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After using the trimmer for a while it gets hot and then the head stops spinning. It only happens after being used for a while. Took it in but they did not run it long enough for it to happen. It is progressively getting worse.

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The plastic head is overheating and melting because it is not fit for the work it is doing. When it cools the plastic hardens and it works until it heats again. You need a new head. Stephen.

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