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string trimmer won't work

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04-10-15, 01:35 PM   #1  
string trimmer won't work

I have a Ryobi corded string trimmer. Off-on switch quit working after I changed from edger to weedeater attachment. Might power for second or two then quits. Any ideas? Loose connection?

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04-10-15, 01:42 PM   #2  
Remove the switch & jump the wires. If it starts, it's the switch.

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04-11-15, 05:43 AM   #3  

How does power get to the edger head?

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04-11-15, 03:28 PM   #4  
Changing the head has nothing to do with the on, off switch.
Remove the head and see if it starts.
Far more likly it's a caberutor issue.

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04-11-15, 04:53 PM   #5  
Far more likly it's a caberutor issue.
Why would an ELECTRIC trimmer have a carburetor?

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04-11-15, 05:20 PM   #6  
This is a corded electric trimmer. The power gets to the attachments--edger, weedeater etc.--by a link where the attachment joins the power handle.

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04-11-15, 08:39 PM   #7  
It could be the connection where the attachment meets the power handle. If it's been connected and disconnected a number of times the socket could be worn and the power prongs are too loose to provide a reliable power source. If that's the case it should power on/off by working the attachment back and forth with the power switch on.

A worse case would be if the trimmer attachment is defective and the powering on/off is coming from the motor inside the trimmer.

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