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Why does electric mower shut off my breaker when switch is turned on?

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You are probably overloading a busy circuit and the mower is pulling enough to trip breaker....try another source that is hopefully more than 15 amp rated and not running the rest of the house. otherwise mower motor could be failing and shorting or drawing too much amps(electrical current) overloading and tripping breakers

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