Weed Eater BC2400 Instruction manual

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BC2400
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Instruction Manual
Manual de Instrucciones
Manuel d’Instructions
For Occasional Use Only
DANGER:
Read and follow all Safety Rules and Operating Instructions before
using this product. Failure to do so can result in serious injury.
PELIGRO:
Lea el manual del operador y siga todas las advertencias e instrucciones de seguridad. El no hacerlo puede resultar en lesiones graves.
DANGER:
Lire le manuel de l’utilisateur et bien respecter tous les avertissements et toutes les instructions de sécurité. Tout défaut de le faire
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Copyright E2002 Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
FRANÇAIS
Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
250 Bobby Jones Expressway
Augusta, GA 30907
530086916
4/26/02
SAFETY RULES
WARNING: When using gardening
appliances, basic safety precautions must always be followed to reduce the risk of fire and
serious injury.
Hazard Zone
DANGER: This power tool can be
dangerous! This unit can cause serious injury
including amputation or blindness to the operator and others. The warnings and safety
instructions in this manual must be followed to
provide reasonable safety and efficiency in
using the unit. The operator is responsible for
following the warnings and instructions in this
manual and on the unit. Read the entire instruction manual before assembling and using the unit! Restrict the use of this unit to persons who read, understand, and follow the
warnings and instructions in this manual and
on the unit. Never allow children to operate
this unit.
INSTRUCTION
MANUAL
50 Feet
(15 Meters)
WARNING: Do not use trimmer head
as a fastening device for the blade.
WARNING: The blade continues to
spin after the throttle is released or, engine is
turned off. The coasting blade can throw objects
or seriously cut if accidentally touched. Stop the
blade by contacting the right hand side of the
coasting blade with material already cut.
Stop coasting
blade by contact
with cut material.
SAFETY INFORMATION
ON THE UNIT
DANGER: Blade can thrust violently
away from material it does not cut. Blade
thrust can cause amputation of arms or legs.
Keep people and animals 50 feet (15 meters)
away.
OPERATOR SAFETY
WARNING: Trimmer line can throw
objects violently. You and others can be
blinded or injured. Wear safety glasses and
leg protection.
ALWAYS WEAR:
Eye
Protection
Thrown
Objects
Leg Guards
Boots
WARNING: Hazard zone for thrown
objects. Blade/Trimmer line can throw objects
violently. Others can be blinded or injured.
Keep people and animals 50 feet (15 meters)
away.
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S Dress properly. Always wear safety
glasses or similar eye protection when operating, or performing maintenance on your
unit. (Safety glasses are available.) Eye
protection should be marked Z87.
S Always wear face or dust mask if operation
is dusty.
S Always wear heavy, long pants, long sleeves,
boots, and gloves. Wearing safety leg guards
is recommended.
S Always wear foot protection. Do not go
barefoot or wear sandals.
. Secure
S Secure hair above shoulder length
or remove loose clothing and jewelry or clothing with loosely hanging ties, straps, tassels,
etc. They can be caught in moving parts.
S Being fully covered also helps protect you
from debris and pieces of toxic plants
thrown by spinning line/blade.
S Stay Alert. Do not operate unit when you are
tired, ill, upset or under influence of alcohol,
drugs, or medication. Watch what you are doing; use common sense.
S Wear hearing protection.
S Never start or run the engine inside a
closed room or building. Breathing exhaust
fumes can kill.
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S Keep handles free of oil and fuel
S Always use the handlebar and a properly
adjusted shoulder strap with a blade (see
ASSEMBLY).
S Always store gasoline in a container approved for flammable liquids.
CUTTING SAFETY
WARNING: Inspect the area to be
cut before each use. Remove objects (rocks,
broken glass, nails, wire, string, etc.) which
can be thrown or become entangled in the
blade or trimmer head.
S Keep others including children, animals,
bystanders, and helpers at least 50 feet (15
meters) away. Stop engine immediately if
you are approached.
S Always keep engine on the right--hand side
of your body.
S Hold the unit firmly with both hands.
S Keep firm footing and balance. Do not overreach.
S Keep blade or trimmer head below waist
level. Do not raise engine above your waist.
S Keep all parts of your body away from
blade, trimmer head, and muffler when engine is running. A hot muffler can cause serious burns.
S Cut only from your left to your right. Cutting
on right side of the shield will throw debris
away from the operator.
S Use only in daylight or good artificial light.
S Use only for jobs explained in this manual.
UNIT/MAINTENANCE SAFETY
WARNING: Stop unit and disconnect
the spark plug before performing maintenance (except carburetor adjustments).
S Look for and replace damaged or loose
parts before each use. Look for and repair
fuel leaks before use. Keep unit in good
working condition.
S Throw away blades that are bent, warped,
cracked, broken, or damaged in any other
way. Replace trimmer head parts that are
cracked, chipped, broken, or damaged in
any other way before using the unit.
S Maintain unit according to recommended
procedures. Keep blade sharp. Keep cutting line at the proper length.
S Use only 0.080! (2 mm) diameter Weed Eater" brand replacement line. Never use
wire, rope, string, etc.
S Install required shield properly before using
the unit. Use the metal shield for all metal
blade use. Use the plastic shield for all line
trimmer use.
S Use only specified blade or trimmer head;
make sure it is properly installed and securely fastened.
S Never start engine with clutch shroud removed. The clutch can fly off and cause serious injury.
S Be sure blade or trimmer head stops turning
when engine idles.
S Make carburetor adjustments with the lower end supported to prevent blade or trimmer line from contacting any object. Hold
unit by hand; do not use the shoulder strap
for support.
S Keep others away when making carburetor
adjustments.
S Use only recommended Weed Eaterr accessories and replacement parts.
S Have all maintenance and service not explained in this manual performed by your authorized service dealer.
TRANSPORTING AND STORAGE
S Stop the unit before carrying.
S Keep muffler away from your body.
S Allow the engine to cool and secure the unit
before storing or transporting it in a vehicle.
S Empty the fuel tank before storing or transporting the unit. Use up fuel left in the carburetor by starting the engine and letting it run
until it stops.
S Store unit so the blade or line limiter blade
cannot accidentally cause injury. The unit
can be hung by the tube.
S Store unit out of reach of children.
SAFETY NOTICE: Exposure to vibrations
through prolonged use of gasoline powered
hand tools could cause blood vessel or nerve
damage in the fingers, hands, and joints of
people prone to circulation disorders or abnormal swellings. Prolonged use in cold
weather has been linked to blood vessel damage in otherwise healthy people. If symptoms
occur such as numbness, pain, loss of
strength, change in skin color or texture, or
loss of feeling in the fingers, hands, or joints,
discontinue the use of this tool and seek medical attention. An anti--vibration system does
not guarantee the avoidance of these problems. Users who operate power tools on a
continual and regular basis must monitor
closely their physical condition and the condition of this tool.
SPECIAL NOTICE: This unit is equipped
with a temperature limiting muffler and spark
arresting screen which meets the requirements of California Codes 4442 and 4443. All
U.S. forest land and the states of California,
Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington require by law that
many internal combustion engines be
equipped with a spark arresting screen. If you
FUEL SAFETY
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Mix and pour fuel outdoors.
Keep away from sparks or flames.
Use a container approved for fuel.
Do not smoke or allow smoking near fuel or
the unit or while using the unit.
Avoid spilling fuel or oil. Wipe up all fuel
spills before starting engine.
Move at least 10 feet (3 meters) away from
fueling site before starting engine.
Stop engine and allow it to cool before removing fuel cap.
Empty the fuel tank before storing or transporting the unit. Use up fuel left in the carburetor by starting the engine and letting it
run until it stops.
Store unit and fuel in area where fuel vapors
cannot reach sparks or open flames from
water heaters, electric motors or switches,
furnaces, etc.
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operate in a locale where such regulations exist, you are legally responsible for maintaining
the operating condition of these parts. Failure
to do so is a violation of the law. For normal
homeowner use, the muffler and spark arrest-
ing screen will not require any service. After
50 hours of use, we recommend that your
muffler be serviced or replaced by your authorized service dealer.
ASSEMBLY
Screw
CARTON CONTENTS
Check carton contents against the following
list:
S Brushcutter
S Handlebar screws (2)
S Blade shield screws (4)
S Cupped washer
S Large nut for installing blade
S Long hex wrench
S Short hex wrench
S Bracket cover
S Metal shield
S Plastic shield
S Shoulder strap with warning
S 4--point weed blade
S Trimmer head (assembled on unit)
S Handlebar
S Wing nut (screwed onto shield)
S Container of oil
Handlebar
Bracket Cover
Mounting
Bracket
ASSEMBLY OF SHOULDER STRAP
WARNING: Proper shoulder strap
and handlebar adjustments are required before
starting the engine.
1. Try on shoulder strap and adjust for fit and
balance before starting the engine or beginning a cutting operation.
2. . Insert your right arm and head through
the shoulder strap and allow it to rest on
your left shoulder. Make sure the danger
sign is on your back and the hook is to the
right side of your waist.
NOTE: A one-half twist is built in the shoulder
strap to allow the strap to rest flat on the shoulder.
3. Adjust the strap, allowing the hook to be
about 6 inches below the waist.
4. Fasten the strap hook to the clamp located
between the trigger handle and the handlebar clamp base and lift the tool to the operating position.
WARNING: Always stop unit and disconnect spark plug before performing any assembly procedures.
WARNING: If received assembled,
repeat all steps to ensure your unit is properly
assembled and all fasteners are secure.
Examine parts for damage. Do not use damaged parts.
NOTE: If you need assistance or find parts
missing or damaged, call 1-800-554-6723.
It is normal for the fuel filter to rattle in the
empty fuel tank.
Finding fuel or oil residue on muffler is normal
due to carburetor adjustments and testing
done by the manufacturer.
CONFIGURING YOUR UNIT
You can configure your unit using a cutting
head for grass and light weeds, or a weed
blade for cutting grass, weeds, and brush up
to 1/2 inch in diameter. To assemble your unit,
go to the section for the desired configuration
and follow the instructions.
TOOLS REQUIRED
S 2 hex wrenches (provided)
S Adjustable wrench or large pliers
S Phillips screwdriver
ASSEMBLY INFORMATION -TRIMMER HEAD
ATTACHING THE HANDLEBAR
DANGER: During blade usage, the
barrier portion of the handlebar must be
installed as shown to provide a barrier between operator and the spinning blade.
1. Locate the decal on the handlebar. This
decal includes two arrows. Position the
handlebar with the mounting bracket between these arrows.
2. Position the bracket cover over the handlebar. Again make sure the handlebar is
between the arrows.
3. Insert screws and hand tighten only. Be
sure the handlebar is installed correctly;
then, tighten each screw securely with
the short hex wrench.
TRIMMER
HEAD
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NOTE: Remove the blade and metal shield
before attaching the plastic shield and trimmer
head. Refer to the sections ASSEMBLY INFORMATION -- WEED BLADE and reverse the
steps to remove the metal shield and blade.
ATTACHING THE PLASTIC SHIELD
AND TRIMMER HEAD
ASSEMBLY INFORMATION -- WEED
BLADE
WARNING: The shield must be properly installed. The shield provides partial
protection to the operator and others from the
risk of thrown objects, and is equipped with a
line limiter blade which cuts excess line to the
proper length. The line limiter blade (on underside of shield) is sharp and can cut you.
1. Remove wing nut from shield.
2. Insert bracket into slot on shield.
3. Pivot shield until bolt passes through hole
in bracket.
4. Tighten the wing nut securely.
NOTE: If your unit has a plastic cover over
the threads on the threaded shaft, remove the
covering to expose the threads. Before
installing the trimmer head, make sure the
dust cup is positioned on the gearbox as
shown below.
Bracket
Slot
Wing Nut
WEED
BLADE
NOTE: Remove the trimmer head and plas-
tic shield before attaching the metal shield
and installing the weed blade. To remove the
trimmer head, refer to the section ASSEMBLY
INFORMATION -- TRIMMER HEAD and reverse the steps to remove the plastic shield and
trimmer head. Store these parts for future use.
Never use the trimmer head with the metal
blade installed.
ATTACHING THE METAL SHIELD
Shield
WARNING: The metal shield must
be properly installed on the tool anytime the
tool is used with a blade. The forward tip of the
metal shield helps to reduce the occurrence
of blade thrust which can cause serious injury
such as amputation to the operator or bystanders. Failure to install the shield in the
position shown can result in serious injury to
the operator. The length of the shield must be
aligned with the length of the tube.
1. Turn unit over (threads on shaft facing
up), place the metal shield over the gearbox, and align the screw holes.
Gearbox
Dust Cup
NOTE: Make sure all parts are properly
installed as shown in the illustration before
installing the trimmer head.
5. Align hole in the dust cup with the hole in
the side of the gearbox by rotating the
dust cup.
6. Insert a small screwdriver into aligned
holes. This will keep the shaft from turning while tightening trimmer head.
Metal shield
Screwdriver
Gearbox
7. While holding the screwdriver in position,
thread trimmer head onto the shaft in the
direction shown on the decal. Tighten until secure.
NOTE: The retaining washer must be positioned with the raised section facing toward the
gearbox.
2. Insert the 4 mounting screws through the
bottom of the shield. Thread them into the
gearbox. Tighten evenly and securely
with one of the hex wrenches provided.
INSTALLATION OF THE METAL
BLADE
WARNING: Wear protective gloves
when handling or performing maintenance on
the blade to avoid injury. The blade is sharp and
can cut you even when it is not moving.
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NOTE: Make sure all parts are in place as il-
WARNING: Do not use any blades, or
lustrated, and the blade is sandwiched between
the dust cup and the retaining washer. There
should be no space between the blade and the
dust cup or the retaining washer.
7. Align hole in dust cup with hole in side of
gearbox by rotating the blade.
8. Insert a small screwdriver into aligned
holes. This will keep the shaft from turning while tightening the blade nut.
fastening hardware other than the washers and
nuts shown in the following illustrations. These
parts must be provided by Poulan/Weed Eater
and installed as shown below. Failure to use
proper parts can cause the blade to fly off and
seriously hurt you or others.
NOTE: The dust cup and retaining washer are
located on the gearbox shaft and not in the parts
bag. All other fasteners mentioned in the following assembly steps are in the parts bag.
1. Remove the retaining washer from the
threaded shaft of the gearbox. Leave the
dust cup on the shaft.
2. Install the blade and the retaining washer
over the threaded shaft.
3. Make sure the raised part of the retaining
washer is facing the gearbox and the
raised area fits into the hole in the center
of the blade.
4. Slide the blade and retaining washer onto
the shaft of the gearbox.
5. Place the cupped washer onto the shaft.
Make sure the cupped side of the washer
is toward the blade.
6. Install the blade nut by threading onto the
shaft counterclockwise.
Gearbox
Screwdriver
9. Tighten blade nut firmly with a wrench while
holding screwdriver in position.
10. Remove the screwdriver.
11. Turn blade by hand. If the blade binds
against the shield, or appears to be uneven, the blade is not centered, and you
must reinstall.
NOTE: To remove blade, insert screwdriver
into aligned holes. Un-thread the nut and remove parts. Be sure to store parts and instructions for future use.
Shield
Dust Cup
Retaining
Washer
Cupped
Washer
Threaded Shaft
Blade
Nut
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OPERATION
KNOW YOUR BRUSHCUTTER
READ THIS INSTRUCTION MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR UNIT.
Compare the illustrations with your unit to familiarize yourself with the location of the various controls
and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference.
Trigger Handle
Starter Handle
Handlebar
Trimmer head
Choke
Lever
Shield
Muffler
Primer Bulb
Blade
ON/STOP SWITCH
CHOKE
The ON/STOP switch is used to stop the
engine. To stop the engine, push and release
the engine ON/STOP switch.
PRIMER BULB
The CHOKE helps to supply fuel to the engine
to aid in cold starting. Activate the choke by
moving the choke lever to the FULL CHOKE
position. After the engine attempts to start, move
the choke lever to the HALF CHOKE position.
Once engine has started, move the choke lever
to the OFF CHOKE position.
BEFORE STARTING ENGINE
IMPORTANT
The PRIMER BULB removes air from the carburetor and fuel lines and fills them with fuel.
This allows you to start the engine with fewer
pulls on the starter rope. Activate the primer
bulb by pressing it and allowing it to return to
its original form.
Experience indicates that alcohol blended
fuels (called gasohol or using ethanol or
methanol) can attract moisture which leads to
separation and formation of acids during storage. Acidic gas can damage the fuel system
of an engine while in storage.
To avoid engine problems, empty the fuel system before storage for 30 days or longer.
Drain the gas tank, start the engine and let it
run until the fuel lines and carburetor are
empty. Use fresh fuel next season.
Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the fuel tank or permanent damage
may occur.
See the STORAGE section for additional information.
WARNING: Be sure to read the fuel
information in the safety rules before you begin. If you do not understand the safety rules,
do not attempt to fuel your unit. Call
1-800-554-6723.
FUELING ENGINE
WARNING: Remove fuel cap slowly
when refueling.
This engine is certified to operate on unleaded
gasoline. Before operation, gasoline must be
mixed with a good quality synthetic 2-cycle aircooled engine oil designed to be mixed at a ratio
of 40:1. Poulan/Weed Eater brand synthetic oil
is recommended. Mix gasoline and oil at a ratio
of 40:1. A 40:1 ratio is obtained by mixing 3.2
ounces of oil with 1 gallon of unleaded gasoline.
DO NOT USE automotive oil or boat oil.
These oils will cause engine damage. When
mixing fuel, follow instructions printed on container. Once oil is added to gasoline, shake
container momentarily to assure that the fuel
is thoroughly mixed. Always read and follow
the safety rules relating to fuel before fueling
your unit.
HOW TO STOP YOUR UNIT
S To stop the engine, move the ON/OFF
switch to the OFF position.
S If engine does not stop, move choke lever
to FULL CHOKE position.
ON/STOP
Switch
Throttle Trigger
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HOW TO START YOUR UNIT
STARTING A WARM ENGINE
1. Move the choke lever to the HALF
CHOKE position.
2. Squeeze and hold the throttle trigger.
Keep throttle trigger fully squeezed until
the engine runs smoothly.
3. Pull starter rope sharply until engine runs,
but no more than 5 pulls.
4. Allow engine to run 15 seconds, then
move the choke lever to the OFF CHOKE
position.
NOTE: If engine has not started, pull starter
rope 5 more pulls. If engine still does not run, it
is probably flooded.
WARNING: The trimmer head will
turn while starting the engine. Avoid any contact with the muffler. A hot muffler can cause
serious burns.
STARTING A COLD ENGINE (or a
warm engine after running out of
fuel)
STARTING A FLOODED ENGINE
Starting Position
Flooded engines can be started by placing
the choke lever in the OFF CHOKE position;
then, pull the rope to clear the engine of excess fuel. This could require pulling the starter
handle many times depending on how badly
the unit is flooded.
If the unit still doesn’t start, refer to
TROUBLESHOOTING TABLE or call
1-800-554-6723.
1. Set unit on a flat surface.
2. Move the ON/OFF switch to the ON position.
3. Slowly press the primer bulb 6 times.
4. Move choke lever to the FULL CHOKE
position.
Primer Bulb
Starter
Handle
OPERATING POSITION
ALWAYS WEAR:
Eye Protection
Long Pants
Choke
Lever
Muffler
5. Squeeze the throttle trigger fully and hold
through all remaining steps.
6. Pull starter rope handle sharply until engine sounds as if it is trying to start, but do
not pull rope more than 6 times.
7. As soon as engine sounds as if it is trying
to start, move choke lever to the HALF
CHOKE position shown on decal (see illustration below.
8. Pull starter rope sharply until engine runs,
but no more than 6 pulls. If the engine
doesn’t start after 6 pulls (at the HALF
CHOKE position), move the choke lever to
the FULL CHOKE position and press the
primer bulb 6 times. Squeeze and hold the
throttle trigger and pull the starter rope 2
more times. Move the choke lever to the
HALF CHOKE position and pull the starter
rope until the engine runs, but no more than
6 pulls. NOTE: If engine still doesn’t start,
it is probably flooded. Proceed to STARTING A FLOODED ENGINE.
9. Once the engine starts, allow it to run 10 seconds, then move the choke lever to the
OFF CHOKE position. Allow the unit to run
for 30 more seconds at OFF CHOKE before releasing the throttle trigger. NOTE: If
engine dies with the choke lever in the OFF
CHOKE position, move the choke lever to
the HALF CHOKE position and pull the
rope until engine runs, but no more than 6
pulls.
Boots
Cut only from your left to your right.
When operating unit, clip shoulder strap onto
clamp, stand as shown and check for the following:
S Wear eye protection and heavy clothing.
S Extend your left arm and hold handlebar
grip with your left hand.
S Hold throttle grip with your right hand with
finger on throttle trigger.
S Keep unit below waist level.
S Keep shoulder strap pad centered on your
left shoulder and danger sign centered on
your back.
S Maintain full weight of tool on your left
shoulder.
S Without bending over, keep the blade or
trimmer head near and parallel to the ground
and not crowded into material being cut.
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS FOR
USE WITH TRIMMER HEAD
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WARNING: Always wear eye protection. Never lean over the trimmer head. Rocks
or debris can ricochet or be thrown into eyes
and face and cause blindness or other serious
injury.
Before trimming, bring engine to a speed sufficient to cut material to be trimmed.
Do not run the engine at a higher speed than
necessary. The cutting line will cut efficiently
when the engine is run at less than full throttle.
At lower speeds, there is less engine noise and
vibration. The cutting line will last longer and will
be less likely to “weld” onto the spool.
Always release the throttle trigger and allow
the engine to return to idle speed when not
cutting.
To stop engine:
S Release the throttle trigger.
S Push and release the engine ON/STOP
switch.
S The line will easily remove grass and
weeds from around walls, fences, trees and
flower beds, but it also can cut the tender
bark of trees or shrubs and scar fences.
S For trimming or scalping, use less than full
throttle to increase line life and decrease
head wear, especially:
S During light duty cutting.
S Near objects around which the line can
wrap such as small posts, trees or fence
wire.
S For mowing or sweeping, use full throttle for
a good clean job.
TRIMMING -- Hold the bottom of the trimmer
head about 3 in. (8 cm) above the ground and
at an angle. Allow only the tip of the line to
make contact. Do not force trimmer line into
work area.
TRIMMER LINE ADVANCE
The trimmer line will advance approximately 2
in. (5 cm) each time the bottom of the trimmer
head is tapped on the ground with the engine
running at full throttle.
The most efficient line length is the maximum
length allowed by the line limiter.Always keep
the shield in place when the tool is being operated.
To advance line:
S Operate the engine at full throttle.
S Hold the trimmer head parallel to and above
the grassy area.
S Tap the bottom of the trimmer head lightly
on the ground one time. Approximately 2 in.
(5 cm) of line will be advanced with each
tap.
Always tap the trimmer head on a grassy
area. Tapping on surfaces such as concrete
or asphalt can cause excessive wear to the
trimmer head.If the line is worn down to 2
inches (5 cm) or less, more than one tap will
be required to obtain the most efficient line
length.
Trimming
SCALPING -- The scalping technique removes
unwanted vegetation down to the ground. Hold
the bottom of the trimmer head about 3 in. (8
cm) above the ground and at an angle. Allow the
tip of the line to strike the ground around trees,
posts, monuments, etc. This technique increases line wear.
WARNING: Use only 0.080! (2 mm)
diameter line. Other sizes of line will not advance properly and can cause serious injury.
Do not use other materials such as wire,
string, rope, etc. Wire can break off during
cutting and become a dangerous missile that
can cause serious injury.
CUTTING METHODS
WARNING: Use minimum speed
and do not crowd the line when cutting around
hard objects (rock, gravel, fence posts, etc.),
which can damage the trimmer head, become
entangled in the line, or be thrown causing a
serious hazard.
S The tip of the line does the cutting. You will
achieve the best performance and minimum line wear by not crowding the line into
the cutting area. The right and wrong ways
are shown below.
MOWING -- Your trimmer is ideal for mowing
in places conventional lawn mowers cannot
reach. In the mowing position, keep the line
parallel to the ground. Avoid pressing the
head into the ground as this can scalp the
ground and damage the tool.
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SWEEPING -- The fanning action of the rotating
line can be used to blow away loose debris from
an area. Keep the line parallel to and above the
area surface and swing the tool from side to
side.
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS FOR
USE WITH WEED BLADE
S Blade Thrust is a reaction that only occurs
when using a bladed unit. This reaction can
cause serious injury such as amputation.
Carefully study this section. It is important that
you understand what causes blade thrust,
how you can reduce the chance of its
occurring, and how you can remain in control
of unit if blade thrust occurs.
S WHAT CAUSES BLADE THRUST -- Blade
Thrust can occur when the spinning blade
contacts an object that it does not cut. This
contact causes the blade to stop for an instant
and then suddenly move or “thrust” away
from the object that was hit. The “thrusting”
reaction can be violent enough to cause the
operator to be propelled in any direction and
lose control of the unit. The uncontrolled unit
can cause serious injury if the blade contacts
the operator or others.
S WHEN BLADE THRUST OCCURS -Blade Thrust can occur without warning if
the blade snags, stalls, or binds. This is
more likely to occur in areas where it is
difficult to see the material being cut. By
using the unit properly, the occurrence of
blade thrust will be reduced and the
operator will be less likely to lose control.
S Cut only grass, weeds, and woody brush up
to 1/2 inch in diameter with the weed blade.
Do not let the blade contact material it
cannot cut such as stumps, rocks, fences,
metal, etc., or clusters of hard, woody brush
having a diameter greater than 1/2 inch.
S Keep the blade sharp. A dull blade is more
likely to snag and thrust.
S Cut only at full throttle. The blade will have
maximum cutting power and is less likely to
bind or stall.
S “Feed” the blade deliberately and not too
rapidly. The blade can thrust away if it is fed
too rapidly.
S Cut only from your left to your right. Cutting on
right side of the shield will throw debris away
from the operator.
S Use the shoulder strap and keep a firm grip
on the unit with both hands. A properly
adjusted shoulder strap will support the
weight of the unit, freeing your arms and
hands to control and guide the cutting motion.
S Keep feet comfortably spread apart and
braced for a possible sudden, rapid thrust of
unit. Do not overreach. Keep firm footing and
balance.
S Keep blade below waist level; it will be
easier to maintain control of unit.
S Do not raise the engine above your waist as
the blade can come dangerously close to
your body.
S Do not swing unit with such force that you
are in danger of losing your balance.
Bring the engine to cutting speed before entering the material to be cut.If the blade does
not turn when you squeeze the throttle trigger,
make sure tube is fully inserted into the engine.
Always release the throttle trigger and allow
engine to return to idle speed when not cutting. The blade should not turn while the engine is running at idle. If the blade turns at idle,
do not use your unit. Refer to the CARBURETOR ADJUSTMENT section or contact your
authorized service dealer.
S Maintain good firm footing while using the
unit. Do this by planting feet firmly in a
comfortable apart position.
S Cut while swinging the upper part of your
body from left to right.
S As you move forward to the next area to cut,
be sure to maintain your balance and
footing.
RECOMMENDED CUTTING POSITION
2 o’clock
Cut using the 2
o’clock to 4 o’clock
position of the
blade
4 o’clock
WARNING: The operator or others
must not try to clear away cut material with the
engine running or the blade turning to avoid
serious injury. Stop engine and blade before
removing materials wrapped around blade or
tube.
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MAINTENANCE
WARNING:
Disconnect the spark
plug before performing maintenance except
for carburetor adjustments.
CHECK FOR LOOSE
FASTENERS AND PARTS
S
S
S
S
S
Spark Plug Boot
Air Filter
Housing Screws
Assist Handle Screw
Debris Shield
CHECK FOR DAMAGED OR
WORN PARTS
Contact an authorized service dealer for replacement of damaged or worn parts.
S ON/OFF Switch -- Ensure ON/OFF switch
functions properly by moving the switch to
the OFF position. Make sure engine stops;
then restart engine and continue.
S Fuel Tank -- Discontinue use of unit if fuel
tank shows signs of damage or leaks.
S Debris Shield -- Discontinue use of unit if
debris shield is damaged.
INSPECT AND CLEAN UNIT AND DECALS
S After each use, inspect complete unit for
loose or damaged parts. Clean the unit and
decals using a damp cloth with a mild detergent.
S Wipe off unit with a clean dry cloth.
CLEAN AIR FILTER
A dirty air filter decreases engine performance and increases fuel consumption and
harmful emissions. Always clean after every
5 hours of operation.
1. Clean the cover and the area around it to
keep dirt from falling into the carburetor
chamber when the cover is removed.
2. Remove parts as illustrated.
NOTE: To avoid creating a fire hazard or
producing harmful evaporative emissions, do
not clean filter in gasoline or other flammable
solvent.
3. Wash the filter in soap and water.
4. Allow filter to dry.
5. Add a few drops of oil to the filter;
squeeze the filter to distribute oil.
6. Replace parts.
Air filter
Screws
Air filter cover
REPLACE SPARK PLUG
Replace the spark plug each year to ensure
the engine starts easier and runs better. Set
spark plug gap at 0.025 in. Ignition timing is
fixed and nonadjustable.
1. Twist, then pull off spark plug boot.
2. Remove spark plug from cylinder and
discard.
3. Replace with Champion RCJ-6Y spark
plug and tighten securely with a 3/4 in.
socket wrench..
4. Reinstall the spark plug boot.
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SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS
REPLACING THE LINE
1. Remove spool by firmly pulling on tap
button.
2. Clean entire surface of hub and spool.
3. Replace with a pre-wound spool, or cut two
lengths of 12-1/2 feet of 0.080! (2 mm) diameter Weed Eaterr brand line.
WARNING: Never use wire, rope,
string, etc., which can break off and become a
dangerous missile.
4. Insert ends of the lines about 1/2 inch (1
cm) into the small holes on the inside of
spool.
Spool
Small
Holes
Line exit holes
Hub
Line in Notch
5. Wind the line evenly and tightly onto the
spool. Wind in the direction of the arrows
found on the spool.
6. Push the lines into the notches, leaving 3
to 5 inches (7 -- 12 cm) unwound.
7. Insert the lines into the the exit holes in
the hub as shown in the illustration.
8. Align the notches with the line exit holes.
9. Push spool into hub until it snaps into
place.
10. Pull the lines extending outside of the hub
to release the lines from the notches.
BLADE REPLACEMENT
Refer to the ASSEMBLY section for blade replacement instructions and illustrations.
CARBURETOR ADJUSTMENT
Your carburetor is equipped with limiter caps.
Carburetor adjustment is a complicated task.
We recommend that you take your unit to an
authorized service dealer. Damage will occur
if you turn the needles beyond the limiter
stops.
Line in Notch
STORAGE
WARNING:
Perform the following
steps after each use:
S Allow engine to cool before storing or transporting.
S Store unit and fuel in a well ventilated area
where fuel vapors cannot reach sparks or
open flames from water heaters, electric
motors or switches, furnaces, etc.
S Store unit with all guards in place. Position
unit so that any sharp object cannot accidentally cause injury.
S Store unit and fuel well out of the reach of
children.
SEASONAL STORAGE
Prepare unit for storage at end of season or if
it will not be used for 30 days or more.
If your unit is to be stored for a period of time:
S Clean the entire unit before lengthy
storage.
S Store in a clean dry area.
S Lightly oil external metal surfaces.
FUEL SYSTEM
Under FUELING ENGINE in the OPERATION section of this manual, see message labeled IMPORTANT regarding the use of gasohol in your engine.
Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable alternative in
minimizing the formation of fuel gum deposits
during storage. Add stabilizer to the gasoline
in the fuel tank or fuel storage container. Follow the mix instructions found on stabilizer
container. Run engine at least 5 minutes after
adding stabilizer.
ENGINE
S Remove spark plug and pour 1 teaspoon of
40:1, 2-cycle engine oil (air cooled) through
the spark plug opening. Slowly pull the
starter rope 8 to 10 times to distribute oil.
S Replace spark plug with new one of recommended type and heat range.
S Clean air filter.
S Check entire unit for loose screws, nuts,
and bolts. Replace any damaged, broken,
or worn parts.
S At the beginning of the next season, use
only fresh fuel having the proper gasoline to
oil ratio.
OTHER
S Do not store gasoline from one season to
another.
S Replace your gasoline can if it starts to rust.
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TROUBLESHOOTING TABLE
WARNING: Always stop unit and disconnect spark plug before performing all of the
recommended remedies below except remedies that require operation of the unit.
TROUBLE
CAUSE
REMEDY
Engine will not
start.
1. Engine flooded.
1. See “Starting a Flooded Engine” in
Operation Section.
2. Fill tank with correct fuel mixture.
3. Install new spark plug.
4. Check for dirty fuel filter; replace.
Check for kinked or split fuel line;
repair or replace.
5. See “Carburetor Adjustment” in
Service and Adjustments Section.
2. Fuel tank empty.
3. Spark plug not firing.
4. Fuel not reaching
carburetor.
5. Carburetor requires
adjustment.
Engine will
not idle
properly.
Engine will not
accelerate,
lacks power,
or dies under
a load.
Engine
smokes
excessively.
Engine runs
hot.
1. Carburetor requires
adjustment.
2. Crankshaft seals worn.
3. Compression low.
1. Air filter dirty.
2. Spark plug fouled.
3. Carburetor requires
adjustment.
4. Carbon build-up on
muffler outlet screen.
5. Compression low.
1. Choke partially on.
2. Fuel mixture incorrect.
3. Air filter dirty.
4. Carburetor requires
adjustment.
1. Fuel mixture incorrect.
2. Spark plug incorrect.
3. Carburetor requires
adjustment.
4. Carbon build-up on
muffler outlet screen.
1. See “Carburetor Adjustment” in
Service and Adjustments Section.
2. Contact an authorized service dealer.
3. Contact an authorized service dealer.
1. Clean or replace air filter.
2. Clean or replace plug
and regap.
3. See “Carburetor Adjustment” in
Service and Adjustments Section.
4. Contact an authorized service dealer.
5. Contact an authorized service dealer.
1. Adjust choke.
2. Empty fuel tank and refill with
correct fuel mixture.
3. Clean or replace air filter.
4. See “Carburetor Adjustment” in
Service and Adjustments Section.
1. See “Fueling Engine” in Operation
section.
2. Replace with correct spark plug.
3. See “Carburetor Adjustment” in
Service and Adjustments Section.
4. Contact an authorized service dealer.
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LIMITED WARRANTY
ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC.,
warrants to the original purchaser that each
new Weed Eater"
" brand gasoline tool or attachment is free from defects in material and
workmanship and agrees to repair or replace
under this warranty any defective gasoline
product or attachment as follows from the
original date of purchase.
2 YEARS-- Parts and Labor, when used for
household purposes.
90 DAYS -- Parts and Labor, when used for
commercial, professional, or income producing purposes.
30 DAYS -- Parts and Labor, if used for rental
purposes.
This warranty is not transferable and does not
cover damage or liability caused by improper
handling, improper maintenance, or the use
of accessories and/or attachments not specifically recommended by ELECTROLUX
HOME PRODUCTS, INC., for this tool. Additionally, this warranty does not cover tuneups, spark plugs, filters, cutting line, or rotating head parts that will wear and require
replacement with reasonable use during the
warranty period. This warranty does not cov-
er predelivery setup or normal adjustments
explained in the instruction manual.
THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC
LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY HAVE
OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM
STATE TO STATE.NO CLAIMS FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES WILL
BE ALLOWED, AND THERE ARE NO
OTHER EXPRESS WARRANTIES EXCEPT THOSE EXPRESSLY STIPULATED
HEREIN.
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS OR THE EXCLUSION OR
LIMITATIONS OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE
LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT
APPLY TO YOU.
The policy of ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS, INC., is to continuously improve its
products. Therefore, ELECTROLUX HOME
PRODUCTS, INC., reserves the right to
change, modify, or discontinue models, designs, specifications, and accessories of all
products at any time without notice or obligation to any purchaser.
U.S. EPA
EMISSION CONTROL WARRANTY STATEMENT
YOUR WARRANTY RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS: The U. S. Environmental Protection
Agency and POULAN/WEED EATER, DIVISION OF WCI OUTDOOR PRODUCTS, INC.,
are pleased to explain the emissions control
system warranty on your year 2001--2004 small
off--road engine. POULAN/WEED EATER
must warrant the emission control system on
your small off--road engine for the periods of
time listed below provided there has been no
abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance of
your small off--road engine. Your emission control system includes parts such as the carburetor and the ignition system. Where a warrantable condition exists, POULAN/WEED EATER
will repair your small off--road engine at no cost
to you. Expenses covered under warranty include diagnosis, parts and labor. MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY COVERAGE: If any
emissions related part on your engine (as listed
under Emissions Control Warranty Parts List) is
defective or a defect in the materials or workmanship of the engine causes the failure of such
an emission related part, the part will be repaired
or replaced by POULAN/WEED EATER.
OWNER’S WARRANTY RESPONSIBILITIES: As the small off--road engine owner, you
are responsible for the performance of the required maintenance listed in your instruction
manual. POULAN/WEED EATER recommends that you retain all receipts covering
maintenance on your small off--road engine, but
POULAN/WEED EATER cannot deny warranty solely for the lack of receipts or for your failure
to ensure the performance of all scheduled
maintenance. As the small off--road engine
owner, you should be aware that POULAN/
WEED EATER may deny you warranty coverage if your small off--road engine or a part of it
has failed due to abuse, neglect, improper maintenance, unapproved modifications, or the use
of parts not made or approved by the original
equipment manufacturer. You are responsible
for presenting your small off--road engine to a
POULAN/WEED EATER authorized repair
center as soon as a problem exists. Warranty
repairs should be completed in a reasonable
amount of time, not to exceed 30 days. If you
have any questions regarding your warranty
rights and responsibilities, you should contact
your nearest authorized service center or call
POULAN/WEED EATER at 1--800--554--6723.
WARRANTY COMMENCEMENT DATE: The
warranty period begins on the date the small
off--road engine is purchased. LENGTH OF
COVERAGE: This warranty shall be for a period of two years from the initial date of purchase.
WHAT IS COVERED: REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF PARTS. Repair or replacement of any warranted part will be performed at
no charge to the owner at an approved POULAN/WEED EATER servicing center. If you
have any questions regarding your warranty
rights and responsibilities, you should contact
your nearest authorized service center or call
POULAN/WEED EATER at 1--800--554--6723.
WARRANTY PERIOD: Any warranted part
which is not scheduled for replacement as required maintenance, or which is scheduled only
for regular inspection to the effect of ”repair or
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replace as necessary” shall be warranted for 2
years. Any warranted part which is scheduled
for replacement as required maintenance shall
be warranted for the period of time up to the first
scheduled replacement point for that part.
DIAGNOSIS: The owner shall not be charged
for diagnostic labor which leads to the determination that a warranted part is defective if the
diagnostic work is performed at an approved
POULAN/WEED EATER servicing center.
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES: POULAN/
WEED EATER may be liable for damages to
other engine components caused by the failure
of a warranted part still under warranty. WHAT
IS NOT COVERED: All failures caused by
abuse, neglect, or improper maintenance are
not covered. ADD--ON OR MODIFIED
PARTS: The use of add--on or modified parts
can be grounds for disallowing a warranty claim.
POULAN/WEED EATER is not liable to cover
failures of warranted parts caused by the use of
add--on or modified parts. HOW TO FILE A
CLAIM: If you have any questions regarding
your warranty rights and responsibilities, you
should contact your nearest authorized service
center or call POULAN/WEED EATER at
1--800--554--6723. WHERE TO GET WARRANTY SERVICE: Warranty services or repairs shall be provided at all POULAN/WEED
EATER service centers. Call 1--800--554--6723.
MAINTENANCE, REPLACEMENT AND REPAIR OF EMISSION RELATED PARTS: Any
POULAN/WEED EATER approved replacement part used in the performance of any warranty maintenance or repair on emission related
parts will be provided without charge to the owner if the part is under warranty. EMISSION
CONTROL WARRANTY PARTS LIST: Carburetor, Ignition System: Spark Plug (covered
up to maintenance schedule), Ignition Module.
MAINTENANCE STATEMENT: The owner is
responsible for the performance of all required
maintenance as defined in the instruction
manual.
This engine is certified to be emissions compliant for the following use:
Moderate (50 hours)
Intermediate (125 hours)
Extended (300 hours)
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