Electrical lawn edgers are the most popular and the most effective tools for edging the lawns. However, these are run by a power cord and most of them do not have a retractable cable. This creates a major issue for these edgers.
While cable faults are the major issue for the breakdowns, the cost of cable is often lesser than the transportation cost of taking the equipment to the service center or the fee of calling an expert.
Here, we devise a step by step guide to repair the faulty electrical cable of an electric corded lawn edger.
Place head safely and ensure that no one comes near you or the head during the operations. Also make sure that the head blades or strings are free to move.
Use an electric tester to check if the point where you jacked the edger is getting power supply. If the fault is there in the socket, plug the edger in another socket and test again.
Now you need to open the back panel at the top of the edger, this is the place where the cable of the edger gets in. Make sure you use the appropriate screw driver to open the back panel. The back panel will open up very easily.
Now turn on the power and test if the power is coming to the connecting points of the wires. If the current is not coming, then you need to change the cable. If the power is coming, there is a fault in the cable.
To ensure that the cable is faulty, you can connect the open terminals where the power cord are connected using a pair of cables. Just make the cables touch for a fraction of second. If you get any vibration or sound from motor, the motor is fine and a replacement of cable will resolve the fault. In case there is no sound from motor, it is pointless to replace the cable, as you will need to take the motor to the mechanic.
Now bring a similar cable and replace the cable with the new one. In case the joints are screwed make sure you tighten them properly, in case they are soldered make sure to solder them. A loose circuit will create sparks and damage the lawn edger.
Before closing the back panel, make sure your edger is working properly. Test it by turning it on for a fraction of second.
Now close the back lid and your edger is perfectly ready to use. Make sure you tighten all the screws of the back lid properly. A loose fit can let water inside the motor in case of a rain or wet operations.
These are the simple steps to take care of the wire damage issues of a corded electrical lawn edger. In order to ensure negligible breakdown time, it is recommended to keep an extra replacement cable at all times. This will not force you to go to a maintenance shop and you can even replace the cable even in nights when the shops are closed.