Toro 51494 User manual

Toro 51494 User manual
Form No. 3369-188 Rev A
22 inch Cordless Hedge Trimmer
Model No. 51494—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
WARNING Read all safety warnings and all instructions. Failure to
follow the warnings and instructions may result in electric shock, fire,
and/or serious injury.
Save all warnings and instructions for future reference.
The term “power tool” in all of the warnings listed below 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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B. Use personal protective equipment. Always wear eye
protection. Protective equipment such as dust mask,
non-skid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing protection used for
appropriate conditions will reduce personal injuries.
C. Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure the switch is in the
off-position before connecting to power source and/or
battery pack, picking up or carrying the tool. Carrying
power tools with your finger on the switch or energising power
tools that have the switch on invites accidents.
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.
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, taking into account
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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.
Hedge Trimmer Safety Warnings
• Use both hands when operating the hedge trimmer.
Battery tool use and care
one hand could cause loss of control and result in serious
personal injury.
A. Recharge only with the charger specified by the
manufacturer. A charger that is suitable for one type of
battery pack may create a risk of fire when used with another
battery pack.
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
inattention while operating the hedge trimmer may result in serious
personal injury.
Carry the hedge trimmer by the handle with the cutter blade
stopped. 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.
DANGER – Keep hands away from blade. Contact with blade
will result in serious personal injury.
B. Use power tools only with specifically designated battery
packs. Use any other battery packs may create a risk of injury
and fire.
C. When battery pack is not in use, keep it away from the
other metal objects, like paper clips, coins, keys, nails,
screws, or other small metal objects that can make a
connection from one terminal to another. Shorting the
battery terminals together may cause burns or a fire.
D. Under abusive conditions, liquid may be ejected from the
battery; avoid contact. If contact accidentally occurs,
flush with water. If liquid contacts eyes, additionally seek
medical help. Liquid ejected from the battery may cause
irritation or burns.
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.
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.
Direct current
Type of current
Frequency (cycles per second)
Strokes per minute
Speed of blade
Read the
Do not
use in wet
Wear eye
Rotating the Hedge Trimmer Handle
Press and hold the rotational lock button.
Starting the Hedge Trimmer
Remove the protective cover from the cutter blades (Figure 1).
Figure 1
Protective cover
Align the tongue of the battery pack with the cavity in the handle
housing (Figure 2).
Figure 3
Auxiliary handle
Rotational lock button
Rotate the handle to the right or left depending on desired cutting
direction, then release the rotational lock button to lock the handle
in the desired position.
Stopping the Hedge Trimmer
Figure 2
Auxiliary handle
Lock switch
Grasp the trigger handle (Figure 2)..
Push the battery pack into the handle until the latch locks into
NOTICE! The battery pack is not fully charged when it is
purchased. Before using the hedge trimmer for the first
time, place the battery pack in the charger charge until the
LED indicators turn green. Make sure to read all safety
precautions. With regular use, it will need shorter charging
time. If storing for a prolonged period of time, remove the
battery. When ready to use again, charge the battery pack
until the LED indicators turn green.
Place one hand on the trigger handle. Place the other hand on
the auxiliary handle (Figure 2).
Slide the lock switch backwards, towards you, then squeeze the
trigger switch to turn on the hedge trimmer (Figure 2). The trimmer
will stay on as long as the trigger switch is squeezed. Lock-off
switch may be released once hedge trimmer is running (Figure 2).
Release the trigger switch ().
Allow at least 5 seconds for the cutting blade to stop moving.
Charging the Battery Pack
Turn the battery upside down and line up the battery terminal with
the slot in the charger (Figure 4 and Figure 5).
Refer to the table below to interpret the LED indicators on the
battery charger.
Battery is charging
Fully charged
Battery is too
warm: Remove for
approximately 30
No battery present
Red (blinking)
Red (blinking)
Defective battery
Battery Pack Preparation For Recycling
Upon removal, cover the battery pack’s terminals with heavy-duty
adhesive tape. Do not attempt to destroy or disassemble the
battery pack or remove any of its components. Lithium-ion
batteries must be recycled or disposed of properly at the nearest
battery recycling facility.
Figure 4
LED indicators
Operating Tips
Insert battery here
Figure 5
LED indicators (level of
Release button
The unit is used for cutting in either direction in a slow, sweeping
action from side to side.
Stand so that you are stable and balanced on both feet. Do not
Inspect and clear the area of any hidden objects.
Never use a blade after hitting a hard object without first inspecting
it for damage. Do not use if any damage is detected.
Never touch blades or service unit with the power supply
Do not force the hedge trimmer through heavy shrubbery. This
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 remove the battery before attempting to remove the
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
Battery terminal
Slide the battery into the charger until it clicks into place.
To remove the battery, press down on the release button and slide
the battery backwards out of the charger.
Never use the hedge trimmer near power lines, fencing, posts,
buildings, or other immovable objects.
Oiling the Trimmer Blade
Should this item need service, take the product to your Authorized Toro
Service Dealer. Your Toro Dealer is specially trained to repair Toro
products and will ensure that your Toro stays “All” Toro.
Note: The trimmer blade should be oiled before and after each use.
Stop the motor and remove the battery.
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.
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.
Note: Do not oil while the hedge trimmer is running.
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.
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