Black & Decker GT200 Series Instruction manual

Hedge Trimmer
GT200 Series
On your purchase of this hedgetrimmer from
Black & Decker. This trimmer has the following
features for your benefit:
• Full bale handle for comfort of use.
• Safety lock-off switch to prevent accidental starting.
• Front guard for user safety.
• Dual action blades for less vibration.
Instruction Manual
Safety instructions
Read all of this manual carefully, observing all
the recommended safety instructions before,
during and after using your machine. Maintain
your machine in good working order.
Familiarise yourself with the controls on your
machine before attempting to operate it,
but above all, be sure you know how to stop
your machine in an emergency. Retain this
manual and all other literature supplied with
your machine for future reference.
Warning! When using electric tools, basic
safety precautions should always be taken
to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and
personal injury. Read all of these instructions
before using the tool.
For safe operation:
• Keep the work area clean. Cluttered
areas and benches invite injuries.
• Consider work area environment.
Do not expose power tools to rain and
do not use power tools in damp or wet
locations. Keep the work area well lit.
Do not use power tools in the presence
of flammable liquids or gases.
• Guard against electric shock. Avoid
body contact with earthed or grounded
surfaces (e.g. pipes, radiators,
ranges, refrigerators).
• Keep children away. Do not let
visitors touch the tool or extension cord.
All visitors should be kept away from
work area.
• Store idle tools. When not in use, tools
should be stored in a dry, high or locked
place, out of reach of children.
• Do not force the tool. It will do the job
better and more safely at the rate for
which it was intended.
Use the right tool. Do not force small
tools or attachments to do the job of a
heavy duty tool. Do not use tools for
purposes not intended: for example,
do not use a circular saw to cut tree
limbs or logs.
Dress properly. Do not wear loose
clothing or jewellery as they can be
caught in moving parts. Rubber gloves
and non-skid footwear are recommended
when working outdoors. Make sure long
hair is kept out of the way.
Use safety glasses. Use a face or
dust mask as well if the cutting operation
is dusty.
Do not abuse the cord. Never carry the
tool by its cord or yank it to disconnect it
from the socket. Keep the cord away
from heat, oil and sharp edges.
Secure your work. Use clamps or a vice
to hold your work. It is safer than using
your hand and it frees both hands to
operate the tool.
Do not overreach. Keep proper footing
and balance at all times.
Maintain tools with care. Keep tools
sharp and clean for better and safer
performance. Follow instructions for
lubricating and changing accessories.
Inspect tool cords periodically and if
damaged have repaired by an authorised
service facility. Inspect extension cords
periodically and replace if damaged.
Keep handles dry, clean and free from oil
and grease.
Disconnect tools. Disconnect when
not in use, before servicing and when
changing accessories such as blades,
bits and cutters. Pull plug before
carrying out any adjustment, servicing
or maintenance.
Remove adjusting keys and wrenches.
Form the habit of checking to see that
keys and adjusting wrenches are removed
from the tool before switching it on.
Avoid unintentional starting. Do not
carry a plugged-in tool with a finger on
the switch. Ensure the switch is off when
plugging in.
Use outdoor extension cords. When a
tool is used outdoors, use only
extension cords intended for outdoor use
and so marked.
• Stay alert. Watch what you are doing.
Use common sense. Do not operate
when you are tired.
• Connect dust extraction equipment.
If devices are provided for the connection
of dust extraction and collection facilities,
ensure these are connected and
properly used.
• Check damaged parts. Before further use
of the tool, a guard or other part that is
damaged should be carefully checked to
determine whether 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 its
operation. A guard or other part that is
damaged should be properly repaired or
replaced by an authorised service centre
unless otherwise indicated in this
instruction manual. Have defective
switches replaced by an authorised service
centre. Do not use the tool if the switch
does not turn it on and off.
Warning! The use of any accessory or
attachment, other than recommended in this
instruction manual, may present a risk of
personal injury.
• Have your tool repaired by a
qualified person.
• This electrical appliance is in accordance
with the relevant safety rules. Repairs
should only be carried out by qualified
persons using original spare parts,
otherwise considerable danger to the
user may result.
• Never allow children or persons who are
unfamiliar with this type of machine to
use it, nor anyone who has not read
this leaflet.
• Do not allow children, animals or other
persons near your machine when in use
- always keep them at least 6m (20ft)
away from the cutting area.
• Remember that the operator/user is
responsible for accidents or hazards
occurring to other people or their property.
• Your machine is designed for use on AC
(mains) electrical supplies only - do not
attempt to use on any other supply.
Plug your machine into a power point never a lighting socket.
Never carry your machine by the cable or
jerk the cable to separate the connectors.
Keep the cable away from heat sources,
oils or sharp edges. Check the condition
of your cable before use and do not use
if damaged.
We recommend a first time user should
get informed, practical instruction on
how to use a hedgetrimmer, as well as
reading this manual.
• To protect your feet, always wear stout
shoes or boots.
• Use protective equipment. Wear safety
spectacles or goggles and heavy duty
gloves whilst operating your machine.
• Use a face mask if dusty.
• Use ear protection if the sound level seems
uncomfortable when using your machine.
• Protect long hair from contact with
the hedgetrimmer.
• Do not operate your machine barefoot or
in open sandals.
• Do not wear loose jewellery.
Clothes should be close fitting, but not
restrict your movement.
The power supply cable should be
regularly inspected for signs of
damage or ageing, and only used if in
good condition.
Always keep the power supply cable
away from the blades - be aware of its
position at all times.
Always be sure your machine is in a safe
operating condition.
Before using your machine, disconnect
it from the electrical supply and visually
check that the blade fixings are secure.
A damaged blade or loose blade nuts are
a major hazard and must be replaced.
Ensure hedges etc. are free from foreign
objects such as railings or barbed wire
which may damage your machine. Avoid
dangerous starting, do not carry your
hedgetrimmer to the hedge plugged in.
• Always ensure that you work in such a
way that the cable is kept away from
the blades.
• Release switch lever to turn machine off
and remove the plug from the mains:
• Whenever you leave your machine
• Before checking, cleaning, adjusting,
unjamming blades or working on
the machine.
• If the machine starts to vibrate
abnormally (check immediately).
• After striking a foreign object.
Inspect the machine for damage
and make repairs as necessary.
• Never attempt to stop the blades.
Always allow them to stop on their own.
• Do not put hands or feet near blades.
• Start your machine carefully according to
the instructions and with your body well
away from the blades.
• Do not use your machine in the rain and
do not allow it to get wet. Avoid using the
machine in wet conditions.
• Use your machine only in daylight or
good artificial light.
• Always be sure of your footing,
particularly on slopes and always wear
non-slip footwear.
• Walk, never run. Do not force the machine.
Never operate the machine with
defective or missing guards or shields.
Maintenance and storage
• Store your machine in a dry place when
not in use, out of the reach of children.
• Do not use solvents or cleaning fluids to
clean your machine. Always disconnect
from the electrical supply before cleaning.
• Do not operate your machine if any parts
are defective; discard all defective parts
and fit new parts before use.
• Keep all nuts, bolts and screws tight
to be sure your machine is in a safe
working condition.
• Use only Black & Decker recommended
replacement parts and accessories.
Black & Decker policy is one of continuous
improvement to their product and as such they
reserve the right to change product specification
without prior notice.
Double insulation
Your machine is double insulated. This
means that all external metal parts are
electrically isolated from the power supply.
This is achieved by placing an extra
insulation barrier between the electrical and
mechanical parts. Double insulation means
greater electrical safety and obviates the
necessity of having the machine earthed.
Electrical safety (UK only)
Your machine should always be switched off
at the mains before disconnecting any plug
and socket connector or extension cables.
Fuse replacement
If your machine is supplied with cable fitted
with a non-re-wireable plug.
• The plug is fitted with a 5 amp fuse
which is the recommended fuse for
your machine.
• Only use replacement fuses which are
approved to BS1362.
• When changing the fuse in your plug,
always ensure the fuse cover is refitted.
If the fuse cover is missing or damaged
do not use the plug.
Note: Fuses do not give personal protection
against electric shock.
Plug replacement
• Disconnect the plug from the supply.
• Cut off the plug and dispose of
immediately. Insertion of a detatched
plug into a 13 amp socket outlet may
result in electric shock.
• Only fit BS1363A approved plugs fitted
with the correctly rated fuse.
Fit a
Fit a 5 amp
fuse approved
to BS1362
Connect blue
to N (neutral)
Connect brown
to L (live)
Make sure that the
outer sheath of the
cable is held firmly
by the clamp
Never use a
light socket
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)
and blue is for “Neutral” (N).
• Before replacing the top cover of the
mains plug ensure that the cable restraint
is holding the outer sheath on the cable
firmly and that the two leads are correctly
fixed at the terminal screws.
Warning! Never connect live or neutral wires
to the earth pin marked “E” or
Note: Do not wire an extension cable
directly into your machine yourself.
Instead, take your machine to your
nearest Black & Decker service centre.
Increased safety can be obtained by having
a qualified electrician install a high sensitivity
(30mA) circuit breaker in the house wiring.
If you do not wish to have one installed,
then we strongly recommend that the
electrical power to the machine be supplied
through a high sensitivity residual current
device (RCD). The RCD is designed to
provide a high degree of personal protection
against harmful electric current should fault
conditions occur.
Warning! The use of an RCD or other circuit
breaker unit does not release the operator of
the machine from the safety instructions and
safe working practices given in this manual.
We recommend that if your mains cable
is cut or requires replacement that you
return your machine to a Black & Decker
service centre. When repaired, your
machine will be tested for electrical safety.
Cable connection system (UK only)
Black & Decker continually make every effort to
achieve the highest standards in performance,
quality and reliability and recommend the use of a
new outdoor cable connection system.
The new system gives additional protection against
the possibility of water or moisture entering into the
cable connector during normal use.
Note: The new connection system does not release
the operator of the machine from the safety
precautions and safe working practices given in the
instruction leaflet. Particular attention is drawn to the
coupler system as being ‘weather resistant’ and not
suitable for immersion, submersion or being
subjected to water jets. Care should be taken to
prevent the cable from lying or trailing through pools
of water or from splashing with hose pipes.
A6615 20m cable, socket, 13 amp plug
A6616 20m cable, socket, 13 amp plug and cable
tidy frame
A6617 30m cable, socket, 13 amp plug and cable
tidy frame
A6613 40m cable, socket, 13 amp plug and cable
tidy reel
Existing cable systems (UK only)
If you already own an outdoor cable system,
we recommend that you replace the existing
‘female’ cable connector with the new ‘female’
connector (see below) which is supplied loose in
the carton. (Please read the section entitled
“Fitting the ‘female’ connector”.)
old ‘female’ connector
new ‘female’ connector
Should you wish to convert more than one cable
system, the new female connector is available as
an accessory from most major DIY retail outlets
and from Black & Decker service centres (cat. no.
A6624S). If in doubt, consult a qualified electrician.
Existing powered garden tools
(UK only)
To connect existing Black & Decker garden power
tools to the new system you will require an adaptor
(see below). This is available as an accessory from
most major DIY retail outlets (cat. no. A6623S).
Warning! This adaptor is only suitable for
products rated up to 500W. It is not
recommended for use with the following:
Hover mowers, rotary mowers with grass
collection, chainsaws, shredders and blower
vacs. Please contact your local service
centre should you require further advice.
Fitting your own extension cable
(UK only)
• When fitting your own extension cable fit a
13 amp plug (see “fitting the mains plug”)
to one end of the cable and a ‘female’ connector
(supplied loose in the carton) to the other end
(see below). For wiring instructions see the
following sections.
A ‘male’ connector is already attached to the
electrical supply cable on your machine and is
designed to be non-rewireable (see below).
This should not be removed. Should the
cable and plug become damaged or need
replacing, please return the machine to your
Black & Decker service centre.
‘female’ connector
‘male’ connector
Warning! 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 your extension
cable and 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.
The extension cable contains two wires which are
colour coded for easy recognition; brown is for
‘Live’ (L) and blue is for ‘Neutral’ (N). The female
connector is marked ‘L’ for live and ‘N’ for neutral.
These markings are located inside the body near the
terminal screws (see next page, figure a). With the
connector cover removed, lift out the cable protector
and proceed as follows:
• Pass the cable through from the narrow end of
the cable protector (see opposite, figure a).
• Prepare the cable ends to the specified strip
lengths (see opposite, figure b).
• Remove cable clamp (see opposite, figure a).
Take care of loose parts.
• To connect the extension cable to the connector
terminals, unscrew the terminal screws until the
clamp washers have lifted just enough to enter
the conductor between the raised washer and
the terminal (see below). Connect the brown lead
to ‘L’ and the blue lead to ‘N’.
N.B. There is no need to remove the terminal
screws. Connections are not to be made under
the screw heads.
terminal screw
washer conductor
position to left of screw
Fitting the ‘female’ connector
(UK only)
To remove the cover, unscrew the fixing screw until it
is free of the nut which is located in the hexagonal
recess on the underside of the connector. Take care
not to lose the nut if it falls out. There is no need to
completely remove the fixing screw as it is intended
to remain captive in the cover. The cover can now be
removed by applying pressure as shown below.
pressure here
Locate the cable and cable protector into the
body correctly (see below, figure a). Then fit the
cable clamp over the outer sheath of the cable
and screw down until the screws are fully home.
Failure to do this may result in the cover not
fitting correctly to the connector body.
Before replacing the cover of the ‘female’
connector make sure that the cable clamp is
holding the outer sheath of the cable firmly with
screws fully home and that the two leads are
correctly fixed at the terminal screws and are not
taut (see next page, figure a).
Place the cover onto the body assembly
ensuring that it seats flat, then retighten the fixing
screw into the nut until the cover is securely held
(see next page, figure c).
Finally check that the cable protector is secure
and that there are no gaps between the cover
and the connector body.
terminal screws
clamping washers
connector body
fixing screw
Assembly instructions
• To avoid risk of injury, it is advisable to leave the
blades in their cardboard cover until the front
handle has been fitted.
You will need a No 2 Posidrive screwdriver.
Fitting the front handle
(Please see diagram 2)
• Clamp the handle (1) into the recesses (2) on the
side of the unit.
Pass the large screws (3) through the handle into
the body, and tighten.
Fitting the guard
(Please see diagram 3)
• Slide the guard over the length of the blade and
locate onto the recesses on the side of the body.
Insert the two guard fixing screws through the
sides of the guard into the unit body and tighten.
Note: The guard and handle must always be fitted to
the unit for protection of the user.
Operation of your hedgetrimmer
(Please refer to diagram 4)
• Models with lock-off switch:
• Press in lock-off button (A) and squeeze the
trigger (B)
Release the trigger.
For units with a brake mechanism:
The motor may start momentarily before
the blades begin to move. By fully depressing
the switch trigger, drive to the blades will
be connected and then the blades will begin
to move.
The motor may run on after the blades have
stopped. This is perfectly normal.
Electronic (Please see diagram 5)
• Models with electronic speed control:
Alter the speed to suit the application Low speed for light trimming.
High speed for fast hedge trimming.
Switch off before changing speed settings.
The speed of the blades can be adjusted from High
speed to Low speed by rotating the control knob.
Low speed is obtained when No. 1 on the knob
is visible.
High speed is obtained when No. 2 on the knob
is visible.
Cutting techniques for better results
(Please see diagrams 6.1 to 6.5)
• The blades will cut most effectively when they are
not exactly parallel with the line of cut, but have
the tips of the blades pointing slightly towards
the hedge. This lateral tilt should not exceed 50 to
the line of cut.
• Most users trim the top of a hedge first. Hold the
tool at the desired angle and move it steadily
along the line of cut. The double edged blade
enables you to cut in either direction or with a
side to side movement.
• For a very level finish, a piece of string can be
stretched along the length of the hedge at the
required height to serve as a guide. The hedge
may be cut just above the string.
• To keep very flat sides it is better to cut upwards
with the growth. Cutting downwards can
produce an uneven result.
• Take care to avoid hard objects, such as wire,
which could cause damage to cutting blades.
Remember that your hedgetrimmer is also suitable
for clipping most shrubs or brambles.
Failure to work
If your hedgetrimmer does not work, unplug it
and check:
• The power point (try another tool or appliance).
• The plug and its fuse.
• The plug and socket connections.
If in doubt get help from a qualified electrician,
or visit your Black & Decker service centre.
Care and maintenance
• Switch off and disconnect from power supply
before cleaning or adjusting your machine.
For best performance, keep the blades and air
slots in the motor housing clean. Use a cloth or
brush to remove cuttings, sap or other debris.
Prevent the blades from rusting by applying a film
of light machine oil after cleaning.
Plastic parts may be cleaned by using a
non abrasive cleaner and a cloth dampened with
warm water.
Do not immerse any part of the hedgetrimmer
in water.
Avoid all other types of detergents, cleaners or
solvents. These may contain chemicals that
could seriously damage the plastic. Do not spray
the hedgetrimmer with water, and do not allow
water to enter the hedgetrimmer.
After cleaning the tool can be stored in its
packaging for protection.
Self lubricating bearings are used in the tool and
lubrication is not required.
What to do if your hedgetrimmer
needs repair
Information on how and where to send your hedgetrimmer for repair or service is given on the reverse
of the parts diagram included with your product.
We recommend you keep this in a safe place.
Australia/New Zealand: See Black & Decker under
‘Tools electric’ in your yellow pages.
Black & Decker lawn and
garden guarantee
This guarantee provides: 36 months parts cover
and 12 months labour (UK), 24 months parts
cover and labour (Australia) and 12 months
replacement product cover (New Zealand).
In all cases proof of purchase will be required.
If your Black & Decker product becomes defective,
within the guarantee period, due to faulty materials
and workmanship, we guarantee to either replace all
defective parts, or at our discretion, replace the unit
free of charge, provided that:
• The product is returned to us or our authorised
repairers with evidence of purchase.
• The product has been used within the
parameters of its consumer classification.
• The product has not been used for
hire purposes.
• Repairs have not been attempted by
anyone other than our own service staff or
authorised repairers.
• The failure represents normal wear and tear.
This guarantee is offered as an extra benefit and is
additional to your statutory rights.
The guarantee policy
Failures due to the following are not covered:
• Replacing worn or damaged blades, nylon line
and chains, or cords damaged during storage or
use. These are regarded as replacement items
which wear during normal usage.
• Failures as a result of sudden impact or
obvious abuse.
• Failures due to usage not in accordance with
instructions and recommendations contained in
the instruction manual.
The use of other than genuine Black & Decker
accessories and parts may damage or reduce the
performance of you Black & Decker product and
may render the guarantee void.
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Unwanted products and
the environment
Should you find one day that your product
needs replacement, or is of no further
use to you, think of the protection of the
environment. Black & Decker service centres
will accept your old products and will dispose
of them in an environmentally safe way.
Black & Decker offers a nationwide after sales service
through company operated service centres. It is our
aim to offer excellent service, fast repairs, extensive
parts availability and full accessory support.
If you need any help or advice please contact
your local Black & Decker service centre manager.
Full details of our unique after sales service can
be obtained from any of our service centres
(a full directory is printed on the reverse of the parts
drawing included with your product).
Australia/New Zealand: See Black & Decker under
‘Tools electric’ in your yellow pages.
Other Black & Decker products
Black & Decker has a full range of outdoor power
tools that make life easy in the garden. If you would
like further information on other products,
please contact the Black & Decker service
information centre at the address on the back
cover, or contact your Black & Decker stockist.
Other products include (UK only):
Lawn mowers
Hedge trimmers
Grass trimmers
Compost shredders
Blower vacs
EC Declaration of Conformity
We declare that units:
GT200, GT201, GT220, GT221, GT230, GT231,
GT233, GT240, GT241, GT243, GT331, GT334,
GT341, GT344, HT22, HT23, HT33, HT40,
GT430, GT440, GT150
conform to 89/392/EEC, 89/336/EEC,
EN50144, EN55014, EN55104, 73/23/EEC
A weighted sound pressure 91dB (A)
A weighted sound power 104dB (A)
Hand/arm weighted vibration <2.5m/s2
Brian Cooke
Director of Engineering
Spennymoor, County Durham DL16 6JG, United Kingdom
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