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.
9. Do not operate mower without the entire grass catcher, discharge
guard, rear guard, or other safety protective devices in place and
working. Periodically check all guards and safety protective devices
to ensure they are in good working order and will operate properly
and perform their intended function. Replace a damaged latch,
guard or other safety device before further use.
10.Never leave a running mower unattended.
11.Always release the bail handle or switch lever (2) to stop the motor
and wait until the blade comes to a complete stop and unplug the
mower before cleaning the mower, removing the grass catcher,
un-clogging the discharge guard, when leaving the mower, or
before making any adjustments, repairs or inspections.
12.Operate mower only in daylight or good artificial light when objects in the
path of the blade are clearly visible from the operating area of the mower.
13.Do not operate mower while under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
or when you are tired or ill. Always stay alert, watch what you are
doing, and use common sense.
14.Avoid dangerous environments. Never operate mower in damp or
wet grass, never use mower in the rain. Always be sure of your
footing; walk; never run.
15.Disengage the drive system, if so equipped, before starting the motor.
16.If the mower should start to vibrate abnormally, release the bail
handle or switch lever (2), wait for the blade to stop and unplug
mower, then check for the cause immediately. Vibration is generally
a warning of trouble.
17.Always wear proper eye and respiratory protection when operating
the mower.
18.The use of any accessory or attachment not recommended for
use with this mower could be hazardous. Only use accessories
approved by Black & Decker.
19.Never overreach while operating the mower. Always be sure to keep
proper footing and balance at all times while operating the mower.
The following are explanations of important safety hazard
pictorials on the mower.
1. User must read and understand the instruction manual.
2. To avoid the risk of serious injury do not mow up and down
slopes. Always mow across slopes.
3. To avoid the risk of injury to bystanders keep all persons
and pets at a safe distance from the mower while operating.
4. Rotating blades can cause serious injury. Keep hands and feet
clear of mower deck and discharge opening at all times. Always
be sure blade has stopped. Wait for the blade to stop rotating
(approximately 3 seconds) after releasing bail handle or switch
lever (2). Unplug mower before removing or replacing grass
catcher, cleaning, servicing, transporting or lifting the mower.
5. Objects struck by mower blade can cause serious injury.
Stay behind the handle when the motor is running. Always
ensure persons and pets are clear of the discharge from the
mower while operating. Always inspect mowing area before
mowing and remove objects
that could be thrown by blade. Release bail handle (switch lever) (2) to
turn mower off and wait for the blade to stop rotating (approximately 3
seconds) before crossing walk, roads, patio and gravel drives.
WARNING: Important Safety Warnings and
Instructions
WARNING: When using electric lawn mowers, basic safety
SLOPE OPERATION
precautions should always be followed to reduce the risk of fire, electric
shock, and personal injury, including the following:.
Slopes are a major factor related to slip and fall accidents, which can
result in severe injury. Operation on all slopes requires extra caution. If
you feel uneasy on a slope, do not mow it.
1. Mow across the face of slopes; never up and down. Exercise
extreme caution when changing direction on slopes.
2. Watch for holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden objects. Uneven
terrain could cause a slip and fall accident. Tall grass can hide obstacles.
3. Do not mow on wet grass or excessively steep slopes. Poor footing
could cause a slip and fall accident.
4. Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches, or embankments. You could
lose your footing or balance.
READ ALL 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.
CHILDREN
DANGER: IMPORTANT SAFE PRACTICES FOR
WALK-BEHIND MOWERS
This mower is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing
objects. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result
in serious injury or death.
GENERAL OPERATION
1. Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the mower and in
the instruction manual before starting.
2. Do not put hands or feet near or under the mower. Keep clear of
the discharge opening at all times.
3. Only allow responsible adults, who are familiar with the instructions,
to operate this mower.
4. Clear the area where the mower is to be used of objects such as
rocks, sticks, wire, toys, bones, etc., which could be thrown by
the blade. Objects struck by the blade can cause severe injury to
persons. Stay behind the handle when the motor is running.
5. Be sure the area surrounding the mower is clear of bystanders before
operating. All bystanders and pets should be kept at a safe distance.
Stop the mower if anyone enters the area surrounding the mower.
6. Do not operate mower barefooted or while wearing sandals. Always
wear substantial footwear.
7. Do not pull mower backward unless absolutely necessary. Always
look down and behind before and while moving backward.
8. Never direct discharged material toward anyone. Avoid discharging
material against a wall or obstruction. Material may ricochet back
toward the operator. Release bail handle (switch lever) (2) to turn
mower off and stop the blade when crossing gravel surfaces.
Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of
children. Children are often attracted to the mower and the mowing
activity. Never assume that children will remain where you last saw
them.
1. Keep children out of the mowing area and under the watchful care
of a responsible adult other than the operator.
2. Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the area.
3. Never allow children to operate the mower.
4. Use extra care when approaching blind corners, shrubs, trees, or
other objects that may block your view of a child.
GENERAL SERVICE
1. Never operate mower in a closed area.
2. Keep all nuts and bolts tight to be sure the equipment is in safe
working condition.
3. Never tamper with safety devices. Check their proper operation regularly.
4. Keep mower free of grass, leaves, or other debris build-up. Allow
mower to cool before storing.
5. If you strike a foreign object, release bail handle or switch lever (2) to turn
mower off, wait for the blade to stop and unplug mower, then inspect the
mower. Repair, any damage, before starting and operating the mower.
6. Never make any adjustments or repairs with the motor running or
while the mower is plugged in.
7. Always unplug mower before adjusting, cleaning, repairing,
inspecting, transporting, storing or leaving the mower.
8. Check grass catcher components and the discharge guard frequently
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properly repaired or replaced by an authorized service center unless
otherwise indicated elsewhere in this manual.
• REPAIRS AND SERVICE. Repairs, maintenance and any adjustments
not specified in this manual should be performed by Black & Decker
authorized service centers or other qualified service organizations,
always using identical replacement parts.
and when necessary replace with Black & Decker recommended
parts only.
9. Mower blades are sharp. Wrap the blade or wear gloves, and use
extra caution when servicing them.
10.Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels, as necessary.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is
subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the
limits for Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
. Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
. Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the
party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to
operate the equipment. This Class B digital apparatus complies with
Canadian ICES-003.
DANGER: ADDITIONAL WARNINGS FOR MOWERS
• Don’t Force Lawn Mower – It will do the job better and safer at the
rate for which it was designed.
• Don’t Overreach – Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
• Stay Alert – Watch what you are doing. Use common sense. Do not
operate lawn mower when you are tired.
• Store Idle Lawn Mower Indoors – When not in use, lawn mower should
be stored in an indoor dry and locked-up place – out of reach of children.
• Maintain Lawn Mower With Care – Keep cutting edges sharp and
clean for best and safest performance.
• Keep guards in place and in working order.
• Keep blades sharp.
• Keep hands and feet away from cutting area.
• Objects struck by the lawn mower blade can cause severe injuries
to persons. The lawn should always be carefully examined and
cleared of all objects prior to each mowing.
• If lawn mower strikes a foreign object, follow these steps:
• Stop lawn mower. Release the switch
• Unplug power cord.
• Inspect for damage.
• Repair any damage before restarting and operating the lawn mower.
• Use identical replacement blades only
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.
save these instructions
WARNING: GENERAL SAFETY WARNINGS AND
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL TOOLS
• THIS TOOL CAN BE DANGEROUS. Follow all warnings and Safety
Instructions in this manual. The operator is responsible for following
warnings and instructions in this manual and on unit. Restrict use of
this mower to persons who read, understand and follow warnings and
instructions in this manual and on unit.
• Avoid Dangerous Environment – Don’t use lawn mowers in damp or
wet locations.
• Don’t Use In Rain.
• Keep Children Away – All visitors should be kept a safe distance from
work area.
• Dress Properly – Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. They can
be caught in moving parts. Use of rubber gloves and footwear is
recommended when working outdoors.
• Use Safety Glasses – Always use face or dust mask if operation is dusty.
• Use Right Appliance – Do not use lawn mower for any job except that
for which it is intended.
FUNCTIONAL DESCRIPTION (FIG. A)
1.) Switch box
3.) Handle knobs
5.) Cable holders
7.) EdgeMax™
9.) Compact lever
11.) Clear rear flap
A
• Use of Extension Cords
Make sure the extension cord is in good condition before using. Always
use the proper size extension cords with the tool – that is, proper wire
size for various lengths of cord and heavy enough to carry the current
the tool will draw. Use of an undersized cord will cause a drop in line
voltage resulting in loss of power and overheating. For proper size cords
see chart below.
Volts
120V
240V
Ampere
More
Than
0 -
6 -
10 -
12 -
4
1
3
5
6
9
16
14
14
12
14
12
Not Recommended
• OUTDOOR USE EXTENSION CORDS. To reduce the risk of electric
shock, use only with an extension cord intended for outdoor use, such
as an extension cord of type SW-A, SOW-A, STW-A, STOW-A, SJWA, SJOW-A, SJTW-A, or SJTOW-A.
• CHECK FOR DAMAGED PARTS. Before further use of the mower,
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 conditions that may
affect their operation. A guard or other part that is damaged should be
2
8
American Wire Gauge
16
16
16
12
EM1500
2
Minimum Gauge for Cord Sets
Total Length of Cord in Feet
0-25
26-50
51-100
101-150
(0-7,6m) (7,6-15,2m) (15,2-30,4m) (30,4-45,7m)
0-50
51-100
101-200 201-300
(0-15,2m) (15,2-30,4m) (30,4-60,9m) (60,9-91,4m)
Rating
Not more
Than
6
18
10
18
12
16
16
14
2.) Bail Handle (EM1700), Switch lever (EM1500)
4.) Cable management system
6.) Height adjustment lever (not shown)
8.) Grass collection box
10.) Carrying handles
10
11
3
7
Assembly
WARNING: Before assembly, make sure that the appliance is
switched off and unplugged.
OPERATION
READ THIS INSTRUCTION MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE
OPERATING YOUR MOWER. See “Functional Description” to familiarize yourself with the location of various controls and adjustments.
Save this manual for future reference.
WARNING: ROTATING BLADES CAN CAUSE SERIOUS
INJURY. TO PREVENT SERIOUS INJURY, UNPLUG MOWER WHEN
UNATTENDED, CLEANING, SERVICING, TRANSPORTING, LIFTING,
OR STORING MOWER.
WARNING: Sharp moving blade. Do not operate the mower if
the rear door is not closed under spring tension as serious injury could
result. Take your mower to the nearest service center for repair.
WARNING: Sharp moving blade. Never operate the mower
unless the hanger hooks on the grass catcher are seated properly on
the mower and the rear discharge door rests firmly against the top of the
grass catcher as serious injury could result.
WARNING: Do not operate mower without collection box (8) attached.
WARNING: Let the appliance work at its own pace. Do not overload.
Assembling the grass collection box (Fig. B)
The grass box (8) requires assembly
before use and comes in 5 pieces.
• Clip the handle (8a) into the lid (8b)
of the grass box. The handle will only
fit one way.
• Clip the 2 sides (8c) of the grass
collection box together. Make sure
that all clips and guides are aligned.
• Align the assembled sides onto the
bottom (8d) of the grass collection
box. Ensure that the 4 guides are
aligned.
• Push the 2 parts together. Apply
even force around all edges of the
grass collection box securing the
clips into position uniformly. Check
that each clip is fastened together
securely.
• Align the lid (8b) onto the assembled
grass collection box. Ensure that the
10 guides are aligned.
Note: Take extra care when aligning
the 2 clips at the rear of the grass
collection box.
• Push down on the lid to secure all clips. Begin at the back and ensure
that all clips are securely located.
B
8a
8b
8c
Adjusting the height of cut (fig. G)
The height of cut is adjusted by the central height adjust mechanism,
there are 6 positions to choose from.
To set the height of cut
• Pull the height adjustment lever (6) away from the body of the unit.
• Move the lever towards the rear of the appliance to lower the height of cut.
• Move the lever towards the front of the appliance to raise the height of cut.
• Push the height adjustment lever into one of the 6 height locations.
Note: The height of cut can be viewed on the height of cut gauge (12)
on the side of the unit.
8d
Fitting the lower handle (fig. C)
Switching on and off (fig. H)
DANGER: SHARP MOVING BLADE. NEVER ATTEMPT TO
• Insert the ends of the lower handle into the corresponding holes in the mower.
• Press the handle down as far as it will go.
• Secure the handle using the screws.
OVERRIDE THE OPERATION OF THE SWITCH as SERIOUS
INJURY COULD RESULT.
Switching on
• Push in and hold the lock-off button (13).
• Pull the bail handle (switch lever) (2) towards the handle.
• Release the lock-off button.
Switching off
• Release the bail handle (switch lever) (2).
WARNING: Never attempt to lock a switch in the on position.
Assembling the upper handle (fig. D)
• Fit the upper handle part to the lower handle using the handle storage
knobs (3), washers and screws as shown.
Note: The upper handle can be fixed in 2 different height positions.
Securing the motor cable (fig. E)
The motor cable has to be fixed using the cable restraints.
• To clip the cable to the handle, snap a restraint clip (10) around the cable
and upper handle about 6 inches (152.4mm) below the switch box (1).
• Snap the second restraint clip around the cable and lower handle
about 6 inches (152.4mm) below the handle knob (3).
Fitting the grass collection box (fig. F)
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• Lift the clear grass flap (11) and place the grass collection box (8) over
the lugs.
C
H
G
D
3” 2”
1”
12
13
EM1700
Mowing (fig. I - J)
E
10
F
EM1500
NOTE: ALWAYS INSPECT AREA WHERE MOWER IS TO BE USED
AND REMOVE ALL STONES, STICKS, WIRE, BONES AND OTHER
DEBRIS WHICH MIGHT BE THROWN BY THE ROTATING BLADE.
We recommend to use your mower
as outlined in this section in order to
achieve optimum results and to reduce
the risk of cutting the main cable.
• Loop the mains cable through the
cable management system (4) as
shown (fig. I). Ensure you leave
approximately 3 feet (100 cm) of
cable between the switch- box (1)
and the cable management system.
• Ensure that the cable management
system can slide freely from one side
to the other.
• Place the bulk of the cable on the
lawn, close to the starting point
(position 1 in fig. J).
• Switch the mower on as described above.
• Proceed as shown in fig. J.
• Move from position 1 to position 2.
I
11
6 inches
(152.4 mm)
6 inches
(152.4 mm)
4
• Turn right, stepping
over the cable and
proceed towards
position 3. The cable
management system
will slide from one side
to the other, ensuring
the cable is kept away
from the cutting blade.
• Turn left, stepping over
the cable and move
towards position 4. The
cable will slide from one
side of the handle to
the other, ensuring the
cable is kept away from
the cutting blade.
• Repeat the above
procedure as required.
WARNING: Do not
work towards the cable as
shown in fig. J1.
EdgeMax™ (fig. K)
EdgeMax™ (7) allows
you to cut grass right up
to the edge of a wall or
fence (fig. K).
EdgeMax™ allows you to
accurately cut grass right
up to the edge of your
lawn (fig. K1).
• With the lawnmower
parallel with the edge of
your lawn.
• Push the lawnmower
along the edge of the
lawn. Ensure that the
EdgeMax™ is slightly
over the edge of your
lawn (fig. K1)
J
Carrying the mower
WARNING: Rotating blade can cause serious injury. Release bail
J1
handle or switch lever (2) to turn mower off and unplug mower before
lifting, transporting, or storing the mower. Store in a dry place.
• The mower can be carried using the convenient carry handles (10).
Removing Blade - (fig. N)
WARNING: Ensure the blade has completely stopped and
K
disconnect the mower from the power source.
WARNING: Only use the specified replacement blade: EMB1500
(EM1500 mower) and EMB1700 (EM1700 mower)
• release bail handle or switch lever (2) to turn mower
off, WAIT FOR THE BLADE TO STOP, AND UNPLUG MOWER.
• Cut a piece of 2x4 wood (15) (about 1 foot long) (305 mm) to keep
blade from turning while removing flange nut.
• Turn the appliance onto its side. Wear gloves and proper eye protection. Be careful of sharp edges of blade.
• Position piece of wood (15) to keep blade from turning as shown in
figure N.
• Use a 9/16 inch wrench to loosen and remove the blade bolt (16) by
turning counterclockwise.
• Remove the blade (17) and blade bolt.
K1
INSTALLING Blade (Fig. O)
• Slide the blade onto bolt shaft with the lettering on the blade facing
out, and place the blade bolt (16) onto the bolt shaft.
• Tighten the blade bolt as firmly as possible by hand.
• Position piece of wood (15) to keep blade from turning as shown in
figure O. Install flange nut with the flange against the blade spacer
and securely tighten.
• Use a 9/16 inch wrench to securely tighten the blade bolt by turning
the wrench clockwise.
N
16
15
O
17
Compact&Go (fig. L)
When the grass collection box is full, you can compact the grass in the
collection box. You can determine how full the grass collection box is by
looking through the clear grass flap (11).
• Release the bail handle or switch lever (2).
• Using your right foot, press the grass compaction lever (9) all the way
down until it locks into place.
Note: The grass in the collection box is now compressed into the rear
of the box. You may continue mowing until the grass collection box
becomes full.
Blade Sharpening
KEEP BLADE SHARP FOR BEST MOWER PERFORMANCE. A DULL
BLADE DOES NOT CUT GRASS CLEANLY OR MULCH PROPERLY.
USE PROPER EYE PROTECTION WHILE REMOVING,
SHARPENING, AND INSTALLING BLADE. ENSURE THAT THE
MOWER IS UNPLUGGED.
Sharpening the blade twice during a mowing season is usually sufficient
under normal circumstances. Sand causes the blade to dull quickly. If
your lawn has sandy soil, more frequent sharpening may be required.
REPLACE BENT OR DAMAGED BLADE IMMEDIATELY.
WHEN SHARPENING THE BLADE:
1. Make sure blade remains balanced.
2. Sharpen blade at the original cutting angle.
3. Sharpen cutting edges on both ends of blade, removing equal
amounts of material from both ends.
Emptying the grass collection box (fig. L1)
• Release the bail handle or switch lever (2) and unplug the mower.
• Remove the grass collection box (10).
• Empty the contents from the front of the box.
• Place the grass collection box on the ground and pull in and hold the
grass compaction lever release button (14).
• Lift the grass compaction lever (9) into the vertical position and release
the grass compaction lever release button.
• Empty the contents from the rear of the box.
Cable storage (fig. M)
TO SHARPEN BLADE IN A VISE (FIG. Q):
The cable holders (5) provide a safe and convenient way to store the
cable when not in use.
• Wrap the cable around the cable holders in a figure eight pattern.
L
L1
1. Be sure the bail handle or switch
lever (2) is released, the blade
has stopped and the mower is
unplugged.
2. Remove blade from mower. See
instructions for removing and
installing blade.
3. Secure blade (23) in a vise (24).
4. Wear proper eye protection and
gloves and be careful not to cut
yourself.
5. Carefully file the cutting edges of
the blade with a fine tooth file (25)
or sharpening stone, maintaining
the original cutting edge.
6. Check balance of blade. See instructions for blade balancing.
7. Replace blade on mower and tighten securely.
Q
M
14
5
25
23
24
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