Black & Decker 1VPX Instruction manual

New Zealand
Intended use
Your Black & Decker cordless hand-held saw has been
designed for sawing wood and sheet metal. This tool is
intended for consumer use only.
Safety instructions
General power tool safety warnings
Warning! Read all safety warnings and all
! instructions. Failure to follow all instructions may
result in electric shock, fire and/or serious injury.
Save all warnings and instructions for future reference.
The term "power tool" in all of the warnings listed below
refers to your mains operated (corded) power tool or battery
operated (cordless) power tool.
1. Work area safety
a. Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered and dark
areas invite accidents.
b. Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres,
such as in the presence of flammable liquids, gases or
dust. Power tools create sparks which may ignite the dust or
c. Keep children and bystanders away while operating a
power tool. Distractions can cause you to lose control.
2. Electrical safety
a. Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Never modify
the plug in any way. Do not use any adapter plugs with
earthed (grounded) power tools. Unmodified plugs and
matching outlets will reduce risk of electric shock.
b. Avoid body contact with earthed or grounded surfaces
such as pipes, radiators, ranges and refrigerators. There
is an increased risk of electric shock if your body is earthed or
c. Do not expose power tools to rain or wet conditions.
Water entering a power tool will increase the risk of electric
d. Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord for carrying,
pulling or unplugging the power tool. Keep cord away
from heat, oil, sharp edges or moving parts. Damaged or
entangled cords increase the risk of electric shock.
e. When operating a power tool outdoors, use an
extension cord suitable for outdoor use. Use of a cord
suitable for outdoor use reduces the risk of electric shock.
f. If operating a power tool in a damp location is
unavoidable, use a residual current device (RCD)
protected supply. Use of an RCD reduces the risk of
electric shock.
3. Personal safety
a. Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common
sense when operating a power tool. Do not use a power
tool while you are tired or under the influence of drugs,
alcohol or medication. A moment of inattention while
operating power tools may result in serious personal injury.
b. Use personal protective equipment. Always wear eye
protection. Protective equipment such as dust mask, nonskid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing protection used for
appropriate conditions will reduce personal injuries.
c. Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure the switch is in
the off-position before connecting to power source and/
or battery pack, picking up or carrying the tool. Carrying
power tools with your finger on the switch or energising
power tools that have the switch on invites accidents.
d. Remove any adjusting key or wrench before turning the
power tool on. A wrench or a key left attached to a rotating
part of the power tool may result in personal injury.
e. Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at all
times. This enables better control of the power tool in
unexpected situations.
f. Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewellery.
Keep your hair, clothing and gloves away from moving
parts. Loose clothes, jewellery or long hair can be caught in
moving parts.
g. If devices are provided for the connection of dust
extraction and collection facilities, ensure these are
connected and properly used. Use of these devices can
reduce dust related hazards
4. Power tool use and care
a. Do not force the power tool. Use the correct power tool
for your application. The correct power tool will do the job
better and safer at the rate for which it was designed.
b. Do not use the power tool if the switch does not turn it
on and off. Any power tool that cannot be controlled with the
switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
c. Disconnect the plug from the power source and/or the
battery pack from the power tool before making any
adjustments, changing accessories, or storing power
tools. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of
starting the power tool accidentally.
d. Store idle power tools out of the reach of children and
do not allow persons unfamiliar with the power tool or
these instructions to operate the power tool. Power tools
are dangerous in the hands of untrained users.
e. Maintain power tools. Check for misalignment or
binding of moving parts, breakage of parts and any
other condition that may affect the power tools
operation. If damaged, have the power tool repaired
before use. Many accidents are caused by poorly
maintained power tools.
Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly maintained
cutting tools with sharp cutting edges are less likely to bind
and are easier to control.
g. Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits etc. in
accordance with these instructions, taking into account
the working conditions and the work to be performed.
Use of the power tool for operations different from those
intended could result in a hazardous situation.
5. Battery tool use and care
a. Recharge only with the charger specified by the
manufacturer. A charger that is suitable for one type of
battery pack may create a risk of fire when used with
another battery pack.
b. Use power tools only with specifically designated
battery packs. Use of any other battery packs may
create a risk of injury and fire.
c. When battery pack is not in use, keep it away from
other metal objects, like paper clips, coins, keys,
nails, screws or other small metal objects, that can
make a connection from one terminal to another.
Shorting the battery terminals together may cause
burns or a fire.
d. Under abusive conditions, liquid may be ejected
from the battery; avoid contact. If contact
accidentally occurs, flush with water. If liquid
contacts eyes, additionally seek medical help. Liquid
ejected from the battery may cause irritation or burns.
6. Service
a. Have your power tool serviced by a qualified repair
person using only identical replacement parts. This will
make sure that the safety of the power tool is maintained.
Additional power tool safety warnings
Warning! Additional safety warnings for cordless
! hand-held saws.
Hold the tool by the insulated gripping surfaces when
performing an operation where the cutting tool may
contact hidden wiring or its own cord. Contact with a
"live" wire will make exposed metal parts of the tool "live"
and shock the operator.
Use clamps or another practical way to secure and
support the workpiece to a stable platform. Holding the
work by hand or against your body leaves it unstable and
may lead to loss of control.
Keep hands away from cutting area. Never reach
underneath the work piece any reason. Do not insert
fingers or thumb into the vicinity of the reciprocating blade
and blade clamp.
Keep blades sharp. Dull or damaged blades may cause
the saw to swerve or stall under pressure. Always use the
appropriate type of saw blade for the workpiece material
and type of cut.
When cutting pipe or conduit, make sure that they are free
from water, electrical wiring, etc.
Do not touch the workpiece or the blade immediately after
operating the tool. They can become very hot.
Be aware of hidden hazards, before cutting into walls,
floors or ceilings, check for the location of wiring and pipes.
The blade will continue to move after releasing the switch.
Always switch the tool off and wait for the saw blade to
come to a complete standstill before putting the tool down.
Warning! Contact with, or inhalation of dusts arising from
cutting applications may endanger the health of the operator
and possible bystanders. Wear a dust mask specifically
designed for protection against dust and fumes and ensure that
persons within or entering the work area are also protected.
This tool is not intended for use by persons (including
children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental
capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge,
unless they have been given supervision or instruction
concerning use of the appliance by a person
responsible for their safety. Children should be
supervised to ensure that they do not play with the
The intended use is described in this instruction manual.
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 and/or damage to property
The declared vibration emission values stated in the
technical data and the declaration of conformity have been
measured in accordance with a standard test method
provided by EN 60745 and may be used for comparing one
tool with another. The declared vibration emission value may
also be used in a preliminary assessment of exposure.
Warning! The vibration emission value during actual use of
the power tool can differ from the declared value depending
on the ways in which the tool is used. The vibration level may
increase above the level stated.
When assessing vibration exposure to determine safety
measures required by 2002/44/EC to protect persons
regularly using power tools in employment, an estimation of
vibration exposure should consider, the actual conditions of
use and the way the tool is used, including taking account of
all parts of the operating cycle such as the times when the
tool is switched off and when it is running idle in addition to
the trigger time.
Electrical safety
Labels on tools
Warning! To reduce the risk of injury, the user must
read the instruction manual.
Additional safety instructions for batteries and chargers
Never attempt to open for any reason.
Do not expose the battery to water.
Do not store in locations where the temperature may
exceed 40 °C.
Charge only at ambient temperatures between 10 °C
and 40 °C.
Charge only using the chargers provided with the tool.
When disposing of batteries, follow the instructions
given in the section "Protecting the environment".
Use your Black & Decker charger only to charge the
battery with which it was supplied. Other batteries could
burst, causing personal injury and damage.
Never attempt to charge non-rechargeable batteries.
Have defective cords replaced immediately.
Do not expose the charger to water.
Do not open the charger.
Do not probe the charger.
The charger is intended for indoor use only.
Read the instruction manual before use.
The charger automatically shuts off if the
ambient temperature becomes too high. As
soon as the ambient temperature has cooled
down, the charger will resume operating.
Charge only at ambient temperatures between
10 °C and 40 °C.
This tool is double insulated; therefore no earth
wire is required. Always check that the power
supply corresponds to the voltage on the rating
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.
Lock-off switch
On/off trigger switch
Blade clamp lever
Installing the battery pack (fig. A)
Warning! Make certain that the lock-off button is engaged to
prevent switch actuation before removing or installing
Insert the metal terminal end of the battery pack (7) into
the battery compartment until you hear the lock click into
place and the VPXTM logo shows through the window.
Warning! The battery will only fit one way, do not force it. If
the battery does not fit, remove it and put it in the other way.
Removing the battery pack:
Press the release button (6) and firmly pull the battery
pack out of the battery compartment.
Charging the batteries (fig. B)
Warning! Do not charge the battery at ambient
temperatures below 10 °C or above 40 °C.
Note: The charger will not charge a battery pack if the cell
temperature is below approximately 0° C or above 60° C.
The battery pack should be left in the charger and the
charger will begin to charge automatically when the cell
temperature warms up or cools down.
Plug in the charger (8) and switch on at the mains.
Insert the battery pack (7) into the charger. Make sure
that the battery pack is fully seated in the charger (8).
The charging indicator (9) will flash continuously
Leave the battery to charge for at least 5 to 6 hours.
The charge is complete when the charging indicator (9)
lights continuously
The charger and the battery pack can be left connected
indefinitely with the LED illuminated. The LED will
change to flashing (charging) state, as the charger
occasionally “tops off“ the battery charge.
The charging indicator (9) will be lit as long as the
battery pack is connected to the plugged-in charger.
Charge discharged batteries within 1 week. Battery life
will be greatly diminished if stored in a discharged state.
Charge indicators
If the charger detects a problem with a battery pack, the
charge indicator (9) will flash at a fast rate.
If this occurs, re-insert the battery pack (7).
If the problem persists, put a different battery pack in the
charger to determine if the charger is OK.
If the new pack charges correctly, then the original pack
is defective and should be returned to a service centre
for recycling.
If the new battery pack gives the same indication as the
original, take the charger to be tested at an authorized
service centre.
Note: It may take as long as fifteen minutes to determine that
the pack is defective.
If the battery pack is too hot or too cold, the LED will
alternately blink fast and slow, one flash at each speed and
Daisy chain (fig. C)
Black & Decker single and dual port VPX battery chargers
can be electrically connected in any order up to a maximum
of 4 chargers. Each charger has a power-in cord (10) which
plugs into the electrical outlet and a power-out cord (11)
which plugs into the next charger.
To connect chargers in a daisy chain:
Plug the power-in cord (10) into an electrical outlet.
Remove the power-in cord from the next charger and
plug in the power-out cord (11) from the charger that is
now plugged into the outlet.
Repeat this process for the remaining chargers.
Chargers that are daisy chained together operate
independently as though each one was plugged into a
separate outlet, therefore a battery can be removed from
anywhere along the daisy chain without affecting the other
Switching on and off (fig. D)
The tool is equipped with a switch lock-off feature to prevent
unintentional operation.
To operate the tool, slide the switch lock-off button (1) to
the back and hold it as you pull the on/off trigger
switch (2).
When the tool is running, release the switch lock-off
button (1). The tool will continue to run while the on/off
trigger switch (2) is pressed.
To turn the tool off, release the on/off trigger switch (2).
There is no provision for locking the tool in the on
Hold the saw firmly with one or both hands while cutting.
Whenever possible, the saw shoe must be held firmly
against the material being cut. This will prevent the saw
from jumping or vibrating and minimize blade breakage.
Fitting the saw blade (fig. E)
Your saw accepts both T-shank and universal shank jig saw
blades. 1 mm or thicker blade recommended.
Warning! Recently used blades may be hot.
Hold the saw blade (5) securely. If the saw blade is fitted
with a tooth protector, leave it attached while fitting the
Push down on the blade clamp release lever (3) to
release the blade clamping mechanism.
Insert the shank of the saw blade (5) into the blade holder
as far as it will go.
Release the blade clamp lever (3) to lock the blade
clamping mechanism.
Remove the tooth protector, if fitted.
To remove a blade from the saw:
Push down on the blade clamp release lever (3) to its full
open position.
Remove the blade (5).
Release the blade clamp release lever (3).
Let the blade run freely for a few seconds before starting
the cut.
Apply only a gentle pressure to the tool while performing
the cut.
If possible, work with the shoe (4) pressed against the
workpiece. This will improve tool control and reduce tool
vibration, as well as prevent the blade from being
Cut only with sharp blades; they cut cleaner, faster and
put less strain on the motor while cutting.
For longer blade life, use bi-metal blades. They are
more flexible and less prone to breaking.
Hints for optimum use
Sawing wood
Warning! Use extra caution when cutting overhead and pay
particular attention to overhead wires which may be hidden
from view. Anticipate the path of falling branches and debris
ahead of time.
Warning! Inspect the work site for hidden gas pipes, water
pipes, or electrical wires before making blind or plunge cuts.
Failure to do so may result in explosion, property damage,
electric shock, and/or serious personal injury.
Clamp the workpiece securely and remove all nails and
metal objects. Holding the work by hand or against your
body leaves it unstable and may lead to loss of control.
Place the shoe firmly against the work to be cut.
Let the blade run freely for a few seconds before starting
the cut.
Whenever possible, work with the shoe (4) pressed
against the workpiece. This will improve tool control and
reduce tool vibration, as well as prevent the blade from
being damaged.
Sawing metal
Be aware that sawing metal takes much more time than
sawing wood.
Use a saw blade suitable for sawing metal. Use a fine-tooth
saw blade for ferrous metals and a coarser saw blade for
non-ferrous metals.
When cutting thin sheet metal, clamp a piece of scrap wood
to the back surface of the workpiece and cut through this
Spread a film of oil along the intended line of cut.
When cutting metal piping, do not cut directly through
the pipe as you would saw a wooden dowel. Instead, cut
around the circumference of the pipe to avoid pinching
the blade. Only one section of the blade should be in
contact with the pipe.
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.
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.
Never let any liquid get inside the tool and never
immerse any part of the tool into liquid.
Mains plug replacement (U.K. & Ireland only)
If a new mains plug needs to be fitted:
Safely dispose of the old plug.
Connect the brown lead to the live terminal in the new
Connect the blue lead to the neutral terminal.
Warning! No connection is to be made to the earth terminal.
Follow the fitting instructions supplied with good quality
plugs. Recommended fuse: 5 A.
Pocket cutting - wood only
Pocket cutting is used to cut a hole in a piece of material
without cutting from the side.
Measure and mark the required pocket cut.
Fit a saw blade suitable for pocket cutting.
Rest the shoe (4) on the workpiece in such a position that
the blade forms an appropriate angle for the pocket cut.
Switch on the tool and slowly feed the blade into the
workpiece. Make sure that the shoe (4) remains in contact
with the workpiece at all times.
Warning! Do not use the tool while in a tree, on a ladder or on
any other unstable surface. Be aware of where the branch will
Cut downward and away from your body.
Make the cut close to the main branch or tree body.
Protecting the environment
Separate collection. This product must not be
disposed of with normal household waste.
Should you find one day that your Black & Decker product
needs replacement, or if it is of no further use to you, do not
dispose of it with household waste. Make this product
available for separate collection.
Separate collection of used products and packaging
allows materials to be recycled and used again. Reuse of recycled materials helps prevent
environmental pollution and reduces the demand
for raw materials.
Local regulations may provide for separate collection of
electrical products from the household, at municipal waste
sites or by the retailer when you purchase a new product.
Black & Decker provides a facility for the collection and
recycling of Black & Decker products once they have
reached the end of their working life. 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:
Black & Decker batteries can be recharged many
times. At the end of their useful life, discard batteries
with due care for our environment:
Run the battery down completely, then remove it from
the tool.
Lithium Ion batteries are recyclable. Take them to any
authorised repair agent or a local recycling station.
Technical data
No load speed
Stroke length
Power source
Keyless blade clamp
Vdc 7
spm 1950
mm 13
1 VPX battery pack
T-shank & U-shank blades
Cutting metal and wood
type Single port
type VPXTM battery pack
EC declaration of conformity
Black & Decker declares that these products conform to:
98/37/EC, EN 60745, EN55014, EN61000
Level of sound pressure according to EN 60745:
Sound pressure (LpA) 67.77 dB(A), uncertainty (K) 3 dB(A)
Acoustic power (LWA) 78.77 dB(A), uncertainty (K) 3 dB(A)
Vibration total values (triax vector sum) according to
EN 60745:
Cutting metal (ah)= 3.574 m/s², uncertainty (K) = 1.5 m/s²
Cutting wood (ah)= 2.055 m/s², uncertainty (K) = 1.5 m/s²
The undersigned is responsible for compilation of the
technical file and makes this declaration on behalf of
Black & Decker
Kevin Hewitt
Director of Consumer Engineering
Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 6JG,
United Kingdom
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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.
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
make sure of the minimum inconvenience to the customer
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 persons other than
authorised repair agents or Black & Decker service
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
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