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snow blower's plug smoking

so I was using my toro 1800 corded snow blower this morning and noticed it stops periodically and I had to push the cord/plug in a bit more to get it working again (not on the wall but at the blower ) . After a few more minutes I smelled something burning and saw smoke coming out at the plug (on the blower) and the rubber connector at the power cord melted a bit .

Quick question, so do you think this happened because the inside of the metal prongs were damaged (they look normal and straight except one of them was burnt) or the extension cord was malfunctioning for some reason if that is even possible..?

Anyone else has this happened ? and what did you do ?
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Replace the extension cord. The inside of the plug might be bent or damaged, and the electricity is arcing across a tiny gap, causing the smoke and heat damage.

If that doesn't solve the problem, have the blower serviced by an electrician.
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Are you using the correct gauge cable for that machine?
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jabela wrote: Are you using the correct gauge cable for that machine?
I am not sure, the cable is 10+ years old bought for a trimmer and have been using this cable for at least 8 years with this blower , first time having issue.
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MacGyver wrote: Replace the extension cord. The inside of the plug might be bent or damaged, and the electricity is arcing across a tiny gap, causing the smoke and heat damage.

If that doesn't solve the problem, have the blower serviced by an electrician.
thanks will get a new extension to test it out
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The OP said the plug end on the blower is smoking. That means there's a bad (high-resistance) connection at that end. It's unlikely to have anything to do with the current capacity of the extension cord.

Most likely either the socket at the plug end of the extension cord is damaged as MacGyver said, or it could even be the prongs on the blower itself.
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My guess would be water got to the connector, started corroding it, and when you connected the new extension, it had a poor connection there, heated up, and failed. Either that or the other way around happened, and the extension cord was the one corroding.

Take a pic of the smoking connector, and of the end of the extension cord.
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