electric hedge trimmer motor repair/maintenance

Old 07-12-13, 10:13 AM
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Question electric hedge trimmer motor repair/maintenance

I have an old (real old) B&D electric hedge trimmer. It has worked fine until today, when it began to squeal while I was using it.
(I notice an older post on this forum about B&D trimmers; but, that posting is apparently too old to submit another question in that thread).

Is the squealing of these small electic motors something that I --- a novice --- can tackle myself? This trimmer is so old that it doesn't carry one of those "No Serviceable Parts" notices that some modern appliances and tools have. I've disassembled small power hand tools before; but, once apart, the only thing I know how to do is to check the connections, clean, and re-assemble.

So let me show my ignorance and ask: Is the squealing caused by something that needs to be replaced? or something that needs to be lubricated? And, how do I identify the part that needs attention?...or should I just go out and buy a new trimmer?

Thank you for all suggestions.
Old 07-12-13, 11:01 AM
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I'd just go buy a new trimmer. There not very expensive.
By the time you buy two new bearings and new brushes plus the shipping you could have paid for a new trimmer.
Old 07-12-13, 03:10 PM
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If you feel up to it I would open up the case and lubricate the motor's shaft bearings. A drop or two of oil on each. You've got nothing to loose. If it does not work then go shopping for a new one.

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