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#1 GTTinkerer OFFLINE  

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Posted June 21, 2012 - 07:29 AM

Don't know where this should go so I put it here.

I spent about 1 1/2 hour yesterday using a string trimmer to knock down some weeds and tall grass in front of the SIL's new barn. When I got home my wife asked me what happened to my arm since it had several large blisters and a red spot about the size of a tennis ball. Apparently the heat off the trimmer engine had slowly cooked the skin to the point of causing a large second degree burn and since I have some nerve damage to both arms I can not feel pain in that area.

Something to think about.

Bill

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Edited by GTTinkerer, June 21, 2012 - 07:31 AM.

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Posted June 21, 2012 - 07:35 AM

Ouch! That doesn't look good at all! I opted out of using a trimmer! Just spray Ground Clear once a year, don't have to lug that sucker around any more!
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Posted June 21, 2012 - 07:37 AM

Hardcore, man... Hardcore

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Posted June 21, 2012 - 09:54 AM

Man, that smarts just looking at the pictures. Hope it heals quickly.
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Posted June 21, 2012 - 10:04 AM

Wow, that is something. Thanks for the warning. I'm about to go out to dad's and trim all around. Probably take me an hour or two.

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Posted June 21, 2012 - 03:08 PM

Yowzer ! I'm thinking maybe it is good that you can't feel that TOO much while it heals. Careful of infection now. Hope it heals well.
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Posted June 21, 2012 - 03:44 PM

A bad set of nerve endings sure can get you in a world of hurt huh Bill! Hope it heals good & fast!

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Posted June 21, 2012 - 05:10 PM

That's nasty. You'll need to keep that clean and covered up until it heals. Burns can get infected easily. I'm with Kenny on this. I don't have a trimmer any more. I get by with a battery powered hedge trimmer and the old armstrong grass shears for any trimming that needs done. Use total wipeout or roundup where it's needed. My problem was that I put out a couple of windows in the basement when trimming near crushed rock. Cost me 100$+ to replace the glass which is a different kind of pain!
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Posted June 21, 2012 - 05:54 PM

I have used the gas powered Stihl trimmers for years with no problem. This one was one was an Echo I salvaged out of a couple of old units at the last course I worked at. The cover for the slip clutch was right under my elbow and probably only a few inches away. A combination of the heat from the clutch and the 95* heat from the sun was just too much heat. Didn't burn it as much as just cooked it.

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Posted June 21, 2012 - 05:57 PM

Bill, I hope that heals OK, looks nasty.

Thanks for the warning.

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Posted June 21, 2012 - 07:47 PM

Ouch! Hope it heals well for you
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Posted June 21, 2012 - 07:48 PM

Looks like it should hurt. Your one tough nut to manage a second degree burn and not know it. Get better soon.
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Posted June 21, 2012 - 10:04 PM

Ooch. That's gotta hurt. Take care of that.
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Posted July 04, 2012 - 08:36 AM

Wow.

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Posted July 04, 2012 - 08:55 AM

I have given myself a couple "quick burns" with the whacker but nothing like that. ouch. The Homelite I had was really bad, the Ryobi I have now is better.

Edited by BushBoneYard, July 04, 2012 - 08:55 AM.





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