Black & Decker GL570 Instruction manual

Instruction Manual
Safety instructions
Your purchase of this Black & Decker Reflex® trimmer
assures you of years of problem free trimming. The
Reflex® not only trim ’n’ edges your lawn, it also has
a unique totally automatic line feed system. You do
nothing - the Reflex® system means non-stop
trimming; by the use of a simple mechanism it
senses when the line has worn and, when needed,
automatically feeds out line to its optimum cutting
length. You just switch the unit on and trim.
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.
Following is a list of the parts that will be mentioned
in this instruction leaflet and are shown in the
appropriate diagrams:
Body (1)
Secondary handle (2)
Supply cord restraint (3)
Locking ring (4)
Cutting line (5)
Guard (6)
Line trimming blade (7)
Edge guide (9)
Cable storage hooks (11)
Hanging hole (18)
Power inlet or supply cord (19)
Switch handle (20)
Trigger switch (21)
Arrow (24)
Skid (25)
Pedal (26)
Button (27)
Guard retaining lugs (10)
Guard screw (22)
Guard screw hole (23)
Spool cover (8)
Spool housing (12)
Spool cover tab (13)
Eyelet (15)
Spool (17)
Arrow (16)
Lever (14)
Electrical connection
• 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 in a light socket.
• Do not leave your machine
unattended whilst it is connected to
the electrical supply.
• Always switch off and remove the
plug from the mains before cleaning,
inspecting or adjusting any part of the
trimmer, or if the supply cable has
become damaged or entangled.
Power supply cord
• The power supply cord should be
regularly inspected for signs of damage or
ageing and only used if in good condition.
• Always keep the power supply cord
away from the cutting line (5), be aware
of its position at all times.
• Never carry your machine by the cord or
jerk the cord to separate the connectors.
Keep the cord away from heat, oils and
sharp edges.
• Have damaged cords replaced
completely by your nearest Black & Decker
service centre. Do not attempt to do this
yourself as the switch handle is not
customer serviceable.
Cutting line
• Take care against injury from line trimming
blade (7) during unpacking and assembly
and any excess line which may be cut off
when the trimmer is first operated.
• The cutting line (5) will continue to run for
a short time after releasing the switch
lever. Under no circumstances should
you attempt to stop the cutting line,
always allow it to stop on its own.
Never fit metal cutting line.
Using your machine
• Always use your machine in the manner
outlined in this manual. Your machine is
designed to be used in an upright
position and if it is used in any other way
an injury may result.
• Before using your machine, disconnect
it from the electrical supply and visually
inspect the rotating parts for damage.
Also, check that the spool assembly
is secure.
• Always check that your lawn or cutting
path is clear of all sticks, stones, wire
and other debris. Contact with such
debris may damage your machine.
• Keep your machine away from your feet
and other parts of your body when
switching on and during operation.
• Do not switch on your machine when it is
upside down.
• Walk, never run with the unit.
• Do not use your machine in the rain and
do not allow it to get wet.
• Use your machine only in daylight or
good artificial light.
• Do not cross gravel paths or roads whilst
the cutting line is rotating.
• Do not cut excessively steep slopes. Be
sure of your footing and cut across the
face of slopes, never up and down.
• Never use your machine with a
damaged guard (6) or without the guard
fixed in position.
• Be careful when trimming as freshly cut
grass is damp and slippery.
Safety of others
• Never allow children or persons who are
unfamiliar with this type of machine to
use it, nor anyone who has not read
this leaflet.
• Always wear safety glasses when using
your machine.
• To protect your feet, always wear stout
shoes or boots (not bare footed or
wearing open sandals).
• Wear long trousers to protect your legs any debris left on the lawn or cutting path
may be picked up and ejected by the
cutting line.
Do not allow children, animals or other
adults near your machine when in use always keep them well away from the
cutting area.
Care of your machine
• 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 - use a blunt scraper
to remove grass and dirt. Always
disconnect from the electrical supply and
ensure the cutting line (5) is stationary
before cleaning.
• Do not operate your machine if any parts
are defective.
• Do not attempt to remove any parts other
than those mentioned in these instructions.
• Use only Black & Decker recommended
replacement parts and accessories.
Electrical safety
Your machine should always be switched
off at the mains before disconnecting any
plug and socket connector, extension cables
or cordsets.
Mains plug replacement (UK only)
Should your mains plug need replacing and
you are competant to do this, proceed as
instructed below. If you are in doubt,
contact a Black & Decker service centre or
a qualified electrician.
Disconnect the plug from the supply.
Cut off the plug and dispose of it safely.
A plug with bared copper conductors
is dangerous if engaged in a live
socket outlet.
Only fit 13 amp BS1363A approved
plugs fitted with the correctly rated fuse.
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.
Brown is L (live) and blue is N (neutral).
Before replacing the top cover of the
mains plug ensure that the cable restraint
is holding the outer sheath of the cable
firmly and that the two leads are correctly
fixed at the terminal screws.
Warning! Never connect Live or Neutral
wires to Earth pin marked ‘E’ or
In transit, your trimmer is packed in
‘Edging’ mode, if you want to ‘Trim’ refer
to the section ‘How to convert between
the trimming and edging mode’.
• In transit, the end of the cutting line (5) is
taped to the side of the spool cover (8).
Please discard the tape to release the
length of line. There should be a
minimum of 9cm (3.5") of cutting line
protruding from the spool housing (12)
before using your trimmer.
Note: When your machine is operated for
the first time any excess line will be cut off by
the line trimming blade (7) housed in the
guard. This is also the case for any
subsequent line adjustment. Because line
cut off by the blade in the guard may be
ejected, it is important that the amount of
excess line is kept to a minimum. Where an
excessive amount of line is pulled out, the
line should be cut back to the outside of the
guard before switching on your trimmer. Cut
the line off on the trimmer blade by hand.
• Always ensure that the spool cover is
secure before and after use.
Fuse replacement (UK only)
Your machine is supplied with cable fitted
with a non-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. The recommended
Black & Decker RCD is available from 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 have such a circuit breaker
installed, or 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.
How to use your trimmer (Fig. A - K)
In order to get the most from your trimmer please be
sure to follow the techniques shown. Do not be
impatient; you will obtain the best results by
experience and by following these simple rules.
Do not use your trimmer without
its guard.
Extension cables and cordsets
You can use up to 100 feet (30 metres) extension
cord without undue loss of power. Extension cables
and cordsets should comply with national regulations.
Preparing the trimmer for use (Fig. 2)
• Take the trimmer and the guard (6) out of
the box.
Remove the guard screw (22) which is
located on the base of the trimmer body
(1) (Fig. 2.1).
Place the guard into the channel on the
trimmer body.
Push the guard fully home until the guard
is flush with the body (Fig. 2.2).
Replace the guard screw (Fig. 2.3).
If correctly assembled, the guard will now
be secured to your trimmer.
Do not cut wet grass; best results are
achieved when the grass is dry.
• To switch on your trimmer, squeeze the
trigger switch (21).
• To switch the unit off, release the
trigger switch.
• To carry the trimmer when not in use,
it is preferred that you use the secondary
handle (2).
Cut at an angle and with the tip of the
cutting line (5).
Swing the trimmer gently from side to side.
Do not overload the trimmer. It operates best
at high speeds.
On long grass, start at the top.
Take small cuts.
Use the edge of the guard (6) to keep the
trimmer away from hard surfaces and
delicate items.
Best results are achieved on edges greater
than 50mm deep.
Note: Your trimmer is a maintenance tool for
trimming overhanging grass and should not
be used to create edges. Edges can be
created using an edging spade.
With the skid (25) on the grass edge and the
edge guide (9) hooked over the edge, pull
the unit along while keeping the edge guide
in contact with the lawn edge.
A closer cut can be achieved by angling
the trimmer.
If your trimmer is suitable for use with a
‘Detachable’ extension cord, loop a length of
cord through the cord restraint (3) to avoid
the plug and socket coming apart
accidentally if the cord is pulled.
• With the trimmer switched off and the
edge guide (9) resting on the ground,
place one hand on the switch handle
(20). Using your other hand, turn the
locking ring (4) anti-clockwise, as far as
it will go (approximately quarter of a turn)
(Fig. 3.1).
• While still holding the switch handle,
tighten the locking ring clockwise, using
the other hand. Only light finger pressure
is required to secure it (Fig. 3.3).
How to alter the position of the
secondary handle (Fig. L)
How to adjust the height of your
trimmer (Fig. 3)
Your trimmer has a telescopic body, thus
allowing you to alter its height to give you the
most comfortable operating position.
Your trimmer has an adjustable secondary
handle to allow you to position it for maximum
comfort and balance. It can be folded flat for
compact storage.
To adjust the handle:
• While keeping hold of the switch handle,
grasp the trimmer body (1) and rotate
half a turn in the direction of the arrow
(24), until the body ‘clicks’ into position
(Fig. 3.2).
• While still holding the switch handle,
tighten the locking ring clockwise, using
the other hand. Only light finger pressure
is required to secure it (Fig. 3.3).
• With the trimmer switched off and the
edge guide (9) resting on the ground,
place one hand on the switch handle
(20). Using your other hand, turn the
locking ring (4) anti-clockwise,
approximately quarter of a turn (Fig. 3.1).
• While keeping hold of the switch handle,
grasp the trimmer body (1) with your other
hand and raise/lower the switch handle
to your desired operating position (Fig. 3.4).
How to convert between the
trimming and edging mode (Fig. 3)
In addition to conventional trimming
(Fig. D), your trimmer can be used to trim
overhanging grass along lawn edges and
flower beds (Fig. J).
To convert your trimmer between the
trimming and edging mode:
To adjust the height of your trimmer:
With the trimmer guard resting on the
ground, depress the button (27) with
your hand.
While keeping the button depressed,
lift/lower the secondary handle to the
desired position with your other hand.
Releasing the button will automatically
lock the handle in one of the preset
How to alter the cutting head angle
of your trimmer (Fig. M & N)
Your trimmer has a variable cutting head angle.
• To give you the optimum trimming angle
independent of your personal height
(Fig. C).
• To raise the handle to a more comfortable
height when in the edging mode. Tip:
Alter the cutting head angle by lowering
the handle one or two knotches, while in
the trimming mode, prior to converting to
the edging mode (Fig. M).
To gain access under benches, garden
furniture and shrubs (Fig. N).
To alter the cutting head angle:
• With the guard (6) resting on the ground,
depress the pedal (26) with your foot.
• Raise/lower the switch handle (20) while
keeping the pedal depressed. The
cutting head will automatically lock when
you remove your foot from the pedal.
Replacement line
A new spool containing 10 metres of cutting line
(cat. no. A6481) may be purchased from your
Black & Decker dealer. Alternatively, replacement
line packs are available.
For maximum reliability, never put on a heavier or
lighter line (e.g. fishing line) which will prevent the
automatic feed from functioning, cause motor failure
or reduce cutting performance.
How to fit a new spool of cutting line
(Fig. 4 & 5)
• Disconnect your trimmer from the
power supply.
Remove the spool cover by pushing the
spool cover tabs (13) inwards and
upwards (Fig. 4), then pull off (it is not
necessary to push both tabs in at the
same time). The empty spool can now
be withdrawn from the drive shaft.
Remove any dirt or grass that may have
collected inside the spool housing (12)
and cover (8).
Unwind approximately 9cm (3.5") of cutting
line (5) from the new spool (17). Feed the
cutting line through the eyelet and then
push the spool onto the centre drive shaft
(Fig. 5). Rotate as necessary to fully seat
the spool, taking care not to trap the cutting
line underneath the spool and making
sure that there is a minimum of 9cm
(3.5") protruding from the spool housing.
Replace the spool cover by aligning both
tabs on it (13) with the slots in the spool
housing and pushing them into place.
Make sure that both tabs are
securely located.
How to wind new line onto an empty
spool (Fig. 6 & 7)
• A maximum of 10 metres of new cutting
line can be wound onto the empty spool.
The spool has an ‘Indicator’ to help you
avoid winding an excessive quantity of
cutting line on the spool, as too much will
prevent the automatic feed system from
functioning (Fig. 6).
Remove any remnant of old cutting line
from the spool (17).
Push the end of the new cutting line into
one of the two holes provided in the
spool housing (17) and insert 20mm.
Bend the cutting line over, pulling it
through the adjacent ‘L’ shaped slot.
The cutting line should now be firmly
anchored to the spool and you may
proceed to wind it on in the direction of
the arrows (16).
Take time to wind the cutting line on
neatly, in layers. Do not criss cross.
When you have wound on sufficient
cutting line, temporarily park it in one of
the ‘L’ shaped slots to prevent the spool
unravelling, ensuring you leave a
minimum of 9cm (3.5") protruding.
Fit the spool and spool cover (8) to the
spool housing as described for fitting a
new spool.
Care and maintenance
• For best performance, please keep the cutting
line, spool and air slots in the trimmer body
clean. Use a dry brush or cloth to remove grass,
sap or other dirt.
Plastic parts may be cleaned by using a mild
soap and a cloth dampened with hot water.
Do not use any type of detergent, cleaner or
solvent which might contain chemicals which
could seriously damage the plastic. Do not spray
your trimmer with water.
Self lubricating bearings are used in your trimmer,
therefore, lubrication is not required.
Fault finding
Before checking your trimmer for any faults,
disconnect it from the mains.
• If the trimmer will not start, check that all power
cords are properly connected. If this does not
work, check your power point, finally (UK only)
check the fuse and wiring on the extension
cord plug.
• If the automatic line feed fails to operate, it could
be for one of the following reasons:
Line too short or line jammed on spool
• Disconnect your trimmer from the
power supply.
• Remove the spool cover (8) by pushing both
tabs (13) inwards and upwards (Fig. 4).
Lift the spool (17) approximately 6mm (1/ 4")
from the spool housing (12), while pulling the
cutting line (5). This will allow you to lengthen
the line while clearing any line jammed inside
the spool. Ensure there is a minimum of 9cm
(3.5") protruding from the spool housing.
To replace the spool, rotate as necessary
and replace the cover by aligning both tabs
on the cover with the slots in the spool
housing and push into place. Ensure that
both tabs are securely located.
Line still jammed on spool
Disconnect the power supply and remove
the cover, as previously described.
• Lift out the spool (17) completely, holding the
coiled cutting line in place to prevent it
unravelling from the spool (Fig. 7).
• Carefully unwind the cutting line (5) from the
spool until any crossed or trapped loops are
cleared. Rewind the cutting line evenly, in the
direction of the arrows (16) on the spool.
• Temporarily park the cutting line end in one
of the ‘L’ shaped slots to prevent the spool
unravelling. Ensure you leave a minimum of
9cm (3.5") protruding.
• Turn the lever (14) backwards and forwards
to ensure it operates freely.
• Remove any dirt or grass that may have
collected inside the spool housing and cover.
• Feed the end of the line through the eyelet
and then push the spool into the centre drive
shaft while pulling the free end of the line to
release it from the ‘L’ shaped slot. To fully
seat the spool, rotate as necessary, taking
care not to trap the line underneath the
spool, and making sure that there is a
minimum of 9cm (3.5") of line protruding from
the spool housing.
Finally, replace the cover as previously
Spool jammed
• Remove the spool cover and the spool,
as previously described.
• Remove any dirt or grass that may have
collected inside the cover and the
spool housing.
What to do if your trimmer
needs repair
Information on how and where to send your trimmer
for repair or service is given on the reverse of the
parts diagram. We recommend you keep this in
a safe place.
Australia/New Zealand: See Black & Decker under
‘Tools electric’ in your yellow pages.
Unwanted products and the
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 Lawn and garden
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 cables 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.
Black & Decker after sales service
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):
Grass trimmers
Compost shredders
EC Declaration of Conformity
We declare that units:
GL570, GL580 families
conform to 89/392/EEC, 89/336/EEC,
EN60/335, 73/23/EEC
A weighted sound pressure 96dB (A)
A weighted sound power 96dB (A)
Hand/arm weighted vibration 4m/s2
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Director of Engineering
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