Electric weed sweeper keeps stalling..

24 Sep 2016
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United Kingdom
Hi folks,

I have an electric weed sweeper (looks like a strimmer but has a wire wheel at one end) which worked great when new.. recently I have noticed that it starts to stall under load..

Is it the brushes that are knackered or is it on its way out?

Please advise
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Cheers folks.. it has vents and they are not clogged.. I'm suspecting the brushes need replacing..

Guess I would need to open it and see.. thought there was something common
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Personally I'd split the machine, check the brushes and if they are OK I'd call it a day.
It's common for corded tools to fail for no apparent reason - under load or not - and that can be due to wire flexing fracture as the cable enters the handle.
Pretty sure that's not the issue here though!
John :)
Fair enough, I'll rephrase that to 'no obviously apparent reason' and cable failures aren't always detectable without stripping them.
As for calling it a day, I'm perfectly able to test motor windings (without YouTube) but economically viable repairs are rare with tools like these.
John :)
The mechanism might be worn or rusty, increasing the load by friction. This will be detectable by hot spots, especially at bearings.

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