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155VP
12 Volt Battery Trimmer/Blower
OPERATOR’S MANUAL
FOR QUESTIONS, CALL 1-800-345-8746 in U.S. or
1-800-265-6778 in CANADA
www.ryobi.com
IMPORTANT MANUAL
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INTRODUCTION
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THANK YOU
I.
Thank you for buying this quality product. This modern
outdoor power tool will provide many hours of useful
service. You will find it to be a great labor-saving device.
This operator’s manual provides you with easy-tounderstand operating instructions. Read the whole
manual and follow all the instructions to keep your new
outdoor power tool in top operating condition.
Rules for Safe Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
A. Important Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-4
B. Safety and International Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
C. Know Your Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
II.
Assembly Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
A. Mounting the Charging Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
B. Installing and Adjusting D-Handle . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
PRODUCT REFERENCES, ILLUSTRATIONS AND
SPECIFICATIONS
All information, illustrations and specifications in this
manual are based on the latest product information
available at the time of printing. We reserve the right to
make changes at any time without notice.
Copyright© 1999 Ryobi Outdoor Products, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
SERVICE INFORMATION
Service on this unit both within and after the warranty
period should be performed only by an authorized and
approved service dealer.
Dial:
• 1-800-345-8746 or www.ryobi.com on the world
wide web for authorized service dealers in the
United States.
Or
• 1-800-265-6778 in Canada to obtain the listing of the
authorized service dealer nearest you.
DO NOT RETURN THE UNIT TO THE RETAILER.
NOTE: PROOF OF PURCHASE WILL BE REQUIRED
FOR WARRANTY SERVICE.
III. Operating Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-12
A. Charging the Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
B. Operating the Coupler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
C. To Start Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
D. To Stop Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
E. Overload Protection Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
F. Holding the Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
G. Operating with the Trimmer Add-On Attachment .11
H. Adjusting Trimming Line Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
I. Decorative Trimming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
J. Tips for Best Trimming Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
K. Operating with the Blower Add-On Attachment . .12
L. Operating Tips When Using the Blower . . . . . . . .12
IV. Maintenance and Repair Instructions . . . . . . . . . .13-16
A. General Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
B. Line Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
C. Installing a Prewound Reel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
D. Battery Pack Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
E. Replacing the Charger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
F. Cleaning the Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
G. Storing the Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
H. Accessories and Replacement parts . . . . . . . . . . 16
V. Troubleshooting Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
VI. Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
VII. Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
CONTENTS OF CARTON
Make sure this manual is carefully read and understood
before starting or operating this equipment.
THIS PRODUCT IS COVERED BY ONE OR MORE US
PATENTS, OTHER PATENTS PENDING.
This unit should consist of the following:
• Model 155VP, Assembled with Battery, D-Handle,
Trimmer Add-On Attachment and Cutting
Attachment Shield
• Charging Station with Charger
• Blower Add-On Attachment with Hanger
• Operator's Manual
• Product Registration Card
2
RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION
The purpose of safety symbols is to attract your
attention to possible dangers. The safety symbols, and
their explanations, deserve your careful attention and
understanding. The safety warnings do not by
themselves eliminate any danger. The instructions or
warnings they give are not substitutes for proper
accident prevention measures.
SYMBOL
MEANING
SAFETY ALERT SYMBOL: Indicates
danger, warning, or caution. Attention is
required in order to avoid serious personal
injury. May be used in conjunction with other
symbols or pictographs.
NOTE: Advises you of information or instructions vital
to the operation or maintenance of the equipment.
DANGER: Failure to obey a safety warning
will result in serious injury to yourself or to
others. Always follow the safety precautions
to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, and
personal injury.
WARNING: Failure to obey a safety warning
can result in injury to yourself and others.
Always follow the safety precautions to
reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, and
personal injury.
CAUTION: Failure to obey a safety warning
may result in property damage or personal
injury to yourself or to others. Always follow
the safety precautions to reduce the risk of
fire, electric shock, and personal injury.
• IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS •
WARNING: When using battery trimmers /
blowers, basic safety precautions should
always be followed to reduce the risk of fire,
electric shock, and personal injury. Carefully
read and understand the entire Operator's
Manual before using your trimmer. Pay close
attention to the Operating Instructions and
Safety Warnings.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS
• Clear the area to be cut before each use. Remove all
objects such as rocks, broken glass, nails, wire, or
string which can be thrown or become entangled in
the cutting attachment. Clear the area of children,
bystanders, and pets. At a minimum, keep all
children, bystanders and pets outside a 50 feet (15 m)
radius; there still may be a risk to bystanders from
thrown objects. Bystanders should be encouraged to
wear eye protection. If you are approached, stop the
motor and cutting attachment immediately.
BEFORE OPERATING
SAFETY WARNINGS FOR BATTERY TRIMMERS
• Read the instructions carefully. Be familiar with the
controls and proper use of the unit.
• Battery tools do not have to be plugged into an
electrical outlet; therefore, they are always in operating
condition. Be aware of possible hazards even when
tool is not operating. Take care when performing
maintenance, service, or changing the trimmer add-on
attachment or blower add-on attachment.
• Do not operate this unit when tired, ill, or under the
influence of alcohol, drugs, or medication.
• Inspect the unit before use. Replace damaged parts.
Check for battery leaks. Make sure all fasteners are in
place and secure. Replace cutting attachment or
blower parts that are cracked, chipped, or damaged.
Make sure the cutting attachment is properly installed
and securely fastened. Be sure the cutting attachment
shield is properly attached, and positioned as
recommended. Failure to do so can result in personal
injury to the operator and bystanders, as well as
damage to the unit.
• Avoid dangerous environments. Never operate your
unit in damp or wet conditions. Moisture is a shock
hazard.
• Do not use the unit in the rain.
• Do not handle the unit with wet hands.
• Use only 0.080 in (2.03 mm) diameter genuine Ryobi
replacement line. Never use metal-reinforced line,
wire, or rope, etc. These can break off and become a
dangerous projectile.
• Remove or disconnect the battery before servicing,
cleaning, changing add-on attachments or removing
material from the unit.
• Use only the charging station provided with your unit
or optional Battery & Charger Accessory Kit, model
300028. Do Not substitute any other charging means.
Use of another charging means could cause batteries
to explode, resulting in possible serious personal
injury.
• Do not charge unit in rain or in wet locations.
• Your unit should be charged in a location where the
temperature is more than 50˚F (10˚C) but less than
100˚F (38˚C).
SAFETY WARNINGS FOR CHARGING STANDS
AND LEAD-ACID BATTERIES
• Before using charging stand, read all instructions and
cautionary markings in this manual, on charging stand,
and product using charging stand.
• Children and teens under the age of 15 must not use
the unit, except for teens guided by an adult.
• Do not expose charger to rain or snow.
• Be aware of the risk of injury to the head, hands and
feet.
• To reduce risk of injury, charge only sealed lead-acid
rechargeable batteries. Other types of batteries may
burst, causing personal injury and damage.
3
RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION
• To reduce risk of damage to charger body and cord,
pull by the charger body, rather than cord, when
disconnecting the charger.
• Make sure charger cord is located so that it will not be
stepped on, tripped over, or otherwise subjected to
damage or stress.
• Do not operate charger with a damaged cord or plug.
If damaged, replaced charger immediately.
• Do not operate charger if it has received a sharp blow,
been dropped, or otherwise damaged in any way. If
the charger case is damaged, replace the charger.
• Do not disassemble charger. The charger is not
serviceable; disassembly may result in a risk of electric
shock or fire.
• To reduce risk of electric shock, unplug the charger
from outlet before attempting any maintenance or
cleaning.
• Do not use charger outdoors.
• Use only the following type and size battery: Ryobi
part #182391, 12 volt DC, sealed lead-acid battery.
• Use the right tool. Only use this tool for the purpose
intended.
• Do not overreach. Always keep proper footing and
balance.
• Do not force the unit. It will do the job better and with
less likelihood of a risk of injury at the rate for which it
was designed.
• Always hold the unit with both hands when operating.
Keep a firm grip on both the battery housing grip and
D-handle.
• Release the trigger, ensure the lock-off button resets
and allow the motor to stop for maintenance, repair,
or for changing add-on attachments.
• Use only genuine Ryobi replacement parts when
servicing this unit. These parts are available from your
authorized service dealer.
• Do not use parts, accessories or attachments not
authorized by Ryobi for this unit. Doing so could lead
to serious injury to the user, or damage to the unit, and
void your warranty.
• Do not dispose of batteries in a fire. The cell may
explode. Batteries should be recycled, consult your
local waste authority for information regarding
available recycling and/or disposal options
WHILE OPERATING WITH TRIMMER ADD-ON
• Do not charge battery in rain or in wet locations.
• Be sure the cutting attachment is not in contact with
anything before starting the unit.
• Exercise care when handling batteries in order not to
short the battery with conducting materials such as
rings, bracelets, and keys. The battery or conductor
may overheat and cause burns.
• Charge the battery in a location where the temperature
is more than 50˚F (10˚C) but less than 100˚F (38˚C).
• Do not open or mutilate the battery. Released
electrolite is corrosive and may cause damage to the
eyes or skin. It may be toxic if swallowed.
WHILE OPERATING
• To avoid accidental starting, never carry your
unit with your finger on the trigger.
• Wear safety glasses or goggles that are marked as
meeting ANSI Z87.1-1989 standards, and ear/hearing
protection when operating this unit. Wear a face or
dust mask if the operation is dusty. Long sleeve shirts
are recommended.
• The trimmer add-on is designed only for cutting grass,
light weeds and decorative trimming. Do not use
trimmer add-on as an edger.
• If you strike or become entangled with a foreign
object, stop the unit immediately and check for
damage. Do not operate before repairing damage. Do
not operate the unit with loose or damaged parts.
• Keep hands, face, and feet at a distance from all
moving parts. Do not touch or try to stop the cutting
attachment when it is rotating.
• Always stop the motor when cutting is delayed or
when walking from one cutting location to another.
• The cutting attachment shield must always be in place
while operating the unit. Do not operate unit without
trimming line extended, and the proper line installed.
Do not extend the trimming line beyond the length of
the shield.
• Keep unit clean of vegetation and other materials.
They may become lodged between the cutting
attachment and shield.
• Stay Alert. Watch what you are doing. Use common
sense.
WHILE OPERATING WITH BLOWER ADD-ON
• Wear heavy, long pants, boots and gloves. Do not
wear short pants, sandals or go barefoot.
• Inspect the unit before use. Ensure the air intake on
sweeper/blower is free of debris.
• Dress Properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry.
They can be caught in moving parts. Secure hair
above shoulder level.
• Do not overreach. Always keep proper footing and
balance. Take extra caution when cleaning on steps or
stairs.
• Adjust the D-handle to your size to provide the best
grip.
• Never point the Blower in the direction of people or
pets, or in the direction of windows. Always direct the
blowing debris away from people, animals, glass, and
solid objects such as trees, automobiles, walls, etc.
• Use the unit only in daylight or good artificial light.
4
RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION
OTHER SAFETY WARNINGS
• Be sure to secure the unit while transporting.
• Store the unit inside in a dry place, either locked up or
up high to prevent unauthorized use or damage.
Keep out of the reach of children.
• Keep these instructions. Refer to them often and use
them to instruct other users. If you loan someone this
unit, also loan them these instructions.
• Never douse or squirt the unit with water or any other
liquid. Keep handles dry, clean and free from debris.
Clean after each use, see Cleaning and Storage
instructions.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
SAFETY AND INTERNATIONAL SYMBOLS
This operator's manual describes safety and international symbols and pictographs that may appear on this product.
Read the operator's manual for complete safety, assembly, operating and maintenance and repair information.
SYMBOL
MEANING
• SAFETY ALERT SYMBOL
Indicates danger, warning, or caution. May be used in conjunction with other symbols or
pictographs.
• WARNING: READ OPERATOR'S MANUAL
Failure to follow operating instructions and safety precautions in the operator's manual can
result in serious injury. Read the operator's manual before starting or operating this unit.
• FOR SERVICE INFORMATION, CALL:
USA:
1-800-345-8746
CANADA
1-800-265-6778
• WEAR EYE AND HEARING PROTECTION
WARNING: Thrown objects and loud noise can cause severe eye injury and
hearing loss. Wear eye protection meeting ANSI Z87.1-1989 standards and
ear protection when operating this unit.
• KEEP BYSTANDERS AWAY
WARNING: Keep all bystanders, especially children and pets, at least 50 feet (15 m.)
from the operating area.
• THROWN OBJECTS AND ROTATING CUTTER CAN CAUSE SEVERE INJURY
WARNING: Do not operate without the cutting attachment shield in place. Keep away
from the rotating cutting attachment. Keep clear of blower outlet. Never point the blower at
yourself or others. Objects can be thrown from blower.
• SHARP BLADE
WARNING: Sharp blade on cutting attachment shield. To prevent serious injury, do not
touch line cutting blade.
WARNING: The operation of any power tool can cause foreign objects to be thrown into
your eyes. This can lead to severe eye damage. Before commencing power tool operation,
always wear safety glasses or goggles that are marked as meeting ANSI Z87.1-1989
standards, and a full face shield when needed.
5
RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION
KNOW YOUR UNIT
APPLICATION
Use the Trimmer Attachment for;
• Cutting grass and light weeds, decorative trimming around trees, fences, etc.
Use the Blower Attachment to;
• Clean walkways, driveways, garage floor, decks, etc.
Battery Door
Battery Housing
Air Vents
Hand Grip
Lock-Off Button
Overload Protection
Switch
Trigger
D-handle
Electrical Connections
Air Intake
Coupler
Motor Wire Housing Tube
Blower Attachment
Motor Housing
Motor Housing
Blower Outlet
Motor Wire Housing
Air Intake
Cutting
Attachment
Shield
Bump Knob
Bump Head
Cutting Attachment
Line Cutting Blade
6
ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS
ADJUSTING THE D-HANDLE
MOUNTING THE CHARGING STATION
1. Hold the unit in the operating position (Fig. 1).
NOTE: Mount the charging unit and allow the unit to
charge for at least 36 hours prior to first use.
This unit may stay on the charging station continuously
without overcharging. Place the charging station where
the unit is intended to be stored. This should be a cool,
dry and well ventilated place, where the unit can be
locked-up and out of the reach of children.
The unit should be stored and charged in a location
where the temperature is between 50˚F (10˚C) and 100˚F
(38˚C).
1. Locate a place for the charging station near a wall
outlet and high enough to keep the unit off the floor.
2. Locate the wall stud and mount the charging station
to the wall using the three (3) screws provided
(Fig 3). Make sure that the screws enter the wall stud
to provide a secure mount.
Fig. 1
2. Loosen the wing nut (Fig. 2). It is not necessary to
remove the wing nut, washer or bolt.
3. Position the D-handle to the location that provides
you the best grip, and tighten the wing nut (Fig. 2).
Charging Station
Screws
Wall
Stud
Wall Outlet
Charger
D Handle
Wing Nut
Fig. 2
Cord Wrap
Charging
Indicator Light
Fig. 3
CAUTION: To prevent injury or damage to
the unit, the charging station must be
mounted securely to the wall.
3. Plug the charger into the wall outlet and wrap any
excess wire onto the cord wrap on the charging
station (Fig. 3).
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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
CHARGING THE UNIT
Make sure the charging station is securely fastened to a
wall and the charger is plugged into a working wall
outlet.
NOTE: Allow the unit to charge for at least 36 hours
prior to first use.
NOTE: If you are using the optional Battery and Charger
Accessory Kit to charge your battery. Read and
follow all instructions in the manual that comes
with the kit to set up and properly charge your
battery.
3. Charge the battery until the Charging Indicator Light
on the charger turns from red to green (Fig. 5).
NOTE: The unit’s operating time and the life of the
battery will be shorten if the unit is not fully
charged between uses.
4. Place the unit back on the charging station after
each use. The unit is designed so that the battery
cannot be overcharged.
1. Slide the unit down into the charging station until it is
firmly seated (Fig. 4). The barrel connector in the
charging station will insert into the unit. See
Replacing the Charger if not, page 16.
NOTE: The battery will heat up while the unit is being
charged. Be sure the air vents on the battery
housing are kept cleared for proper ventilation
(Fig. 4).
Charging
indicator light
Barrel
Connector
Air Vents
Fig. 5
Charging Tips for Maximum Performance
•
•
Charging
Station
•
Fig. 4
2. When the red indicator light on the charger is on, the
battery is being charged (Fig. 5). If the light fails to
come on, check that the:
a. Charger is plugged into a working wall outlet.
b. Unit is firmly seated into the charging station and
the barrel connector is fully inserted into the unit.
c. Barrel connector is properly installed in the
charging station. See Replacing the Charger if
not, page 16.
d. Power is on at the wall outlet.
NOTE: If the wall outlet is operated by a switch, be sure
the switch is ON.
WARNING: To prevent serious personal
injury, if the wall outlet is not working
properly, have the wall outlet checked
by a qualified electrician.
8
Store and charge the unit where temperatures are
between 50˚ F (10˚ C) and 100˚ F (38˚ C). Storing the
unit or batteries above 100˚ F (38˚ C) will reduce
battery life.
Storage below 50˚ F (10˚ C) will not reduce battery
life, but may require a longer charging time.
Store the unit on the charging station when not in
use. The unit is designed so that the battery cannot
be overcharged.
NOTE: The charging indicator light will remain lit when
the unit is properly installed in the charging
station.
Temperature Effects on Charging Time
•
•
•
50˚ F (10˚ C) to 100˚ F (38˚ C) – Battery will be
charged within 24 hours.
40˚ F (4 ˚C) to 50˚ F (10˚ C) – Battery will require up to
48 hours for a full charge.
Below 40˚ F (4 ˚C) – Battery will not reach full charge.
NOTE: Unit run time will be reduced when the battery is
not fully charged.
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
OPERATING THE COUPLER
The coupler enables the use of both trimmer and blower.
Removing Add-On Attachments:
WARNING: Battery tools do not have to be
plugged into an electrical outlet; therefore,
they are always in operating condition. To
prevent serious personal injury, take extra
precaution and care when removing or
installing add-on attachments.
3. While firmly holding the lower wire housing, push it
straight into the coupler until release button clicks
into place (Fig. 7).
4. Turn the knob clockwise to tighten (Fig. 7). Do not
over tighten.
CAUTION: Lock the release button in the
release button hole and securely tighten the
knob before operating this unit.
1. Turn the knob counterclockwise to loosen (Fig. 6).
NOTE: To make installing or removing the add-on
attachment easier, place the unit on the ground
or on a work bench.
Release
Button Hole
Large
Connection
Lower Wire
Housing
Electrical Connections
Coupler
Coupler
Release Button
Ridge
Tighten
Groove
Knob
Upper Wire
Housing
Knob
Fig. 7
Guide Recess
Lower Wire
Housing
Fig. 6
2. Press and hold the release button (Fig. 6).
3. While firmly holding the coupler housing, pull the
cutting attachment or blower attachment straight out
of the coupler (Fig. 6).
Installing Add-On Attachments:
1. Turn knob counterclockwise to loosen (Fig.6).
2. Align the groove on the lower wire housing of the
attachment with the ridge on the coupler (Fig. 7).
HANGER
A plastic hanger (Fig. 8) comes attached to the end of
the blower shaft housing. Install the hanger on the
cutting attachment or blower attachment to help in
storing out of the way when not in use.
• Push the release button on the motor wire housing
and pull the hanger to remove.
• Align the hole in the hanger with the release button
on the motor wire housing and press to install.
CAUTION: Do not force attachment. To
prevent damage to the attachment or
coupler, ensure alignment is made before
installing add-on attachment.
Fig. 8
9
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
TO START UNIT
HOLDING THE UNIT
WARNING: To prevent serious personal
injury, ensure the lock-off button resets each
time the trigger is released.
1. Press and hold the lock-off button in (Fig. 9). This
allows the trigger to operate.
Lock-Off Button
Trigger
WARNING: Dress properly to reduce the risk
of injury when operating this unit. Do not
wear loose clothing or jewelry. Wear eye and
ear/hearing protection. Wear heavy, long pants,
boots and gloves. Do not wear short pants,
sandals or go barefoot.
Before operating the unit, stand in the operating position
and check that:
• The operator is wearing eye protection and proper
clothing.
• The right arm is slightly bent, the right hand holding
the housing grip.
• The left arm is straight, the left hand holding the
D-handle.
• The unit is at waist level.
WARNING: To prevent serious injury, do not
carry the unit with your finger on the trigger.
Fig. 9
When Using the unit with the Trimmer Attachment
• The trimmer bump head is parallel to the ground and
easily contacts the material to be cut without the
operator having to bend over (Fig. 11).
2. Depress and hold trigger.
3. Release the lock-off button.
TO STOP UNIT
Release the trigger to stop the trimmer.
OVERLOAD PROTECTION SWITCH
This unit is equipped with an overload protection
switch to prevent overheating damage to the motor.
If the switch pops out:
1. Release the trigger and allow the unit to cool for a
minute.
2. Press the overload switch to reset. Resume
operation (Fig. 10).
If the switch pops again shortly after the first time:
1. Allow the unit to cool for 15 to 30 minutes.
2. After the unit has cooled, press the overload switch
to reset. Resume operation
If the switch does not stay in or continues to pop during
operation, take the unit to an authorized service dealer
for repair
Fig. 11
When Using the unit with the Blower Attachment
• The blower is parallel to the ground and is positioned
so debris is blown away from operator (Fig. 12).
Overload
Protection
Switch
Fig. 10
10
Fig. 12
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
OPERATING WITH THE TRIMMER ADD-ON
ATTACHMENT
WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury,
wear goggles or safety glasses at all times
when operating this unit. Wear a face mask
or dust mask in dusty locations.
DECORATIVE TRIMMING
Decorative trimming is accomplished by removing
all vegetation around trees, posts, fences, etc. Use a
30-degree angle when trimming with this method
(Fig. 14).
Clear the area to be cut before each use. Remove all
objects such as rocks, broken glass, nails, wire, or string
which can be thrown or become entangled in the cutting
attachment. Clear the area of children, bystanders, and
pets. At a minimum, keep all children, bystanders and
pets outside a 50 feet (15m) radius; there still may be a
risk to bystanders from thrown objects. Bystanders
should be encouraged to wear eye protection. If you are
approached, stop the motor and cutting attachment
immediately.
NOTE: Remove protective tape from the line cut-off
blade before operating trimmer.
ADJUSTING TRIMMING LINE LENGTH
The bump head allows the operator to release more
trimming line without stopping the motor. As line
becomes frayed or worn, additional line can be released
by lightly tapping the trimming head on the ground while
operating the trimmer (Fig. 13).
Fig. 14
TIPS FOR BEST TRIMMING RESULTS
•
NOTE: Do not rest the bump head on the ground.
•
•
Bump Head
•
•
Fig. 13
NOTE: Always keep the trimming line fully extended.
Line release becomes more difficult as cutting
line becomes shorter.
WARNING: Do not remove or alter the line
cutting blade assembly. Excessive line length
will cause the motor to overheat and may
result in serious personal injury.
Each time the head is bumped, approximately 1 inch
(25.4 mm) of trimming line is released. A blade in the
string guard will cut the line if excess line is released.
For best results, tap the head on bare ground or hard
soil. If line release is attempted in tall grass, the motor
may overheat. Always keep the trimming line fully
extended. Line release becomes more difficult as the
cutting line becomes shorter.
The correct angle for the cutting attachment is
parallel to the ground.
•
•
DO NOT FORCE THE UNIT. Allow the very tip of the
line to do the cutting (especially along walls). Cutting
with more than the tip will reduce cutting efficiency
and may overload the motor.
Grass over 8 inches (200 mm) should be cut by
working from top to the bottom in small increments
to avoid premature line wear or motor drag.
Whenever possible, cut right to left. When cutting to
the left, the unit's cutting efficiency is improved
slightly. Also, the clippings are thrown away from the
operator.
Slowly move the trimmer into and out of the area
being cut, maintaining the trimmer at the desired
cutting height. This can be either a forwardbackward or side-to-side motion. Cutting shorter
lengths produces best results.
Trim only when grass and weeds are dry.
The life of your cutting line is dependent upon
following the previous trimming techniques, what is
being cut, and where the cutting is being done. For
example, the line will wear faster when trimming
against a foundation wall as opposed to trimming
around a tree. Some line breakage will occur from:
• Entanglement with foreign matter.
• Normal line fatigue.
• Attempting to cut thick, stalky weeds.
• Forcing the line into objects such as walls or
fenceposts
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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
OPERATING WITH THE BLOWER ADD-ON
ATTACHMENT
WARNING: To avoid serious personal injury,
wear goggles or safety glasses at all times
when operating this unit. Wear a face mask
or dust mask in dusty locations.
Clear the area of children, bystanders, and pets. At a
minimum, keep all children, bystanders and pets outside
a 50 feet (15m) radius; there still may be a risk to
bystanders from thrown objects. Bystanders should be
encouraged to wear eye protection. If you are
approached, stop the unit immediately.
Assure the unit is not directed at people or loose debris
before starting.
Hold the blower as shown in Figs. 15, 16, and 17 and
sweep from side to side with the nozzle several inches
above the ground or floor. Slowly advance, keeping the
accumulated pile of debris in front of you.
Fig. 16
3. Use for decks, porches and walkways (Fig. 17).
WARNING: To prevent serious injury to
yourself or others, or possible damage to
property, never point the blower in the
direction of people or pets, or in the
direction of windows. Always direct the
blowing debris away from people, animals,
glass, and solid objects such as trees,
automobiles, walls, etc.
1. Use around buildings and for normal cleaning
(Fig. 15)
Fig. 17
OPERATING TIPS WHEN USING THE BLOWER
•
•
•
Fig. 15
2. Use for fences, walls, overhangs and screens
(Fig. 16).
•
•
•
•
•
•
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To reduce the risk of hearing loss associated with
sound level(s), the use of hearing protection is
required.
Operate power equipment only at reasonable hours –
not early in the morning or late at night when people
might be disturbed. Comply with time listed in local
ordinance.
To reduce noise levels, limit the number of pieces of
equipment used at any one time.
To reduce noise levels, operate power blowers at the
lowest possible speed to do the job.
Use rakes and brooms to loosen debris before
blowing.
In dusty conditions, slightly dampen surfaces when
water is available.
Conserve water by using power blowers instead of
hoses for many lawn and garden applications,
including areas such as gutters, screens, patios,
grills, porches, and gardens
Watch out for children, pets, open windows, or
freshly washed cars, and blow debris away.
After using blowers and other equipment, CLEAN
UP! Dispose of debris in trash receptacles.
MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS
WARNING: Battery tools do not have to be
plugged into an electrical outlet; therefore,
they are always in operating condition. To
prevent serious personal injury, take extra
precautions and care when performing
maintenance, service or for changing the
cutting attachment or other attachments.
WARNING: To prevent serious personal
injury, remove or disconnect the battery
before servicing, cleaning, changing add-on
attachments or removing material from the unit.
GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS
The warranty on this unit does not cover items that have
been subjected to operator abuse or negligence. To
receive full value from the warranty, the operator must
maintain the unit as instructed in this operator’s manual.
BEFORE EACH USE CHECK FOR
DAMAGED/WORN PARTS
• Bump head — Replace bump head parts
that are bent, warped, cracked, or damaged in any
way.
AFTER EACH USE CLEAN UNIT
AND LABELS
NOTE: Always clean the inner reel, outer spool, and
shaft before reassembling the bump head.
PRESS TABS
Bump Head
Cover
Inner Reel
Spring
Outer Spool
Fig. 18
4. Check the indexing teeth on the inner reel and outer
spool for wear (Fig. 19). If necessary, remove burrs
or replace the reel and spool.
Indexing Teeth
• Clean the unit using a damp cloth with a mild
detergent.
NOTE: Do not use any strong detergents on the plastic
housing or the handle. They can be damaged by
certain household cleaners that contain aromatic
oils such as pine and lemon, and by solvents
such as kerosene.
• Wipe off the unit with a clean, dry, soft cloth.
• Keep air vents free from debris at all times.
LINE INSTALLATION
Always use genuine Ryobi 0.080 in. (2.03 mm.)
replacement line. Using line other than specified may
cause the unit to overheat or fail.
WARNING: Never use metal-reinforced line,
wire, or rope, etc. These can break off and
become a dangerous projectile.
There are two methods to replace the trimmer line:
• Wind the inner reel with new line.
Fig. 19
5. Take approximately 12 feet (3.6 m) of new trimming
line, insert one end of the line into the hole in the
inner reel (Fig. 20).
6. Wind the line, in even and tight layers, onto the reel
(Fig. 20). Wind the line in the direction indicated on
the inner reel.
NOTE: Failure to wind the line in the direction indicated
will cause the bump head to operate incorrectly.
• Install a prewound inner reel.
Winding the Existing Reel
1. Remove the bump head cover by pressing in both
bump head cover tabs visible on either side of the
bump head outer spool (Fig. 18).
NOTE: The spring will push the cover up when the tabs
release.
Inner Reel Hole
2. Remove the inner reel and spring (Fig. 18).
3. Use a clean cloth to clean the inner surface of the
outer spool (Fig. 18).
Fig. 20
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MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS
7. Insert the end of the line into one of the two 0.80
holding slots (Fig. 21).
11. Install the bump head cover over the inner reel. Align
the tabs on the cover with the slots in the outer
spool and press the cover evenly down until it snaps
into place .
NOTE: Make sure the bump head cover tabs snap into
place or the inner reel will come out during
operation.
INSTALLING A PREWOUND REEL
Always use genuine replacement line. Using larger line
then the unit is designed for may make the motor
overheat or fail.
1. Remove the bump head cover by pressing in both
bump head cover tabs visible on either side of the
bump head outer spool (Fig. 18, Pg. 13).
0.80
Holding
Slot
Fig. 21
8. Insert the end of the line through the eyelet in the
outer spool (Fig. 22)
NOTE: The spring will push the cover up when the tabs
release.
2. Remove the old inner reel and spring from the outer
spool (Fig. 18, Pg. 13).
3. Remove the spring from the old inner reel
(Fig. 18, Pg. 13).
4. Use a clean cloth to clean the inner surface of the
outer spool (Fig. 18, Pg. 13).
5. Insert the end of the line, on the prewound reel,
through the eyelet in the outer spool (Fig. 22)
6. Place inner reel and spring inside the outer spool.
NOTE: The spring must be assembled on the inner reel
before reassembling the bump head.
Fig. 22
9. Place inner reel and spring inside the outer spool.
NOTE: The spring must be assembled on the inner reel
before reassembling the bump head.
10. Hold the inner reel in place, grasp the line end and
pull firmly to release the line from the holding slot in
the inner reel (Fig. 23).
Fig. 23
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7. Hold the inner reel in place, grasp the line end and
pull firmly to release the line from the holding slot in
the inner reel (Fig. 23).
8. Install the bump head cover over the inner reel. Align
the tabs on the cover with the slots in the outer
spool and press the cover evenly down until it snaps
into place.
NOTE: Make sure the bump head cover tabs snap into
place or the inner reel will come out during
operation.
MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS
BATTERY PACK REPLACEMENT
To preserve natural resources, please recycle
or dispose of properly. THIS PRODUCT
CONTAINS A SEALED LEAD-ACID BATTERY
AND MUST BE DISPOSED OF PROPERLY.
Local, state, or federal laws may prohibit
disposal of sealed lead-acid batteries in
ordinary trash. Consult your local waste
authority for information regarding available
recycling and/or disposal options.
Removing the Battery
1. Push the two latches on the side of the battery
housing door in and swing door down. Unhook the
door from the slot on the bottom of the battery
housing by lifting up and away. Set door aside
(Fig. 24).
Latches
Battery Housing
Door
Installing the Battery
1. Slide the battery into the battery housing until the
battery retaining latch locks the battery into place
(Fig 25).
2. Reinstall the door by hooking over the slot on the
bottom of the battery housing. Swing the battery
housing door closed until the two latches snap into
place.
For Best Performance
When reinstalling the battery:
• Check battery terminals for corrosion and clean if
necessary. Clean terminals using a dry scrubbing pad
and wipe clean with a dry cloth. Never use liquids to
clean terminals.
• Check battery casing for signs of damage and replace
if needed.
NOTE: If you clean or replace the battery, apply a small
amount of electrically conductive grease to the
terminals only. This grease is available at any
local electronics store.
Do not use automotive or bearing grease.
Recycle the Battery Pack
If you are removing the battery for replacement or for
storage, cover the battery pack’s terminals with heavy
duty electrical tape.
Hook
Fig. 24
2. Push down on the battery retaining latch while
pulling battery out (Fig. 25).
NOTE: If the battery is removed you will notice grease
on the terminal contacts, this is normal.
WARNING: Do not attempt to destroy or
disassemble battery or remove any of its
components. Sealed lead-acid batteries
must be recycled or disposed of properly.
Never touch both terminals with metal
objects and/or body parts as short circuit
may result. Keep away from children. Failure
to comply with these warnings could result in
fire and/or serious personal injury.
Battery
Retaining Latch
Battery
Fig. 25
WARNING: If the battery pack has signs of
leakage, do not touch. Do not open or
mutilate the battery. Released electrolyte is
corrosive and may cause damage to the eyes
or skin. To avoid serious injury, take the unit
to an authorized service dealer for repair.
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MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS
REPLACING THE CHARGER
CLEANING THE UNIT
Replace the charger if it is damaged, or if the barrel
connector or cord become damaged, or if the barrel
connector is not connecting to the unit properly.
CAUTION: Only use the type of charger
specified for this unit. Any other type may
cause damage to the unit, batteries and
possible injury.
Your trimmer requires a Ryobi #182534 12V charger and
#180295 charging station. The charging instructions
refer only to these parts.
NOTE: If you are using the optional Battery and Charger
Accessory Kit to charge your battery. Read and
follow all instructions in the manual that comes
with the kit to set up and properly charge your
battery.
1. Unplug the charger from the wall outlet and remove
the unit from the charging station.
2. Remove the screw from the clamp holding the barrel
connector in place using a standard or T-20 Torx bit
screwdriver (Fig. 26).
3. Remove the barrel connector from the slot and
replace charger, if needed.
4. Insert the narrow side of the barrel connector wire
into the groove in the slot of the charging station.
Ensure the barrel connector is inserted correctly and
secure (Fig. 26).
5. Reinstall the clamp and screw.
6. Plug the charger into the wall outlet. Refer to
Charging the Unit for charging instructions.
Barrel Connector
Edge of Barrel
Connector Wire
Clamp
Groove
Charging Station
Charger
Fig. 26
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WARNING: Battery tools do not have to be
plugged into an electrical outlet; therefore,
they are always in operating condition. To
prevent serious personal injury, take extra
precautions and care when performing
maintenance, cleaning or servicing the unit.
WARNING: To prevent serious personal
injury, remove or disconnect the battery
before servicing, cleaning, changing add-on
attachments or removing material from the unit.
• Clean the unit using a damp cloth with a mild
detergent.
• Do not use any strong detergents on the plastic
housing or the handle. They can be damaged by
certain aromatic oils such as pine and lemon, and by
solvents such as kerosene. Moisture can also cause a
shock hazard. Wipe off any moisture with a soft dry
cloth.
• Use a small brush or the air discharge of a small
vacuum cleaner brush to clean the air vents on the
battery housing and motor housing.
• Keep the air vents free of obstructions
STORING THE UNIT
Clean the unit thoroughly before storing it. Hang
the unit on the charging station. Store the unit in a dry,
well-ventilated area, locked-up or up high, out of the
reach of children.
To maintain the life of the battery, only store the unit in a
place where temperatures do not exceed 100°F or drop
below 40°F.
ACCESSORIES AND REPLACEMENT PARTS
Cutting Attachment Shield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180293
Replacement Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 610375
Replacement Line Cartridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180292
Inner Reel Spring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180374
Bump Head Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180376
Charger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182534
Charging Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180295
12 Volt Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182391
Battery and Charger Accessory Kit (optional) . . . 300028
TROUBLESHOOTING
MOTOR OPERATES SLOWLY OR WILL NOT OPERATE
CAUSE
ACTION
Battery is not charged
Charge battery. See Charging the Unit, page 8.
Overload protection switch has popped
Reset overload protection switch
Add-On Attachment not fully inserted into coupler
Re-insert attachment lower boom until release button
engages coupler hole, page 9.
BATTERY WILL NOT CHARGE
CAUSE
ACTION
No power to charger or battery
Check charger and charging station. See Charging
the Unit, page 8.
Battery has failed
Replace battery. See Battery Pack Replacement,
page 15.
CUTTING ATTACHMENT WILL NOT ADVANCE LINE
CAUSE
ACTION
Cutting attachment bound with grass
Stop the unit and clean cutting attachment
Cutting attachment out of line
Refill with new line
Inner reel bound up
Replace the inner reel
Cutting attachment dirty
Clean inner reel and outer spool
Line welded
Disassemble, remove the welded section
and rewind the line
Line twisted when refilled
Disassemble and rewind the line
Not enough line is exposed
Push the Bump Knob and pull out line until
4 inches (102 mm.) of line is outside of the
cutting attachment
SPECIFICATIONS
BATTERY, MOTOR, TRIMMER ADD-ON ATTACHMENT & BLOWER ADD-ON ATTACHMENT
Motor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Volt DC, 15 Amps
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sealed Lead-Acid, 12 Volt
Motor Wire Housing Tube . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aluminum Tube, Coupler
Unit Weight (With battery, trimmer add-on attachment, cutting attachment shield and D-handle) . 10.2 lbs. (4.63 kg.)
Trimmer Add-On Attachment:
Cutting Mechanism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bump Head
Line Spool Diameter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 in (76.2 mm)
Trimming Line Diameter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.080 in (2.03 mm.)
Cutting Path Diameter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 in. (254 mm)
Blower Add-On Attachment:
Blower Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 120 MPH
Unit Weight (Blower Add-On Attachment Only)) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.4 lbs. (1.09 kg.)
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LIMITED TWO-YEAR WARRANTY
RYOBI OUTDOOR PRODUCTS warrants each new
RYOBI Product for two (2) years according to the
following terms.
This warranty extends to the original retail purchaser
only and commences on the date of original retail
purchase.
Any part of the RYOBI Product manufactured or
supplied by RYOBI and found in the reasonable
judgement of RYOBI to be defective in material or
workmanship will be repaired or replaced by an
authorized RYOBI service dealer without charge for
parts and labor.
The RYOBI Product including any defective part must
be returned to an authorized service dealer within the
warranty period. The expense of delivering the RYOBI
Product to the dealer for warranty work and the
expense of returning it back to the owner after repair
or replacement will be paid for by the owner. RYOBI’s
responsibility in respect to claims is limited to making
the required repairs or replacements and no claim of
breach of warranty shall be cause for cancellation or
rescission of the contract of sale of any RYOBI
Product. Proof of purchase will be required by the
dealer to substantiate any warranty claim. All warranty
work must be performed by an authorized RYOBI
service dealer.
This warranty is limited to ninety (90) days from the
date of original retail purchase for any RYOBI Product
that is used for rental or commercial purposes, or any
other income-producing purpose.
This warranty does not cover any RYOBI Product that
has been subject to misuse, neglect, negligence, or
accident, or that has been operated in any way
contrary to the operating instructions as specified in
the RYOBI Operator’s Manual. This warranty does not
apply to any damage to the RYOBI Product that is the
result of improper maintenance or to any RYOBI
Product that has been altered or modified so as to
adversely affect the product's operation, performance
or durability or that has been altered or modified so as
to change its intended use. The warranty does not
extend to repairs made necessary by normal wear or
by the use of parts or accessories which are either
incompatible with the RYOBI Product or adversely
affect its operation, performance or durability.
In addition, this warranty does not cover:
A. Wear items - Bump Knobs, Outer Spools,
Cutting Line, Inner Reels.
RYOBI reserves the right to change or improve the
design of any RYOBI Product without assuming
any obligation to modify any product previously
manufactured.
ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARE LIMITED IN
DURATION TO THE TWO (2) YEAR WARRANTY
PERIOD OR NINETY (90) DAYS FOR PRODUCTS
USED FOR ANY COMMERCIAL PURPOSE.
ACCORDINGLY, ANY SUCH IMPLIED WARRANTIES
INCLUDING MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR OTHERWISE, ARE
DISCLAIMED IN THEIR ENTIRETY AFTER THE
EXPIRATION OF THE APPROPRIATE TWO-YEAR
OR NINETY DAY WARRANTY PERIOD. RYOBI’S
OBLIGATION UNDER THIS WARRANTY, IS STRICTLY
AND EXCLUSIVELY LIMITED TO THE REPAIR OR
REPLACEMENT OF DEFECTIVE PARTS, AND ROP
DOES NOT ASSUME OR AUTHORIZE ANYONE TO
ASSUME FOR THEM ANY OTHER OBLIGATION.
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON
HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO
THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
RYOBI ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR
INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER
DAMAGES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO
EXPENSE OF RETURNING THE RYOBI PRODUCT
TO AN AUTHORIZED SERVICE DEALER AND
EXPENSE OF DELIVERING IT BACK TO THE
OWNER, MECHANIC’S TRAVEL TIME, TELEPHONE
OR TELEGRAM CHARGES, RENTAL OF A LIKE
PRODUCT DURING THE TIME WARRANTY SERVICE
IS BEING PERFORMED, TRAVEL, LOSS OR DAMAGE
TO PERSONAL PROPERTY, LOSS OF REVENUE,
LOSS OF USE OF THE PRODUCT, LOSS OF TIME,
OR INCONVENIENCE. SOME STATES DO NOT
ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF
INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO
THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT
APPLY TO YOU.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you
may also have other rights which vary from state to
state.
This warranty applies to all RYOBI Products
manufactured by RYOBI and sold in the United States
and Canada.
To locate your nearest service dealer dial
1-800-345-8746 in the United States or
1-800-265-6778 in Canada.
RYOBI OUTDOOR PRODUCTS
550 N. 54th Street
Chandler, AZ 85226 U.S.A.
RYOBI CANADA INC.
275 Industrial Rd
Cambridge, Ontario N1R 6K2 CANADA
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
FOR QUESTIONS CALL 1-800-345-8746 IN U.S.
OR 1-800-265-6778 IN CANADA
OPERATOR’S MANUAL PART NO. 182308
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