etc ?
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Old 10-21-2022, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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Who are these Others, and how did they determine it was more efficient? What does more efficient mean - uses less string, cuts quicker, etc ?
The guard prevents you from getting in tight spaces. When the name of the game is to cut and trim as many lawns as possible, speed is essential. I ran a lawn service company on the side for about 15 years. The first thing I always did was remove the guard. Most lawn care professionals in my area do the same.

People who cut and trim their own lawns would probably be best served to leave the guard on. They are not cutting and trimming 20-30 lawns in 1 day.
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Old 10-21-2022, 09:22 AM
 
Location: NH
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I always remove guards on my tools when it makes them more efficient but ive never run into a situation where I felt my weed whacker needed the guard to be removed.
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Old 10-21-2022, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Sunnybrook Farm
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I do NOT remove guards on my tools; I worked in manufacturing too long. While I never saw any gory accidents in person, I saw an awful lot of training films and I saw and experienced too many close calls.
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