Ego Leaf Blower How to & Troubleshooting Guide

Ego battery-powered leaf blowers are one of the best in the market. They are powered by a high-efficiency brushless motor and feature jet turbine technology and a large diameter tube to give maximum airflow.

Their Arc Lithium 56v battery technology delivers high energy capacity in a portable handheld battery. With a range of battery sizes available from 2.5Ah to 12.0Ah.

While these blows are powerful and come with useful features like the famous power boost function, they can also have issues every once in a while for one reason or the other. But before you contact Ego or a technician for a problem with your blower, we recommend you try to troubleshoot it on your own first.

You might be surprised how many times doing so can fix most of these problems.  Just follow the steps as shown in this comprehensive guide below.

How to Assemble Ego Leaf Blower( model LB7650E)

ASSEMBLING/REMOVING THE BLOWER TUBE

To Assemble:

  • Align the groove and push the tube onto the blower housing until you hear a “click”.

 To Remove:

  • Press the tube-release button and remove the tube.

ASSEMBLING/REMOVING THE BLOWER TAPERED/ SPREAD NOZZLE

To Assemble:

  • Align the groove in the tapered nozzle with the tube knob and push the nozzle onto the tube until it snaps into place.

To remove:

  • Press and hold the nozzle-release button to disengage the latch, then pull the nozzle straight from the blower tube.

Follow the same sequence to assemble or remove the spread nozzle.

Why Does My Ego Leaf Blower Keep Shutting Off?

When an electric motor runs for a short time and then stops, this can be caused by a couple of things:

The motor is a brush-style motor, and there is brush damage.

Sometimes when the brushes on an electric motor wear out, it can cause the motor to run and then stop.  Usually, this means the motor needs replacement in the case of most electric leaf blowers.

There is a short in the electrical system

A loose wire, terminal, or connection can cause an electric motor to stop suddenly.

To repair, start at one end of the circuit and move along the circuit, checking every connection along the way.  Always check the ON/OFF switch.  It is a standard part of the electrical system to break down.

To test any part of the system without power attached, you can use a voltmeter set to continuity (resistance). If you disconnect the wires to a switch and put your leads to the contacts, switching the switch should show on the voltmeter that there are infinite amounts of resistance when off. 

When on, the resistance should almost instantly drop to zero.  If it shows resistance when the switch is on, the switch is shot and needs to be replaced.

How Long Does an Ego Blower Battery Last?

Due to their high capacity, all EGO batteries can be stored unattended for a minimum of 10 years without damaging capacity and cycle performance. After 30 days batteries discharge to 30% capacity (to ensure longevity).

As for the run time, it can depend on the product and other factors. According to Ego, here is how long the different batteries can last on a single charge depending on the product:

12 Ah Battery (BT6720T)

On a single charge (depending on the model of tool you are using), you can mow up to 1900sqm, use a line trimmer for up to 340 minutes, trim hedges for up to 360 minutes, saw for up to 720 cuts or leaf blow up to 480 minutes. The possibilities are endless with a fast charge of 80 minutes.

10.0 Ah 56-Volt Lithium-Ion Battery (BA5600T)

On a single charge, you can mow up to 1600sqm, line trim up to 280 minutes, hedge trim up to 300 minutes, saw up to 600 cuts or leaf blow up to 400 minutes.

7.5 Ah Battery (BA4200T)

Depending on the product, on a single charge, you can mow up to 1200sqm, line trim up to 210 minutes, hedge trim up to 225 minutes, saw up to 450 cuts or leaf blow up to 300 minutes.

5.0 Ah Battery (BA2800T)

On a single charge, you can mow up to 800sqm, line trim up to 140 minutes, hedge trim up to 150 minutes, saw up to 300 cuts or leaf blow up to 200 minutes.

4.0 Ah Battery (BA2240T)

On a single charge, you can mow up to 640sqm, line trim up to 110 minutes, hedge trim up to 120 minutes, saw up to 240 cuts or leaf blow up to 160 minutes.

2.5 Ah Battery (BA1400T)

On a single charge, you can mow up to 400sqm, line trim up to 70 minutes, hedge trim up to 75 minutes, saw up to 130 cuts or leaf blow up to 100 minutes.

How Do You Start an Ego Leaf Blower?

Ego LBX6000 Cordless Blower

To start:

  • Before running the blower, check and confirm the lock button is in position “On”. If not, push the lock button to position “On”, otherwise the air-speed trigger cannot be depressed to start the blower.
  • Depress the air-speed trigger to turn on the blower. Increased pressure on the trigger results in higher blowing speed.

To Stop:

  • Release the air-speed trigger to stop the blower.

To adjust the air speed:

The blower is equipped with an air-speed indicator, indicating the maximum air speed level.

  • Start the blower to display the maximum air speed level.
  • A short-press on the boost button will change the maximum air speed level, while tapping and holding on the boost button will turn the boost function on.

Ego LB5300 Cordless Blower

To start the blower:

  • Depress the trigger. The blower will begin to run.

To stop:

  • Release the trigger to stop the blower.

To adjust the air speed:

The blower is equipped with stepless speed regulation to control the air speed.

  • To increase the air velocity, turn the air velocity adjusting knob clockwise when the blower runs; to reduce the air velocity, turn the knob counterclockwise.
  • To enhance the air velocity, press the boost button to temporarily amplify the air speed to the maximum. The blower will resume the previous speed when this button is released.

Ego LB7650E Cordless Blower

To start/stop the blower:

Air-speed trigger only

  1. Depress the air-speed trigger to turn on the blower.
  2. The air speed of the blower is controlled with the variable speed trigger. More pressure on the trigger results in higher blowing speeds; less pressure on the trigger results in lower blowing speeds. Adjust the speed to suit the task at hand.
  3. Release the air-speed trigger to turn off the blower.

Speed/Lock-on dial only

The blower can be locked at any speed with the speed lock-on dial.

  1. Turn the speed/lock-on dial clockwise to start the blower. The air speed will increase as the dial is rotated clockwise.
  2. To decrease the air speed, turn the speed/lock-on dial counterclockwise.
  3. Keep turning the speed/lock-on dial counterclockwise to the off position to stop the blower.

Note that if the speed/lock-on dial is not turned back to the off position before the battery is removed, the blower will not start when a fully charged battery is installed. This is a protection feature to help prevent accidental startup. Depress the air-speed trigger to deactivate the protection and start the blower.

Why is my Ego Leaf Blower Making a Grinding Noise?

If your blower is making a grinding noise, you will need to check the impeller/fan or any of the following parts: the housing, washers, flywheel, or impeller nut.

Impeller

Leaf blowers use an impeller, also known as a fan, to blow the air outward. Air is pulled in via the impeller through the housing, and blown out through the blower tubes. A grinding noise coming from your blower could simply be due to a leaf caught in the impeller.

The fan blade could also be broken or damaged, causing it to make a noise each time it rotates. A good indicator that the fan/impeller is causing this issue is if the noise occurs with the same frequency as the fan rotation.

Also, if the bearings on the impeller have worn out, they could lock up when power is applied to the shaft.

Housing

The plastic impeller housing provides a cover to shield the impeller. The housing can become warped or damaged over time, either by impact from an object or from placing the blower roughly on its side.

If the housing is warped, this may cause the fan blade to hit the side of the housing, resulting in the noise you may be hearing. The impeller housing is a fairly easy part to replace and can be done by removing the screws which hold it in place and screwing in the new part.

Impeller Nut

If the impeller nut becomes loose, the impeller can start to wobble and strike the housings. The impeller is secured to the crankshaft, or motor assembly, by a nut. Disconnect the spark plug before servicing your leaf blower. Remove the impeller housing to inspect the nut, and replace if necessary. You will need a wrench to unscrew the nut, and to screw in the new one.

Washer

Most blowers have a washer in front of and behind the impeller where it mounts to the crankshaft. If the washer is missing or is worn out this can change the impeller spacing, causing it to wobble and rub against the housing.

To replace the impeller washers, follow similar instructions as for removing the impeller housing and nut above, first making sure to remove the spark plug. Inspect the washers for wear and tear or misalignment, and replace if necessary.

Flywheel

A damaged flywheel magnet could strike against the ignition coil in your leaf blower, causing a grinding noise.

The flywheel is a metal disc-shaped part within the engine assembly that can be accessed after removing the housing. It can be removed by sliding off the washer which holds it on the shaft, and striking the end of the shaft with a rubber mallet while lightly pulling off the flywheel at the same time. If the magnet is damaged, you will need to replace the flywheel.

Why Won’t My Ego Leaf Blower Start

If the electric blower does not start or is not working, it could be due to several issues. To troubleshoot, check the following:

  • The battery pack is not attached to the blower. If so, attach the battery pack to the blower.
  • No electrical contact between the blower and battery. Remove battery, check contacts and reinstall the battery pack.
  • The battery pack is depleted. If so, then you need to charge the battery pack first.
  • The battery pack or blower is too hot. To fix this, you need to cool the battery pack and blower until the temperature drops below 152°F (67°C).
  • The speed/lock-on dial (for some models) was not turned back to the off position before the battery was removed. If the speed/lock-on dial is not turned back to the off position before the battery is removed, the blower will not start when a fully charged battery is installed This is a protection feature to help prevent accidental startup In this case, you need to depress the air-speed trigger to deactivate the protection and start the blower.

How to Charge an Ego Leaf Blower

Do not use the charger outdoors or expose it to wet or damp conditions. Water entering the charger will increase the risk of electric shock.

To charge an Ego Leaf blower, first, remove the battery pack from the blower so as to insert it in the charger. To detach the battery pack, depress the battery-release button and pull the battery pack out.

Then follow these instructions below to use the charger to charge:

  1. Connect the charger to the power supply (120V, 60Hz). The four charging indication LEDs will briefly shine green, indicating that the charger is working correctly.
  2.  Align the raised ribs of the battery pack with the mounting slots in the charger; slide the battery pack down onto the charger.
  3. The charger will communicate with the battery pack to evaluate the condition of the battery pack.
  4. When the battery pack is charging, the four charging indication LEDs on the charger will shine green in sequence, from left to right, to indicate the charge level. The power indicator on the battery pack will flash in sequence: red, orange and green. The fan in the charger continuously works to cool the battery pack.
  5.  When the battery pack is fully charged, the charging indication LEDs stop alternating and will shine green continuously. The power indicator on the battery pack will go out. Wait until the cooling fan stops, remove the battery pack from the charger and disconnect the charger from the power supply.
  6. The battery pack will fully charge if left on the charger, but it will not overcharge. If the battery pack remains on the charger for one month or more, it will perform self-maintenance and drop to 30% charge capacity. If this occurs, reinstall the battery pack on the charger to recharge it fully.

Ego Leaf Blower Not Charging

If the blower is not charging after plugging the charger, it could be due to several reasons. First make sure the power outlet you are using has power and that you are using a proper charger recommended by the manufacturer.

If the charger (model no. CH5500) detects a problem, LED1 will begin flashing red or all the LEDs will turn off.

  • If registering as defective, remove and reinsert the battery pack in the charger. If the LEDs still read “defective” a second time, try charging a different battery pack.
  •  If a different battery pack charges normally, dispose of the defective battery pack.
  •  If a different battery pack also indicates “defective”, unplug the charger and wait until the flashing LED1 goes out, then reconnect the plug to the power supply. If LED1 on charger still display defective, the charge may be defective.

If you are using the correct charger and are sure you plugged the charger into a working outlet, then the problem could be the charger, batteries, or both.  Below are other troubleshooting steps you can try in an attempt to resolve the issue:

Check for proper charger operation

Plug the charger cord to a working AC outlet (be sure) and then, while watching the charge indicator lights, connect the charger cord to the blower.

  • If the indicator lights do not illuminate, the charger has failed and must be replaced.
  • If the indicator light illuminates but the blower is not charging, the batteries may have failed and have to be replaced or the charger has failed and needs to be replaced.
  • Determine the correct charging system failure
  • Examine the charger fuse: Disconnect the charger. Open the dash and locate the charger fuse. Open the fuse holder and examine the fuse. Replace if failed.
  • Check for failed battery: Disconnect the charger and open the deck (battery door) and disconnect the battery to battery serial connector, Use a voltage meter (set to measure DC voltage) to test the voltage. If the batteries measure less than the specifications, they have failed and must be replaced.

How Long Does It Take to Charge an Ego Leaf Blower Battery?

In just 50 minutes, a depleted 2.5 Ah battery can be fully recharged with the 56-Volt Charger. The EGO POWER+ 56 Volt Charger boasts industry leading recharge times. The active cooling fan system supports rapid charging without overheating. The quick recharge capability ensures limited downtime with any battery in the EGO platform.

The following charge time are approximate and from zero to full charge:

  • 2.0 Ah Battery: 40-minutes
  • 2.5 Ah Battery: 50-minutes
  • 4.0 Ah Battery: 80-minutes
  • 5.0 Ah Battery: 100-minutes
  • 7.5 Ah Battery: 145-minutes

Ego 2.0 Ah BA1120

  • 40-Minute charge time with Standard charger
  • 25-Minute charge time with Rapid charger

Ego 2.5 Ah battery BA1400

  • Charges in 30 minutes with EGO Power+ Rapid Charger
  • Charges in 50 minutes with EGO Power+ Standard Charger

Ego 4.0 Ah BA2240

  • Charges in 30 minutes with EGO Power+ Rapid Charger
  • Charges in 80 minutes with EGO Power+ Standard Charger

Ego 5.0 Ah BA2800

  • Charges in 40 minutes with EGO Power+ Rapid Charger
  • Charges in 100 minutes with EGO Power+ Standard Charger

Ego 7.5 Ah BA4200

  • Charges in 60 minutes with EGO Power+ Rapid Charger
  • Charges in 145 minutes with EGO Power+ Standard Charger

Are Ego Batteries Interchangeable?

Any Ego charger will charge any Ego battery. They are all interchangeable. Are EGO batteries compatible with all Ego products? The answer is YES. Whichever EGO Power+ 56V ARC Lithium battery you choose for the job; the design means it will fit any tool.

How to Clean and Store an Ego Leaf Blower

Before you start cleaning or performing any maintenance, you should always remove the battery pack from the appliance so as to avoid serious personal injury.

To clean the blower, follow these instructions:

  • Avoid using solvents when cleaning plastic parts. Most plastics are susceptible to damage from various types of commercial solvents and may be damaged by their use.
  • Use a clean cloth to remove dirt, dust, oil, grease, etc.

To store the appliance, follow these instructions:

  • Clean all foreign material from the air inlets of the blower.
  • Store indoors in a place that is inaccessible to children. Keep away from corrosive agents, such as garden chemicals and de-icing salts.

Ego Leaf Blower Not Blowing Hard

If your Ego leaf blower is not blowing air as it normally would but the engine is running without any noticeable issues, it is likely that the blower’s fan is broken. A broken fan will not create the proper suction that the unit needs to blow air with consistent force.

To inspect and replace a broken fan, unscrew the fan housing from the side of the blower. If the fan is loose, it may simply need to be tightened. If the fan is broken or damaged, remove the spark plug boot and spark plug and feed a piece of rope into the spark plug hole to stop the piston from rotating inside of the cylinder while the fan is unscrewed. Once the old blade is removed, replace it with a new blade.

Must an Ego Leaf Blower Have Attachments?

Not necessarily, but the attachments are for making cleaning easier. The attachments available include nozzles, all the parts of gutter cleaning kits, collection bags, shoulder straps, and leaf collection system.

 Use a leaf blower gutter attachment and other accessories to add more functionality to your blower. With these handy accessories, it is easy to perform all of your lawn and gutter cleaning tasks. A gutter cleaner, for example, helps you to use your blower to suction your gutters clean. 

Check this too: Common Backpack Sprayer Problems and How to Fix Them

If you need to catch leaves instead of blowing them away then equip your blower with a leaf collection system. These kits come with a long, flexible hose, a funnel, and a bag or hood that can securely send leaves into a bin or trash can. A few minutes of setup goes a long way to help collect every last leaf in a flash. 

Some accessories are universal, but others are brand exclusive. With the EGO leaf blower, you can get one of several EGO-exclusive specialty nozzles to help collect and clean leaves in gutters, corners, tight spaces and other tricky areas.

How to Safely Use an Electric Leaf Blower

Like any other power tool, using your electric leaf blower can pose some safety risks, especially when not observing the necessary safety precautions.

By following these guidelines, you will have all the necessary knowledge to work on your landscaping tasks safely and effectively!:

  • People with electronic devices, such as pacemakers, should consult their physician(s) before using the blower. Operation of electrical equipment in close proximity to a heart pacemaker could cause interference or failure of the pacemaker.
  • Do not allow the blower to be used as a toy. Close attention is necessary when used by or near children.
  • Use only as described in the blower’s manual. Use only manufacturer’s recommended attachments.
  • If the blower is not working as it should, has been dropped, damaged, left outdoors, or dropped into water, return it to a service center.
  • Do not handle the charger, including charger plug, or charger terminals with wet hands.
  • Do not put any object into any openings. Do not use with any opening blocked; keep openings free of dust, lint, hair, and anything that may reduce air flow.
  • Keep hair, loose clothing, fingers, and all parts of body away from openings and moving parts. Loose clothes, jewelry, or long hair can be drawn into air vents.
  • Secure long hair above shoulder level to prevent entanglement in moving parts.
  • Use extra care when cleaning on stairs.
  • Do not charge the battery pack outdoors.
  • Use only the charger supplied by the manufacturer to recharge.
  • Do not leave blower unattended when the battery is inserted. Remove the battery when the blower is not in use and before servicing.
  • Do not operate blowers in explosive atmospheres, such as in the presence of flammable liquids, gases, or dust. Blowers create sparks which may ignite the dust or fumes.
  • Use the battery operated blower only with specifically designated battery pack. Use of any other batteries may create a risk of fire.
  • Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common sense when operating a power blower. Do not use the blower while tired, upset, or under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication. A moment of inattention while operating blowers may result in serious personal injury.
  • Keep all bystanders, children, and pets at least 50 ft. away.
  • Avoid accidental starting. Be sure that the switch is in the locked or off position before inserting the battery pack. Carrying blowers with your finger on the switch or inserting the battery pack into a blower with the switch on invites accidents.
  • Use safety equipment. Always wear eye protection. Dust mask, non-skid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing protection must be used for appropriate conditions.
  • Do not use on a ladder, rooftop, tree, or other unstable support. Stable footing on a solid surface enables better control of the blower in unexpected situations.
  • Always take care of your feet, children, or pets around you when removing the battery pack from blower. Serious injury could result if the battery pack falls. NEVER remove the battery pack when in a high position.
  • Do not use the blower if switch does not turn it on or off. A blower that cannot be controlled with the switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
  • Disconnect the battery pack from the blower before making any adjustments, changing accessories, or storing the blower. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of starting the blower accidentally.
  • Before removing the battery, you should turn off all controls first.
  • Do not attempt to clear clogs from the unit without first removing the battery.
  • Check for misalignment or binding of moving parts, breakage of parts, and any other condition that may affect the blower’s operation. If damaged, have the blower serviced before using. Many accidents are caused by poorly maintained blowers.
  •  Keep the blower and its handle dry, clean and free from oil and grease. Always use a clean cloth when cleaning. Never use brake fluids, gasoline, petroleum-based products, or any strong solvents to clean your blower. Following this rule will reduce the risk of loss of control and deterioration of the enclosure plastic.
  • Always wear safety glasses with side shields to reduce the risk of eye injury.
  • Keep firm footing and balance. Do not overreach. Overreaching can result in loss of balance.
  • Check the work area before each use. Remove all objects such as rocks, broken glass, nails, wire, or string which can be thrown by or become entangled in the machine.
  • Do not point the blower tube in the direction of people or pets.
  •  Never run the unit without the proper equipment attached. Always ensure that the blower tube is installed.
  • When servicing a blower, use only identical replacement parts. Use of unauthorized parts or failure to follow maintenance Instructions may create a risk of shock or injury.
  • Never use the blower near fires or hot ashes. Use near fires or ashes can spread fires and result in serious injury and/or property damage.
  • Never use blower to spread chemicals, fertilizers, or any other toxic substances. Spreading these substances could result in serious injury to the operator or bystanders.
  • Never place the blower on any surface, except a hard, clean surface when the engine is running. Gravel, sand, and other debris can be picked up by the air inlet and thrown at the operator or bystanders, causing possible serious injuries.
  • When not in use, the blower should be stored indoors in a dry, secure place out of the reach of children. 

Tips for Using an Ego Leaf Blower

  • To keep from scattering debris, blow around the outer edges of a debris pile.
  • Never blow directly into the center of a pile.
  • To reduce sound levels, limit the number of pieces of power equipment used at any one time.
  • Use rakes and brooms to loosen debris before blowing. In dusty conditions, slightly dampen surfaces if water is available.
  • Conserve water by using power blowers instead of hoses for many lawn and garden applications, including areas such as gutters, screens, patios, grills, porches, and gardens.
  • The edge of the tapered nozzle helps with removing wet leaves and clean out gaps in the sidewalk.
  • Watch out for children, pets, open windows, or freshly washed cars, and blow debris safely away.
  • After using blowers or other equipment, clean up! Dispose of debris properly.

Oscar

In his spare time, Oscar loves tinkering with electronics. Solar panels, wiring, old TVs and sometimes DIY powerwalls. When he is not busy trying not to electrocute himself, you can find him in the garden tending to his vegetables and chickens.

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