zap! ow what the heck? ZAP oww wtf ?!?! trimmer problem

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by RonWin, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. RonWin

    RonWin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 692

    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.
  2. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,760

    I'd say you've got a SHORT somewhere. Hard to argue with electricity...YOW!!
  3. Ormond32176

    Ormond32176 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 217

    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.
  4. CowboysLawnCareDelaware

    CowboysLawnCareDelaware LawnSite Senior Member
    from DE
    Messages: 569

    there could be a loose wire somewhere that is contacting the shaft.

  5. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Messages: 2,249

    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.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2013
  6. cnymowing

    cnymowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 123

    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
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,574

    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.
  8. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    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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