Shindaiwa AH230 User manual

Shindaiwa AH230 User manual
SHINDAIWA OWNER’S/OPERATOR’S MANUAL
MULTIPURPOSE POLE
PRUNER ATTACHMENT 78701
For Models T230, T231, AH230, AH231,
PB230
Minimize the risk of injury to yourself and others!
Read this manual and familiarize yourself with the
contents. Always wear eye and hearing protection
WARNING! when operating this unit.
X7502890802
01/11
Introduction
The Shindaiwa Pole Pruner Attachment
is designed and built to deliver superior
performance and reliability without
compromise to quality, comfort, safety or
durability.
As an owner/operator, you'll soon
discover for yourself why Shindaiwa is
simply in a class by itself!
While every attempt has been made
to provide the latest information about
your Shindaiwa product, there may be
some differences between your attachment and what is described here.
IMPORTANT!
The information contained in these
instructions describes components
available at the time of publication.
ECHO, Inc. reserves the right to make
changes to products without prior
notice, and without obligation to make
alterations to units previously manufactured.
Contents
PAGE
PAGE
PAGE
Introduction.......................................................2
Specifications.....................................................5
Maintenance................................................... 15
Attention Statements.....................................2
Assembly.............................................................6
Sharpening the Chain ................................. 16
Safety....................................................................2
Filling the Chain Oiler Reservoir............... 12
Troubleshooting Guide............................... 17
Product Description........................................5
Using the Pole Pruner.................................. 14
IMPORTANT!
The operational procedures described in this manual are intended to help you get the most from this unit as well as to
protect you and others from harm. These procedures are guidelines for safe operation under most conditions, and are not
intended to replace any safety rules and/or laws that may be in force in your area. If you have questions regarding your
Shindaiwa hand held power equipment, or if you do not understand something in this manual, contact your local Shindaiwa
dealer for assistance. You may also contact Shindaiwa at the address printed on the back of this Manual.
Attention Statements
Throughout this manual are special “attention statements”.
DANGER!
A statement preceded by
the triangular attention symbol and
the word “DANGER” contains information that should be acted upon
to prevent serious injury or death.
WARNING!
A statement preceded by
the triangular attention symbol and
the word “WARNING” contains information that should be acted upon to
prevent serious bodily injury.
IMPORTANT!
IMPORTANT!
A statement preceded by the word
“IMPORTANT” is one that possesses
IMPORTANT!
special
significance.
CAUTION!
A statement preceded by the word
IMPORTANT!
“CAUTION”
contains information
IMPORTANT!
that
should be acted upon to prevent mechanical damage.
NOTE:
A statement preceded by the word “NOTE”
contains information that is handy to know
and may make your job easier.
International Symbols
Read and follow this manual, make sure
anyone using the trimmer does likewise.
Failure to do so could result in serious
personal injury or machine failure. Keep
this manual for future reference.
Always wear a hard hat to reduce the risk
of head injuries during operation of this
machine.
In addition, always wear eye and hearing
protection. Shindaiwa recommends wearing
a face shield as additional face and eye
protection.
Wear heavy duty, non-slip gloves.
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Never operate this tool or any other power
equipment if you are tired, ill, or under
the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any
substance that could affect your ability or
judgement.
This product conducts electricity. Keep
the product and/or operator a minimum
distance of 15 feet (4.5 meters) away from
electrical sources and power lines.
Keep bystanders at least 50 feet (15 meters) away from the operating trimmer to
reduce the risk of being struck by falling
objects or thrown debris.
Be aware of the danger of falling
debris.
Safety
This machine operates at very high
speeds and has the potential to do
serious damage if misused, abused
or mishandled. To reduce the risk
of injury, you must maintain control
at all times, and observe all safety
precautions during operation. Never
permit a person without training or
instruction to operate this machine!
NOTE:
For specific maintenance and safety information about your T230/231, AH230/231,
or PB230, consult the owner's manual
provided with it. If it has been lost or
misplaced, contact a Shindaiwa dealer for
a replacement.
WARNING!
THE PRUNER IS NOT INSULATED
AGAINST ELECTRICAL SHOCK!
Approaching or contacting electrical
line with the pruner could cause
death or serious injury. Keep the
pruner at least 33 feet (10 meters)
away from electrical lines or branches that contact electrical lines.
CAUTION!
 Always maintain the Pole Pruner Tool according to this owner’s manual and follow the recommended scheduled
maintenance.
 Never modify or disable any of the pruner’s safety devices.
 Always use genuine Shindaiwa parts and accessories when repairing or maintaining this machine.
 Do not make unauthorized modifications to the pole pruner.
 When transporting the pole pruner in a vehicle, tie it down securely to prevent fuel spillage or damage to the machine.
 Always clear your work area of trash or hidden debris to help ensure good footing.
 Keep the chain sharp and properly adjusted.
 Keep the pole pruner as clean as possible. Keep it free of loose vegetation, mud, debris, etc.
Operating Precautions
 This Shindaiwa pole pruner
attachment is specifically designed for use on the Shindaiwa
T230/231 grass trimmers,
AH230/231 articulating hedge
trimmers, or PB230 power broom.
Installation and/or use on any
other model, brand or type of
power tool is not approved by
Shindaiwa. Attempts to use on
non-approved models can damage the equipment and cause
accidents, serious injury or death.
 Make sure the chain and sprocket
are correctly adjusted before
operating the pruner (see assembly for adjustment procedures).
Never attempt chain adjustment
with the engine running!
 Always make sure the cutting attachment is properly installed and
firmly tightened before operation.
WARNING!
 Never use a cracked or warped
guide bar: replace it with a serviceable one and make sure it fits
properly.
 If a saw blade should bind fast in
a cut, shut off the engine immediately. Push the branch or tree to
ease the bind and free the blade.
 Before starting the engine, make
sure the saw chain is not contacting anything.
 When cutting a limb that is under
tension, be alert for springback so
that you will not be struck by the
moving limb.
 Always run at wide open throttle
(WOT) before contacting material
to be cut.
 Always stop the engine immediately and check for damage if
you strike a foreign object or if the
machine becomes tangled. Do not
operate with broken or damaged
equipment.
 Stop the machine immediately if
it suddenly begins to vibrate or
shake. Inspect for broken, missing or improperly installed parts or
attachments.
 Never transport the pruner or set
it down with the engine running.
An engine that’s running could be
accidently accelerated causing
the chain to rotate.
 Make sure the scabbard is in
place when transporting the
pruner.
 When carrying by hand, the chain
should be pointing backward.
 ALWAYS keep a Solid Stance.
Maintain footing and balance at all
times. Do not stand on slippery,
uneven or unstable surfaces. Do
not work in odd positions or on
ladders. Do not over reach.
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Operating the Pruner
WARNING!
Always wear eye and hearing protection.
Shindaiwa recommends wearing a face shield as
additional face and eye protection.
To avoid the chance of serious injury or
death, follow these safety precautions
during operation:
Keep bystanders at least 50 feet (15 meters) away
from the operating pruner to reduce the risk of
being cut by moving saw chain or struck by falling
objects or thrown debris.
Always wear a hard hat
to reduce the risk of head
injuries during operation of
this machine.
Never operate the pruner at
an angle greater than 60°
in order to reduce the risk of
being struck by falling objects
during operation.
Wear nonslip heavy-duty
work gloves to improve
your grip on the pole
pruner handle. Wear
snug-fitting clothes that
also permit freedom
of movement. NEVER
wear shorts!
Always operate with both
hands firmly gripping the
machine.
Wear sturdy footwear
with nonslip soles to provide
good footing. Steel-toed safety
boots are recommended. Never
operate this product barefoot.
Keep a proper footing and
do not overreach—maintain your balance at all
times during operation.
Kickback and Pinching Safety Precautions
WARNING!
Both kickback and pinching may
cause you to lose control of the pole
pruner tool which could result in
serious personal injury. Do not rely
exclusively on the safety device
built into the pruner! You must take
several steps to keep your jobs free
from accident or injury:
1. Understand kickback and pinching! You can reduce or eliminate
the element of surprise. Sudden
surprises contributes to accidents.
Beware of Kickback!
Kickback can occur whenever the tip of the guide bar
touches an object while the
saw is operating. Kickback may force the
bar up and back toward the operator with
lightning-like speed!
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2. Keep a firm grip on the pole pruner
with both hands whenever the engine is running. A firm grip will help
you reduce the affects of kickback
and pinching as well as maintain
control
of the machine.
3. Make sure the area in which you
are cutting is free from obstructions. Do not let the nose of the
guide bar contact a log, branch, or
any other obstructions which could
be hit while you operate the pole
pruner tool.
4. Cut at high engine speeds.
5. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for sharpening and maintaining the chain.
6. Use only the replacement bar and
chain or equivalent as specified by
the manufacturer.
Beware of pinching.
Pinching the saw along the
tip of the guide bar may force
the bar back rapidly toward
the operator. Pinching can
occur whenever wood closes in around the
moving chain.
Safety Labels
IMPORTANT!
Safety and Information Labels: Make sure all safety and information labels
are undamaged, readable and up to date. Immediately replace damaged or
missing labels.
This Attachment comes with safety labels shipped loose in the box. Attach
these safety labels.
New labels are available through your local authorized Shindaiwa dealer.
Product Description
Using the illustration as a guide, familiarize yourself with your machine and
its various components. Understanding
your machine helps ensure top performance, long service life and safer
operation.
B
A
C
A - Gearcase
B - Oil Filler Cap
C - Guide Bar and Chain
D
D - Bar Oil Reservoir
WARNING!
Do not make unauthorized modifications or alterations to your pole
pruner or its components.
Specifications
Length mounted on T230 w/10 inch bar............... 1991 mm (78.4 in)
Sprockets...............................................................3/8-inch, fixed spur
Dry Weight (Tool only)with bar and chain.........0.91 kg (2.0 lbs)
Gearcase Ratio...........................................................................1.06 : 1
Guide Bar.........3/8" pitch, .043" gauge, 10-inch Micro Lite™
Chain Lubrication.....................................Automatic adjustable oiler
Chain Type.................................3/8" pitch Micro Lite™,.043" gauge
Oil Tank Capacity........................................................100 ml./3.9 oz.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Prior To Assembly
Before assembling, make sure you have all
the components required for a complete
unit:
 Throttle Grip w/interlock
IMPORTANT!
The terms “left”, “left-hand”, and “LH”;
“right”, “right-hand”, and “RH”; “front”
and “rear” refer to directions as viewed
by the operator during normal operation.
Scabbard
 Owner's/Operator's manual
 Gearcase assembly
 Assembly Tool (s)
 Guide Bar
 Safety Labels
 Saw Chain
Carefully inspect all components making sure they are not damaged.
 Heat-shrink Collar
WARNING!
Do not make unauthorized modifications or alterations to your pole
pruner or its components.
Assembly
Installing The Interlock Throttle Grip
NOTE:
The steps on pages 6 - 8 are not necessary for models AH230 and AH231 because they come equipped with an interlocking
throttle grip assembly as standard equipment.
Remove Outer Tube From Powerhead
6. Disconnect the red stop switch wire (B)
by unplugging the bullet connector.
7. Use the 4 mm hex wrench to loosen the
tube clamp screw (C). Loosen, but don't
remove the screw, or the D-shaped shim
washer (D) will fall out.
8. Pull the tube assembly out of the clamp.
Set the powerhead aside.
1. Place the T230 or PB230 on a clean flat
surface, in an upright position.
2. Remove the cylinder cover as instructed
in your unit owner's manual.
3. Loosen the inner throttle cable adjusting
nut with a 10 mm wrench.
4. Lift the throttle cable housing out of the
notch on the powerhead.
5. Remove the throttle cable from the carburetor by lifting the Z-shaped cable end
(A) out of the hole.
B
A
A
C
D
6
Installing Throttle Grip
B
WARNING!
■ Failure to replace the standard throttle grip with the provided interlock throttle grip could
permit unintentional acceleration, which could cause serious injuries or death.
A
1. Place the T230 or PB230 outer tube assembly on a clean, flat surface.
2. Loosen the three screws (A) that hold the throttle trigger assembly to the outer
tube.
3. Slide the trigger assembly down the tube, several inches away from the rubber
grip. Rotate the trigger assembly so it is flat against the work surface.
2-in.
C
4. With a utility knife or similar tool (B), slit the rubber grip lengthwise to release it
from the tube. Use gentle pressure to avoid scarring the outer tube.
WARNING!
■ To avoid serious injury, grip the outer tube securely with one hand and cut
away from that hand when slitting the rubber throttle grip.
5. Remove the grip and slide the throttle trigger from the tube. Discard these
parts.
6. Clean surface of tube in grip area.
E
F
7. Make a mark on the tube, 2 inches from the upper end. Slide the heat shrink collar (C) onto tube and align its upper end with the mark on the tube.
8. Using a heat gun or hair dryer, apply heat to the collar until it shrinks and forms
a snug fit around the tube.
D
9. Slide the new interlock throttle grip assembly (D) onto the tube, and position
it over the collar. Make sure the switch is facing up, and that the throttle cable
and switch wires (E) are positioned toward the powerhead. Using a cross-head
screwdriver, tighten the grip's four clamp screws (F).
Powerhead Reinstallation
1. Place the powerhead on a clean, flat surface in an
upright position.
CAUTION!
J
Do not remove the D-shaped shim washer! The
shim washer prevents damage from overtightening the tube clamp screw.
G
2. Slide the outer tube (G) into the tube clamp (H)
until the outer tube bottoms. It should go in
about 1-1/2 in. (38 mm). If the outer tube stops
before bottoming, rotate it until you feel the inner driveshaft (I) splines engage the powerhead.
Then push the outer tube all the way in.
I
CAUTION!
Do not force the lower tube into the powerhead! Excessive force can damage the components.
3. Position the outer tube so the stop switch is facing up and the throttle cable/wire assembly (J) is
on top.
H
4. Use the hex wrench to tighten the clamp screw firmly. Make sure the
D-shaped shim washer is in place.
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Reconnecting the Throttle Cable, Switch Wires
Connect The Throttle Cable.
1. Loop the ribbed cable assembly to the top left side of the engine. Confirm that the
black ground wire (A) (with an eyelet on the end) is located between the two cable
adjuster nuts (B).
B
D
2. Connect the Z-shaped end of the throttle cable (C) to the throttle lever on top of
the carburetor.
C
3. Turn the cable adjuster nuts sufficiently for the throttle cable to fit in the notch
(D) on the fan cover. Make sure the ignition ground lead is located on the rearward side of the notch. Then, connect the male fitting of the red ignition wire into
the female fitting of the red wire attached to the engine (E).
A
C
E
Adjusting the Throttle Cable
1. Loosen the two 10mm throttle cable nuts (B).
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B
2. Adjust the throttle cable nuts until you achieve a free play on the throttle trigger
of about 1/4 inch.
IMPORTANT!
Make sure the stop switch wires do not interfere with throttle functions.
Reposition wires if necessary.
3. When 1/4-inch of free play is achieved, securely tighten the two 10mm throttle
cable nuts. When the throttle cable is correctly adjusted, and the throttle trigger
is fully depressed (full throttle), the throttle will contact the stop on the throttle
body (F).
1/4”
NOTE:
Apply anti-seize oil on the cylinder cover knob threads for easier removal.
4. Replace the cylinder cover.
5. Replace the spark plug boot.
F
Removing the Trimmer/PowerBroom Attachment
1. Place the re-gripped T230, PB230, or AH230 on a clean, flat surface in an upright
position.
For the T230/T231 Trimmers:
2. Loosen, but don't remove the gearcase clamp screw (A) and nut using a 4 mm
hex wrench and an 8 mm open end wrench.
3. Use the 4 mm hex wrench to loosen the gearcase index screw (B) until it is
almost free.
4. Use the 4 mm hex wrench to loosen the four debris shield attachment screws (C). Loosen
them only enough to free the debris shield assembly from the outer tube. This will make it
easier to reattach the debris shield when converting back to a trimmer.
5. Pull and rotate the debris shield, gearcase, and trimmer head assembly until it slides
off the outer tube.
C
B
A
NOTE:
The gearcase and debris shield are connected by the clamp screw.
6. The debris shield has two shims (D) located on either side of the outer tube and
the debris shield bracket. Put the shims and the debris shield/gearcase assembly in a safe place, so that they can be reinstalled later if desired.
For the PB230 PowerBroom:
1. Using a 5 mm hex wrench and a 10 mm open end wrench, loosen, but don't remove, the
gearcase clamp screw.
2. Using the 4 mm hex wrench, back out the index screw until it is almost free.
3. Pull and rotate the gearcase/sweeper drum assembly until it slides off the outer tube.
4. Remove the spacer from the outer tube if it did not slide off with gearcase/ sweeper drum
assembly. Put the spacer and gearcase/sweeper drum assembly in a safe place, so they
can be reinstalled later if desired.
5. If your PB230 is equipped with the optional guard assembly, it must be removed. Use 4 mm
hex wrench to remove its four clamp screws. Slide the protective collar off the outer tube.
D
For the AH230/AH231
Hedge Trimmers:
1. Loosen, but don't remove the gearcase clamp screw using a 4 mm hex wrench.
2. Use the 4 mm hex wrench to loosen the gearcase index screw until it is almost free.
3. Pull and rotate the gearcase/articulating hedge trimmer assembly until it slides off the
outer tube.
NOTE:
For help reinstalling the original gearcase and attachments, consult the owner's manual
that came with your T230, T231, AH230, AH231, or PB230.
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Installing the Caution Labels
WARNING!
■ The provided labels offer important safety information about pole pruners. Do
not operate, or allow others to operate, this machine unless the labels are properly installed.
1. Clean outer tube so the labels will adhere properly.
2. Peel the backing off the multiple warning label and attach below similar label on
lower part of outer tube. Make sure label faces up and that it is legible from the
operator's position.
3. Peel the backing off "The Electrical Shock Danger" label and attach it just ahead of
the throttle grip. Make sure the label faces up and that it is legible from the operator's position.
Installing the Cutting Head Assembly
1. Insert the end of the outer tube into the pole pruner gearcase clamp assembly
and push until it bottoms. The outer tube should go into the gearcase about 1-1/2
in. (38 mm). If the outer tube stops before bottoming, rotate it until you feel the
inner mainshaft (driveshaft) splines engage the gearcase. Then push the outer
tube all the way in.
B
2. Rotate the gearcase assembly so that the index screw (A) aligns with hole in
outer tube (B).
3. Use a 4 mm hex wrench to tighten the gearcase index screw first, then the
gearcase clamp screw.
Adjust Loop Handle
1. Shindaiwa recommends leaving the T230 or PB230 loop handle on the outer tube.
However, for maximum comfort and control, it may require adjustment. Use the
4 mm hex wrench to loosen the handle's four clamp screws (C). Move the handle
along the tube to the point where the most comfort and control are observed.
Retighten the clamp screws.
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A
C
Installing and Adjusting the Bar and Chain
Installing The Chain
B
WARNING!
Never attempt to install, replace, or adjust the chain with the engine running.
WARNING!
A
The saw chain is very sharp. Wear gloves to protect your hands when handling.
NOTE:
For the longest chain life, let new or replacement chain loops soak in oil overnight
before installation.
D
1. Using the small end of the plug wrench, remove the sprocket cover nut (A) (turn
counterclockwise to remove) and remove the sprocket cover (B).
E
CAUTION!
Failure to align the guide bar and chain tensioning pin can cause serious damage to the sprocket cover, guide bar, chain tensioning pin and cutting head
assembly.
2. Place the guide bar (C) over the guide bar adjustment stud (D) on the cutting head
assembly. Align the chain tensioning pin (E) with the hole in the guide bar.
D
C
3. Install the chain loop over the drive links within the guide bar groove, and then
align the chain over the drive sprocket. Make sure the cutters are properly
oriented as shown. If the chain installation is difficult or if the chain appears too
tight, refer to the section “Adjusting the Chain.
Top of Bar
BAR
TIP
WARNING!
Never operate the pole pruner tool without the sprocket cover installed.
4. Install the sprocket cover over the bar stud. Using finger-pressure only, install
the sprocket cover nut.
CHN-14
Bottom of Bar
5. Refer to the next page for chain adjusting procedures.
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Adjusting the Chain
WARNING!
Never attempt to install, replace, or adjust the chain with the engine running.
WARNING!
The saw chain is very sharp. Wear gloves to protect your hands when handling.
A
CAUTION!
A loose chain can jump off the guide bar causing damage to the chain and
associated equipment. Always make sure the chain is properly adjusted; check
more often when you are breaking in a new chain.
B
IMPORTANT!
Proper chain adjustment is essential for maximum performance, long chain life,
and operator safety. Always inspect chain tension before operating the pole pruner
tool.
1. Place the pole pruner on a clean, flat surface. (For readjustment during operation,
shut down the engine, then allow the guide bar and chain to cool before proceeding
with the adjustment procedure).
2. Loosen the sprocket cover nut (A) with the plug wrench.
3. Lift the nose of the guide bar while turning the chain tensioning screw (B).
• clockwise to tighten the chain
• counter clockwise to loosen the chain.
4. Pull the chain by hand along the top of the guide bar several times from the engine
to the bar’s tip. The chain should feel snug but still pull freely.
5. Tighten the sprocket cover nut securely while lifting the tip of the guide bar.
6. Inspect the chain for the correct adjustment (more frequently with a new chain).
The chain should feel snug but still pull freely.
Filling the Chain Oiler Reservoir
C
WARNING!
Never fill the oil reservoir or adjust the oiler with the engine running.
IMPORTANT!
To prevent plastic deterioration, do not use synthetic or silicone based oil.
1. Place the pole pruner tool on a clean, flat surface with the oil filler cap (C) facing
up. Wipe off any debris from the oil cap and from around the oil filler neck.
2. Remove the oil filler cap (C)and fill the reservoir with bar and chain oil, then
replace the cap.
3. Wipe up any spilled oil from the unit before restarting the pole pruner.
Adjusting Oil Flow Rate
NOTE:
The automatic oiler is preset to deliver a sufficient oil discharge volume during normal
operating conditions. During heavy or dry cutting conditions, the oil discharge volume
may be increased to assure adequate lubrication. If oil is leaking from the bar cover
area, reduce the oil discharge volume. Refill the oil reservoir with each tank of fuel.
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D
E
NOTE:
Very little visible oil on the saw chain will provide sufficient lubrication.
Adjust the pump as follows:
1. Stop the engine and make sure the stop switch is in the OFF
position.
2. Place the unit on its side with the oil reservoir (D) up. 3. Using a screwdriver, turn the oil flow rate adjustment
screw (E) in the desired direction:
• clockwise–decrease lubrication.
• counter clockwise–increase lubrication.
Starting Engine – Interlock Throttle Controls
IMPORTANT!
The engine ignition is controlled by a two-position ON-OFF switch mounted on the
throttle grip assembly, typically labelled “I” for START and “O” for STOP.
WARNING!
The attachment will operate immediately when the engine starts, and could result in
possible serious injury. Keep movable parts of the attachment away from objects
that could become entangled or thrown, and surfaces that could cause loss of control.
C
Control Positions (cold engine)
1. Slide the ignition switch (A) to the “ON” position.
B
2. Set the throttle trigger to the “fast idle”:
a.Depress and hold the throttle lock (B), then squeeze the throttle trigger.
b.Depress and hold the fast idle button (C).
A
c.Release the throttle trigger and throttle lock, then release fast idle button.
3. Press the purge bulb (D) four or five
times. You should be able to see fuel
inside the bulb.
4. Choke the engine by moving the
choke lever (E) up to the “closed”
position.
Control Positions (warm engine)
1. Set the throttle trigger to “fast idle”
2. Slide the ignition switch to the “I”
(ON) position.
3. Moving the choke lever down to the
“open” position.
D
E
P23007
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Using the Pole Pruner
This machine is designed especially for
cutting branches.
Never use this machine for any other
purpose. Never try to cut stones, metals,
plastics, or any other hard objects.
Cutting On A Work Platform:
Standard Cut:
The most convenient working position is
a tool angle of 60°, but any other angle
may be used to suit the situation.
The unit’s long reach enables cutting to
be performed next to the trunk without
the risk of the work platform damaging
other branches. Tool angle in this case
depends on the position of the branch.
Using for purposes other than cutting
branches may damage the machine or
cause serious injury.
Preparations
■■ Wear suitable protective clothing
and equipment – see section “Safety
Precautions”.
■■ Choose the best work position for
Relieving Cut:
safety against falling objects such as
branches.
■■ Start the engine.
■■ Put on the strap.
Never stand directly underneath the
branch you are cutting – be aware of
falling branches. Note that a branch
may spring back at you after it hits the
ground.
Cutting Sequence:
Cutting Above Obstacles:
Thanks to the unit’s long reach it is
possible to prune branches that are
overhanging obstacles such as rivers
or lakes. The tool angle in this case depends on the position of the branch.
To allow branches to fall freely, always
cut the bottom branches first. Prune
heavy branches (large in diameter) in
several controllable pieces.
Working Position:
Hold the control handle with your right
hand and the shaft with your left hand.
Your left arm should be extended to the
most comfortable position.
The shaft should always be held at
an angle of 60° or less.
Flush-cutting Thick Branches:
If branch diameter is more than 10 cm, first perform undercut (3) and cross-cut at a
distance (A) of about 25 cm from the final cut. Then carry-out the flush-cut (4), starting with a relieving cut and finishing with a cross-cut.
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To avoid tearing the bark, kickback or
pinching the bar when pruning thick
branches, always start by performing a
relieving cut (1) on the underside of the
branch.
To do this, apply the cutting attachment
and pull it across the bottom of the
branch as far as the bar nose. Perform
the cross-cut (2).
Maintenance
IMPORTANT!
For detailed maintenance information
about your T230/231, AH230/231, or
PB230, consult the owner's manual that
was provided with it. If it has been lost
or misplaced, contact Shindaiwa for a
replacement.
WARNING!
Before performing any maintenance,
repair, or cleaning work on the unit,
make sure the engine and cutting
attachment are completely stopped.
Disconnect the spark plug wire
before performing service or maintenance work.
WARNING!
Non-standard parts may not operate properly with your unit and may
cause damage and lead to personal
injury.
IMPORTANT!
Using non-standard replacement parts
could invalidate your Shindaiwa warranty.
Daily Maintenance
WARNING!
The saw chain is very sharp. Wear
gloves to protect your hands when
working with or around the saw
chain.
Prior to each work day, perform the following:
 Check for loose or missing screws or
components.
 Clean any debris or dirt from the
cutting attachment. Check the bar
and chain for damage or incorrect
adjustment.
 Check the entire machine for leaking
fuel or grease.
 Make sure that nuts, bolts, and
screws (except carburetor adjusting
screws) are tight.
15-hour Maintenance
Every 15 hours of operation
(more frequently in dusty or dirty
conditions):
A
 Remove the sprocket cover and
inspect the sprocket (A) for excessive
dirt, debris, or wear. Remove the
guide bar and clean out the guide bar
groove. If the sprocket is excessively
worn, replace it with a new one.
50-hour Maintenance
B
Every 50 hours of operation (more frequently in dusty or dirty
conditions):
 Lubricate the gearcase. To perform this operation, first remove the gearcase
from the upper outer tube as follows.
CAUTION!
C
Do not remove the D-shaped shim washer from the gearcase clamp! The shim
washer prevents damage from overtightening the tube clamp screw.
■■ loosen the gearcase clamp bolt (B).
■■ remove the index bolt (C) from the gearcase.
■■ slide the gearcase out of the tube.
D
■■ Using a lever-type grease gun, pump lithium-base grease (about 10 grams)
into the grease fitting (D) until you see old grease being purged from
the gearcase, which can be seen in the outer tube cavity. Clean up excess
grease, then reassemble the gearcase onto the outer tube.
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Sharpening the Chain
■■ When the cutting edges of the blade become dull, they can be re-sharpened
with a few strokes of a file.
■■ In order to keep the blade in balance, all cutting edges must be sharpened
equally.
■■ In addition, inspect the chain for correct adjustment (more frequently with a
new chain). The chain should feel snug but still pull freely. Refer to adjustment
procedures.
CAUTION!
Keep the chain sharp and properly adjusted.
30°
WARNING!
The saw chain is very sharp. Wear gloves to protect your hands when working with or around the saw chain.
Sharpening Instructions
IMPORTANT!
File all the cutters to the same angle and depth! Unequal filing may cause the
saw to vibrate or cut erratically!
1. Using a 4.5 mm round file, sharpen all cutters to a 30° angle. Make sure that one
fifth (20%) of the file’s diameter is always held above the cutter’s top plate.
2. After all cutters are sharpened, use
a depth gauge joiner (A) to measure the height of each depth gauge.
90°
3. As required, lower the depth gauges to a height of 0.025 inch. Use a flat file.
4. After all depth gauges have been adjusted, use a flat file to round each depth
gauge leading edge to its original curvature and angle.
A
NOTE:
For consistent filing angles, use a filing guide.
NOTE:
See specification page for replacement bar and chain specs.
(TOP PLATE ANGLE)
(TOP PLATE CUTTING ANGLE)
(DEPTH GAUGE)
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Troubleshooting Guide
Symptom
Excessive vibration.
Cutting attachment will not
move.
Cutting attachment
moves at engine idle.
ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS
Possible Cause
Remedy
Warped or damaged attachment.
Inspect and replace attachment as
required.
Loose gearcase.
Tighten gearcase securely.
Bent main shaft/worn or damaged bushings.
Inspect and replace as necessary.
Shaft not installed in powerhead or gearcase.
Inspect and reinstall as required.
Broken shaft.
Consult with an authorized Shindaiwa servicing
dealer.
Damaged gearcase.
Engine idle too high.
Adjust idle. Check Specifications page for correct idle
speed.
Broken clutch spring or worn clutch
spring boss.
Replace spring/shoes as required, check idle speed.
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NOTES
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NOTES
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Servicing Information
Parts/Serial Number
Genuine Shindaiwa Parts and Assemblies for your Shindaiwa products are available only from an Authorized
Shindaiwa Dealer. When you do need to buy parts always have the Model Number, Type and Serial Number of the
unit with you. You can find these numbers on the engine. For future reference, write them in the space provided
below.
Model No. _____________ SN. ______________
Service
Service of this product during the warranty period must be performed by an Authorized Shindaiwa Service Dealer.
For the name and address of the Authorized Shindaiwa Service Dealer nearest you, ask your retailer or call: 1-877986-7783. Dealer information is also available on WWW.SHINDAIWA.COM. When presenting your unit for Warranty
service/repairs, proof of purchase is required.
Consumer Product Support
If you require assistance or have questions concerning the application, operation or maintenance of this product you
may call the Shindaiwa Consumer Product Support Department at 1-877-986-7783 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Central
Standard Time) Monday through Friday. Before calling, please know the model and serial number of your unit.
Warranty Registration
To ensure trouble free warranty coverage it is important that you register your Shindaiwa equipment by filling out the
warranty registration card supplied with your unit. Registering your product confirms your warranty coverage and provides a direct link if we find it necessary to contact you.
Additional or Replacement Manuals
Replacement Operator and Parts Catalogs are available from your Shindaiwa dealer or at WWW.SHINDAIWA.COM
or by contacting the Consumer Product Support Department (1-877-986-7783). Always check WWW.SHINDAIWA.
COM for updated information.
ECHO Incorporated.
400 Oakwood Road
Yamabiko Corporation
Lake Zurich, IL 60047-1564 U.S.A.
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Tokyo, 198-8760, Japan
Telephone: 1-877-986-7783
Fax: 1-847-540-8416
Phone: 81-428-32-6118
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