Hedge cutter cable cut

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  1. freeasabird

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    I have cut through the cable on my hedge trimmer about 18 inches from the machine. As this appears to be a pretty common problem I am seeking advice on the best way to deal with it.
    I have read through a couple of old threads on this topic and the advice seems to vary between using a 2 pin connecting block and tape or using a 2 pin connector plug such as this:
    Masterplug Orange Connector 2-Pin | Screwfix.com

    Which is the best method? I would prefer the masterplug type as it could be used again and also seems the safer option. But is this the best way?

    Advice please? I can wire a plug so think I would be okay doing this. I do use a RCD plug and fuse board.
     
  2. Kebabhead

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    2 pin connecting block and tape is the cheapest option just make sure you use a circuit breaker
     
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    I'd just wire the remaining cable into the hedge trimmer, forget using connector blocks.

    Or, get a new longer piece of flex and wire that in :thumbsup:
     
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    Buy a hedge trimmer with a 2 stroke motor, that will cure any risk of cutting the cable.

    Or patch the broken lead with a lump of spam (do S*******x sell spam?)
     
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    Depends on your level of electrical expertise and access to soldering equipment.

    If it were mine I would strip back the outer, solder the cores together. Insulate each core and then insulate the whole thing, to leave be to as close as possible to a continuous cable.

    If I was advising someone who can wire a plug but little more then I would recommend the 2 pin plug and socket that you linked as by far the easiest and safest option.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
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  6. freeasabird

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    Kebabhead....Thanks for your reply. I know that would be the cheaper option but wondered if the Masterplug type would be better. I do use a citcuit breaker as I have a RCD plug and RCD fuse box.
    MJN....I cannot get the hedge trimmer itself apart easily as my finger do not seem strong enough to undo the screws, and thought the wiring might be more complicated. I agree that would possibly be the best option though.
    johntheexpat....petrol hedge trimmers are too heavy for me
    Nigel...wiring a plug but little more does apply to me...the 2 pin plug and socket would be a safe option would it? I know the pins on the plug (the male part) have to be from the machine and not from electrical source.

    Thanks Guys
     
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    I would use the 2-pin connector you have linked then you have an extension cable you can use with any other two pin appliances :)
     
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    My misses cut through the cord on the lawn mower.I just taped up the inner wires then taped up the outside.

    If her hair stands on end next time she uses it,i'll know i didn't do it right :D
     
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    Me too. The problem with the cheap connector option is that if the mains wire pulls out (tape shouldn't be considered a permanent fix for something that may get pulled on) you could die :)
     
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    make sure you put the female end of the inserted two pin plug at the mains side so if it is disconnected from its other half you dont have as dangerous a live lead dangling about the place :laugh:
     
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    Best way is to take the trimmer apart. Only usually a few Philip's screws, take note of where the cable runs and connect the new cable to the terminal block. I have done this on both Bosch and black and decker hedge trimmers.
     
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    Try using a screwdriver!!;)
     
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    You could always think about a battery powered Hedge cutter.
    Some have the battery on the main body so they tend to be a little heavy or you invest in a Pellenc which is claimed to be the lightest Hedge cutter and the battery is situated on a strap that you carry. These will run from 1/2 a day to 2 days depending on the battery pack which unlike the other devices only last about 45 mins, and will cut as well as many commercial grade cutters.
    Price may put you off though.
     
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    This^^^^^,
    judging by your question, no offence intended, the orange two pin plug would be the way to go. EG if you were capable with a soldering iron, or confident enough to strip down the trimmer and re-wire it, then you wouldn't have asked the question here in the first place. The orange plug is the simplest, and more importantly, the safest way of fixing your cable, given my estimation of your skills (again no offence intended).

    Fitting a terminal block and wrapping in electrician's tape is is a bodge, and asking for trouble, IMO.
     
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    Even with the screwdriver :laugh:
     
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    Sounds good but too expensive for me :(
     
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    Just love these forums.

    Someone has a perfectly good trimmer, but has cut the lead. The solution is to repair the lead - £4.46 at the most.

    But why spend £4.46 on a repair when you can spend £80 on a new trimmer. ;)

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
  18. freeasabird

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    No offence taken...your answer is just what I was looking for. Couldn't get the orange 2-pin locally but have bought a black 3 pin which should do the job.
    Will have a go later :)
     
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    :thumbsup:
     
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    Ah, but what if he cuts through it another 18 times? :)

    (other than not being able to reach his hedge any more :D)
     
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    18 times. Do they work at Kew or Eden.
     
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    I wish the Pellenc was £80 :) Add another zero and more.
    I'm not sure what you class a good hedge cutter as. I shall have to swap my stuff now.
     
  23. freeasabird

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    It's done and working :clap:
    Thanks for all your help guys.
    Your 70 year old lady pensioner friend...quite proud of myself now :)
     
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    Excellent news :thumbsup:
     
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    +1 well done :)
     
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