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Shocking Experience!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Island Lawn, Aug 14, 2003.

  1. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632

    I was running my trimmer and started getting an electrical jolt coming through the handle.

    It seemed to increase in intensity until I just had to put it down!

    It seems like I've read a trhead where something like this has happened before. I searched for it, but no luck...


    Anyone here of this sort of thing before?
  2. GeorgiaGrassMan

    GeorgiaGrassMan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    There was a thread a while back about Redmax trimmers shocking the user. What brand is it?
  3. brentsawyer

    brentsawyer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    Had a Lesco trimmer that did that for a while. It was where the wires went through the handle grip and wore itself to the point that wires were exposed and every once and a while, I would catch my hand on it and shock myself. Check on that.
  4. nelbuts

    nelbuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW, FL
    Messages: 1,053

    Seems like ya got yerself a little short there son. Check fer sum of that thar wire bein bar sumwhar.:D
  5. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    Yepper :D Check in particular for any kind of connector in the wire. Their shield will sometimes pull back make contact with you, sweat, or something metal and give you a little buzz.
  6. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632


    I figure you're right, must be a short.

    Now to find me suma dat bar war sumwar...

    It seems I feel it most through one of the screws that hold the two halves of the handle together.

    I must add that I am a heavy sweater...
    and I don't mean a winter garment!

    It only started juicing me after it had been thoroughly soaked.

    Thanks for the help.
  7. cuttingedgefargo

    cuttingedgefargo LawnSite Member
    from MIDWEST
    Messages: 3

    I had a similar incident with a P.O.S Ryobi trimmer. My elbow would hit the spark plug and shock the living daylights out of me. It was fun to watch a guy trim around a house and flip out because he got shocked. Reason number one why I bought a Honda 4-cycle trimmer.

    2000 Ford F-150
    1997 Ford F-250
    1995 Chevy Cheyenne 2500
    1975 Ford F-700
    1997 Finn T-60
    Walker 26 HP GHS
    2 Cub Cadet Riders
    Tons of small mowers
    Tons of trimmers and blowers
    And a whole mess of tools and toys
    ....all at the age of 24.
  8. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632


    You might should have kept that POS for comic relief.

    But on topic, I'm not hitting the spark plug.
  9. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    had similar experience with one of our back pack blowers. At first I thought that it was just static, but then one of my workers noticed it as well. Don't ask how, but it eventually went away.
  10. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632

    Just wanted to give an update...

    I simply wrapped the handle in electrical tape. Taking care to cover the exposed bolts and middle seam to keep the water / sweat out.

    The motor runs fine. Always has. Only now, it dosent shock me.

    Thanks for the help.

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