Shindaiwa AHS242 Operator`s manual

SHINDAIWA OWNER’S/OPERATOR'S MANUAL
AHS242 ARTICULATED
HEDGE TRIMMER
WARNING!
Always wear eye and ear
protection when operating this machine!
To minimize the risk of injury to yourself
and others, read this manual and
familiarize yourself with its contents.
X7502801204
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Introduction
The Shindaiwa AHS242 Articulated
Hedge Trimmer is designed and
built to deliver superior performance
and reliability without compromise to
quality, comfort, safety or durability.
Shindaiwa's engines represent the
leading edge of high-performance,
engine technology, delivering exceptionally high power with remarkably
low displacement and weight. As an
owner/operator, you'll soon discover
for yourself why Shindaiwa is simply
in a class by itself!
Contents
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IMPORTANT!
The information contained in these
instructions describes machines available at the time of publication.
Echo Inc. reserves the right to make
changes to products without prior
notice, and without obligation to make
alterations to units previously manufactured.
WARNING!
The engine exhaust from this
product contains chemicals known to
the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
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Safety .............................................3
Filling the fuel tank........................ 11
Long Term Storage........................20
Product Description.........................6
Starting the Engine .......................12
Troubleshooting Guide..................21
Specifications..................................6
Stopping the Engine......................14
Warranty Statement.......................24
Emission Control.............................7
Checking Unit Condition................14
Product Registration......................27
Assembly.........................................7
Safe Operation..............................15
Mixing fuel.....................................10
Maintenance..................................16
IMPORTANT!
The procedures described in this manual are intended to help you get the most from your unit as well as to protect you and
others from harm. These procedures are guidelines for safe operation under most conditions, and are not intended to replace
any safety rules and/or laws that may be in force in your area. If you have questions regarding your power tool, or if you do not
understand something in this manual, your Shindaiwa dealer will be glad to assist you. You may also contact Shindaiwa at the
address printed on the back of this Manual.
Attention Statements
Throughout this manual are special “attention statements”.
WARNING!
A statement preceded
by the triangular attention symbol
and the word “WARNING” contains
information that should be acted upon
to prevent serious bodily injury.
DANGER!
A statement preceded by
the triangular attention symbol and
the word “DANGER” contains information that should be acted upon to
prevent serious injury or death.
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IMPORTANT!
A statement preceded by the word
“IMPORTANT” is one that possesses
special significance.
CAUTION!
A statement preceded by the word
“CAUTION” contains information
that should be acted upon to
prevent mechanical damage.
NOTE:
A statement preceded by the word “NOTE”
contains information that is handy to know
and may make your job easier.
Safety and Operational Labels
An articulated hedge trimmer
has the potential to cause
serious personal injury to
the operator or bystanders
if misused, abused or
mishandled. You must observe
all special safety instructions
to reduce the risk of personal
injury.
Read and follow this manual,
make sure anyone using the
trimmer does likewise. Failure
to do so could result in serious
personal injury or machine
failure. Keep this manual for
future reference.
Keep bystanders at least
50 feet (15 meters) away
from the operating trimmer
to reduce the risk of being
cut by the cutting blades or
struck by falling objects or
thrown debris.
Always wear a hard hat to reduce
the risk of head injuries during
operation of this machine. In
addition, always wear eye and
hearing protection. Shindaiwa
recommends wearing a face
shield as additional face and
eye protection.
Safety tip shoes or boots
with non-slip sole should be
worn.
33 ft
10 M
Wear non-slip heavy-duty
gloves.
This product conducts
electricity. Keep the product
and/or operator a minimum
distance of 33 feet (10 meters)
away from electrical sources
and power lines.
WARNING ! Surface can
be hot. Always wear gloves
when handling this unit.
The blades / cutting attachments are SHARP! Handle
with care.
Be aware of the danger of
falling debris.
Safety
DANGER!
THE ARTICULATED HEDGE TRIMMER IS NOT
INSULATED AGAINST ELECTRICAL SHOCK!
Approaching or contacting electrical lines with the
trimmer could cause death or serious injury. Keep the
trimmer at least 10 meters away from electrical lines
or branches that contact electrical lines.
An articulated hedge trimmer has the potential to cause serious personal injury to the operator or bystanders if misused,
abused or mishandled. To reduce the risk of injury, you must
maintain control at all times, and observe all safety precautions during operation. Never permit a person without training or instruction to
operate this hedge trimmer!
WARNING!
Do not make un-authorized modifications
or alterations to your articulated hedge trimmer or
its components.
WARNING!
Never operate this tool or any other power
equipment if you are tired, ill, or under the
influence of alcohol, drugs, or any substance
that could affect your ability or judgement.
WARNING!
The ignition components of this machine generate an electromagnetic field during operation which may interfere
with some pacemakers. To reduce the risk of serious or fatal injury, persons with pacemakers should consult with their
physician and the pacemaker manufacturer before operating this machine. In the absence of such information, ECHO
does not recommend the use of ECHO products by anyone who has a pacemaker.
WARNING!
Engine exhaust IS HOT, and contains Carbon Monoxide (CO), a poison gas. Breathing CO can cause
unconsciousness, serious injury, or death. Exhaust can cause serious burns. ALWAYS position unit so that
exhaust is directed away from your face and body.
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Safety (continued)
Operating Precautions
■■Never
transport the articulated
hedge trimmer or leave it unattended
with the engine running. An engine
that’s running could be accidently
accelerated causing the blades to
oscillate.
■■Make sure that the blade cover is in
place when transporting or storing
the articulated hedge trimmer.
■■Always make sure that the cutter
attachment and all handles and
guards are properly installed and
firmly tightened before operation.
■■Inspect for broken, missing or
improperly installed parts or
attachments.
■■Never use a cracked or warped
cutter or cutter bar: replace it with
a serviceable one and make sure it
fits properly.
■■Make sure there are no missing or
loose fasteners, and that the stop
switch and throttle controls are
working properly.
■■Never adjust blades when the
engine is operating.
WARNING!
■■Make sure there is always good
ventilation when operating the
articulated hedge trimmer. Fumes
from engine exhaust can cause
serious injury or death. Never run
the engine indoors!
■■Never smoke or light fires near the
hedge trimmer. Keep the unit away
from excessive heat. Engine fuel is
very flammable and fire could lead
to serious personal injury or property damage.
■■Make sure the cutters are correctly
adjusted before operating the
articulated hedge trimmer (see the
section ”Cutter Blade Adjustment”
for cutter adjustment procedures).
Never attempt cutter adjustment
with the engine running!
■■Before starting the engine, make
sure the cutter is not contacting
anything.
■■Always confirm safe operation
when using the machine.
■■Immediately stop the engine with
the stop switch if the machine suddenly begins to vibrate or shake.
■■Always
stop
the
engine
immediately and check for damage
if you strike a foreign object or if the
machine becomes tangled. Do not
operate with broken or damaged
equipment.
■■When cutting a branch that is
under tension, be alert for springback so that you will not be struck
by the moving branch.
■■If a cutter should bind fast in a cut,
shut off the engine immediately.
Push the branch or tree to ease
the bind and free the cutter.
■■Always stop the engine and allow
it to cool before refueling. Avoid
overfilling and wipe off any fuel
that may have spilled.
■■To reduce fire hazard, keep the
engine and muffler free of debris,
leaves, or excessive grease.
■■Keep a Solid Stance. Maintain
footing and balance at all times.
Do not stand on slippery, uneven
or unstable surfaces. Do not work
in odd positions or on ladders. Do
not over reach.
WARNING!
Moving parts can amputate fingers or cause severe injuries. Keep hands, clothing and loose objects away
from all openings.
•ALWAYS stop engine, disconnect spark plug, and make sure all moving parts have come to a complete stop before removing obstructions, clearing debris, or servicing unit.
•DO NOT start or operate unit unless all guards and protective covers are properly assembled to unit.
•NEVER reach into any opening while the engine is running. Moving parts may not be visible through openings.
WARNING!
Hedge Trimmer blades are very sharp. Touching them may lead to severe personal injury. Avoid touching
blades whenever possible, and always wear gloves to protect hands
CAUTION!
■■Always maintain the articulated
hedge trimmer according to
this owner’s manual and follow
the recommended scheduled
maintenance.
■■Never modify or disable any of the
hedge trimmer’s safety devices.
Doing so may cause damage and
lead to personal injury.
■■Always use genuine Shindaiwa
parts and accessories when
repairing or maintaining this
machine.
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■■Do not make unauthorized
modifications to the articulated
hedge trimmer or its components.
■■Keep the cutters sharp and
properly adjusted.
■■Never allow the engine to run at
high speed without a load. Doing
so could damage the engine.
■■When transporting the hedge
trimmer in a vehicle, tie it down
securely to prevent fuel spillage or
damage to the machine.
■■Always stop the engine and allow
it to cool before refueling. Avoid
overfilling and wipe off any fuel
that may have spilled.
■■Never place flammable material
close to the engine muffler and
never run the engine without the
spark arrestor screen in place.
■■Always clear your work area of
trash or hidden debris to help
ensure good footing.
■■Keep the articulated hedge trimmer
as clean as possible. Keep it free
of loose vegetation, mud, etc.
Safety Equipment and Labels
Shaft Safety Label
Cutter Blade
Cover
Stop
Switch
Throttle Interlock
Support
Handle
IMPORTANT!
Caution, Danger, Warning, and Operation
Information Labels: Make sure all
information labels are undamaged and
readable. Immediately replace damaged
or missing information labels. New labels
are available from your local authorized
Shindaiwa dealer.
Operator Safety
Always wear a hard hat
to reduce the risk of head
injuries during operation of
this machine.
ALWAYS protect
yourself from hazards
such as thorny brush
and flying debris by
wearing gloves and
close fitting clothing
that covers arms and
legs. Never wear
shorts. Don't wear loose
clothing or items such
as jewelry that could
get caught in machinery
or underbrush. Secure
long hair so it is above
shoulder level.
This machine is designed
for trimming hedges. Do
not use this machine for
other purposes.
ALWAYS clear your work area
of trash or hidden debris that
could be thrown back at you or
toward a bystander.
Always wear eye and hearing protection.
Shindaiwa recommends wearing a
face shield as additional face and eye
protection.
Always operate with both hands
firmly gripping the machine.
Keep a proper footing
and do not overreach—
maintain your balance
at all times during
operation.
ALWAYS be aware of
your surroundings and
alert to any danger that
you may not hear due to
machine noise.
Wear sturdy footwear with nonslip
soles to provide good footing.
Steel-toed safety boots are
recommended. Never operate
machine bare-footed.
NEVER allow children to
use the unit. Avoid operating
near bystanders or when
children are nearby.
Keep bystanders at least 15
meters (50 ft.)away from the
operating trimmer to reduce the
risk of being struck by falling
objects or thrown debris.
ALWAYS wear close fitting
clothing. Gloves offer added
protection and are strongly
recommended. Do not wear
clothing or jewelry that could
get caught in machinery.
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Product Description
Spark
Plug
Air Filter
Assembly
Hedge Trimmer Cutter
Assembly
Ignition
Cutter Assembly
Adjustment Lever
Cutter Blade
Cover
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Guard
Throttle Trigger
Support Handle
for Left Hand
Powerhead Assembly
Throttle Handle
Using the illustration as a
for Right Hand
guide, familiarize yourself
with the Shindaiwa AHS242
articulated hedge trimmer
and its various components.
Understanding your machine
helps ensure top performance, longer service life, and
safer operation.
Outer
Tube
Latch Release
Fuel Tank
Guard
Latch Lock
Gearcase
Hedge Trimmer
Cutter Assembly
Cutter Bar and
Cutter Blades
Specifications
Model
AHS242
Engine type
2-cycle, air cooled, single cylinder
Dimensions (L x W x H)
Weight
5.99 Kg (13.2 lb.)
Bore x stroke
33 x 28 mm (1.3 x 1.1 in.)
Displacement
23.9 cm3 (1.46 cu. in.)
Fuel/oil ratio
50:1 Shindaiwa Red Armor® ISO-L-EGD (ISO/CD 13738) and J.A.S.O.
M345- FD, two-stroke, air-cooled engine oil
Carburetor type
Diaphragm-type
Fuel tank capacity
Ignition
.69 L (23.3 oz.)
One-piece electronic, C.D.I.
Spark plug
NGK BPM8Y
Electrode Gap
Torque
0.6 mm (0.024 in.)
150-170 kgf cm (130 - 150 in • lbf)
Air cleaner type
Non-reversible double layer felt
Starting method
Recoil
Stopping method
Slide switch
Transmission type
Automatic, centrifugal clutch w/bevel gear
Cooling System
Blade Length
Cutter Drive
Gear Lubricant
Forced Air
568 mm (22.4 in.)
Spur Gear
Lithium Based Grease
Idle Speed
3,000 RPM
Clutch Engagement Speed
4,000 RPM
Wide Open Throttle Speed (W.O.T.)
11,800 RPM
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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1682 mm x 248 mm x 245 mm (66.2 in x 9.76 in x 9.6 in)
Emission Control (Exhaust & Evaporative)
EPA 2010 and Later and/or C.A.R.B. TIER III
The emission control system for the engine is EM (engine modification) and, if the second to last character of the Engine Family on the Emission Control Information label (sample below) is “C”, “K”, or “T”, the emission control system
is EM and TWC (3-way catalyst). The fuel tank/fuel line emission control system is EVAP (evaporative emissions).
Evaporative emissions for California models are only applicable to fuel tanks.
An Emission Control Label is located on the engine. (This is an EXAMPLE ONLY, information on label varies by engine FAMILY).
PRODUCT EMISSION DURABILITY (EMISSION COMPLIANCE PERIOD)
The 50 or 300 hour emission compliance period is the time span selected by the manufacturer certifying the
engine emissions output meets applicable emissions regulations, provided that approved maintenance procedures are followed as listed in the Maintenance Section of this manual.
Assembly
This unit comes completely assembled.
Before using this product, please make
sure you have all the components
required for a complete unit. Carefully
inspect all components for damage.
■■Operator’s Manual
■■Unit assembly w/blade stiffener
■■Assembly Tool(s)
■■Blade cover
■■Emission Control Warranty
Statement
IMPORTANT!
The terms “left”, “left-hand”, and “LH”;
“right”, “right-hand”, and “RH”; “front”
and “rear” refer to directions as viewed
by the operator during normal operation.
Blade Guard Removal/Install
NOTE:
For normal cutting, Shindaiwa strongly recommends the blade guard be installed. In extreme conditions, such as commercial cutting, or when cutting thick and/or dense branches, efficiency may be increased by trimming without the blade guard.
WARNING!
Hedge Trimmer blades are very sharp. Touching them may lead to severe personal injury. Avoid touching blades whenever
possible, and always wear gloves to protect hands.
Blade Guard Removal
1. Move stop switch to stop position.
2. Disconnect spark plug wire.
WARNING!
Hedge Trimmer blades are very sharp. Touching them may lead to severe personal injury. Use a socket and extension when
removing locknuts in order to keep hands at a safe distance from sharp blades.
3. Remove four (4) blade guard locknuts (A).
4. Remove blade guard.
A
5. Install (4) locknuts.
NOTE:
Use new locknuts every time blade guard is installed or removed.
6. Adjust blades. See “Cutter blade adjustment” section.
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Install Blade Guard
1. Move stop switch to STOP position.
2. Disconnect spark plug wire.
WARNING!
Hedge Trimmer blades are very sharp. Touching them may lead to severe personal injury. Use a socket and extension when
removing locknuts in order to keep hands at a safe distance from sharp blades.
3. Remove (4) locknuts (B).
4. Install blade guard.
5. Secure blade guard with four (4) locknuts.
B
6. Adjust blades. See “Cutter blade adjustment” section.
IMPORTANT!
If blade guard is damaged or show signs of wear, replace it.
NOTE:
Use new locknuts every time blade guard is installed or removed.
Support Handle
This unit comes with the support
handle installed. It can be re-adjusted
for operator comfort in the following
manner.
Socket head
Cap screws
Support Handle
Throttle
Assembly
1. Loosen the four socket head cap
screws.
2. Rotate/slide handle assembly to
best position for operator comfort,
usually 25 cm (10 in.) ahead of the
throttle assembly.
Outer Tube
3. Tighten socket head cap screws in a
crisscross manner.
Mounting Bracket
Position the support handle on the outer tube as shown
Adjusting the Hedge Trimmer Cutter Assembly
WARNING!
Adjustment Lever
Latch Lock
Never run the engine
when adjusting the cutter assembly.
WARNING!
■■The cutter blades are very
sharp. Do not grasp the blades
with your hands. Always use
gloves when working near the
cutter assembly.
■■Do not allow the blades to
contact your body.
■■Do not touch the cutter blades
when the engine is running.
The blades can oscillate even
if the engine is idling.
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Grasp the outer tube near the handle
Latch Lock
Latch Release
Press the latch lock
Pivot the cutter assembly using the
adjustment lever...
Adjustment Lever
Make sure the latch lock and the latch release
return securely to the locked position
Assembly (continued)
1. Position the hedge trimmer on a flat,
level surface.
2. With your right hand, grasp the outer
tube near the handle. With your left
hand, grip the adjustment lever on
the cutter assembly.
IMPORTANT!
The latch lock provides an interlock to
help prevent inadvertent depression of
the latch release.
5. Release the latch lock and the latch
release. Make sure the latch lock
and the latch release return securely
to the locked position.
3. With the index finger of your left
hand, press the latch lock. With your
left thumb, press the latch release.
6. Remove the cover from the cutter
blade. The engine now may
be started (refer to the section
”Starting the Engine”.)
4. While holding the latch release
down, pivot the cutter assembly
Travel limiter and adjustment range
away from you using the adjustment
lever until it is at the desired cutting
NOTE:
angle.
This articulated hedge trimmer is
equipped with a travel limiter that
prevents the cutter assembly from
rotating outside of the 90°- 225° range.
Travel Limiter
The cutter assembly can be adjusted
to 10 different positions ranging from
90° to 225° from the outer tube as
shown.
225°
135°
WARNING!
Always make sure the latch
lock is securely locked after each
adjustment.
The travel limiter prevents the cutter
assembly from rotating outside of the 90°225° range
Adjusting cutter assembly for storage or transportation
1. With the engine OFF, install the
blade cover onto the blade.
2. Using the procedures described
above, rotate the cutter
assembly so it is parallel to the
tube. Make sure the latch lock
and the latch release return
securely to a locking position.
The cutter assembly can be adjusted to 10
90°
different positions
Transport / storage position
WARNING!
Never run the engine when
adjusting the cutter assembly.
3. Make sure the blade cover is in
place on the blade before storing or
transporting.
Make sure the blade cover is in place before
storing or transporting
Throttle lever free play
The throttle lever free play should be approximately 4 - 6 mm (3/16 - 1/4 in.). Make
sure that the throttle lever operates smoothly without binding. If it becomes necessary
to adjust the lever free play, follow the procedures and illustrations that follow.
1. Loosen the air cleaner cover knob(s) and remove the air cleaner cover.
2. Loosen the lock nut on the cable adjuster. Turn the cable adjuster in or out as
required to obtain proper free play 4 - 6 mm (3/16 - 1/4 in.).
3. Tighten the locknut.
Cable
Adjuster
4. Reinstall the air cleaner cover.
4 - 6 mm
(3/16 - 1/4 in.)
Throttle lever free play
Lock
Nut
Rotate cable
adjuster in or out
to obtain proper free play
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Mixing Fuel
WARNING!
Alternative fuels, such as E15 (15% ethanol), E85 (85% ethanol) or any fuels not meeting Shindaiwa
requirements are NOT approved for use in Shindaiwa gasoline engines. Use of alternative fuels may cause
performance problems, loss of power, overheating, fuel vapor lock, and unintended machine operation, including,
but not limited to, improper clutch engagement. Alternative fuels may also cause premature deterioration of fuel
lines, gaskets, carburetors and other engine components.
Fuel Requirements
Gasoline - Use 89 Octane [R+M/2] (mid grade or higher) gasoline known to be good quality. Gasoline may contain up to
10% Ethanol (grain alcohol) or 15% MTBE (methyl tertiary-butyl ether). Gasoline containing methanol (wood alcohol) is
NOT approved. ECHO brand Power Fuel™ is 93 octane, ethanol-free fuel premixed with ECHO Red Armor® engine oil at
50:1 ratio. Use of ECHO Power Fuel™ is recommended to extend engine life in all air-cooled 2-stroke and 2/4-stroke hybrid
engines.
2 Stroke Mixture Oil - A 2-stroke engine oil meeting ISO-L-EGD (ISO/CD 13738) and J.A.S.O. M345/FD standards
must be used. Shindaiwa Red ArmorTM 2-Stroke Oil is strongly recommended as it meets this standard and is specifically
formulated for use in all Shindaiwa 2-stroke engines. Engine problems due to inadequate lubrication caused by failure to
use an ISO-L-EGD (ISO/CD 13738) and J.A.S.O. M345/FD certified oil will void the engine warranty. Formulated for use
in all Shindaiwa 2-stroke engines. Engine problems due to inadequate lubrication caused by failure to use an ISO-L-EGD
(ISO/CD 13738) and J.A.S.O. M345/FD certified oil will void the engine warranty.
IMPORTANT!
Shindaiwa Red ArmorTM 2-Stroke engine oil may be mixed at 50:1 ratio for application in all Shindaiwa engines sold in the
past, regardless of ratio specified in those manuals.
IMPORTANT!
Stored fuel ages. Do not mix more fuel than you expect to use in thirty (30) days, ninety (90) days when a fuel stabilizer
is added. Use of unmixed, improperly mixed, or stale fuel, may cause hard starting, poor performance, or severe engine
damage and void the product warranty. Read and follow instructions in the Long Term Storage section of this manual.
Handling Fuel
DANGER!
Fuel is VERY flammable. Use extreme care when mixing, storing or handling or serious personal injury may result.
•Use an approved fuel container.
•DO NOT smoke near fuel.
•DO NOT allow flames or sparks near fuel.
•Fuel tanks/cans may be under pressure. Always loosen fuel caps slowly allowing pressure to equalize.
•NEVER refuel a unit when the engine is HOT or RUNNING!
•DO NOT fill fuel tanks indoors. ALWAYS fill fuel tanks outdoors over bare ground.
• DO NOT overfill fuel tank. Wipe up spills immediately.
•Securely tighten fuel tank cap and close fuel container after refueling.
•Inspect for fuel leakage. If fuel leakage is found, do not start or operate unit until leakage is repaired.
•Move at least 3 m (10 ft.) from refueling location before starting the engine.
Mixing Instructions
1. Fill an approved fuel container with half of the required amount of gasoline.
2. Add the proper amount of engine oil to gasoline.
3. Close container and shake to mix oil with gasoline.
4. Add remaining gasoline, close fuel container, and remix.
IMPORTANT!
Spilled fuel is a leading cause of hydrocarbon emissions. Some states may require
the use of automatic fuel shut off containers to reduce fuel spillage.
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Examples of 50:1 mixing quantities
After use
• DO NOT store a unit with fuel in its tank. Leaks can occur. Return unused fuel to an approved fuel storage
container.
Storage - Fuel storage laws vary by locality. Contact your local government for the laws affecting your area. As a
precaution, store fuel in an approved, airtight container. Store in a well-ventilated, unoccupied building, away from
sparks and flames.
IMPORTANT!
Stored fuel may separate. ALWAYS shake fuel container thoroughly before each use.
Filling the Fuel Tank
WARNING!
Minimize the Risk of Fire
■■NEVER smoke or light fires near
the engine.
■■ALWAYS stop the engine and
allow it to cool before refueling.
■■ALWAYS Wipe all spilled fuel and
move at least 3 meters (10 feet)
from the fueling point and source
before starting.
■■NEVER place flammable material
close to the engine muffler.
■■NEVER operate the engine
without the muffler and spark
arrester screen in place and in
good working condition.
■■FUEL IS HIGHLY FLAMMABLE.
■■ALWAYS store gasoline in
a container approved for
flammable liquids.
■■ALWAYS inspect the unit for
fuel leaks before each use.
During each refill, check that
no fuel leaks from around
the fuel cap and/or fuel tank.
If fuel leaks are evident, stop
using the unit immediately.
Fuel leaks must be repaired
before using the unit.
■■ALWAYS move the unit
at least 3 meters (10 feet)
away from a fuel storage
area or other readily flammable materials before
starting the engine.
1. Place the unit on a flat, level
surface.
2. Clear any dirt or other debris from
around the fuel filler cap.
CAUTION!
Slowly remove the fuel cap only
after stopping the engine.
3. Remove the fuel cap, and fill the
tank with clean, fresh fuel.
4. Reinstall the fuel filler cap and
tighten firmly.
5. Wipe away any spilled fuel before
starting engine.
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Starting the Engine
IMPORTANT!
Engine ignition is controlled by a two position switch mounted on the throttle housing labeled, “I” for ON or START and “O” for OFF
or STOP.
NOTE:
The blade cover is used for transportation and storage. Remove blade cover before using the unit.
WARNING!
Never start the engine from the operating position.
1. Slide the ignition switch to the “ON”
position.
2. Press the primer bulb until fuel can
be seen flowing in the transparent
return tube.
ON
Primer Bulb
IMPORTANT!
The primer system only pushes fuel
through the carburetor. Repeatedly
pressing the primer bulb will not flood
the engine with fuel.
Return Tube
Slide the ignition switch to the “ON” position
Press the primer bulb
3. Set the choke lever to the CLOSED
position if engine is cold.
4. While holding the outer tube firmly
with left hand. Use your other hand
to slowly pull the recoil starter
handle until resistance is felt, then
pull quickly to start the engine.
CLOSED
CAUTION!
Do not pull the recoil starter to the
end of the rope travel. Pulling the
recoil starter to the end of the rope
travel can damage the starter.
WARNING!
The cutting blades may move
(oscillate) when the engine is
started. Keep away from the cutter
assembly while starting the engine!
5. When the engine starts, slowly
move the choke lever to the
”OPEN” position. (If the engine
stops after the initial start, close the
choke and restart.)
Set the choke lever to CLOSED
...and pull recoil
starter handle upward
IMPORTANT!
If the engine fails to start after several
attempts with the choke in the closed
position, the engine may be flooded
with fuel. If flooding is suspected, refer
to the ”Starting a Flooded Engine”
section of this manual.
OPEN
Move choke lever to OPEN
position when engine starts
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Starting the Engine (continued)
When the Engine Starts...
■■After the engine starts, allow the
engine to warm up at idle 2 or 3
minutes before operating the unit.
■■If the engine does not continue
to run, repeat the appropriate
cranking procedures for a cold or
warm engine. When the engine
starts, clear excess fuel from
the combustion chamber by
accelerating the engine several
times with the throttle lever.
■■Advancing the throttle makes the
cutting attachment move faster;
releasing the throttle permits the
attachment to stop moving. If the
cutting attachment continues to
move when the engine returns to
idle, carburetor idle speed should
be adjusted (see “Adjusting Engine
Idle”).
If the engine does not start
■■Repeat the appropriate starting
procedure for a cold or warm
engine.
■■If the engine still fails to start, use
the procedures for “Starting a
flooded engine.”
Starting a flooded engine
1. Slide the ignition switch to the “I” (ON) position.
2. Open the choke, put the throttle lever in the full throttle position, then clear excess fuel from the combustion chamber by
cranking the engine several times.
3. If the engine still fails to start or fire, refer to the troubleshooting flow chart at the end of this manual.
Stopping the Engine
Idle the engine briefly before stopping
(about 2 minutes), then slide the ignition
switch to the “O” (Engine OFF) position.
OFF
WARNING!
The cutting attachment can
continue moving after the engine is
stopped!
Checking Unit Condition
NEVER operate the unit with the
protective devices removed!
Use only authorized Shindaiwa
parts and accessories with your
Shindaiwa hedge trimmer. Do not make
modifications to this unit without written
approval from Shindaiwa.
ALWAYS make sure the cutting
attachment is properly installed and
firmly tightened before operation.
NEVER use a cracked or warped cutting
attachment: replace it with a serviceable
one.
Slide ignition switch to OFF
ALWAYS make sure the cutting
attachment fits properly into the
appropriate attachment holder. If a
properly installed attachment vibrates,
replace the attachment with new one
and re-check.
WARNING!
A cutting attachment shield or other
protective device is no guarantee
of protection against ricochet. YOU
MUST ALWAYS GUARD AGAINST
FLYING DEBRIS!
ALWAYS stop the engine immediately
and check for damage if you strike a
foreign object or if the unit becomes
tangled. Do not operate with broken or
damaged equipment.
NEVER allow the engine to run at high
speeds without a load. Doing so could
damage the engine.
NEVER operate a unit with worn or
damaged fasteners or attachment
holders.
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Safe Operation
This machine is designed especially for
trimming hedges.
Never use this machine for any other
purposes. Never try to cut stones,
metals, plastics or any other hard
objects. Using this Articulated Hedge
trimmer for other purposes than
trimming hedges may damage the
machine or cause serious injury.
Before trimming:
■■Wear suitable protective clothing
and equipment. See the “Safety”
section for information.
■■Choose the best working position
for safety against the falling objects
(branches, etc.).
■■Never stand directly underneath the
branch you are cutting. Be aware of
falling branches. Note that a branch
may spring back at you after it hits
the ground.
WARNING!
Moving parts can amputate fingers or cause severe injuries. Keep hands, clothing and loose objects away from
all openings. Always stop engine, disconnect spark plug, and make sure all moving parts have come to a complete stop
before removing obstructions, clearing debris, or servicing unit.
WARNING!
Engine exhaust IS HOT, and contains Carbon Monoxide (CO), a poison gas. Breathing CO can cause
unconsciousness, serious injury, or death. Exhaust can cause serious burns. ALWAYS position unit so that exhaust is
directed away from your face and body.
WARNING!
Operation of this equipment may create sparks that can start fires. This unit is equipped with a spark arrestor
to prevent discharge of hot particles from the engine. Metal blade use also can create sparks if the blade strikes rocks,
metal, or other hard objects. Contact local fire authorities for laws or regulations regarding fire prevention requirements.
Working Position
■■Hold the throttle handle above the
powerhead with your right hand,
and the support handle with your
left hand.
■■Your left arm should be extended
to the most comfortable position.
NOTE:
Rest when you feel fatigued.
Right hand
on throttle
handle
Operator in working position
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Hold the support handle
with your left hand
Safe Operation (continued)
Using the Hedge Trimmer
Preparations
Use power pruner attachment to cut out
thick branches first.
Cutting Sequence
If a radial cut is necessary, cut a little at
a time in several passes.
Cutting Techniques
Vertical Cut:
Swing the blade up and down in an
arc as you move along the hedge. Use
both sides of the cutting blade.
Cut without standing directly next to the
hedge, e.g., with a flower bed between
operator and hedge.
Overhead Cut:
Hold the shaft upright with a 90° blade
angle to cut an upper surface of a
hedge.
Vertical Cut
Overhead Cut
Horizontal Cut:
Hold the cutting blade at an angle of 0°
to 10° as you swing the hedge trimmer
horizontally.
Swing the blade in an arc towards
the outside of the hedge so that the
cuttings are swept on to the ground.
Cut without standing directly in front
of the hedge, e.g., reach over a flower
bed.
Cut close to the ground from a standing
position, e.g., for low shrubs.
Horizontal Cut
Horizontal Cut at ground level
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General maintenance
IMPORTANT!
MAINTENANCE, REPLACEMENT OR REPAIR OF EMISSION CONTROL DEVICES AND SYSTEMS MAY BE PERFORMED
BY ANY REPAIR ESTABLISHMENT OR INDIVIDUAL; HOWEVER, WARRANTY REPAIRS MUST BE PERFORMED BY A
DEALER OR SERVICE CENTER AUTHORIZED BY ECHO, INC. THE USE OF PARTS THAT ARE NOT EQUIVALENT IN
PERFORMANCE AND DURABILITY TO AUTHORIZED PARTS MAY IMPAIR THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE EMISSION
CONTROL SYSTEM AND MAY HAVE A BEARING ON THE OUTCOME OF A WARRANTY CLAIM.
NOTE:
Using non-standard replacement parts could invalidate your Shindaiwa warranty.
WARNING!
WARNING!
Before performing any
maintenance, repair, or cleaning work
on the unit, make sure the engine and
cutting attachment are completely stopped.
Disconnect the spark plug wire before
performing service or maintenance.
Muffler
This unit must never be operated with a faulty or missing
spark arrester or muffler. Make sure the muffler is well
secured and in good condition. A worn or damaged muffler
is a fire hazard and may also cause hearing loss.
Nonstandard accessories,
cutting attachment, or replacement parts
may not operate properly with your unit
and may cause damage and lead to
personal injury.
Spark Plug
Keep the spark plug and wire connections tight and clean.
Fasteners
Make sure nuts, bolts, and screws (except carburetor
adjusting screws) are tight.
Cutter blade adjustment
WARNING!
The cutter blades are very sharp!
Always wear gloves when working
around the cutter assembly.
Cutting performance of your machine
depends a great deal on proper cutter
blade adjustment. Properly adjusted
blades will oscillate freely yet help
prevent binding of cut material between
blades. Adjust blades as follows:
1. Loosen all blade locknuts at least
one full turn.
2. Tighten each blade shoulder bolt
firmly, and then loosen the shoulder
bolts 1/4 to 1/2 turn.
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3. Working from the gearcase end, lock
each bolt in place by firmly tightening
its locknut while preventing the
shoulder bolt from turning.
When shoulder bolt adjustment is
correct, there should be a gap of
0.25 ‑ 0.50 mm (0.010 - 0.020 in.)
between the cutter blades and the flat
washers, and the flat washer beneath
each bolt head should turn freely.
CAUTION!
Operating the trimmer with worn or
improperly adjusted cutters will reduce
cutter performance and may also
damage your machine. Never operate
the machine with damaged or worn
cutters.
Locknut
Guide Bar
Cutter
Blades
Shoulder Bolt
Adjusting cutter blades
Washer
(should turn
freely)
Maintenance (continued)
Daily Maintenance
Prior to each work day, perform the
following:
■■Remove all dirt and debris from
the engine, check the cooling fins
and air cleaner for clogging, and
clean as necessary.
■■Carefully remove any
accumulations of dirt or debris
from the muffler and fuel tank.
Check cooling air intake area at
base of crankcase. Remove all
debris. Dirt build-up in these areas
can lead to engine overheating,
fire, or premature wear.
WARNING!
Always wear gloves when working
around the cutter assembly.
■■Clean any debris or dirt from the
hedge trimmer cutter blades.
■■Lubricate the blades before use
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and after refueling. Check the
cutters for damage or incorrect
adjustment.
Cooling
fins
■■Check for loose or missing screws
or components. Make sure the
cutter attachment is securely
fastened.
■■Check the entire machine for
leaking fuel or grease.
■■Make sure nuts, bolts, and screws
10 - Hour maintenance
Cooling
fins
Cooling
fins
Remove all dirt and debris from the
engine and check the cooling fins
(except carburetor adjusting
screws) are tight.
(more frequently in dusty conditions)
1. CLOSE choke (COLD START
position). This prevents dirt from
entering the carburetor throat when
the air filter is removed. Brush
accumulated dirt from air cleaner
area.
Unscrew
Fasteners
Air Filter
Element
2. Remove air filter cover. Brush dirt
from inside cover.
3. Replace filter if it is damaged, very
dirty, or the rubber sealing edges
are deformed.
■■Lightly brush debris from filter.
■■Soak heavily soiled filters in water/
detergent solution to loosen dirt,
then brush lightly.
■■Rinse with clean water and allow to
dry completely before reuse.
Loosen air cleaner cover screws
4. Install air filter in air filter case.
5. Install air filter cover.
CAUTION!
Never operate the unit if the air
cleaner assembly is damaged or
missing!
10/15 - Hour maintenance
Remove and clean or replace the
spark plug.
■■Adjust the spark plug electrode gap
to 0.6 mm (0.024 inch). If the spark
plug must be replaced, use only an
NGK BPM8Y spark plug.
0.6 mm
(0.024 inch)
CAUTION!
Before removing the spark plug,
clean the area around the plug to
prevent dirt and debris from getting
into the engine’s internal parts.
Remove and inspect spark plug
Clean the spark plug
and check the gap at
the electrode.
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spark plug gap
Maintenance (continued)
Gearcase lubrication
■■Lubricate the cutter assembly
gearcase by pumping one or two
strokes of lithium based grease into
the grease fitting (A) using a lever
type grease gun.
CAUTION!
Over lubricating can cause the
gearcase to operate sluggishly and
can cause grease to leak out.
A
Gearcase
grease fitting
Lubricate cutter assembly and gearcase
50 - hour maintenance
Every 50 hours of operation; more
frequently in dusty conditions:
■■ Remove and clean the cylinder
Hooked wire
cover and clean dirt and debris
from the cylinder cooling fins.
Remove and replace the fuel filter
element.
■■Use a hooked wire to extract the
fuel filter from inside the fuel tank.
Inspect the fuel filter element. If
it shows signs of contamination,
replace with a genuine Shindaiwa
replacement fuel filter element.
Fuel filter element
CAUTION!
Make sure you do not pierce the fuel
line with the end of the hooked wire.
The line is delicate and can be damaged easily.
Before reinstalling the new filter
element, inspect the condition of
all the fuel system components
(fuel pick-up line, fuel return line,
tank vent line, tank vent, fuel cap
and fuel tank). If damage, splitting
or deterioration is noted, the unit
should be removed from service
until it can be inspected or repaired
by a Shindaiwa trained service
technician.
Remove and replace the fuel filter element
NOTE:
Federal EPA regulations require all model year 2012 and later gasoline powered
engines produced for sale in the United States to be equipped with a special low
permeation fuel supply hose between the carburetor and fuel tank. When servicing
model year 2012 and later equipment, only fuel supply hoses certified by EPA can
be used to replace the original equipment supply hose. Fines up to $37,500 may be
enforced for using an un-certified replacement part.
Gearcase lubrication
Gearcase Clamp
Outer Tube
Gearcase lubrication
To perform this operation, first remove
the gearcase from the outer tube as
follows:
1. Loosen the gearcase clamp bolt.
2. Remove the index bolt from the
gearcase.
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Gearcase
Remove and replace the fuel filter element
Index Screw
Maintenance (continued)
CAUTION!
Do not remove the D-shaped shim
washer from the gearcase clamp!
The shim washer prevents damage
from over tightening the tube clamp
bolt.
3. Slide the gearcase out of the tube.
Using a grease gun, pump lithium
based grease (about 10 grams
[1/3 oz.]) into the grease fitting
(B) on the gearcase until you see
old grease being purged from the
gearcase. Purged grease will be
visible in the outer tube cavity.
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B
Gearcase
grease fitting
Lubricate cutter assembly and gearcase
4. Clean up excess grease, then reassemble the
gearcase onto the outer tube. Make sure the index
bolt fits into the hole on the outer tube. Securely
tighten both bolts.
Engine Cover
Engine Cover
Screws
Muffler Cover
Muffler
Cover
Screw
Muffler
Muffler
screws
Screws
Gasket
Muffler
gasket
Spark arrester
screen
Spark arrester
cover
Outlet
Muffler and spark arrester maintenance
If the engine becomes sluggish and
low on power, check and clean the
spark arrester screen.
WARNING!
Never operate the unit with
a damaged or missing muffler or
spark arrester! Operating with a
missing or damaged spark arrester
is a fire hazard and could also
damage your hearing.
1. Remove the spark plug boot.
2. Remove the engine cover and
muffler cover.
3. Remove the spark arrester screen
and cover.
4. Clean the screen with a stiff bristle
brush.
5. Remove the muffler.
6. Inspect the cylinder exhaust port for
any carbon buildup.
7. Gently tap the muffler on a wood
surface to dislodge any loose
carbon.
8. Reassemble the spark arrester,
muffler and engine cover in the
reverse order of disassembly.
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IMPORTANT!
If you note excessive carbon buildup, consult with an authorized Shindaiwa servicing dealer.
Carburetor Adjustment
Engine Break-In
New engines must be operated a minimum duration of two tanks of fuel break-in before carburetor adjustments can be
made. During the break-in period your engine performance will increase and exhaust emissions will stabilize. Idle speed can
be adjusted as required.
High Altitude Operation
This engine has been factory adjusted to maintain satisfactory starting, emission, and durability performance up to
1,100 feet above sea level (ASL) (96.0 kPa). To maintain proper engine operation and emission compliance above
1,100 feet ASL the carburetor may need to be adjusted by an authorized Shindaiwa service dealer.
IMPORTANT!!
If the engine is adjusted for operation above 1,100 feet ASL, the carburetor must be re-adjusted when operating the
engine below 1,100 feet ASL, otherwise severe engine damage may result.
NOTE:
Every unit is run at the factory and the carburetor is set in compliance with emission regulations. Carburetor adjustments,
other than idle speed, must be performed by an authorized Shindaiwa dealer.
Adjusting Engine Idle
The engine must return to idle
speed whenever the throttle lever is
released. Idle speed is adjustable,
and must be set low enough to permit
the engine clutch to disengage the
cutting attachment.
WARNING!
The cutting attachment
must NEVER move at engine idle!
If the idle speed cannot be adjusted
by the procedure described here,
return the unit to your Shindaiwa
dealer for inspection.
Idle Speed Adjustment
1. Place the trimmer on the ground,
then start the engine, and then
allow it to idle 2-3 minutes until
warm.
2. If the attachment moves when the
engine is at idle, reduce the idle
speed by turning the idle adjustment screw counterclockwise.
3. If a tachometer is available, adjust
idle. Check Specifications page for
correct idle speed.
NOTE:
Carburetor fuel mixture adjustments are
preset at factory and cannot be serviced
in the field
Idle adjustment
screw
Adjusting
engine idle
Long Term Storage
Whenever the unit will not be used for
30 days or longer, use the following
procedures to prepare it for storage:
■■Clean external parts thoroughly and
apply a light coating of oil to all metal
surfaces.
■■Drain all the fuel from the carburetor
and the fuel tank.
To do so:
1. Prime the primer bulb until no more
fuel is passing through.
2. Start and run the engine until it
stops running.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the engine will no longer start.
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CAUTION!
Gasoline stored in the carburetor
for extended periods can cause
hard starting, and could also lead to
increased service and maintenance
costs.
IMPORTANT!
All stored fuels should be stabilized with
a fuel stabilizer such as STA-BIL™.
NOTE:
Damage resulting from stale or contaminated fuel is not covered by the Shindaiwa
warranty policy.
■■Remove the spark plug and pour
about 1/4 oz. of engine oil into the
cylinder through the spark plug hole.
Slowly pull the recoil starter 2 or
3 times so oil will evenly coat the
interior of the engine. Reinstall the
spark plug.
■■Before storing the unit, repair or
replace any worn or damaged parts.
■■Remove the air cleaner element
from the carburetor and clean it
thoroughly with soap and water. Let
dry and reassemble the element.
■■Store the unit in a clean, dust-free
area.
Troubleshooting Guide
ENGINE DOES NOT START OR HARD TO START
Possible Cause
What To Check
Vaporlock.
Remedy
Engine hot/heat soaked.
Let cool completely and restart.
Low fuel quality.
Refill with fresh, clean unleaded gasoline with a pump octane
of 89 or higher mixed with an air cooled engine oil that
meets or exceeds ISO-L-EGD and/or JASO FD classified oils
at 50:1 gasoline/oil ratio.
ENGINE DOES NOT START
Possible Cause
What To Check
Does the engine crank?
NO
Internal damage.
NO
Loose spark plug.
Tighten and re-test.
Excess wear on cylinder,
piston, rings.
Consult with an authorized Shindaiwa
servicing dealer.
NO
Fuel incorrect, stale, or
contaminated; mixture incorrect.
Refill with fresh, clean unleaded gasoline with a pump octane
of 89 or higher mixed with an air cooled engine oil that
meets or exceeds ISO-L-EGD and/or JASO FD classified oils
at 50:1 gasoline/oil ratio.
NO
Check for clogged fuel filter
and/or vent.
Replace fuel filter or vent as required.
Re-start.
Priming pump not functioning properly.
Consult with an authorized Shindaiwa
servicing dealer.
The ignition switch is in
“O” (OFF) position.
Move switch to “I” (ON) position
and re-start.
Shorted ignition ground.
Consult with an authorized Shindaiwa
servicing dealer.
YES
Does the tank contain fresh
fuel of the proper grade?
Consult with an authorized Shindaiwa servicing dealer.
Fluid in the crankcase.
YES
Good compression?
Faulty recoil starter.
Remedy
YES
Is fuel visible and moving
in the return line when
priming?
YES
Is there spark at the spark
plug wire terminal?
YES
Check the spark plug.
NO
Faulty ignition unit.
If the plug is wet, excess
fuel may be in the cylinder.
See "Starting a Flooded Engine"
The plug is fouled or improperly
gapped.
Clean and gap the spark plug. Check the Specifications
section for the correct plug and gap for your unit. Restart.
The plug is damaged internally
or of the wrong size.
Replace the spark plug. Check the Specifications section for
the correct plug and gap for your unit. Restart.
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Troubleshooting Guide (continued)
LOW POWER OUTPUT
What To Check
Is the engine overheating?
Engine is rough at all
speeds. May also have
black smoke and/or
unburned fuel at the
exhaust.
Possible Cause
Operator is overworking the unit.
Use a lower throttle setting.
Carburetor mixture is too lean.
Consult with an authorized Shindaiwa
servicing dealer.
Improper fuel ratio.
Refill with fresh, clean unleaded gasoline with a pump octane
of 89 or higher mixed with an air cooled engine oil that meets
or exceeds ISO-L-EGD and/or JASO FD classified oils at 50:1
gasoline/oil ratio.
Fan, fan cover, cylinder fins dirty
or damaged.
Clean, repair or replace as necessary.
Carbon deposits on the piston or
in the muffler.
Consult with an authorized Shindaiwa
servicing dealer.
Clogged air cleaner element.
Service the air cleaner element.
Loose or damaged spark plug.
Tighten or replace the spark plug.
Check the Specifications section for the correct plug and gap
for your unit.
Air leakage or clogged fuel line.
Repair or replace fuel filter and/or
fuel line.
Water in the fuel.
Refill with fresh, clean unleaded gasoline with a pump octane
of 89 or higher mixed with an air cooled engine oil that meets
or exceeds ISO-L-EGD and/or JASO FD classified oils at 50:1
gasoline/oil ratio.
Piston seizure.
Faulty carburetor and/or diaphragm.
Engine is knocking.
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Remedy
Consult with an authorized Shindaiwa servicing dealer.
Overheating condition.
Consult with an authorized Shindaiwa
servicing dealer.
Improper fuel.
Refill with fresh, clean unleaded gasoline with a pump octane
of 89 or higher mixed with an air cooled engine oil that meets
or exceeds ISO-L-EGD and/or JASO FD classified oils at 50:1
gasoline/oil ratio.
Carbon deposits in the
combustion chamber.
Consult with an authorized Shindaiwa
servicing dealer.
Troubleshooting Guide (continued)
ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS
Symptom
Poor acceleration.
Engine stops abruptly.
Possible Cause
Clogged air filter.
Clean the air filter.
Clogged fuel filter.
Replace the fuel filter.
Lean fuel/air mixture.
Consult with an authorized Shindaiwa
servicing dealer.
Idle speed set too low.
Adjust idle. Check Specifications page for correct idle speed.
Ignition switch turned off.
Reset the switch and re-start.
Fuel tank empty.
Refill with fresh, clean unleaded gasoline with a pump octane
of 89 or higher mixed with an air cooled engine oil that
meets or exceeds ISO-L-EGD and/or JASO FD classified oils
at 50:1 gasoline/oil ratio.
Water in the fuel.
Engine difficult to shut off.
Engine will not idle
down.
Cutting attachment
moves at engine idle.
Excessive vibration.
Clogged fuel filter.
Replace fuel filter.
Shorted spark plug or loose terminal.
Clean or replace spark plug. Check the Specifications section
for the correct plug and gap for your unit. Tighten
the terminal.
Ignition failure.
Replace the ignition unit.
Piston seizure.
Consult with an authorized Shindaiwa
servicing dealer.
Ground (stop) wire is disconnected,
or switch is defective.
Test and replace as required.
Overheating due to incorrect spark plug.
Replace the spark plug. Check the Specifications section for
the correct plug and gap for your unit. Restart.
Overheated engine.
Idle engine until cool.
Idle set too high.
Adjust idle. Check Specifications page for correct
idle speed.
Consult with an authorized Shindaiwa servicing
dealer.
Engine has an air leak.
Engine idle too high.
Adjust idle. Check Specifications page for correct idle
speed.
Broken clutch spring or worn clutch
spring boss.
Replace spring/shoes as required, check idle speed.
Loose attachment holder.
Inspect and re-tighten holders securely.
Warped or damaged attachment.
Loose gearcase.
Cutting attachment will not
move.
Remedy
Inspect and replace attachment as
required.
Tighten gearcase securely.
Bent main shaft/worn or damaged bushings.
Inspect and replace as necessary.
Shaft not installed in powerhead or gearcase.
Inspect and reinstall as required.
Broken shaft.
Consult with an authorized Shindaiwa servicing
dealer.
Damaged gearcase.
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Warranty Statements
SHINDAIWA LIMITED WARRANTY STATEMENT FOR
PRODUCT SOLD IN USA AND CANADA BEGINNING 01/01/2013
ECHO, INC’S RESPONSIBILITY
ECHO Incorporated’s (ECHO, INC.) Limited Warranty, provides to the original purchaser that this Shindaiwa product is free from
defects in material and workmanship. Under normal use and maintenance from date of purchase, ECHO, INC. agrees to repair
or replace at it’s discretion, any defective product free of charge at any authorized Shindaiwa servicing dealer within listed below
application time periods, limitations and exclusions. THIS LIMITED WARRANTY IS ONLY APPLICABLE TO SHINDAIWA PRODUCTS SOLD BY AUTHORIZED SHINDAIWA DEALERS. IT IS EXTENDED TO THE ORIGINAL PURCHASER ONLY, AND IS
NOT TRANSFERABLE TO SUBSEQUENT OWNERS EXCEPT FOR EMISSION RELATED PARTS. Repair parts and accessories replaced under this warranty are warranted only for the balance of the original unit or accessory warranty period. Any damage caused by improper installation or improper maintenance is not covered by this warranty. All parts or products replaced under
warranty become the property of ECHO, INC. This warranty is separate from the Emission control warranty statement supplied with
your new product. Please consult the Emission Control Warranty Statement for details regarding emission related parts. For a list
of Authorized Shindaiwa Dealers refer to WWW.SHINDAIWA.COM or call 1-877-986-7783.
OWNER’S RESPONSIBILITY
To ensure trouble free warranty coverage it is important that you register your Shindaiwa equipment on-line at WWW.SHINDAIWA.
COM or by filling out the warranty registration card supplied with your unit. Registering your product confirms your warranty coverage and provides a direct link if we find it necessary to contact you.
The owner shall demonstrate reasonable care and use, and follow preventative maintenance, storage, fuel and oil usage as prescribed in the operator’s manual. Should a product difficulty occur, you must, at your expense, deliver or ship your Shindaiwa unit
to an authorized Shindaiwa servicing dealer for warranty repairs (within the applicable warranty period), and arrange for pick-up
or return of your unit after the repairs have been made. For your nearest authorized Shindaiwa servicing dealer, call Shindaiwa’s
Dealer Referral Center, at 1-877-986-7783 or you can locate a Shindaiwa servicing dealer at WWW.SHINDAIWA.COM. Should you
require assistance or have questions concerning Shindaiwa’s Warranty Statement, you can contact our Consumer Product Support
Department at 1-800-673-1558 or contact us through the web at WWW.SHINDAIWA.COM.
PRODUCT WARRANTY PERIOD
HOMEOWNER APPLICATION
• 5 YEAR WARRANTY - Units for homeowner, or non-income producing use will be covered by this limited warranty for
five (5) years from date of purchase.
EXCEPTIONS:
• For engine powered products, the electronic ignition module, flexible drive cable, and solid drive shaft are warranted for
the life* of the product on parts only.
• Cutting attachments such as, but not limited to, bars, chains, sprockets, tines, blades, PowerBroomTM, belts, and nylon
trimmer heads for homeowner or non-income producing use will be covered for failures due to defects in material or
workmanship for a period of 60 days from original product purchase date. Any misuse from contact with concrete,
rocks, or other structures is not covered by this warranty.
• Multipurpose Tool Attachments carry the same warranty duration as the units they are designed to fit.
COMMERCIAL APPLICATION
• 90 DAY WARRANTY - All Chain Saws and Cut-Off Saws for commercial, institutional, agricultural, industrial, or income producing use will be covered by this limited warranty for 90 Days from the date of purchase.
• 2 YEAR WARRANTY - All other units for commercial, institutional, agricultural, industrial, or income producing use will be covered by this limited warranty for two (2) years from the date of purchase.
EXCEPTIONS:
• For engine powered products, the electronic ignition module, flexible drive cables, and solid drive shafts are warranted
for the life* of the product on parts only.
• Cutting attachments such as, but not limited to, bars, chains, sprockets, tines, blades, PowerBroomTM, belts, and nylon
trimmer heads for commercial, institutional, agricultural, industrial, rental, or income producing will be covered for failures due to defects in material or workmanship for a period of 30 days from original product purchase date. Any misuse
from contact with concrete, rocks, or other structures is not covered by this warranty.
• Multipurpose Tool Attachments carry the same warranty duration as the units they are designed to fit.
RENTAL APPLICATION - 90 DAYS WARRANTY
• Units for rental use will be covered against defects in material and workmanship for a period of 90 days from the date of purchase.
*
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ECHO INC’s liability under the “Lifetime” coverage is limited to furnishing parts specified under the PRODUCT Warranty
PERIOD section of this warranty statement for “Life” free of charge for a period of ten (10) years after the date of the complete
unit’s final production.
Warranty Statements
PURCHASED REPAIR PARTS AND ACCESSORIES
• 90-day all applications
ATTENTION ENGINE POWERED PRODUCT OWNERS
This Shindaiwa engine powered product is a quality-engineered unit which has been manufactured to exact tolerances to provide
superior performance. To help ensure the performance of the unit, it is required to use engine oil which meets the ISO-L-EGD
Standard per ISO/CD 13738 and JASO M345/FD Standards. Shindaiwa Red ArmorTM is a premium engine oil specifically formulated to meet ISO-L-EGD (ISO/CD 13738) and JASO M345/FD Standards. The use of engine oils designed for other applications,
such as for outboard motors or lawnmowers can result in severe engine damage, and will void your engine limited warranty.
THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER DAMAGE CAUSED BY:
• Lack of lubrication or engine failure, due to the use of engine oils that do not meet the ISO-L-EGD (ISO/CD 13738) and JASO
M345/FD Standards. Shindaiwa Red ArmorTM Engine Oil meets the ISO-L-EGD and JASO M345/FD Standard. Emission related
parts are covered for 5 years homeowner or 2 years commercial use regardless of two-stroke oil used, per the statement listed
in the EPA or California Emission Control Warranty Explanation.
• Damage caused by use of gasohol, containing methanol (wood alcohol), or gasoline containing less than 89 octane. Only use
gasoline which contains 89 octane or higher. Gasohol which contains a maximum 10% ethanol (grain alcohol) or 15% MTBE
(methyl/tertiary/butyl/ether) is also approved. The prescribed mixing ratio of gasoline to oil is listed on the Shindaiwa oil label and
covered in your operator’s manual.
• Engine damage caused by use of ether or any starting fluids.
• Damage caused by tampering with engine speed governor or emission components, or running engines above specified and
recommended engine speeds as listed in your operator’s manual.
• Operation of the unit with improperly maintained/removed cutting shield or removed/damaged air filter.
• Damage caused by dirt, pressure or steam cleaning the unit, salt water, corrosion, rust, varnish, abrasives, and moisture.
• Defects, malfunctions or failures resulting from abuse, misuse, neglect, modifications, alterations, normal wear, improper servicing, or use of unauthorized attachments.
• Incorrect storage procedures, stale fuel, including failure to provide or perform required maintenance services as prescribed in
the operator’s manual. Preventative maintenance as outlined in the operator’s manual is the customer’s responsibility.
• Failures due to improper set-up, pre-delivery service or repair service by anyone other than authorized Shindaiwa servicing
dealer during the warranty period.
• Certain parts and other items are not warranted, including but not limited to: lubricants, starter cords, and engine tune-ups.
• Use of spark plugs other than those meeting performance and durability requirements of the OEM spark plug listed in the Operator’s Manuals.
• Overheating or carbon scoring failures due to restricted, clogged exhaust port or combustion chamber, including damage to
spark arrester screen.
• Adjustments after the first (30) thirty days and beyond, such as carburetor adjustment and throttle cable adjustment.
• Damage to gears or gear cases caused by contaminated grease or oil, use of incorrect type or viscosity of lubricants, and/or
failure to comply with recommended grease or oil change intervals.
• Damage caused by pump or sprayer running dry, pumping or spraying caustic or flammable materials, or lack of or broken
strainers.
• Additional damage to parts or components due to continued use after operational problem or failure occurs. Should operational
problem or failure occur, the product should not be used, but delivered as is to an authorized Shindaiwa servicing dealer.
It is a dealer’s and/or customer’s responsibility to complete and return the warranty registration card supplied with your Shindaiwa
product or by visiting WWW.SHINDAIWA.COM. Your receipt of purchase including date, model and serial number must be maintained and presented to an authorized Shindaiwa servicing dealer for warranty service. Proof of purchase rests solely with the customer. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations may not apply to you.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so you may also have other specific
legal rights which vary from state to state. This limited warranty is given by ECHO Incorporated, 400 Oakwood Rd., Lake Zurich, IL
60047.
DISCLAIMER OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES
This limited warranty is in lieu of all other expressed or implied warranties, including any warranty of FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE and any implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY otherwise applicable to this product. ECHO, INC. and
its affiliated companies shall not be liable for any special incidental or consequential damage, including lost profits. There are no
warranties extended other than as provided herein. This limited warranty may be modified only by ECHO, INC.
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Product Registration
Thank you for choosing Shindaiwa Power Equipment
Please go to http://www.shindaiwa-usa.com to register your new product on-line. It's FAST and EASY! NOTE: your
information will never be sold or misused by ECHO, Inc. Registering your purchase enables us to contact you in the
unlikely event of a service update or product recall, and verifies your ownership for warranty consideration.
If you do not have access to the Internet, you can complete the form below and mail to:
ECHO Inc., Product Registration, PO Box 1139, Lake Zurich IL 60047
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Servicing Information
Parts/Serial Number
Genuine Shindaiwa Parts and Assemblies for your Shindaiwa products are available only from an Authorized
Shindaiwa Dealer. When you do need to buy parts always have the Model Number, Type and Serial Number of the
unit with you. You can find these numbers on the engine. For future reference, write them in the space provided
below.
Model No. _____________ SN. ______________
Service
Service of this product during the warranty period must be performed by an Authorized Shindaiwa Service Dealer.
For the name and address of the Authorized Shindaiwa Service Dealer nearest you, ask your retailer or call: 1-877986-7783. Dealer information is also available on WWW.SHINDAIWA.COM. When presenting your unit for Warranty
service/repairs, proof of purchase is required.
Consumer Product Support
If you require assistance or have questions concerning the application, operation or maintenance of this product
you may call the Shindaiwa Consumer Product Support Department at 1-877-986-7783 from 8 am to 5 pm (Central
Standard Time) Monday through Friday. Before calling, please know the model and serial number of your unit.
Warranty Registration
To ensure trouble free warranty coverage it is important that you register your SHINDAIWA equipment on-line at www.
shindaiwa-usa.com or by filling out the product registration sheet included in this manual. Registering your product
confirms your warranty coverage and provides a direct link between you and ECHO if we find it necessary to contact
you.
Additional or Replacement Manuals
Replacement Operator and Parts Catalogs are available from your Shindaiwa dealer or at WWW.SHINDAIWA.
COM or by contacting the Consumer Product Support Department (1-877-986-7783). Always check
WWW.SHINDAIWA.COM for updated information.
ECHO Incorporated.
Yamabiko Corporation
400 Oakwood Road
7-2 Suehirocho 1-Chome, Ohme,
Lake Zurich, IL 60047-1564 U.S.A.
Tokyo, 198-8760, Japan
Telephone: 1-877-986-7783
Phone: 81-428-32-6118
Fax: 1-847-540-8416
www.shindaiwa.com
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All Rights Reserved.
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