Toro 22in Electric Hedge Trimmer User manual

Toro 22in Electric Hedge Trimmer User manual
Form No. 3367-114 Rev B
22 inch Electric Hedge Trimmer
Model No. 51490—Serial No. 311000001 and Up
Operator's Manual
If you have questions or problems, contact us at or call
toll free 1-800-237-2654 (US) or 1-800-248-3258 (Canada) before returning
this product.
General Power Tool Safety
B. Use safety equipment. Always wear eye protection. Safety
equipment such as dust mask, non-skid safety shoes, hard
hat, or hearing protection used for appropriate conditions will
reduce personal injuries.
WARNING Read all safety warnings and instructions. Failure
to follow the warnings and instructions may result in electric shock,
fire, and/or serious injury.
C. Avoid accidental starting. Ensure the switch is in the
off-position before plugging in. Carrying power tools with
your finger on the switch or plugging in power tools that have
the switch on invites accidents.
Save all warnings and instructions for future reference.
D. Remove any adjusting key or wrench before turning the
power tool on. A wrench or a key left attached to a rotating
part of the power tool may result in personal injury.
The term “power tool” in all of the warnings refers to your
mains-operated (corded) power tool or battery-operated (cordless)
power tool.
1. Work area safety
A. Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered or dark areas
invite accidents
B. Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres,
such as in the presence of flammable liquids, gases or
dust. Power tools create sparks which may ignite the dust
or fumes.
C. Keep children and bystanders away while operating a
power tool. Distractions can cause you to lose control.
2. Electrical safety
A. Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Never modify
the plug in any way. Do not use any adapter plugs with
earthed (grounded) power tools. Unmodified plugs and
matching outlets will reduce risk of electric shock.
B. Avoid body contact with earthed or grounded surfaces
such as pipes, radiators, ranges and refrigerators. There
is an increased risk of electric shock if your body is earthed
or grounded.
C. Do not expose power tools to rain or wet conditions. Water
entering a power tool will increase the risk of electric shock.
D. Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord for carrying,
pulling or unplugging the power tool. Keep cord away
from heat, oil, sharp edges or moving parts. Damaged or
entangled cords increase the risk of electric shock.
E. When operating a power tool outdoors, use an extension
cord suitable for outdoor use. Use of a cord suitable for
outdoor use reduces the risk of electric shock.
F. If operating a power tool in a damp location is unavoidable,
use a residual current device (RCD) protected supply. Use
of an RCD reduces the risk of electric shock.
3. Personal safety
A. Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common
sense when operating a power tool. Do not use a power
tool while you are tired or under the influence of drugs,
alcohol or medication. A moment of inattention while
operating power tools may result in serious personal injury.
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E. Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at
all times. This enables better control of the power tool in
unexpected situations.
Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry.
Keep your hair, clothing and gloves away from moving
parts. Loose clothes, jewelry, or long hair can be caught in
moving parts.
G. If devices are provided for the connection of dust
extraction and collection facilities, ensure these are
connected and properly used. Use of these devices can
reduce dust-related hazards.
Power tool use and care
A. Do not force the power tool. Use the correct power tool
for your application. The correct power tool will do the job
better and safer at the rate for which it was designed.
B. Do not use the power tool if the switch does not turn it on
and off. Any power tool that cannot be controlled with the
switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
C. Disconnect the plug from the power source and/or the
battery pack from the power tool before making any
adjustments, changing accessories, or storing power
tools. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of
starting the power tool accidentally.
D. Store idle power tools out of the reach of children and do
not allow persons unfamiliar with the power tool or these
instructions to operate the power tool. Power tools are
dangerous in the hands of untrained users.
E. Maintain power tools. Check for misalignment or binding
of moving parts, breakage of parts and any other
condition that may affect the power tools operation. If
damaged, have the power tool repaired before use. Many
accidents are caused by poorly maintained power tools.
Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly maintained
cutting tools with sharp cutting edges are less likely to bind
and are easier to control.
G. Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits etc., in
accordance with these instructions and in the manner
intended for the particular type of power tool, taking
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inattention while operating the hedge trimmer may result in serious
personal injury.
into account the working conditions and the work to be
performed. Use of the power tool for operations different from
those intended could result in a hazardous situation.
Have your power tool serviced by a qualified repair
person using only identical replacement parts. This will
ensure that the safety of the power tool is maintained.
Carry the hedge trimmer by the handle with the cutter blade
stopped. When transporting or storing the hedge trimmer
always fit the cutting device cover. Proper handling of the hedge
trimmer will reduce possible personal injury from the cutter blades.
Hold the power tool by insulated gripping surfaces only,
because the cutter blade may contact hidden wiring or its own
cord. Cutter blades contacting a “live” wire may make exposed
metal parts of the power tool “live” and could give the operator
an electric shock.
Keep cable away from cutting area. During operation the cable
may be hidden in shrubs and can be accidentally cut by the blade.
DANGER – Keep hands away from blade. Contact with blade
will result in serious personal injury.
Hedge Trimmer Safety Warnings
• Use both hands when operating the hedge trimmer.
one hand could cause loss of control and result in serious
personal injury.
Keep all parts of the body away from the cutter blade. Do
not remove cut material or hold material to be cut when
blades are moving. Make sure the switch is off when clearing
jammed material. Blades coast after turn off. A moment of
Safety and Instructional Decals
Safety decals and instructions are easily visible to the operator and are located near any area of potential danger. Replace
any decal that is damaged or lost.
Alternating current
Type of current
Frequency (cycles per second)
Strokes per minute
Speed of blade
1. Warning
2. Read the Operator’s Manual.
3. Do not use in wet environments.
4. Do not use if cord is damaged
5. Wear eye protection
Starting the Hedge Trimmer
Remove the protective cover from the cutter blades (Figure 2).
Preparing the Appliance
For safe and efficient use of your hedge trimmer, use only a UL-listed
extension cord recommended for outdoor use. Refer to the Extension
Cord Chart below.
Minimum Gauge for Extension Cords
(AWG—120 V Only)
Amp Rating
Figure 2
Total Length of Cord in Feet (meters)
1. Protective cover
Not More
(7.6 m)
(15 m)
(30.4 m)
(45.7 m)
Attach an extension cord to the trimmer (Figure 1).
Place one hand on the trigger handle. Place the other hand on
the auxiliary handle.
Slide the lock switch backwards, towards you, then squeeze the
trigger switch to turn on the hedge trimmer (Figure 1). The trimmer
will stay on as long as the trigger switch is squeezed. Lock-off
switch may be released once hedge trimmer is running.
Not Recommended
Note: Do not use an extension cord over 150 feet (46 m) long.
Stopping the Hedge Trimmer
NOTICE! Check the power cord frequently during use for holes
in the insulation. Do not use a damaged cord. Do not run the
cord through standing water or wet grass. Remove plug from the
mains immediately if cable is damaged or cut.
Connecting to Power Supply
This product is designed with a cord retainer that prevents the
extension cord from being pulled loose while in use.
Form a loop with the end of the extension cord.
Insert loop portion of extension cord through opening in the bottom
of the rear handle and place over cord retainer.
Slowly pull loop against cord retainer until the slack is removed.
Plug product into extension cord (Figure 1).
Figure 1
1. Auxiliary handle
2. Lock switch
3. Trigger
4. 2–prong plug
5. Extension cord
6. Cord retainer
Release the trigger switch (Figure 1).
Allow at least 5 seconds for the cutting blade to stop moving.
Operating Tips
Stand so that you are stable and balanced on both feet. Do not
Inspect and clear the area of any hidden objects.
The unit is used for cutting in either direction in a slow, sweeping
action from side to side.
Should this item need service, take the product to your Authorized
Toro Service Dealer. Your Toro Dealer is specially trained to fix Toro
products and will ensure that your Toro stays “All” Toro.
Double-insulated Appliance
Never use the hedge trimmer near power lines, fencing, posts,
buildings, or other immovable objects.
In a double-insulated appliance, two systems of insulation are
provided instead of grounding. No grounding means is provided on
Never use a blade after hitting a hard object without first inspecting
a double-insulated appliance, nor should a means for grounding
it for damage. Do not use if any damage is detected.
be added to the appliance. Servicing a double-insulated appliance
requires extreme care and knowledge of the system, and should be
Never touch blades or service unit with the power supply
done only by the qualified service personnel at your Authorized Toro
Service Dealer. Replacement parts for a double-insulated appliance
When operating the hedge trimmer, keep the extension cord
must be identical to the parts they replace. A double-insulated
behind the trimmer. Never drape it over the hedge being trimmed. appliance is marked with the words “Double Insulation” or “Double
Insulated.” The symbol (square within a square) may also be marked
Do not force the hedge trimmer through heavy shrubbery. This
on the appliance.
can cause the blades to bind and slow down. If the blades slow
down, reduce the pace.
Do not attempt to cut stems or twigs that are larger than 9/16 in.,
or those obviously too large to feed into the cutting blade. Use a
non-powered hand saw or pruning saw to trim large stems.
If blades do become jammed, stop the motor, allow the blades
to stop, and disconnect the plug from the power source before
attempting to remove the obstruction.
If desired, you can use a string to help cut your hedge level.
Decide how high you want the hedge. Stretch a piece of string
along the hedge at the desired height. Trim the hedge just above
the guide line of string. Trim the side of a hedge so that it will be
slightly narrower at the top. More of the hedge will be exposed
when shaped this way, and it will be more uniform.
Wear gloves when trimming thorny or prickly growth. When
trimming new growth, use a wide sweeping action, so that the
stems are fed directly into the cutting blade. Older growth will
have thicker stems and will be trimmed easiest by using a sawing
Oiling the Trimmer Blade
Stop the motor and disconnect from power supply.
Clean dirt and debris from the body of the hedge trimmer, 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 aromatic oils such as
pine and lemon, and by solvents such as kerosene.
Lay the hedge trimmer on a flat surface. Apply light weight
machine oil along the edge of the top blade. If you will be using
the hedge trimmer for an extended period of time, it is advisable to
oil the blade during use.
Note: Do not oil while the hedge trimmer is running.
Clean all foreign material from the product.
Store it in a well-ventilated place that is inaccessible to children.
Keep away from corrosive agents such as garden chemicals and
de-icing salts.
The Toro Promise - Electric Trimmers
A Two-Year Full Warranty for Residential Use for the United States and Canada
The Toro Company and its affiliate, Toro Warranty Company, pursuant to an agreement between them, jointly warrant this product for two years against defects
in material or workmanship when used for normal residential purposes.*
If you have questions or problems, or before returning this product, call toll free: 1-800-237–2654 (US) or 1-800-248-3258 (Canada).
To receive a replacement or repair, at our option, return the complete unit to the seller. United States and Canada customers may return their product, with
proof of purchase, to any Authorized Service Dealer. United States customers may also return their product, with proof of purchase, postage prepaid, to the
Toro Service Center, 21350 Cedar Avenue S., Lakeville, MN 55044-9090.
This warranty covers product defects only. Neither The Toro Company nor Toro Warranty Company is liable for indirect, incidental or consequential
damages in connection with the use of the Toro Products covered by this warranty, including any cost or expense of providing substitute
equipment or service during reasonable periods of malfunction or non-use pending completion of repairs under this warranty. Some states do not
allow exclusions of incidental or consequential damages, so the above exclusions 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.
Countries Other than the United States and Canada
Customers who have purchased Toro products exported from the United States or Canada should contact their Toro Distributor (Dealer) to obtain guarantee
policies for your country, province, or state. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your Distributor’s service or have difficulty obtaining guarantee
information, contact the Toro importer. If all other remedies fail, you may contact us at Toro Warranty Company.
* Residential use means use of the product on the same lot as your home.
Part Number 374-0279 Rev. A
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