Operator's Manual I CRRFTSMRN°I 4.0 Amp Motor 13 Inch Cutting Path/.065 ELECTRIC In. Line WEEDWACKER ® Model No. 358.799461 @ WARNING: Read and follow all Safety Rules and Operating Instructions before first use of this product. For answers Call 7 am-7 to your questions about this product: pm, Mon-Sat; 10 am-7 pm, Sun 1-800-235-5878 Sears, 530088611 Roebuck 10/9/00 and Co., Hoffman (Hours listed are Central Time) Estates, IL 60179 U.S.A. Warranty 2 Parts Available Safety Rules Statement 2 Storage Assembly Operation Maintenance Service & Adjustments 5 6 8 9 Troubleshooting 9 9 Table Spanish Parts Ordering 10 11 Back Cover FULL ONE YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN ELECTRIC WEEDWACKER ® LINE TRIMMER If this Craftsman Electric Weedwacker <_ Line Trimmer fails to perform properly due to a defect in material or workmanship within (1) one year from the date of purchase, Sears will repair or replace it, free of charge. This warranty does not cover the nylon line. WARRANTY SERVICE IS AVAILABLE BY RETURNING THE CRAFTSMAN ELECTRIC WEEDWACKER :R LINE TRIMMER TO THE NEAREST SEARS STORE OR SERVICE CENTER IN THE UNITED STATES. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. Sears, Roebuck and Co., D/817WA, Hoffman Estates, IL 60179 .'%_ m_WARNIN_I: When using electric gardening appliances, basic safety precautions must always be followed to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, and serious injury. Read and follow all instructions. _ @ ,_ WARNING: Trimmer line throws objects violently. You and others can be blinded/injured. Wear safety glasses, boots, and leg protection. Keep body parts clear of rotating line. Safety Glasses or similar eye 3rotection ON AFETY THE UNIT INFORMATION This power unit can be dangerous! Operator is responsible for following the warnings and instructions in this manual and on the unit. Read entire Operator's Manual before using unit! Be thoroughly familiar with the controls and the proper use of the unit. Restrict the use of this unit to persons who read, understand, and follow unit and manual warnings and instructions. Never allow children to operate this unit. Close attention is necesary when used near children. dI_DAN_IER" Never use blades or flailing devices. Unit is designed for line trimmer use only. Use of any other accessories or attachments will increase the risk of injury. Boots Keep children, bystanders, and animals 50 feet (15 meters) away. If approached stop unit immediately. If situations occur which are not covered in this manual, use care and good judgement. If you need assistance, call 1-800-235-5878. OPERATOR SAFETY • Dress properly. Always wear safety glasses or similar eye protection when operating, or performing maintenance on your unit. (Safety glasses are available.) Always wear face or dust mask if operation is dusty. Always wearheavy, long pants, longsleeves, boots, and gloves. Donotgobarefoot orwear sandals. • Secure hairabove shoulder length. Secure orremove loose clothing andjewelry orclothing withloosely hanging ties,straps, tassels, etc. Theycanbecaught inmoving parts. • Being fullycovered alsohelps protectyoufromdebris andpieces of toxicplants thrown byspinning line. • StayAlert. Donotoperate unitwhen youaretired,ill,orunderinfluence ofalcohol, drugs, ormedication. Watch what youaredoing; usecommonsense. • Avoid unintentional starting ofthe unit.Never carryunitwithyourfingerontheswitch. Besurethe switch isinOFF position when connecting extension cord. ELECTRICAL SAFETY ,_/kWARNING: Avoid a dangerous environment. To reduce the risk of electrical shock, do not use in rain, in damp or wet locations, or around swimming pools, hot tubs, etc. Do not expose to snow, rain, or water to avoid the possibility of electrical shock. • Use a voltage supply as shown on unit. • Avoid dangerous situations. Do not use in the presence of flammable liquids or gases to avoid creating a fire or explosion and/or causing damage to unit. • To reduce the risk of electrical shock, this equipment has a polarized plug (one blade is wider than the other) and will require the use of a polarized extension cord. The appliance plug will fit into a polarized extension cord only one way. If the plug does not fit fully into the extension cord, reverse the plug. If the plug still does not fit, obtain a correct polarized extension cord. A polarized extension cord will require the use of a polarized wall outlet. This plug will fit into the polarized wall outlet only one way. If plug does not fit fully into the wall outlet, reverse the plug. If the plug still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician to install the proper wall outlet. Do not change the equipment plug, extension cord receptacle, or extension cord plug in any way. • To reduce risk of electrical shock, use extension cords specifically marked as suitable for outdoor appliances having electrical rating not less than the rating of unit. Cord must be marked with suffix "W-A" (in Canada "W"). Make sure your extension cord is in good condition. Inspect extension cord before use and replace if damaged. Do not use a damaged cord. Cord insulation must be intact with no cracks or deterioration. Plug connectors must be undamaged. An undersized extension cord will cause a drop in line voltage resulting in loss of power and overheating. If in doubt, use the next heavier gauge. The lower the gauge number, the heavier the cord (see SELECT AN EXTENSION CORD). Do not use multiple cords. • Do not abuse cord. Never carry the unit by the extension cord or yank extension cord to disconnect unit. • Use cord retainer to prevent disconnection of extension cord from unit. See ATTACH THE ENTENSlON CORD TO YOUR TRIMMER under the section titled OPERATION. • Do not use the unit if the switch does not turn the unit on and off properly. Repairs to the switch must be made by your Sears Service Center. • Keep the extension cord clear of operator and obstacles at all times. Do not expose cords to heat, oil, water, or sharp edges. • To avoid the possibility of electric shock, avoid body contact with any grounded conductor, such as metal fences or pipes. • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protection should be provided on circuit or outlet to be used. Receptacles are available having built-in GFCl protection and may be used for this measure of safety. UNIT SAFETY • Inspect unit before use. Replace damaged parts. Make sure all handles, guards, and fasteners are in place and securely fastened. Parts that are damaged must be repaired or replaced by a Sears Service Center. These include head parts that are cracked, or chipped, guards, and any other part that is damaged. • Do not repair unit yourself. • Use only .065" (1.65 mm) diameter recommended trimmer line. (See SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS). Nev- TRANSPORTING AND STORAGE erusewire, rope, string etc. • Stop the unit and disconnect the • Usespecified trimmer spool.Make power source when not in use. surespool isproperly installed and • Carry the unit with motor stopped. allparts aresecurely fastened. • Store the unit so the line limiter • Useonlyrecommended replaceblade (on underside of shield) canmentparts andaccessories. not cause injury. CUTTING SAFETY • Store unit indoors in a high, dry place out of the reach of children. • Inspect areatobecutRemove ob Store unit unplugged. jects(rocksbroken glassnails DOUBLE INSULATION CONSTRUCwirestringetc.)which canbe thrown orbecome entangled incut- TION tinghead. This unit is double insulated to help • Donotoverreach orstand onunsta- protect against electric shock. Double insulation construction consists of two blesupport. Keep firmfooting and balance. separate "layers" of electrical insula• Keep thecutting headbelow waist tion instead of grounding. level. Donotraise handles above Tools built with this insulation system yourwaist. Cutting headcancome are not intended to be grounded. No dangerously close toyourbody. grounding means is provided on this • Keep away fromspinning line. unit, nor should a means of grounding • Useunitproperly. Useonlyfortrim- be added to this unit. As a result, the ming, edging, scalping, andmow- extension cord used with your unit can ing.Donotforceunit.Itwilldothe be plugged into any polarized 120 volt jobbetter andwithlessriskofinjury electrical outlet. attherateforwhich itwasdesigned. Safety precautions must be observed • Useonlyindaylight oringoodartifi- when operating any electrical tool. ciallight. The double insulation system only MAINTENANCE ,_WARNING: SAFETY Disconnect unit from the power supply before performing maintenance, or when changing trimmer line. • Maintain unit according to recommended procedures. Keep cutting line at proper length. Follow instructions for changing trimmer line. • Have all service and maintenance not explained in this manual performed by a Sears Service Center to avoid creating a hazard. • Never douse or squirt the unit with water or any other liquid. Clean unit and labels with a damp sponge. Keep handles dry, clean, and free from oil and grease. • Keep the air vents clean and free of debris to avoid overheating the motor. Clean after each use. provides added protection against injury resulting from an internal electrical insulation failure. _/L WARNING: All electrical repairs to this unit, including housing, switch, motor, etc., must be diagnosed and repaired by qualified service personnel. Replacement parts for a double insulated appliance must be recommended by the manufacturer. A double insulated appliance is marked with the words "double insulation" or "double insulated." The symbol (square within a square)  may also be marked on the appliance. Failure to have the unit repaired by qualified service personnel can cause the double insulation construction to become ineffective and result in serious injury. SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS CARTON CONTENTS Check carton contents against the following list. Model 358.799461 • Trimmer • Shield • Cutting line dispenser with extra line Examine parts for damage. Do not use damaged parts. NOTE: If you need assistance or find parts missing or damaged, call 1-800-235-5878. ASSEMBLY '_WARNING: If received as- ATTACHING dBbWARNING: The shield must be properly installed. The shield provides partial protection from the risk of thrown objects to the operator and others. Your unit is equipped with a line limiter blade, which cuts excess line to the proper length while running. The line limiter blade (on underside of shield) is sharp and can cut you. NOTE: If shield is not properly installed, damage to unit (including motor failure) will result. sembled, review all assembly steps to ensure your unit is properly assembled and all fasteners are secure. 1. • Extend the tube until it snaps into place. 2. 3. ADJUSTING UPPER HANDLE • Press button located on the underside of the upper handle and extend handle to a comfortable position. THE SHIELD Align the installation arrow on the shield with the installation arrow on the motor housing (see illustration below). Insert the shield onto the motor housing. Ensure cutting line remains free to rotate and is not caught between the shield and the motor housing. Twist the shield as illustrated until it snaps securely into place. Make sure the shield is facing the back of the unit as shown on the front cover of this manual. ALIGN INSTALLATION ARROWS Button _ ADJUSTING ASSIST HANDLE 1. Loosen wing nut or knob on handle. 2. Rotate the handle on the tube to an upright position; place in a comfortable position and retighten wing nut or knob. CAUTION: Sharp line limiter blade KNOW YOUR TRIMMER READ THIS OPERATOR'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR UNIT. Compare theillustrations withyourunittofamiliarize yourself withthelocation of the various controls and adjustments. ence. Plug _ Save this manual for future refer- t'_ Assist Handle Cord Retainer Motor Housing Bu_on Trigger Switch J Edge Guide Air Vents Semi-automatic Head with .065" line ge Button lap Button Debris _ RECESSED PLUG TWIST AND EDGE BUTTON The TWIST AND EDGE BUTTON is used to twist the lower portion of the unit into an edging position. EDGE GUIDE The EDGE GUIDE protects the unit from contacting the ground during edging. TAP BUTTON The TAP BUTTON is used to advance the cutting line during operation and to remove the spool during line replacement. The HANDLE BUTTON is used to adjust the upper handle to a comfortable operating position. INSTRUCTIONS ATTACH THE EXTENSION CORD TO YOUR TRIMMER Use only a voltage supply as specified on your unit. SELECT AN EXTENSION CORD Extension Loop your extension cord through the handle and around the hook. Insure the plug and cord are firmly and fully engaged. Cord Gauge Chart Length of Cord Gauge 25 Ft. (7.5 m) 50 Ft. (15 m) 100 Ft. (30 m) 18 Gauge 16 Gauge 16 Gauge Extension cords are available unit at Sears. Blade SEMI-AUTOMATIC HEAD The SEMI-AUTOMATIC HEAD holds the cutting line and rotates during operation. The RECESSED PLUG is where you attach your extension cord to the unit. TRIGGER SWITCH The TRIGGER SWITCH is used to turn on the unit. Squeeze the trigger switch to operate the unit. LINE LIMITER The LINE LIMITER cuts the cutting line to the proper cutting length. ASSIST HANDLE The ASSIST HANDLE is used to help hold and guide the unit. HANDLE BUTTON OPERATING Line Limiter for this 6 CORRECT OPERATING POSITION EDGING POSITION You can press this button and twist the lower portion 180 ° into an edging position. Button Trimming Edging _WARNING:Always weareye protection. Never leanoverthetrimmerhead. Rocks ordebris canricochetorbethrown intoeyes andface andcause blindness orother serious injury. When operating unit,stand asshown andcheck forthefollowing: • Wear eyeprotection andheavy clothing. • Hold trigger handle withrighthand andassist handle withlefthand. • Keep unitbelow waist level. • Cutfromyourright toyourlefttoensure debris is thrown away from you. Without bending over, keep line near and parallel to the ground (perpendicular when edging) and not crowded into material being cut. ADVANCING THE CUTTING LINE Advance line by tapping bottom of cutting head lightly on the ground while unit is running at full speed. A metal blade attached to the shield will cut the line to the proper length. TRIMMING Hold the bottom of the trimmer head about 3 in. (8 cm) above the ground and at an angle. Allow only the tip of the line to make contact. Do not force trimmer line into work area. EDGING While edging allow the tip of the line to make contact. Do not force the line. The edge guard helps protect the unit and keeps the unit from contacting the ground. Take extra caution while edging as objects can be thrown from the trimmer line. Edging SCALPING The scalping technique removes unwanted vegetation. Hold the bottom of the trimmer head about 3 in. (8 cm) above the ground and at an angle. Allow the tip of the line to strike the ground around trees, posts, monuments, etc. This technique increases line wear. Scalping MOWING Your trimmer is ideal for mowing in places conventional lawn mowers cannot reach. In the mowing position, keep the line parallel to the ground. Avoid pressing the head into the ground as this can scalp the ground and damage the tool. clean up. Keep the line parallel to and above the surfaces being swept and move the tool from side to side. Mowing Sweeping SWEEPING The fanning action of the rotating line can be used for a quick and easy CUSTOMER _, RESPONSIBILITIES WARNING: Disconnect power source before performing CARE & MAINTENANCE TASK Check for loose fasteners and parts Check for damaged or worn parts Inspect and clean unit and labels 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 unit as instructed in this manual. Various adjustments will need to be made periodically to properly maintain your unit. BEFORE EACH USE CHECK FOR LOOSE FASTENERS AND PARTS • Housing Screws • Assist Handle Screws • Debris Shield • Edge Guide maintenance. WHEN TO PERFORM Before each use Before each use After each use CHECK FOR DAMAGED OR WORN PARTS Contact Sears Service Center for replacement of damaged or worn parts. • Trigger Switch - Ensure switch functions properly by pressing and releasing the trigger switch. Make sure motor stops. • Debris Shield - Discontinue use of unit if debris shield is damaged. AFTER EACH USE INSPECTAND CLEAN UNIT AND LABELS • After each use, inspect complete unit for loose or damaged parts. Clean the unit using a damp cloth with a mild detergent. • Wipe off unit with a clean dry cloth. REPLACING THELINE 1. Remove thespool byfirmlypulling onthetapbutton. 2. Clean entire surface ofhuband spool. 3. Replace withapre-wound spool (#71-85837), orcutalength of30 feetof.065"(1.6mm)diameter Craftsman® ProTrimmer line.Use ofheavier linescould overload the unitanddamage unit.Never use wire, rope, string, etc.,which can break offandbecome adangerousmissile. 4. Insert oneendofthelineabout 1/2 inch(1cm)intothesmallholeinsidethespool. 5. Windthelineevenly andtightly ontothespool. Windinthedirectionofthearrow found onthe spool. 6. Push thelineintothenotch, leaving3to5inches (7- 12cm)unwound. 7. Insert thelineintotheexit hole in tion. Align the notch with the line exit hole. 9. Push the spool into the hub until it snaps into place. 10. Pull on the line extending outside the hub to release it from the notch; otherwise, the unit will not function properly. Small 8. Spool Tap Button Line in Notch _ Hub Line exit hole the hub as shown in the illustraUSER REPLACEABLE SERVICE PARTS REPLACEMENT PART Spool with .065" Pro Trimmer Assist Handle Bolt, Assist Handle, PART NUMBER Line 1/4-20 71-85837 530401991 530401989 Wing Nut, Assist Handle 530016118 Shield Assembly 530402672 Edge Guide 530402663 Screw, Edge Guide Retaining 530015815 Prepare unit for storage after each use by performing the following steps: _, WARNING: • Stop the unit and disconnect the power source when not in use. • Carry the unit with motor stopped. • Store the unit so the line limiter blade cannot cause injury. • Store unit and extension cord indoors in a high, dry place out of the reach of children. Store unit unplugged. • Store unit with all guards in place. Position unit so that any sharp object cannot accidentally cause injury. TROUBLESHOOTING TABLE ,_WARNING: Always stop unit and disconnect from the power source before performing all of the recommended remedies below except remedies that require unit to be operating. TROUBLE Semi-automatic head stops under a load or does not turn when switch is pressed. Line does not CAUSE 1. Crowding trimmer line against material being cut. 2. Electrical failure. 3. Thrown circuit breaker. 4. Debris stopping head. REMEDY 1. Allow tip of line to do the cutting. 2. Contact your Sears Service Center. 3. Check Breaker Box. 4. Remove debris. 1. Line improperly routed in head. 2. Line improperly wound onto spool. 3. Incorrect line size 4. Not enough line outside of head. 5. Dirt buildup on unit. 1. Line size is incorrect. 2. Incorrect spool. 3. Line is being crowded against material being cut. 1. Check line routing. Line releases continuously. 1. Line improperly routed in head. 2. Spool damaged. 1. Check line routing. Line usage is excessive. 1. Line improperly routed in head. 2. Line size is incorrect. 3. Crowding line against material being cut. 4. Spool worn or damaged. 2. Replace spool. 3. Cut with tip of line fully extended. 1. Too little line outside of head. 2. Line size incorrect. 1. Remove cover and pull 4 in. (10 cm) of line outside of head. 2. Use only .065 in. (1.65 mm) dia. line. advance or breaks while cutting. Line welds onto spool. Line pulls back into head. 2. Rewind line tightly 5. and evenly. Use only .065 in. (1.65mm) dia. line. Remove cover and pull 4 in. (10 cm) of line out of head. Clean unit. 1. Use only .065 in. (1.65mm) dia. line. 2. Replace with correct spool. 3. Cut with tip of line fully extended. 2. Replace spool. 1. Check line routing. 4. Replace 10 spool.