Black & Decker GH3000 Instruction manual

Trimmer/Edger
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
Catalog Number
GH3000
KEY INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW:
• The guard must be installed before trimming or edging - if not, the motor will overheat.
• When replacing the line, use only .080 inch diameter ROUND line (B&D Model #SF-080 is recommended) otherwise the tool will not function properly.
• Do not bump the feed head against the ground - it will disrupt the automatic feed mechanism.
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INSTRUCTIVO DE OPERACIÓN, CENTROS DE SERVICIO Y PÓLIZA DE GARANTÍA.
ADVERTENCIA: LÉASE ESTE INSTRUCTIVO ANTES DE USAR EL PRODUCTO.
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SAFETY GUIDELINES - DEFINITIONS
It is important for you to read and understand this manual. The information it contains
relates to protecting YOUR SAFETY and PREVENTING PROBLEMS. The symbols below
are used to help you recognize this information.
DANGER: Indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result
in death or serious injury.
WARNING: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could
result in death or serious injury.
CAUTION: Indicates a potentially haz­ard­ous situation which, if not avoided, may result
in minor or mod­er­ate injury.
NOTICE: Used without the safety alert symbol indicates potentially hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, may result in property damage.
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WARNING: When using electric gardening appliances, basic safety precautions should always
be followed to reduce risk of fire, electric shock, and personal injury, including the following.
IMPORTANT SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS
TO REDUCE RISK OF INJURY:
• Before any use, be sure everyone using this tool reads and understands all safety
instructions and other information contained in this manual.
• Save these instructions and review frequently prior to use and in instructing others.
CAUTION: Failure to comply with the recommendations outlined in the key information
section will void warranty.
WARNING: Some dust created by this product contains chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Some
examples of these chemicals are:
• compounds in fertilizers
• compounds in insecticides, herbicides and pesticides
• arsenic and chromium from chemically treated lumber
To reduce your exposure to these chemicals, wear approved safety equipment such as dust
masks that are specially designed to filter out microscopic particles.
WARNING: ALWAYS use safety glasses. Everyday eyeglasses are NOT safety glasses. Also use
face or dust mask if trimming operation is dusty. ALWAYS WEAR CERTIFIED SAFETY EQUIPMENT:
• ANSI Z87.1 eye protection (CAN/CPA Z94.3),
• ANSI S12.6 (S3.19) hearing protection,
• NOSH/OSHA respiratory protection.
WARNING: Always wear proper personal hearing protection that conforms to
ANSI S12.6 (S3.19) during use. Under some conditions and duration of use, noise from this
product may contribute to hearing loss.
Read All Instructions
• ALWAYS WEAR EYE PROTECTION – Wear safety spectacles or goggles at all times
when this tool is plugged in.
• GUARD – Do not use this tool without guard attached.
• DRESS PROPERLY – Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. They can be caught in moving
parts. Rubber gloves and substantial rubber soled footwear are recommended when working
outdoors. Don’t operate the tool when barefoot or wearing open sandals. Wear heavy long
pants to protect your legs. Wear protective hair covering to contain long hair.
• NYLON LINE – Keep face, hands and feet clear of rotating nylon line at all times.
• THE ROTATING LINE PERFORMS A CUTTING FUNCTION – Use care when trimming
around screens and desirable plants.
• KEEP ALL BYSTANDERS AWAY – at a safe distance from work area, especially children.
• IMPORTANT WARNING – When being used as an Edger, stones, pieces of metal and
other objects can be thrown out at high speed by the line. The tool and guard are designed
to reduce the danger. However, the following special precautions should be taken:
• MAKE SURE that other persons and pets are at least 100 feet (30m) away.
• TO REDUCE THE RISK of rebound (ricochet) injury, work going away from any nearby
solid object such as wall, steps, large stone, tree, etc. Use great care when working close
to solid objects and where necessary, do edging or trimming by hand.
• AVOID ACCIDENTALLY STARTING – Don’t carry plugged-in tool with finger on trigger.
• DO NOT FORCE THE TOOL – at a rate faster than the rate at which it is able to cut effectively.
• USE THE RIGHT TOOL – Do not use this tool for any job except that for which it is intended.
• DON’T OVERREACH – Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
• DAMAGE TO UNIT – If you strike or become entangled with a foreign object, stop tool
immediately, unplug, check for damage and have any damage repaired before further
operation is attempted. Do not operate with a broken hub or spool.
• DISCONNECT TOOL – when not in use, when replacing line, or prior to cleaning.
• AVOID DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS – Do not use electric tools in
damp or wet locations. Follow all instructions in this Instruction Manual for proper operation
of your tool. Don’t use the tool in the rain.
• DO NOT OPERATE portable electric tools in gaseous or explosive atmospheres. Motors in
these tools normally spark, and the sparks might ignite fumes.
• STORE IDLE TOOLS INDOORS – When not in use, tools should be stored indoors in a dry, lockedup place out of reach of children.
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• STAY ALERT – Do not operate this unit when you are tired, ill, or under the influence of
alcohol, drugs, or medication.
• MAINTAIN APPLIANCES WITH CARE – Follow instructions in maintenance section. Keep
handles dry, clean and free from oil and grease.
• CHECK DAMAGED PARTS – Before further use of the appliance, a guard or other part
that is damaged should be carefully checked to determine that it will operate properly and
perform its intended function. Check for alignment of moving parts, binding of moving parts,
breakage of parts, mounting, and any other condition that may affect its operation. A guard
or other part that is damaged should be properly repaired or replaced by an authorized
service center unless otherwise indicated elsewhere in this manual.
• DO NOT immerse tool in water or squirt it with a hose. DO NOT allow any liquid to get inside it.
• DO NOT store the tool on or adjacent to fertilizers or chemicals.
• DO NOT clean with a pressure washer.
• Keep guards in place and in working order.
• Keep hands and feet away from cutting area.
WARNING: Do not use tool if the switch trigger does not turn the tool on or off. Any tool
that can not be controlled with the switch trigger is dangerous and must be repaired.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
The label on your tool may include the following symbols. The symbols and their definitions are
as follows:
VvoltsA.
...................
voltsA
amperes
Hz.................hertzW.................. watts
min...............minutes
................ alternating current
no.................. no load speed
.............direct current
............... Class II Construction
..............safety alert symbol
..............earthing terminal
.../min........revolutions or reciprocations per minute
ADDITIONAL WARNINGS FOR STRING TRIMMERS
1. Keep the air intake slots (Figure H2) clean to avoid overheating.
2. Your trimmer line can dry out over time. To keep your line in top condition, store spare prewound spools or bulk line in a plastic, sealable bag with a tablespoon of water.
3. Plastic parts may be cleaned by using a mild soap and a damp rag.
4. DO NOT immerse tool in water or squirt it with a hose. DO NOT allow any liquid to get inside it.
5. Do not store the tool on or adjacent to fertilizers or chemicals.
6. DO NOT clean with a pressure washer.
7. The line cutter on the edge of the guard can dull over time.
SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS: POLARIZED PLUGS
CAUTION: To reduce the risk of electric shock, this equipment has a polarized plug
(one blade is wider than the other) and will require the use of a polarized extension cord. The
appliance plug will fit into a polarized extension cord only one way. If the plug does not fit fully
into the extension cord, reverse the plug. If the plug still does not fit, obtain a correct polarized
extension cord. A polarized extension cord will require the use of a polarized wall outlet. This
plug will fit into the polarized wall outlet only one way. If the plug does not fit fully into the wall
outlet, reverse the plug. If the plug still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician to install the
proper wall outlet. Do not change the equipment plug, extension cord receptacle, or extension
cord plug in any way.
SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS: EXTENSION CORDS
Make sure your extension cord is in good condition. When using an extension cord, be sure to use
one heavy enough to carry the current your product will draw. An undersized cord will cause a drop
in line voltage resulting in loss of power and overheating. The table shows the correct size to use
depending on cord length and nameplate ampere rating. If in doubt, use the next heavier gauge. The
smaller the gauge number, the heavier the cord. If the extension will be used outside, the cord must
be suitable for outdoor work. The Total Length of Cord
25 ft. 50 ft.
75 ft.
100 ft.
125 ft.
150 ft. 175 ft.
letters “WA” on the cord jacket
45.7 m 53.3 m
indicate that the cord is suitable 7.6 m 15.2 m 22.9 m 30.5 m 38.1 m Wire Size AWG
for outdoor use.
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FUNCTIONAL DESCRIPTION (figure A)
1. On/Off Trigger Switch
2. Handle
3. Power Cord Plug
ASSEMBLY
4. Auxiliary Handle
5. Height Adjust Locking Clamp 6. Trimmer Guard
7. Trimmer Head
8. Edge Guide Wheel
9. Spool Housing
ASSEMBLY TOOLS REQUIRED (NOT SUPPLIED): Phillips Screwdriver
WARNING: Unplug the tool before attempting to attach the guard.
Attaching the guard (Figures B, C)
WARNING: NEVER OPERATE TOOL WITHOUT GUARD FIRMLY IN PLACE. The
guard must always be properly attached on the tool to protect the user.
• Remove the screw from the guard.
• Keeping the guard square to the trimmer head slide it into place until the retaining tab clicks
into place (Ensure that the guide rails (B1) on the guard (B2) are correctly aligned with the
guide rails (B3) on the trimmer head (B4) (figure B).
• Secure the guard with the screw (C1) (figure C).
Attaching the Auxiliary Handle (Figures D, E)
• To attach the handle, press in on the buttons (D1) on both sides of the upper housing as
shown in figure D.
• Position the handle as shown in figure E (with the Black & Decker logo facing upward). Partially
push the handle on so that it will hold the buttons in when you release them with your hand.
• Push the handle completely onto the housing and position it slightly until it “snaps” into
place (figure E).
• To adjust the handle up or down, press in on the button (F1) and raise or lower the handle.
• The handle should be adjusted so that your front arm is straight when the trimmer is in the
working position.
Adjusting the height of the tool (figure G)
This tool has a telescopic mechanism, allowing you to set it to a comfortable height.
To adjust the height setting:
• Release the height adjust locking clamp (G1).
• Gently pull the tube (G2) up or down to the desired height.
• Close the height adjust locking clamp (G1).
OPERATION
WARNING: Always use proper eye protection that conforms to ANSI Z87.1 (CAN/CSA
Z94.3) while operating this power tool.
WARNING: Disconnect the plug from the power source before making any assembly,
adjustments or changing accessories. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of
starting the tool accidentally.
CAUTION: Before you begin trimming, only use the appropriate type of cutting line.
CAUTION: Inspect area to be trimmed and remove any wire, cord, or string-like objects
which could become entangled in the rotating line or spool. Be particularly careful to avoid any
wire which might be bent outwardly into the path of the tool, such as barbs at the base of a
chain link fence.
Switching on and off (figure H)
WARNING: Never attempt to lock the trigger switch in the on position.
• To turn the tool on, squeeze the trigger switch (H1)
• To turn the tool off, release the trigger switch (H1).
EXTENSION Cord Retainer (figure I)
WARNING: Ensure the trigger switch is not engaged to reduce the risk of starting the
tool accidentally.
A cord retainer is incorporated into the rear of the handle on the power head.
• To use the cord retainer as shown in figure I, feed the extension cord into the cord retainer
housing (I1). Loop the extension cord around the cord retainer (I2) so it rests in the cord
retainer. Then plug the extension cord into the power head.
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Operating the trimmer (figureS j, K)
WARNING: Disconnect the plug from the power source before making any adjustments.
• Connect power cord plug to an electric outlet, then connect power cord to the trimmer.
• Maintain a cutting angle of 5° to 10° as shown in figure J1. Do not exceed 10° (figure J2).
Cut with the tip of the line.
• Maintain a minimum distance of 24 inches (609.6 mm) between the guard and your feet
as shown in figure K. To achieve this distance adjust the overall height of the trimmer as
shown in figure G.
Choosing trimming or edging mode (figures L, M)
WARNING: Disconnect the plug from the power source before making any assembly,
adjustments or changing accessories. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of
starting the tool accidentally.
• The tool can be used in trimming mode as shown in figure L or in edging mode to trim
overhanging grass along lawn edges and flower beds as shown in figure M.
Trimming mode
CAUTION: The wheeled edge guide should only be used when in the edging mode.
For trimming, the trimmer head should be in the position shown in figure L. If it is not:
• Disconnect the plug from the power source.
• Release the height adjust locking clamp (G1).
• While holding the auxiliary handle, rotate the tube and head clockwise.
• Close the height adjust locking clamp.
• With the unit on, slowly swing the trimmer side to side as shown in Figure L.
Note: The tube and head will only rotate in one direction.
Edging mode
For edging, the trimmer head should be in the position shown in figure M. If it is not:
• Disconnect the plug from the power source.
• Release the height adjust locking clamp (G1).
• While holding the auxiliary handle, rotate the tube and head counterclockwise.
• Close the height adjust locking clamp.
Note: The tube and head will only rotate in one direction.
Note: The Auto Feed System may not operate correctly if wheeled edge guide is not used.
Edging
Optimum cutting results are achieved on edges deeper than 2 inches (50 mm).
• Do not use this tool to create edges or trenches.
• Using the edging wheel, guide the tool as shown in figure M.
• To make a closer cut, slightly tilt the tool.
Cutting Line / LINE FEEDING
CAUTION: Only use the appropriate type of cutting line.
Use Black & Decker replacement spool Model No. SF-080.
Note: USE ONLY .080 inch (2.0 mm) DIAMETER ROUND NYLON
MONO FILAMENT LINE. Do
not use serrated or heavier gauge line, as they will overload the motor and cause overheating.
Your trimmer uses .080 inch (2.0 mm) diameter, ROUND nylon line. During use, the tips of the nylon
lines will become frayed and worn and the special self feeding spool will automatically feed and trim a
fresh length of line. Do not bump unit on ground in attempt to feed line or for any other purposes.
Cutting line will wear faster and require more feeding if the cutting or edging is done along
sidewalks or other abrasive surfaces or heavier weeds are being cut.
CLEARING JAMS AND TANGLED LINE (figures N, O, P)
WARNING: Disconnect the plug from the power source before making any assembly,
adjustments or changing accessories. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of
starting the tool accidentally.
From time to time, especially when cutting thick or stalky weeds, the line feeding hub may
become clogged with sap or other material and the line will become jammed as a result. To
clear the jam, follow the steps listed below.
• Disconnect the plug from the power source.
• Press the release tabs on the line spool cap, as shown in figure N and remove the cap by
pulling it straight off.
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• Pull the nylon line spool out and clear any broken line or cutting debris from the spool area.
• Place spool and line into spool cap with line “parked” in slots provided as shown in figure O1.
• Insert the line end through the appropriate hole in the spool cap. Pull slack line through until
it pulls out of the holding slots as shown in figure O2.
• Press the spool down GENTLY and rotate it until you feel it drop into place and then push
to snap into place. (When in place, the spool will turn a few degrees left and right freely).
• Take care to keep the line from becoming trapped under the spool.
• Align the spool cap tabs with the slots on the spool housing (figure P).
• Snap the spool cap back on as shown in figure P by depressing lugs and pressing into
spool housing.
Note: Make sure that cover is fully positioned, listen for two audible clicks to ensure both
lugs are correctly located. Power the tool on. In a few seconds or less you’ll hear the nylon
line being cut automatically to the proper length.
Note: Other replacement parts (guards, spool caps, etc.) are available through Black &
Decker service centers. To find your local service location call: 1-800-544-6986 or visit www.
blackanddecker.com.
WARNING: The use of any accessory not recommended by Black & Decker for use
with this tool could be hazardous.
REPLACING THE SPOOL (figures N, O, P, Q)
WARNING: Disconnect the plug from the power source before making any assembly,
adjustments or changing accessories. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of
starting the tool accidentally.
CAUTION: To avoid tool damage, if the cutting line protrudes beyond the trimming
blade, cut it off so that it just reaches the blade.
• Depress the tabs and remove the spool cap from the spool housing on the trimmer head
figure N.
• Grasp empty spool with one hand and spool cap with other hand and pull spool out.
• Replace spool with Black & Decker model # SF-080.
• Remove any dirt and grass from the spool and spool cap.
• If lever (Q1) in base of spool cap becomes dislodged, replace in correct position before
inserting a new spool.
• Unfasten the end of the cutting line and guide the line into the eyelet (O2).
• Press the spool GENTLY into the spool cap and rotate it until you feel it drop into place. Then
push to snap into place. (When in place, the spool will turn a few degrees left and right freely).
• Take care to keep the line from becoming trapped under the spool.
• Align the spool cap tabs with the slots on the spool housing (figure P).
• Snap the spool cap back on as shown in figure P by depressing lugs and pressing into spool housing.
NOTE: The line should protrude approximately 4-13/16 inches (122mm) from the housing.
REWINDING SPOOL (figures R, S)
WARNING: Disconnect the plug from the power source before making any assembly,
adjustments or changing accessories. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of
starting the tool accidentally.
Note: USE ONLY .080 inch (2.0 mm) DIAMETER ROUND NYLON MONO FILAMENT LINE. Do
not use serrated or heavier gauge line, as they will overload the motor and cause overheating.
NOTE: Hand wound spools from bulk line are likely to become tangled more frequently than
Black & Decker factory wound spools. For best results, factory wound spools are recommended.
To rewind spool, follow the steps below:
• Remove the empty spool from the tool as described in “REPLACING THE SPOOL”.
• Make a fold at the end of the cutting line at about 3/4 inch (19mm)(R1).
• Insert the folded cutting line into the upper hole inside of the spool (R2) as shown in figure R.
• Wind the cutting line onto the spool in the direction of the arrow on the spool. Make sure to
wind the line on neatly and in layers. Do not crisscross figure S.
• When the wound cutting line reaches the recesses (R4), cut the line and dock it in the spool
line slots (R5) .
• Fit the spool cap onto the tool as described in “REPLACING THE SPOOL” (figures O, P).
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible Cause
Possible Solution
• Unit will not start.
• Cord not plugged in.
• Plug tool into a working outlet.
• Circuit fuse is blown.
• Replace circuit fuse. (If the product
repeatedly causes the circuit fuse to blow, discontinue use immediately and
have it serviced at a Black & Decker
service center or authorized servicer.)
• Circuit breaker is tripped. • Reset circuit breaker. (If the product
repeatedly causes the circuit breaker to
trip, discontinue use immediately and
have it serviced at a Black & Decker
service center or authorized servicer.)
• Cord or switch is • Have cord or switch replaced at Black damaged.
& Decker Service Center or Authorized
Servicer
For assistance with your product, visit our website www.blackanddecker.com for the location of
the service center nearest you or call the BLACK & DECKER help line at 1-800-544-6986.
Maintenance
WARNING: Disconnect the plug from the power source before performing any maintenance.
CAUTION: To assure product SAFETY and RELIABILITY, repairs, maintenance and
adjustment should be performed by authorized service centers or other qualified service
organizations, always using identical replacement parts.
1. Keep the air intake slots clean to avoid overheating.
2. Your trimmer line can dry out over time. To keep your line in top condition, store spare prewound spools or bulk line in a plastic, sealable bag with a tablespoon of water.
3. Plastic parts may be cleaned by using a mild soap and a damp rag.
4. The line cutter on the edge of the guard can dull over time. It is recommended you
periodically touch-up the sharpness of the blade with a file.
Service Information
All Black & Decker Service Centers are staffed with trained personnel to provide customers
with efficient and reliable power tool service. Whether you need technical advice, repair, or
genuine factory replacement parts, contact the Black & Decker location nearest you. To find
your local service location, refer to the yellow page directory under “Tools—Electric” or call:
1-800-544-6986 or visit www.blackanddecker.com
Full Two-Year Home Use Warranty
Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc. warrants this product for two years against any defects in material or
workmanship. The defective product will be replaced or repaired at no charge in either of two
ways. The first, which will result in exchanges only, is to return the product to the retailer from
whom it was purchased (provided that the store is a participating retailer). Returns should be
made within the time period of the retailer’s policy for exchanges (usually 30 to 90 days after the
sale). Proof of purchase may be required. Please check with the retailer for their specific return
policy regarding returns that are beyond the time set for exchanges. The second option is to
take or send the product (prepaid) to a Black & Decker owned or authorized Service Center for
repair or replacement at our option. Proof of purchase may be required. Black & Decker owned
and authorized Service Centers are listed under “Tools-Electric” in the yellow pages of the phone
directory. This warranty does not apply to accessories. This warranty gives you specific legal rights
and you may have other rights which vary from state to state or province to province. Should you
have any questions, contact the manager of your nearest Black & Decker Service Center. This
product is not intended for commercial use.
free warning label replacement: If your warning labels become illegible or are
missing, call 1-800-544-6986 for a free replacement.
LATIN AMERICA: This warranty does not apply to products sold in Latin America. For products
sold in Latin America, check country specific warranty information contained in the packaging, call
the local company or see the website for warranty information.
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Towson, MD 21286 U.S.A.
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