Can the hedge trimmer attachment be submerged in water to cut aquatic weeds?

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Can you....well, all the electronics live up in the top of the power head, so you should be able to do so.

SHOULD you.....hurm......reading the manual found here....

It has IPX4 (protection from splashing water), so presumably is NOT protected from submersion in water.

They have a generic electrical safety section:
"Do not expose power tools to rain or wet conditions.
Water entering a power tool will increase the risk of electric shock." (Of course, they also have a section on power that was just a cut & paste job....)

"Do not wash with a hose; avoid getting water in motor and electrical connections." (Presumably could only apply to the power head.)

" This warranty only covers defects arising under normal usage and does not cover any malfunction, failure or defect resulting from misuse, abuse (including overloading
of the product beyond capacity and immersion in water or other liquid), "
So, NO, you SHOULD NOT, as it voids your warranty.   If you were to use it underwater, you should probably open up the transmission grease screws and empty all the water out, perhaps displacing it with WD-40, and WD-40 EVERYTHING as soon as it's out of the water. If the grease inside the gearbox can absorb water, you'd probably have to completely disassemble it, remove all the grease, spray with WD-40, and then re-install dry grease.
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It’s not just the electronics to worry about, it’s all the steel parts inside that will rust because you can’t get too them to dry them out.
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Agreed. Although you could completely disassemble it and dry everything, it would take a long time.
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Submerging in water would require a complete tear down of the attachment for cleaning/drying and re-lubricating. Any “sealed” bearings would require replacement as they are non serviceable, or will just fail early due to lubricant breakdown and corrosion. Your warranty would not cover this or any other water related damage.
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There are plenty of other products out there that will do the job for you. I wouldn’t risk a perfectly good attachment. Steve