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Hey Dad, the trimmer shocked me

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MDLawnman, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. MDLawnman

    MDLawnman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 229

    So I take the string trimmer from my daughter, and look it over. I don't see anything out of order (you know how kids are) so I start it up. As I'm moving the choke lever to the run position my finger brushes the insulated rubber spark plug wire. The next thing that I know I'm doing a River Dance trying to let go of the trimmer. Holy Cow those things pack a wallup! After the smoke clears I find a small slit in the insulation on the wire. I guess I damaged it somewhere. My daughter gives me a well deserved "I told you so" look. Next time I'll listen . . . . .
  2. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,497

    I had the same exact problem, is your trimmer a Redmax?
  3. MDLawnman

    MDLawnman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 229

    No it's an Echo. I've had it for MANY years - never a problem. I was shocked to disciver this one.:cool2:
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Ohhhh yeah LOL !!! The echo is the only one has ever done that to me, more than a few times have I felt a shock that made me think it just defibrillated me. Happened to me a lot after a year of using a Stihl, I was really used to resting my elbow on that spot. So you think if you switch your elbow position it will be ok, but on the other side is the HOT muffler, the scars from that are gone by now.
  5. CutInEdge Lawn Care

    CutInEdge Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 677

    The only thing that shocks me are the echo hedge trimmers. Right on the funny bone. Especially when doing those 4ft hedges when I am resting the sparkplug wire on the elbow. I just bought the kombi system and not a prob so far. Spark On!!!
  6. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 628

    (Insert Stihl add here)

    None of my Stihl stuff has ever zapped me, but I've gotten it from other motors... man I really hate that.
  7. Charles Odell

    Charles Odell LawnSite Member
    Posts: 62

    Simple fix just wrap the wire with electrial tape !
  8. CutInEdge Lawn Care

    CutInEdge Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 677

    Motors are electric. Engines are gas powered, and other types of fuels for those that want to nit pick Engines :nono:

    DAVEY PROS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    I've gotten shocked by my redmax string trimmer - man was it wierd because at the time i didn't know what just happend. lol
  10. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    You think the trimmer is bad. Try getting zapped from a spark plug on a car. Watched one my friends fall right on his arse from getting zapped. He was OK but had a mighty burn on his hand from where the spark arced to his hand.


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