Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Toro Mulcher/Blower Fries Just a Year after Purchase from Home Depot
I hate that maple tree in the fall. The branches are tall and spindly and scary in the wind. But its the leaf production that makes life in the fall rather a hell.
The leaves fall by the truckload. Many fall onto the wire of the cat yard turning day in the yard to night. I used to whack at the wire from underneath, with a broom, to try to get them off, but I can't do that anymore. Hurts my neck and shoulder.
So last year, I bought a mulcher/blower, Toro brand, at Home Depot. I have the receipt that says I bought it on October 11 last year. I didn't use it much, just the rest of the leaf season. I've used it so far three times this year, the last time being tonight.
Suddenly, after only ten minutes out there, it began to smell awful and then smoke poured out of both sides. I quickly unplugged it and ran it out to the driveway so it wouldn't catch anything on fire.
It smoked another ten minutes or so, and I went and found my camera to get a video although it had mostly stopped smoking by the time I found the camera. I am not happy. To have something last only a year with such minimal use means it was crap to begin with. It's made in Mexico. The warranty from Home Depot on it was only 90 days.
It's almost like they build this stuff to break and expect me to dutifully go buy another piece of plastic crap to replace it. I'll go back to whacking at the leaves from underneath with a broom before I'll lay out cash for crap.
at 7:26 PM