Trickle from unit

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This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: LB6000 Backpack Blower zaps my gloved hand

I am a senior citizen, female with various health issues and can not shovel the snow. My son bought me the EGO Blower for Christmas to keep my ramp cleaned off.. Love how it functions. There is one problem my hand is larger then the switch under handle and there is a metal strip that protrudes from the handle in back of the switch. I get a trickle of juice from the strip every time I use it. I will try and find something to insulate between my hand and the metal strip but wanted to alert you of this issue. I do not know if there is a grounding issue or what.
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Sheryl Richardson

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Posted 2 years ago

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Sheryl, that metal strap is to ground the user to the machine. If you use it with gloves on in cold dry winter air, static builds up until it’s able to jump the gap through your glove to your skin. This situation is worsened if it’s snowing or the snow you’re kicking up is getting drawn into the blower intake.

One member here used a grounding wrist strap taped around the handle to cure the issue. They claim it works well.

If you find you’re getting shocked while using the blower you should stop. If the static discharge is great enough it can damage the electronics. A grounding wrist strap should work, though officially Ego has recommended against using the handheld blowers to move snow.