Running leaf blower off a drop cord?

Old 04-04-15, 08:40 PM
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Running leaf blower off a drop cord?

I noticed my electric leaf blower is gettiing a bad connection and is smoking at where I connect the drop cord to it.It also leaves a black stain at the connector..Does drop cords go bad?Do I need to replace my drop cord?This is a brand new leaf blower so i know its not the leaf blower.Could it be because I am plugging the drop cord through a GCFi circuit?Gcfi circuits is all I have in my garage though.

Any help/advice would be appreciated.Thanks
Old 04-04-15, 08:46 PM
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The female cord cap on the cord probably needs to be replaced. Does the plug on the leaf blower fit loosely in the female cap?
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A GFI has nothing to do with it.
Should be using at least 14 gauge wire cord.
Yes the female ends wear out.
Do not cheap out when replacing it.
Leviton 15 Amp 125-Volt Rubber Grounding Plug-R60-515PR-000 - The Home Depot
Old 04-05-15, 08:14 AM
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As Joe mentioned, a heavier gauge cord is most likely the cause. The longer the cord the heaver it needs to be not to exceed manufactures recommendations. If your having that kind of trouble or if your cord is over 50 to 75 feet you should consider a gas powered unit.
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Replace End

Leviton 15 Amp 125-Volt Rubber Grounding Plug-R60-515PR-000 - The Home Depot

Do Not replace the female end with this. You will have a suicide cord if you do.
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When I read/hear the term "drop cord" I am reminded of the guarded light bulb that my daddy used when working on cars. It had #18 conductors and the ones today may have #16 conductors.

You should NEVER use an extension cord with less than #14 conductors and even that is probably not sufficient for the leaf blower. With only one exception ALL of my extension cords are either #12 or #10 conductors.

I know those heavy extension cords are expensive but they ARE necessary unless you don't mind burning up your tools and maybe even your house.

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