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Old 08-21-2013, 05:43 PM
RonWin RonWin is offline
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zap! ow what the heck? ZAP oww wtf ?!?! trimmer problem

My echo ps225 long shaft weed eater is shocking me at the activation handle while in use. It is very random when this occurs but is always when in use. Any ideas ? Was thinking of bringing it back and swapping it or having it looked at at the very least to get it fixed.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:50 PM
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I'd say you've got a SHORT somewhere. Hard to argue with electricity...YOW!!
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:34 PM
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I have no idea what the issue is, but it is common with Echos. Probably has to do with the location of the spark plug.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:30 PM
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there could be a loose wire somewhere that is contacting the shaft.

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Old 08-21-2013, 08:36 PM
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My guess is that you have a worn/pinched kill lead running from the coil to the switch. Just a SWAG.

You may want to separate the handle assembly to check.

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Old 08-23-2013, 12:44 PM
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I've gotten shocked by my echo's before when I'm holding it in a weird position and my arm contacts the plug wire
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:38 PM
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Don't hold it like a dance partner keep it about 12 inches away. Echo had some stupid shield might ask dealer if he has some laying around.
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:09 AM
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Don't rest the trimmer's powerhead against your elbow, that's what is shocking you is the spark plug boot, the reason you feel it in your hand is that's where it grounds out but keep the engine away from your arm.
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