Shindaiwa LE-250 Operator`s manual

ENGLISH
SHINDAIWA OWNER’S/OPERATOR’S MANUAL
LE261/EVC LAWN EDGER
LE261
WARNING!
Minimize the risk of injury to yourself and others!
Read this manual and familiarize yourself with the
contents. Always wear eye and hearing protection
when operating this unit.
®
Part Number 62721-94310 Rev. 11/06
Introduction
Attention Statements
General Safety Instructions
The Shindaiwa 261-series of hand-held
power tools has been designed and built to
deliver superior performance and reliability
without compromise to quality, comfort,
safety or durability.
Throughout this manual are special
“Attention Statements”.
Work Safely
Shindaiwa’s high-performance engines represent the leading edge of 2-cycle engine
technology, delivering exceptionally high
power with remarkably low displacement
and weight. As an owner/operator, you’ll
soon discover for yourself why Shindaiwa is
simply in a class by itself!
IMPORTANT!
The information contained in these
instructions describe product available at
the time of publication.
Shindaiwa Inc. reserves the right to make
changes to products without prior notice,
and without obligation to make alterations
to units previously manufactured.
Contents
PAGE
Attention Statements....................................2
General Safety Instructions.........................2
Safety Labels..................................................4
WARNING!
A statement preceded by the triangular attention symbol and the word
“WARNING” contains information that
should be acted upon to prevent serious bodily injury.
CAUTION!
A statement preceded by the word
“CAUTION” contains information that
should be acted upon to prevent mechanical damage.
IMPORTANT!
A statement preceded by the word
“IMPORTANT” is one that possesses
special significance.
NOTE:
A statement preceded by the word “NOTE”
contains information that is handy to know
and may make your job easier.
Read and follow this operators
manual. Failure to do so could
result in serious injury.
Product Description......................................5
Specifications.................................................5
Assembly........................................................6
Wear eye and hearing protection
at all times during the operation
of this unit.
Mixing Fuel...................................................8
Starting the Engine.......................................9
Stopping the Engine.....................................9
Engine Idle Adjustment..............................10
50 FEET
(15m)
Keep bystanders at least 50 feet
(15 m) away during operation.
Checking Unit Condition...........................10
Edging with a Hand-held Edger................10
Maintenance................................................11
Beware of thrown or ricocheted
objects.
Long Term Storage.....................................14
Troubleshooting Guide..............................15
Emission System Warranty........................17
Keep feet away from blade.
Rotating blade may cause
injury.
IMPORTANT!
The operational procedures described
in this manual are intended to help you
get the most from your 261 Edger as well
as to protect you and others from harm.
These procedures are guidelines for safe
operation under most conditions, and are
not intended to replace any safety rules
and/or laws that may be in force in your
area. If you have questions regarding your
261 Edger unit, or if you do not understand
something in this manual, your Shindaiwa
dealer will be glad to assist you. You may
also contact Shindaiwa, Inc. at the address
printed on the back of this Manual.
Edgers operate at very high speeds and
can do serious damage or injury if they are
misused or abused. Never allow a person
without training or instruction to operate
your 261 Edger!
WARNING!
Never make unauthorized attachment
installations, nor use attachments not
approved by Shindaiwa for use on this
unit.
WARNING!
Never operate power
equipment of any kind if you are tired
or if you are under the influence of
alcohol, drugs, medication or any other
substance that could affect your ability
or judgement.
WARNING!
Minimize the Risk of Fire!
NEVER smoke or light fires near the
edger.
ALWAYS stop the engine and allow it
to cool before refueling. Avoid overfilling and wipe off any fuel that may have
spilled.
ALWAYS move the unit to a place well
away from a fuel storage area or other
readily flammable materials before
starting the engine.
NEVER place flammable material close
to the engine muffler.
NEVER run the engine without the
spark arrester screen in place.
General Safety Instructions The Properly Equipped Operator
Stay Alert
You must be physically and mentally fit to
operate this unit safely.
WARNING!
The engine exhaust from this product
contains chemicals known to the State
of California to cause cancer, birth
defects or other reproductive harm.
Wear close-fitting clothing to
protect legs and arms. Gloves
offer added protection and are
strongly recommended. Do
not wear clothing or jewelry
that could get caught in
machinery or
underbrush.
Secure hair so it is
above shoulder
level. NEVER
wear shorts!
Wear hearing protection devices
and a broad-brimmed hat or
helmet.
Always wear eye protection such
as goggles or safety glasses.
Always operate with
both hands firmly gripping
the unit.
WARNING!
Use Good Judgment
ALWAYS wear eye protection to shield
against thrown objects.
Always make
sure the appropriate
cutting attachment
shield is correctly
installed and in good
condition.
NEVER run the engine when transporting the unit.
NEVER run the engine indoors! Make
sure there is always good ventilation.
Fumes from engine exhaust can cause
serious injury or death.
ALWAYS clear your work area of trash
or hidden debris that could be thrown
back at you or toward a bystander.
ALWAYS stop the machine immediately if it suddenly begins to vibrate or
shake. Inspect for broken, missing or
improperly installed parts or attachments.
ALWAYS keep the unit as clean as
practical. Keep it free of loose vegetation, mud, etc.
ALWAYS hold the unit firmly with both
hands when cutting or trimming, and
maintain control at all times.
Keep a proper
footing and do not
overreach.
Maintain your
balance at all times
during operation.
Wear appropriate footwear (non-skid
boots or shoes): do not wear open-toed
shoes or sandals. Never operate the
unit while barefoot!
Keep away from the rotating
cutting attachment at all times,
and never lift a moving
attachment above waist-high.
Figure 1
ALWAYS keep the handles clean.
ALWAYS disconnect the spark plug
wire before performing any maintenance work.
Be Aware of the Working Environment
Make sure bystanders or observers
outside the 50-foot “danger zone”
wear eye protection.
Avoid long-term operation
in very hot or very cold
weather.
Be extremely
careful of
slippery terrain,
especially during
rainy weather.
50
FEET
Always make sure
the appropriate cutting
attachment shield is
correctly installed.
If contact is made with a hard
object, stop the engine and inspect
the cutting attachment for damage.
Reduce the risk of
bystanders being struck
by flying debris. Make
sure no one is within 50
feet (15 meters)—that’s
about 16 paces—of an
operating attachment.
Beware of a coasting blade when
edging. A coasting blade can injure
while it continues to spin after the
throttle trigger is released or after
the engine is stopped.
When operating in rocky terrain or
near electric wires or fences, use
extreme caution to avoid contacting
such items with the cutting attachment.
Be constantly alert for objects
and debris that could be thrown either
from the rotating cutting attachment
or bounced from a hard surface.
Figure 2
Safety Labels
This label indicates the minimum
distance between front handle and
rear grip per ANSI B175.3.
READ THE
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
WEAR HEARING AND
ANSI Z87.1 APPROVED
EYE PROTECTION
50 FEET
(15m)
KEEP BYSTANDERS AWAY
AT LEAST 50 FEET (15m)
BEWARE OF THROWN OR
RICHOCHETED OBJECTS
LE261
KEEP AWAY FROM
ROTATING BLADE
Shindaiwa
P/N 19422-00046
26103
Figure 3
IMPORTANT
Safety and Operation Information Labels:
Make sure all information labels are
undamaged and readable. Immediately
replace damaged or missing information
labels. New labels are available from your
local authorized Shindaiwa dealer.
Product Description
Using the accompanying illustrations as a
guide, familiarize yourself with your unit
and its various components. Understanding
your unit helps ensure top performance,
long service life, and safer operation. See
Figure 4.
LE261 LAWN
EDGER
Spark Plug
Handle
Ignition
Switch
WARNING!
Do not make unauthorized modifications or alterations to any of these
products or their components.
Fuel Tank
Cutting Attachment
Shield
Gearcase
Prior to Assembly
Before assembling, make sure you have all
the components required for a complete unit:
 Engine assembly
 Outer tube assembly
 Cutting attachment shield
 Handle
 Kit containing cutting attachment shield
mounting bracket and hardware, handle
and hardware, this manual and tool kit
for routine maintenance. Tool kits vary
by model and may include a hex wrench,
spark plug/screwdriver combination
wrench, and spanner wrench.
Grip
Throttle
Lever
Outer Tube
Blade
26103
Figure 4
Carefully inspect all components for damage.
IMPORTANT!
The terms “left”, “left-hand”, and “LH”;
“right”, “right-hand”, and “RH”; “front” and
“rear” refer to directions as viewed by the
operator during normal
operation.
Specifications
LE261(less blade & holder) ..................................... 14.3 lbs./6.4 kg
Spark plug..................................................................Champion CJ8Y
Engine Model..........................................................Shindaiwa S260C
Air cleaner type.......................Dry element (quick-remove/install)
Engine Type............................. 2-cycle, vertical-cylinder, air-cooled
Starting method.........................................................................Recoil
Bore x Stroke.......................................... 1.3 in. x 1.2 in./32 x 30 mm
Stopping method..............................................................Slide switch
Displacement.......................................................... 24.1 cc/1.5 cu. in.
Transmission type...............................Automatic, centrifugal clutch
w/bevel gear
Maximum Power..................... 1.2 HP/0.9 kW @ 7500 RPM (min )
-1
Fuel/Oil Ratio.....................50:1 with ISO-L-EGD or JASO FC class
2-cycle Mixing Oil Shindaiwa One High
Performance Oil meets or exceeds these
specifications and is recommended
for all Shindaiwa Products.
Fuel Tank Capacity.................................................... 24.3 oz./720 ml
Carburetor Type.............................. TK slide-valve, diaphragm-type
EPA Emission Compliance Period*................................Category A
*The EPA emission compliance period referred to on the emission
compliance label located on the engine, indicates the number of
operating hours for which the engine has been shown to meet
Federal emission requirements. Category C = 50 hours (Moderate),
B = 125 hours (Intermediate) and A = 300 hours (Extended).
Ignition.......................... One-piece electronic, transistor-controlled
Muffler...................................................................... 2-Stage, Catalyst
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Assembly
Driveshaft and Powerhead
Connect the Outer Tube
to the Powerhead.
Spark Plug
1. Place the powerhead on a clean, flat surface, spark plug facing up. See Figure 6.
Mainshaft
Outer Tube
Tube Clamp
Grip
Throttle Lever
Housing
Hex
Wrench
26105
Tube
Clamp
Figure 5
2. Use the 4 mm hex wrench to loosen the
tube clamp screw. See Figure 5.
3. Slide the outer tube into the tube clamp
until the tube bottoms. If installation is
difficult, rotate the outer tube or mainshaft slightly until you feel the mainshaft
engage with the powerhead.
Clamp Screw
Figure 6
4. Position the outer tube with the stop
switch up and the throttle lever down.
5. Slide the outer tube into the powerhead
until the throttle grip just contacts the
tube clamp.
CAUTION!
Do not force the shaft tube into the
powerhead! Excessive force can damage the shaft tube and mainshaft.
6. Tighten the clamp screw firmly.
Assembly
Throttle Linkage and Ignition Leads
Throttle Cable
Clamp Screw
Nut
26107
Throttle Cable
Extended
Throttle
Lever
Figure 7
Clamp
Screw A
Figure 7a
Red
Ignition
Wire
Connectors
Insert throttle end into
the socket.
Refer to Figures 7 and 7a.
1. Remove the throttle lever clamp screw A.
4. Insert the throttle cable end into the
socket on the throttle lever.
2. Extend the throttle lever to expose the
cable socket. See figure 7.
5. Retract the throttle lever to its original
position.
3. Starting from the powerhead, push the
throttle cable through the handgrip until
it appears at the throttle assembly.
6. Replace and tighten the throttle lever
clamp screw A.
Black
Ignition
Wire
7. Using finger pressure only, connect
the red and black ignition wires onto
the connectors on the powerhead. See
Figure 7a.
8. Check throttle free play and adjust if
required. See page 7.
Assembly
Throttle Cable Free Play Adjustment
Adjusting Free Play
1. Move the throttle lever to check for
smooth operation. Any stiffness or binding must be corrected before using the
product.
Cable
Locknut
Adjuster Cover
2. Actuate the throttle lever to check for
free play of approximately 4-6 mm (1/4”)
in the idle position. Make adjustment at
the carburetor as follows:
 Temporarily move the adjuster cover to
expose the cable adjuster. See Figure 8.
 Loosen the cable locknut and then screw
the cable adjuster in or out until proper
free play is achieved. See Figure 9.
26110
26109
Figure 8
Cable
Adjuster
4-6 mm (1/4”)
Free Play
Figure 9
Assembly
Handle
Handle
Throttle Lever
Housing
Connect the Handle to the
Outer Tube.
1. Remove both screws from the handle.
2. While spreading the handle at the
mounting hole, position the handle on
the outer tube. See Figure 10.
Hex Nut
Mounting Screw
Washer
Hex Nut
26115
About 10
inches
Adjustment
Knob
NOTE:
The handle is recessed to receive the hex
nuts.
4. Locate the handle at the best position
for operator comfort (usually about 10
inches ahead of the throttle lever). See
Figure 10.
5. Secure the handle by tightening the
knob at the handle base.
Washer
Figure 10
3. Reinstall the two mounting screws in the
handle, but do not tighten them at this
time.
Outer Tube
Assembly
Attachment Shield and Edger Blade
Mount the Cutting Attachment Shield
on the Gearcase.
1. Remove the output shaft bolt, bolt guard,
holder A and holder B from the gearcase.
Holder A
Cutting
Attachment
Shield
26116
Gearcase
Flange
2. Align the cutting attachment shield
assembly with the gearcase as shown,
and then fit the shield onto the matching
flange on the gearcase. See Figure 11.
Output Shaft
Bolt
Nut
26117
WARNING!
The LE261 is intended for righthanded operation only! When correctly
assembled, the cutting attachment shield
and shaft must be oriented as shown.
3. Install the hex-head screws with washers, then use the hex wrench to firmly
tighten all three screws. See Figure 11.
4. Install a washer and nut on each of the
three screws assembled in Step 3, then
firmly tighten each nut. See Figure 11.
IMPORTANT!
The three hex-head screws must be firmly
tightened before installing and tightening
the nuts.
Bolt
Guard
Spring
Washer
Figure 11
Hex-head screws
and washers
Mount the Edger Blade.
1. Install holder A onto the output shaft.
See Figure 12.
2. Mount the edger blade and holder B
onto the shaft, and then install the bolt
guard and shaft bolt (turn bolt counterclockwise to install). See Figure 12.
3. Align the hole in holder A with the
matching hole in the gearcase, and then
use the hex wrench to temporarily lock
the output shaft. See Figure 12.
4. Use the combination wrench to firmly
tighten the shaft bolt. Remove the hex
wrench. See Figure 12.
Lock the
shaft
26118
Holder B
Edger
Blade
Figure 12
WARNING!
n The LE261 is designed for use with
a single blade only!
n Never operate the LE261 without the
cutting attachment shield installed
and tightly secured!
The LE261 Edger should now
be completely assembled.
Mixing Fuel
CAUTION!
n Some types of gasoline contain alcohol as an oxygenate. Oxygenated
gasoline may cause increased operating temperatures. Under certain
conditions, alcohol-based gasoline
may also reduce the lubricating
qualities of some 2-cycle mixing oils.
n Never use any type of gasoline
containing more than 10% alcohol
by volume! Generic oils and some
outboard oils may not be intended
for use in high-performance 2-cycle
type engines, and should never be
used in your Shindaiwa engine.
Filling the Fuel Tank
n Mixed with 50:1 Shindaiwa ISO-L-EGD
or JASO FC class 2-cycle mixing oil at a
gasoline/ratio of 50:1 (1 gallon of gasoline to 2.6 ozs mixing oil). Shindaiwa One
meets or exceeds these requirements.
Examples of 50:1 mixing quantities
n 1 gallon of gasoline to 2.6 oz. mixing oil.
n 5 liters of gasoline to 100 ml. mixing oil.
Oil is a registered JASO FC classified oil and also meets or exceeds ISO-LEGD performance requirements. Shindaiwa
One is recommended for use in all Shindaiwa
low emissions engines. Shindaiwa One also
includes a fuel stabilizer.
IMPORTANT!
Mix only enough fuel for your immediate
needs! If fuel must be stored longer than
30 days and
oil with fuel stabilizer
is not used, it should first be treated with a
fuel stabilizer such as STA-BIL™.
CAUTION!
This engine is designed to operate on
a 50:1 mixture consisting of unleaded
gasoline and ISO-L-EGD or JASO FC
class 2-cycle mixing oil only. Use of
non-approved mixing oils can lead to
excessive carbon deposits.
WARNING!
1. Place the unit on a flat, level surface.
Minimize the Risk of Fire!
2. Clear any dirt or other debris from
around the fuel filler cap.
n ALWAYS stop the engine and allow
it to cool before refueling. Avoid
overfilling and wipe off any fuel that
may have spilled.
n Wipe all spilled fuel and move the
engine at least 10 feet (3 meters)
from the fueling point and source
before restarting!
n NEVER start or operate this unit if
there is a fuel leak.
n Use only fresh, clean unleaded gasoline
with a pump octane of 87 or higher.
n NEVER start or operate this unit if
the carburetor, fuel lines, fuel tank
and/or fuel tank cap are damaged.
n Never smoke or light any fires near
the engine or fuel source!
n Never place any flammable material near the engine muffler!
n Never operate the engine without
the muffler and spark arrester in
good working condition.
3. Remove the fuel cap, and fill the tank
with clean, fresh fuel.
4. Reinstall the fuel filler cap and tighten
firmly.
Starting the Engine
IMPORTANT!
Engine ignition is controlled by a two
position switch mounted on the throttle
housing labeled, “I” for ON or START and
“O” for OFF or STOP.
Make sure the
cutting head
is clear of
obstructions!
IGNITION SWITCH ON
OFF
Never start the engine from the
operating position.
Starting a Warm Engine.
Starting a warm engine involves all the
same steps as starting a cold engine,
EXCEPT:
ON
 The choke lever should be in the OPEN
position.
Figure 16
Throttle Lock
Button
Figure 13
1. Slide the ignition switch to the “ON”
position. See Figure 13.
2. Set the throttle lever to the “fast idle”
position as follows:
WARNING!
a. Squeeze the throttle lever toward the
handgrip on the shaft tube.
b. Depress and hold the throttle lock
button.
c. While depressing the throttle lock
button, release the throttle lever.
See Figure 13.
5. While holding the outer tube firmly
with one hand, slowly pull the recoil
starter handle until resistance is felt,
then pull quickly to start the engine.
See Figure 16.
CAUTION!
Do not pull the recoil starter to the end
of the rope travel. Pulling the recoil
starter to the end of the rope travel can
damage the starter.
CAUTION!
Pulling the starter rope to the end of its
travel can damage the recoil starter.
If the engine does not start, follow the cold
starting procedure.
When the Engine Starts...
 After the engine starts, disengage the
throttle lock and allow the engine to
warm up at idle 2 or 3 minutes before
operating the machine.
 After the engine is warm, pick up the
machine and clip on the harness.
 Advancing the throttle makes the cutting attachment turn faster; releasing
the throttle permits the attachment to
stop turning. If the cutting attachment
continues to rotate when the engine
returns to idle, carburetor idle speed
should be adjusted (see page 10).
WARNING!
The cutting attachment will rotate when
the engine is started!
26120
Return
Tube
Primer
Bulb
Figure 14
3. Press the primer bulb until fuel can be
seen flowing in the transparent return
tube.
IMPORTANT!
Repeated cranking of the engine with the
choke CLOSED will lead to engine flooding. If the engine fails to start after several
attempts, move the choke lever to the
OPEN position and continue cranking.
IMPORTANT!
The primer system only pushes fuel
through the carburetor. Repeatedly
pressing the primer bulb will not flood the
engine with fuel.
If the Engine Fails to Start.
 Remove the spark plug.
 Clear excess fuel from the cylinder by
cranking the engine several times with
the spark plug removed.
 Replace and firmly tighten the spark
plug.
 Follow the instructions for Starting a
Warm Engine.
Stopping the Engine
26123
IGNITION SWITCH OFF
OFF
Choke
Lever
Figure 17
26121
Choke
Lever
Figure 15
4. Set the choke lever to the CLOSED position if the engine is cold. See Figure 15.
6. When the engine first fires, gradually
return the choke to the OPEN position
(if you have not already done so). See
Figure 17.
7. When the engine starts and is running,
return the engine to idle by tapping the
throttle lever to release the throttle lock.
Figure 18
26124
Idle the engine briefly, then slide the
ignition switch to the “O” (engine OFF)
position. See Figure 18.
Adjusting Engine Idle
The engine must return to idle speed
whenever the throttle lever is released.
Idle speed is adjustable, and must be set
low enough to permit the engine clutch to
disengage the cutting attachment.
Idle Speed Adjustment
WARNING!
The cutting attachment must never
rotate at engine idle! If the idle speed
cannot be adjusted by the procedure
described here, return the trimmer to
your Shindaiwa dealer for inspection.
1. Place the trimmer on the ground, then
start the engine and allow it to idle 2-3
minutes until warm.
2 If the attachment rotates when the
engine is at idle, reduce the idle speed
by turning the idle adjustment screw
counter-clockwise.
Idle Adjusting
Screw
3. If a tachometer is available, the engine
speed should be adjusted to 3,000 (±250)
RPM (min-1).
4. Carburetor fuel mixture adjustments
are preset at the factory and cannot be
serviced in the field.
Figure 19
26125
Checking Unit Condition
NEVER operate the unit with the cutting
attachment shield or other protective devices (ignition switch, etc.) removed!
WARNING!
A cutting attachment shield or other
protective device is no guarantee of
protection against thrown objects and
ricochet. YOU MUST ALWAYS GUARD
AGAINST FLYING DEBRIS!
Use only authorized Shindaiwa parts and
accessories with your Shindaiwa trimmer. Do not make modifications to your
machine without the written approval of
Shindaiwa, Inc.
ALWAYS stop the engine immediately and
check for damage if you strike a foreign
object or if the unit becomes entangled.
Do not operate with broken or damaged
equipment.
ALWAYS make sure the cutting attachment is properly installed and firmly tightened before operation.
NEVER allow the engine to run at high
rpm without a load. Doing so could damage
the engine.
NEVER use a cracked or warped cutting at- NEVER operate the unit with worn or
tachment: replace it with a serviceable one. damaged fasteners or cutting attachment
holders.
ALWAYS make sure the cutting attachment fits properly into the appropriate
attachment holder. If a properly installed
attachment vibrates, replace the attachment with new one and re-check.
Edging with an Hand-held Edger
 Remove debris and other obstacles that
could be thrown by the rotating blade.
 Plan your work so the edger blade is
always on your right-hand side.
Begin each pass by positioning the unit
over the work, and with the engine running at about half-throttle. Slowly lower
the blade to the ground while applying full
throttle. See Figure 20.
WARNING!
Figure 20
Guidelines for Operating the Edger
 Before edging, make sure the area is
soft enough so the blade does not bog
down. If necessary, water the area before edging.
10
n Wear eye protection, long pants, and
boots when operating this unit!
n Whenever you strike a hard object
with the blade, always stop the edger
and carefully inspect the blade for
damage. NEVER OPERATE THE
EDGER WITH A DAMAGED BLADE!
CAUTION!
Low-speed edging can lead to pre­
mature clutch failure.
 Do not move the edger into the work so
fast that the engine or blade bogs down.
 Do not pull the unit backward over the
ground with the engine running. Doing
so will tend to bury the blade.
Regular and frequent use of the edger
will make a neater lawn, and a frequently
trimmed edge will be easier to maintain.
Adjusting the Blade Cutting Depth
The edger’s depth of cut is controlled by a
combination of operator height, blade wear,
and the positioning of the edger’s guide
wheel.
To Adjust Blade Height:
26130
Guide Wheel
Adjusting knob
1. Loosen the guide wheel adjusting knob.
See Figure 21.
2. Raise or lower the guide wheel to the
desired setting. See Figure 21a.
3. Tighten the guide wheel adjusting knob
firmly. See Figure 21.
WARNING!
Never adjust the guide wheel while the
engine is running.
NOTE:
Guide wheel adjustment is also required to
compensate for blade wear.
Figure 21a
Figure 21
The numbers are for
reference only; they do
NOT refer to depth in
inches
WARNING!
Use only Shindaiwa replacement blades.
General Maintenance
IMPORTANT!
MAINTENANCE, REPLACEMENT OR
REPAIR OF EMISSION CONTROL
DEVICES AND SYSTEMS MAY BE
PERFORMED BY ANY REPAIR
ESTABLISHMENT OR INDIVIDUAL;
HOWEVER, WARRANTY REPAIRS
MUST BE PERFORMED BY A DEALER
OR SERVICE CENTER AUTHORIZED
BY Shindaiwa Corporation THE USE OF
PARTS THAT ARE NOT EQUIVALENT IN
PERFORMANCE AND DURABILITY TO
AUTHORIZED PARTS MAY IMPAIR THE
EFFECTIVENESS OF THE EMISSION
CONTROL SYSTEM AND MAY HAVE
A BEARING ON THE OUTCOME OF A
WARRANTY CLAIM.
WARNING!
Before performing any maintenance, repair or cleaning work on the UNIT, make
sure the engine and cutting attachment
are completely stopped. Disconnect
the spark plug wire before performing
service or maintenance work.
Edger Blades
WARNING!
Non-standard parts may not operate
properly with your unit and may cause
damage and lead to personal injury.
NOTE:
Using non-standard replacement parts could
invalidate your Shindaiwa warranty.
Muffler
This unit must never be operated with a
faulty or missing spark arrester or muffler. Make sure the muffler is well secured
and in good condition. A worn or damaged
muffler is a fire hazard and may also cause
hearing loss.
Spark Plug
Keep the spark plug and wire connections
tight and clean.
Fasteners
Check blade condition frequently. If a
blade’s performance changes suddenly,
stop the engine and check the blade for
cracks or other damage. Replace a damaged blade IMMEDIATELY!
WARNING!
 Never repair a damaged blade by
welding, straightening, or by modifying its shape. An altered blade may
break during operation, resulting in
serious personal injury.
 Blades are not interchangeable
between Shindaiwa LE series edgers and trimmer/brushcutter models.
Operating any unit with a blade or
attachment not approved for that
unit can be hazardous and may
cause serious injury.
Make sure nuts, bolts, and screws (except
carburetor adjusting screws) are tight.
11
Daily Maintenance
Prior to each work day, perform the following:
 Remove all dirt and debris from the
engine, check the cooling fins and air
cleaner for clogging, and clean as necessary.
 Carefully remove any accumulations of
dirt or debris from the muffler and fuel
tank. Dirt build-up in these areas can
lead to engine overheating, premature
wear, or create a fire hazard.
 Check for loose or missing screws or
components. Make sure the cutting attachment is securely fastened.
 Check the entire unit for leaking fuel or
grease.
10-Hour Maintenance
Ever y 10 hours of operation
(more frequently in dusty or dirty
conditions):
Remove and clean
or replace the
element
 Remove the air cleaner element. See
Figure 22. Clean or replace as necessary. To clean element: Wash it thoroughly in soap and water. Let dry before
reinstalling the element.
CAUTION!
Do not operate the unit if the air
cleaner or element is damaged, or if
the element is wet.
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Figure 22
10/15-Hour Maintenance
Clean the spark plug
and check the gap at
the electrode.
0.024 inch
(0.6 mm)
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Figure 23
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Ever y 10 to 15 hours of operation:
Remove and clean the spark plug.
 Adjust the spark plug electrode gap to
0.024 inch (0.6 mm). If the plug must be
replaced, use only a Champion CJ8Y or
equivalent type of spark plug of the correct heat range. See Figure 23.
CAUTION!
Before removing the spark plug, clean
the area around the plug to prevent
dirt and debris from getting into the
engine’s internal parts.
50-Hour Maintenance
Ever y 50 hours of operation
(more frequently in severe conditions):
 Remove and clean the cylinder cover
and clean grass and dirt from the cylinder fins.
Hooked
Wire
7. Insert the flexible shaft into the
female end of the gearcase pinion.
See Figure 26.
 Remove the cutting attachment, cutting
attachment holder and the gear shaft
collar. Remove the filler plug from the
side of the gearcase and press new
grease into the gear case until the old
grease has been pushed out. Use only
lithium-base grease such as Shindaiwa
Gear Case Lubricant or equivalent. See
Figure 24.
CAUTION!
Make sure you do not pierce the fuel
line with the end of the hooked wire.
The line is delicate and can be damaged easily.
New
Grease
Old
Grease
NOTE:
For extended shaft life, the flexible cable
should be reversed end-for-end during the
reinstallation process.
8. Install the gearcase on the shaft tube in
the reverse order of removal.
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CAUTION!
The D-shaped shim washer must be
positioned with its flat edge toward the
shaft tube.
Filter Element
Figure 25
Lubricate the Flexible Shaft.
Lack of lubrication will cause rapid wear to
the flexible shaft and also to the shaft tube
liner, resulting in increased vibration and
greatly decreased service life. Remove and
lubricate the flexible shaft as follows:
Gearcase
Shaft
Tube
D-shaped Shim
Washer
Flat
(toward
tube)
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Figure 27
Blade
Shaft
Bolt
Bolt Holder
Guard
A
Gearcase Index
Screw
Output
Shaft Collar
Flexible Shaft
Holder
B
Inspect the Gearcase Protector.
The metal gearcase protector (p/n 7295816210) is installed to protect the gearcase
flange from damage when working close to
sidewalks or other abrasive surfaces, and
should be routinely inspected for damage
or excessive wear. See Figure 28.
Figure 24
 Use a hooked wire to extract the fuel
filter from inside the fuel tank. Remove
and replace the filter element. Before reinstalling the filter element, inspect the
condition of all the fuel system components (fuel pick-up line, fuel return line,
tank vent, fuel cap and fuel tank). If damage, splitting or deterioration are noted,
the unit should be removed from service
until it can be inspected or repaired by
a Shindaiwa-trained service technician.
See Figure 25.
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Shaft Tube
Figure 26
Nut
1. Loosen the gearcase clamp screw.
2. Remove the gearcase index screw.
3. Slide the gearcase and shield assembly
from the shaft tube.
4. Pull the flexible shaft from the shaft
tube assembly, and clean the shaft thoroughly in solvent.
5. Inspect the shaft carefully, and discard if
worn or damaged.
6. Coat the entire length of the shaft with
Shindaiwa Premium Gearcase Lube (or
equivalent), and reinstall the shaft in the
shaft tube assembly.
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Figure 28
Gearcase Protector
(p/n 72958-16210)
When replacing the protector, inspect to be
sure that both of the protector mounting
screws are firmly tightened and each screw
is locked in place with a nut as shown in
Figure 28.
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135-Hour Maintenance
Ever y 135 hours of operation
Rear Muffler
Shield
 Remove and clean the muffler.
Spark
Arrester
Screen
WARNING!
Never operate the unit with a damaged
or missing muffler or spark arrester!
Operating with missing or damaged exhaust components is a fire hazard and
could also damage your hearing.
5 mm Muffler
Screws
1. Remove the muffler cover from the
engine.
Gasket
2. Remove the two 5 mm muffler screws.
Remove the lower muffler screw, then
lift the muffler assembly from the engine. See Figure 29.
3. Remove the rear muffler shield bolt.
While noting the orientation of parts,
separate the muffler shields. See
Figure 29.
Forward
Muffler
Shield
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Rear Muffler
Shield Bolt
Figure 29
Lower Muffler
Screw
Muffler
Catalyst Muffler
6. Inspect the cylinder exhaust port for
carbon buildup.
7. Reassemble the muffler in the reverse
order of disassembly.
4. Remove the spark arrester screen and
clean with a stiff bristle brush.
IMPORTANT!
If you note excessive carbon buildup, con5. Gently tap the muffler on a wood surface
sult with an authorized servicing dealer.
to dislodge any loose carbon.
Long Term Storage
Whenever the unit will not be used
for 30 days or longer, use the following
procedures to prepare it for storage:
 Clean external parts thoroughly.
 Drain all the fuel from the fuel tank.
IMPORTANT!
All stored fuels should be stabilized with
a fuel stabilizer such as STA-BIL™ if
Shindaiwa One oil with fuel stabilizer is
not used.
 To remove the remaining fuel from the
fuel lines and carburetor with the fuel
drained from the tank;
1. Prime the primer bulb until no more fuel
is passing through the return tube.
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2. Start and run the engine until it stops
running.
 Before storing the machine, repair or
replace any worn or damaged parts.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the engine will  Remove the air cleaner element from the
carburetor and clean it thoroughly with
no longer start.
soap and water. Let dry and reassemble
the element.
CAUTION!
 Store the machine in a clean, dust-free
Gasoline stored in the carburetor for
area.
extended periods can cause hard starting, and could also lead to increased
service and maintenance costs.
 Remove the spark plug and pour about
1/4 ounce of 2-cycle mixing oil into the
cylinder through the spark plug hole.
Slowly pull the recoil starter 2 or 3 times
so oil will evenly coat the interior of the
engine. Reinstall the spark plug.
Troubleshooting Guide
ENGINE DOES NOT START
What To Check
Does the engine crank?
Possible Cause
NO
Good compression?
Faulty recoil starter.
Fluid in the crankcase.
YES
Remedy
Consult with an authorized servicing dealer.
Internal damage.
NO
Loose spark plug.
Tighten and re-test.
Excess wear on cylinder, piston, rings.
Consult with an authorized servicing dealer.
NO
Fuel incorrect, stale, or contaminated;
mixture incorrect.
Refill with fresh, clean unleaded gasoline with a pump
octane of 87 or higher mixed with a 2-cycle air cooled
mixing oil that meets or exceeds ISO-L-EGD and/or
JASO FC classified oils at 50:1 gasoline/oil ratio.
NO
Check for clogged fuel filter and/or vent.
Clean as required; restart.
NO
The ignition switch is in “O” (OFF) position.
Move switch to “I” (ON) position and re-start.
YES
Does the tank contain fresh fuel
of the proper grade?
YES
Is fuel visible and moving in the
return line when priming?
YES
Is there spark at the spark plug
wire terminal?
YES
Check the spark plug.
Shorted ignition ground.
Faulty ignition unit.
Consult with an authorized servicing dealer.
If the plug is wet, excess fuel may
be in the cylinder.
Crank the engine with the plug removed, reinstall the
plug, and restart.
The plug is fouled or improperly gapped.
Clean and regap the plug to 0.024” (0.6 - 0.7 mm).
Restart.
The plug is damaged internally or
of the wrong size.
Replace the plug with a Champion CJ8Y or equivalent
type spark plug of the correct heat range. Restart.
LOW POWER OUTPUT
What To Check
Is the engine overheating?
Possible Cause
Operator is overworking the unit.
Shorten trimmer line. Cut at a slower rate.
Carburetor mixture is too lean.
Consult with an authorized servicing dealer.
Improper fuel ratio.
Refill with fresh, clean unleaded gasoline with a pump
octane of 87 or higher mixed with a 2-cycle air cooled
mixing oil that meets or exceeds ISO-L-EGD and/or
JASO FC classified oils at 50:1 gasoline/oil ratio.
Fan, fan cover, cylinder fins dirty or damaged.
Carbon deposits on the piston or in the muffler.
Engine is rough at all speeds.
May also have black smoke and/
or unburned fuel at the exhaust.
Consult with an authorized servicing dealer.
Clogged air filter.
Service the air filter.
Loose or damaged spark plug.
Tighten or replace.
Air leakage or clogged fuel line.
Repair or replace fuel filter and/or fuel line.
Water in the fuel.
Refill with fresh fuel/oil mixture. See page 8.
Piston seizure.
Faulty carburetor and/or diaphragm.
Engine is knocking.
Remedy
Consult with an authorized servicing dealer.
Overheating condition.
See above.
Improper fuel.
Check fuel octane rating; check for presence of
alcohol in the fuel (page 8). Refuel as necessary.
Carbon deposits in the combustion chamber.
Consult with an authorized servicing dealer.
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Troubleshooting Guide (continued)
ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS
Symptom
Poor acceleration.
Engine stops abruptly.
Engine difficult to shut off.
Cutting attachment rotates at
engine idle.
Excessive vibration.
Cutting attachment will
not rotate.
Possible Cause
Clogged air filter.
Clean the air filter.
Clogged fuel filter.
Replace the fuel filter.
Lean fuel/air mixture.
Consult with an authorized servicing dealer.
Idle speed set too low.
Adjust: 3,000 (±250) RPM (min-1).
Switch turned off.
Reset the switch and re-start.
Fuel tank empty.
Refuel. See page 8.
Clogged fuel filter.
Replace strainer.
Water in the fuel.
Drain; replace with clean fuel. See page 8.
Shorted spark plug or loose terminal.
Clean or replace spark plug with a Champion CJ8Y or
equivalent type spark plug of the correct heat range.
Tighten the terminal.
Ignition failure.
Replace the ignition unit.
Piston seizure.
Consult with an authorized servicing dealer.
Ground (stop) wire is disconnected,
or switch is defective.
Test and replace as required.
Overheating due to incorrect spark plug.
Replace spark plug with a Champion CJ8Y or
equivalent type spark plug of the correct heat range.
Overheated engine.
Idle engine until cool.
Engine idle too high.
Set idle: 3,000 (±250) RPM (min-1).
Broken clutch spring or worn clutch spring boss.
Replace spring/shoes as required, check idle speed.
Loose attachment holder.
Inspect and re-tighten holders securely.
Warped or damaged cutting attachment.
Inspect and replace attachment as required.
Loose gearcase.
Tighten gearcase securely.
Bent main shaft/worn or damaged bushings.
Inspect and replace as necessary.
Shaft not installed in powerhead or gearcase.
Inspect and reinstall as required.
Broken shaft.
Damaged gearcase.
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Remedy
Consult with an authorized servicing dealer.
Emission System Warranty Statement
Your Warranty Rights and Obligations
Owners Warranty Responsibilities
The California Air Resources Board, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and Shindaiwa Corporation are pleased to
explain the exhaust and evaporative emission control system
warranty on your new small off-road (non-road) engine.
As the small off-road engine owner, you are responsible for
the performance of the required maintenance listed in this owners manual. Shindaiwa Corporation recommends that you retain
all receipts covering maintenance on your small off-road engine,
but Shindaiwa Corporation cannot deny warranty solely for the
lack of receipts or for your failure to ensure the performance of
all scheduled maintenance.
In California, new small off-road engines must be designed,
built, and equipped to meet the State’s stringent anti-smog standards. In other states, new 1997 and later non-road engines must
meet the Federal EPA’s stringent anti-smog standards.
Shindaiwa Corporation 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 engine exhaust and evaporative emission control system
includes parts such as the carburetor, fuel tank, the ignition system and, if equipped, the catalytic converter. These components
are specifically listed below.
As the small off-road engine owner, you should be aware,
however, that Shindaiwa Corporation may deny you warranty
coverage if your small off-road engine or a part has failed due to
abuse, neglect, improper maintenance, or unapproved modifications.
You are responsible for presenting your small off-road engine
to an authorized Shindaiwa Dealer as soon as a problem exists. The warranty repairs should be completed in a reasonable
amount of time, not to exceed 30 days.
Where a warrantable condition exists, Shindaiwa Corporation
will repair your small off-road engine at no cost to you including
diagnosis, parts, and labor.
If you have any questions regarding your warranty rights and
responsibilities, you should contact a Shindaiwa customer service
representative at (503) 692-3070 or your local Shindaiwa Dealer.
Manufacturer’s Warranty Coverage
Consequential Damages
When sold within the U.S., this engine’s emission control
system is warranted for a period of two (2) years from the date
this product is first delivered to the original retail purchaser.
During the warranty period, Shindaiwa Corporation will, at
their option, repair or replace any defective emission-related
component on this engine. During the original Warranty Period,
these Warranty Rights are automatically transferable to subsequent owners of this product.
In the event that other component parts of this product
are damaged by the failure of a warranted part, Shindaiwa
Corporation will repair or replace such component parts at no
charge to you.
What is Not Covered
n Failures caused by abuse, neglect, or improper
maintenance procedures.
What is Covered by this Warranty
n Failures caused by the use of modified or non-approved parts
or attachments.
1. Carburetor Internal Components
n Throttle Valve, Needle, Jet, Metering Diaphragm
This Warranty is Administered by:
2. Fuel Tank
3. Ignition System Components
n Ignition Coil
n Flywheel Rotor
4. Catalytic Converter (if originally equipped)
The emission control system for your particular Shindaiwa
engine may also include certain related hoses and connectors.
Shindaiwa Inc.
11975 S.W. Herman Rd.
Tualatin, OR 97062
(503) 692-3070
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Notes
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Shindaiwa Inc.
11975 S.W. Herman Rd.
Tualatin, Oregon 97062 USA
Telephone: 503 692-3070
Fax:
503 692-6696
www.shindaiwa.com
Shindaiwa Corporation
Head Office:
6-2-11, Ozuka-Nishi
Asaminami-Ku, Hiroshima
731-3167, Japan
Telephone: 81-82-849-2220
Fax:
81-82-849-2481
©2006 Shindaiwa, Inc.
Part Number 62721-94310
Revision 11/06
Shindaiwa is a registered trademark
of Shindaiwa, Inc.
Specifications subject to change without notice.
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