Black & Decker GT340 Instruction manual

GT340
GT350
GT360
GT460 SXC
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HEDGETRIMMER
GT340/GT350/GT360/GT460SXC
CONGRATULATIONS!
You have chosen a Black & Decker tool. Our aim is
to provide quality tools at an affordable price.
We hope that you will enjoy using this tool for
many years.
EC DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
GT340/GT350/GT360/GT460SXC
Black & Decker declares that these
products conform to:
98/37/EC, 89/336/EEC, 73/23/EEC,
BS 2769 (EN 50144 not including 23.5),
EN 55014, EN 61000, 2000/14/EC,
Hedge trimmer ≤ 400 W, Annex V
INTENDED USE
Your Black & Decker hedgetrimmer GT340/
GT350/GT360/GT460SXC has been designed for
trimming hedges, shrubs and brambles. This tool
is intended for consumer use only.
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Warning symbols
The following symbols are used in this manual:
Denotes risk of personal injury, loss of life
or damage to the tool in case of nonobservance of the instructions in this
manual.
Level of sound pressure, measured according to
EN 50144:
Denotes risk of electric shock.
LpA
Read the manual prior to operation.
(sound pressure)
dB(A)
83
LWA (acoustic power)
dB(A)
96
LWA (guaranteed)
dB(A)
99
Always wear ear protection if the sound
pressure exceeds 85 dB(A).
Know your tool
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Hand/arm weighted vibration value according to
EN 50144:
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< 2.5 m/s2
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Warning! When using mains-powered
tools, basic safety precautions,
including the following, should always
be followed to reduce the risk of fire,
electric shock, personal injury and
material damage.
Read all of this manual carefully before
operating the tool.
Before operating the tool, make sure
that you know how to switch the tool off
in an emergency.
Retain this manual for future reference.
Brian Cooke
Director of Engineering
Spennymoor, County Durham DL16 6JG,
United Kingdom
3-10-2001
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General
1. Consider work area environment
Do not expose the tool to rain. Do not use the
tool in damp or wet conditions. Keep the work
area well lit. Do not use the tool where there is
a risk of causing fire or explosion, i.e. in the
presence of flammable liquids and gases. Keep
the work area free from debris and obstacles.
2. Keep children away
Do not allow children, visitors or animals to
come near the work area or to touch the tool
or mains cable.
3. Dress properly
Do not wear loose clothing or jewellery, as
these can be caught in moving parts.
Preferably wear rubber gloves and non-slip
footwear when working outdoors. Wear protective
hair covering to keep long hair out of the way.
4. Personal protection
Always use safety glasses. Use a face or dust
mask whenever the operations may produce
dust or flying particles. Wear ear protection
whenever the sound level seems
uncomfortable.
5. Guard against electric shock
Prevent body contact with earthed or
grounded surfaces (e.g. metal railings, lampposts etc.). Electric safety can be further
improved by using a high-sensitivity
(30 mA/30 mS) residual current device (RCD).
6. Do not overreach
Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
7. Stay alert
Watch what you are doing. Use common sense.
Do not operate the tool when you are tired.
8. Secure workpiece
Where appropriate, use clamps or a vice to
hold the workpiece. It is safer and it frees both
hands to operate the tool.
9. Remove keys and adjusting wrenches
Always check that keys and adjusting wrenches
are removed from the tool before operating
the tool.
10. Extension cables
Before use, inspect the extension cable and
replace if damaged. Only use extension cables
intended for outdoor use.
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11. Use appropriate tool
The intended use is described in this instruction
manual. Do not force small tools or attachments
to do the job of a heavy-duty tool. The tool will
do the job better and safer at the rate for
which it was intended. Do not force the tool.
Warning! The use of any accessory or
attachment or performance of any operation
with this tool other than those recommended
in this instruction manual may present a risk of
personal injury.
12. Check for damaged parts
Before use, carefully check the tool and mains
cable for damage. Check for misalignment and
seizure of moving parts, breakage of parts,
damage to guards and switches and any other
conditions that may affect its operation. Ensure
that the tool will operate properly and perform
its intended function. Do not use the tool if any
part is damaged or defective. Do not use the
tool if the switch does not turn it on and off.
Have any damaged or defective parts repaired
or replaced by an authorised repair agent.
Never attempt any repairs yourself. If the supply
cord is damaged, it must be replaced by an
authorised repair agent in order to avoid a hazard.
13. Unplug the tool
Unplug the tool when it is not in use, before
changing any parts of the tool, accessories or
attachments and before servicing.
14. Avoid unintentional starting
Do not carry the tool with a finger on the on/
off switch. Be sure that the tool is switched off
when plugging in.
15. Do not abuse cord
Never carry the tool by its cord or pull it to
disconnect from the socket. Keep the cord
away from heat, oil and sharp edges.
16. Store idle tools
When not in use, tools should be stored in a
dry, locked up or high place, out of reach of
children.
17. Maintain tools with care
Keep cutting tools sharp and clean for better
and safer performance. Follow the instructions
for maintenance and changing accessories.
Keep handles and switches dry, clean and free
from oil and grease.
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18. Repairs
This tool complies with relevant safety
requirements. Repairs should only be carried
out by qualified persons using original spare
parts; otherwise this may result in considerable
danger to the user.
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Additional safety instructions for hedgetrimmers
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Wear safety glasses or goggles when
operating this tool.
Wear gloves when operating this tool.
Wear ear protection when operating this
tool.
Immediately disconnect the cable from the
mains if it is damaged or cut.
Do not expose the tool to rain or high
humidity.
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Keep the cable away from the blades while
using this tool.
If you have not used a hedgetrimmer before,
preferably seek practical instruction by an
experienced user in addition to studying this
manual.
Never touch the blades while the tool is running.
Never attempt to force the blades to come to
a standstill.
Do not put the tool down until the blades have
come to a complete standstill.
Regularly check the blades for damage and
wear. Do not use the tool when the blades are
worn or damaged.
Take care to avoid hard objects (e.g. metal
wire, railings) when trimming. Should you
accidentally hit any such object, immediately
switch the tool off and check for any damage.
Should the tool start to vibrate abnormally,
immediately switch it off and check for any
damage.
If the tool stalls, immediately switch it off.
Unplug the tool before attempting to remove
any obstructions.
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After use, place the blade sheath supplied
over the blades. Store the tool, making sure
that the blade is not exposed.
Always ensure that all guards are fitted when
using the tool. Never attempt to use an
incomplete tool or a tool with unauthorised
modifications.
Never allow children to use the tool.
Additional safety instructions for Australia and
New Zealand
◆ This appliance is not intended for use by
young or infirm persons without supervision.
Children must be supervised to ensure they do
not play with the appliance.
◆ If the supply cord is damaged, it must be
replaced by the manufacturer or an authorised
Black & Decker Service Centre in order to
avoid a hazard.
ELECTRICAL SAFETY
The electric motor has been designed for one
voltage only. Always check that the power supply
corresponds to the voltage on the rating plate.
This tool is double insulated; therefore no
earth wire is required.
Mains plug replacement (U.K. & Ireland only)
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Should your mains plug need replacing and
you are competent to do this, proceed as
instructed below. If you are in doubt,
contact an authorised repair agent or a
qualified electrician.
Disconnect the plug from the supply and
remove the fuse from the plug.
Cut off the plug and dispose of it safely; a plug
with bared copper conductors is dangerous if
engaged in a live socket outlet.
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Only fit 13 Amperes BS1363A approved plugs
fitted with the correctly rated fuse (1).
The cable wire colours, or a letter, will be
marked at the connection points of most good
quality plugs. Attach the wires to their respective
points in the plug (see above). Brown is for
Live (L) (2), blue is for Neutral (N) (4).
Before replacing the top cover of the mains
plug ensure that the cable restraint (3) is
holding the outer sheath of the cable firmly
and that the leads are correctly fixed at the
terminal screws.
If the plug has a fuse cover, make sure that the
fuse cover is fitted. Do not use the plug if the
fuse cover is missing or damaged.
Never use a light socket.
Using an extension cable
Always use an approved extension cable suitable
for the power input of this tool (see technical
data). The extension cable must be suitable for
outdoor use and marked accordingly. When using
a cable reel, always unwind the cable completely.
Cable connection system
Black & Decker continually makes every effort to
achieve the highest standards in performance,
quality and reliability. We recommend the use of a
new outdoor cable connection system, which
gives additional protection against the possibility
of water or moisture entering into the cable
connector during normal use.
The new connection system does not
release the operator of the tool from the
safety precautions and safe working
practices given in the manual.
Particular attention is drawn to the fact
that this connection system is ‘weather
resistant’, but not suitable for immersion,
submersion or being subjected to water
jets. Take care to prevent the cable from
lying in or trailing through pools of water
or from splashing with hose pipes.
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The following items are available:
A6615 20 m cable, socket, 13 Amp plug
A6616 20 m cable, socket, 13 Amp plug and
Cable Tidy frame
A6617 30 m cable, socket, 13 Amp plug and
Cable Tidy frame
A6613 40 m cable, socket, 13 Amp plug and
Cable Tidy reel
Existing cable systems
Your tool either comes with a cable attached
(the cat. no. ends with a C) or with a male connector
built into the tool. If you already own an outdoor
cable system with the old female connector shown
below, we recommend that you replace this
connector with the new female connector, which is
available from most major DIY outlets and from
Black & Decker service centres (cat. no. A6624S).
old female connector
new female connector
Follow the instructions supplied with the connector.
If in doubt, consult a qualified electrician.
Existing outdoor tools
To connect existing Black & Decker outdoor tools
to the new system, you will need an adaptor (see
below), which is available as an accessory from
most major DIY outlets and from Black & Decker
service centres (cat. no. A6623S).
This adaptor is only suitable for products
rated up to 500 W. It is not recommended
for use with hover mowers, rotary mowers
with grass collection, chainsaws, shredders
and blower vacs. Please contact your local
service centre if you need further advice.
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Fitting your own extension cable
◆ When making your own extension cable, fit a
13 Amp plug to one end of the cable
(see “Mains plug replacement”) and a female
connector to the other end. For wiring
instructions, see those supplied with the
female connector.
◆ A male connector (see below) is already
attached to the power supply cable on your
tool. It is non-rewireable and should not be
removed. If the connector is damaged and
needs replacement, take the tool to a
Black & Decker service centre.
female connector
male connector
Never wire an extension cable with
anything other than the female connector
supplied and a 13 Amp BS1363A
approved plug with the recommended
fuse. Never wire a male connector to the
extension cable. Never wire an extension
cable with a plug of any kind at each end
of the cable. This is extremely dangerous
and results in the pins being live, which
may cause a fatal electric shock.
CARTON CONTENTS
The carton contains:
1 Hedgetrimmer
1 Blade sheath
1 Guard
2 Screws
1 Instruction manual
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Carefully unpack all parts.
Please note that additional items may be found
in the carton, depending on the letter suffix
following the catalogue number of your tool.
OVERVIEW (fig. A)
1. Front handle switch
2. Trigger switch
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Front handle
Guard
Blade
Blade sheath
ASSEMBLY
Before assembly, make sure that the tool
is switched off and unplugged.
Fit the blade sheath over the blades.
You will need a number 2 Posidrive screwdriver for
assembly.
Fitting the guard (fig. B)
◆ Place the guard (4) onto the tool as shown.
◆ Secure the guard using the two screws
supplied.
Never use the tool without the guard.
Connecting the tool to the mains (fig. C)
Unless the tool is fitted with a mains cable, you will
need to connect an extension cable to the power
inlet.
◆ Connect the female socket of a suitable
extension cable to the power inlet.
◆ Loop the extension cable through the cable
restraint (7) as shown to prevent it from
becoming detached during use.
◆ Insert the mains plug into a mains outlet.
The extension cable must be suitable for
outdoor use.
USE
Let the tool work at its own pace.
Do not overload.
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Carefully guide the cable in order to
avoid accidentally cutting it. A good
way to control the cable is by putting it
over your shoulder.
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Switching on and off (fig. A)
For your safety, this tool is equipped with a
double switching system. This system prevents
starting the tool inadvertently and will only allow
operation while holding the tool with both hands.
Switching on
◆ Squeeze both the front handle switch (1) and
the trigger switch (2).
Switching off
◆ Release the front handle switch (1) or the
trigger switch (2).
Guidelines for trimming (Australia & New Zealand)
◆ Trim hedges and shrubs with seasonal leaves
(new leaves every year) in December and March.
◆ Trim evergreens in September and February.
◆ Trim conifers and other fast growing shrubs
every six weeks from October until March.
MAINTENANCE
Your Black & Decker tool has been designed to
operate over a long period of time with a
minimum of maintenance. Continuous satisfactory
operation depends upon proper tool care and
regular cleaning.
Never attempt to lock a switch in the on
position.
Hints for optimum use
◆ Slightly tilt the tool (up to 15° relative to the
line of cut) so that the blade tips point slightly
towards the hedge (fig. D). This will cause the
blades to cut more effectively.
◆ Start by trimming the top of the hedge.
Hold the tool at the desired angle and move it
steadily along the line of cut. The double-sided
blade allows you to cut in either direction.
◆ In order to obtain a very straight cut, stretch a
piece of string along the length of the hedge
at the desired height. Use the string as a
guideline, cutting just above it.
◆ In order to obtain flat sides, cut upwards with
the growth. Younger stems move outwards
when the blade cuts downwards, causing
shallow patches in the hedge.
◆ Take care to avoid any foreign objects.
Especially avoid hard objects such as metal wire
and railings, as these could damage the blades.
◆ Regularly oil the blades.
Guidelines for trimming (UK & Ireland)
◆ Trim hedges and shrubs with seasonal leaves
(new leaves every year) in June and October.
◆ Trim evergreens in April and August.
◆ Trim conifers and other fast growing shrubs
every six weeks from May until October.
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Before performing any maintenance,
switch off and unplug the tool.
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After use, carefully clean the blades.
After cleaning, apply a film of light machine oil
to prevent the blades from rusting.
Regularly clean the ventilation slots in your tool
using a soft brush or dry cloth.
Regularly clean the motor housing using a
damp cloth. Do not use any abrasive or
solvent-based cleaner.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
Black & Decker provides a facility for
recycling Black & Decker products once
they have reached the end of their
working life. This service is provided free
of charge. To take advantage of this
service please return your product to any
authorised repair agent who will collect
them on our behalf.
You can check the location of your nearest
authorised repair agent by contacting your local
Black & Decker office at the address indicated in
this manual. Alternatively, a list of authorised
Black & Decker repair agents and full details of our
after-sales service and contacts are available on
the Internet at: www.2helpU.com.
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Technical data
Voltage
VAC
(Australia & New Zealand) VAC
Power input
W
(Australia & New Zealand) W
Blade strokes (no load) min-1
Blade length
cm
Blade gap
mm
Blade brake time
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Weight
kg
Voltage
(Australia & New Zealand)
Power input
(Australia & New Zealand)
Blade strokes (no load)
Blade length
Blade gap
Blade brake time
Weight
GT340
230
240
400
3,700
40
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< 0.5
2.3
VAC
VAC
W
W
min-1
cm
mm
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kg
GT350
230
240
400
800
3,700
51
16
< 0.5
2.5
GT360
230
240
400
3,700
63
16
< 0.5
2.7
GT41
230
240
400
3,700
40
16
< 0.5
2.3
GT460SXC
230
240
400
3,700
63
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< 0.5
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GUARANTEE
Black & Decker is confident of the quality of its
products and offers an outstanding guarantee.
This guarantee statement is in addition to and in
no way prejudices your statutory rights.
The guarantee is valid within the territories of the
Member States of the European Union and the
European Free Trade Area.
To claim on the guarantee, you will need to
submit proof of purchase to the seller or an
authorised repair agent. You can check the
location of your nearest authorised repair agent by
contacting your local Black & Decker office at the
address indicated in this manual. Alternatively,
a list of authorised Black & Decker repair agents
and full details of our after-sales service and
contacts are available on the Internet at:
www.2helpU.com.
OTHER OUTDOOR TOOLS
Black & Decker has a full range of outdoor power
tools that make life in the garden easy. If you
would like further information on the following
products, please contact our Service and
Information Centre (see the address page towards
the end of this manual) or your local Black & Decker
retailer.
String trimmers
Chainsaws
Cordless shear
Hedgetrimmers
Lawnmowers
Lawnrakers
Leafbusters
Shredders
Not all products are available in all countries.
If a Black & Decker product becomes defective
due to faulty materials, workmanship or lack of
conformity, within 24 months from the date of
purchase, Black & Decker guarantees to replace
defective parts, repair products subjected to fair
wear and tear or replace such products to ensure
minimum inconvenience to the customer unless:
◆ The product has been used for trade,
professional or hire purposes;
◆ The product has been subjected to misuse or
neglect;
◆ The product has sustained damage through
foreign objects, substances or accidents;
◆ Repairs have been attempted by others than
authorised repair agents or Black & Decker
service staff.
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Australia
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20 Fletcher Road, Mooroolbark,
Victoria, 3138
Tel. 03-8720 5100
Fax 03-9727 5940
New Zealand
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81 Hugo Johnston Drive
Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand
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United Kingdom
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