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Blade problems Hedge trimmer will not cut continuously, it seems as if both blades are moving. I think the bottom blade should be fixed? How do I sort this out. It is a Colt electric trimmer.

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  • josh1111 May 11, 2010

    do you spray it with wd40 before after each use? it needs to be lubed. or look at the blades closley are ther metal burs between the two sliding blades? how old is it?

  • Mark Tripp
    Mark Tripp May 11, 2010

    What is your model and serial numbers for your timmer

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more than likely it damaged the inner gears or drive pins that make the blades reciprocate and need replaced. if you would like instructions to repair it yourself i will send you them or you can take it to a service center.

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