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Old 05-06-2015, 03:13 PM   #1
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string trimmer guard question

Is there any advantage to removing a string trimmer guard? I always keep mine on but all of the landscapers in my neighborhood have theirs removed.

I spoke to a landscape equipment retailer the other day and he said that you should not remove it because it the strings are not identical in length it will damage the motor spinning the head.
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Old 05-06-2015, 03:41 PM   #2
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Back when I worked commercial grass monkey we removed the guards to allow 360 degree use of the head and reduce operator fatigue. After all you may be running the thing for 10 hours straight and the extra mass out there slows you down. Plus back in the 80's we didn't have that much respect for safety concerns. A virtuoso string trimmer player can get by without blasting rocks and dirt in every direction but you won't find to many of them out there. The retailer was making up a story because in practice the strings will be the same length anyway within seconds of use.

Once I left that racket I found the presence of the guard to be of little consequence for the average user. There simply isn't enough justification for removing it.
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make sure you have a shield to cover all the rocks that will be hitting your face if you take it off.
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