Toro 51491T, 51491 User manual

Toro 51491T, 51491 User manual
Form No. 3408-733 Rev A
Power Plex™ 24in 40V MAX
Hedge Trimmer
Model No. 51491—Serial No. 317000001 and Up
Model No. 51491T—Serial No. 317000001 and Up
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Original Instructions (EN)
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WARNING: When using electric gardening appliances, always
follow the basic safety precautions to reduce the risk of fire,
electric shock, and personal injury, including the following:
Failure to follow all warnings and instructions may
result in electric shock, fire and/or serious injury.
Read all safety warnings and all instructions.
Proposition 65 Warning
This product contains a chemical or chemicals
known to the State of California to cause cancer,
birth defects, or reproductive harm.
Save all warnings and instructions for future reference.
The term “power tool” in the warnings refer to your mains-operated
(corded) power tool or battery-operated (cordless) power tool.
1. Work area safety
A. Keep the work area clean and well lit. Cluttered
or dark areas invite accidents.
Do not operate power tools in explosive
atmospheres, such as in the presence of
flammable liquids, gasses, or dust. Power tools
create sparks, which may ignite the dust or fumes.
Keep children and bystanders away while
operating a power tool. Distractions can cause you
to lose control.
Avoid dangerous environments. Do not use
appliances in damp or wet locations.
This hedge trimmer is intended to be used by residential
homeowners to maintain bushes and hedges. It is designed
primarily to use battery pack Model 88540 (provided with
Model 51491) or 88541.
Read this information carefully to learn how to operate and
maintain your product properly and to avoid injury and
product damage. You are responsible for operating the
product properly and safely.
2. 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.
Register your product at to ensure that Toro
can notify you in the case of a safety or warranty product
Model 51491T does not include a battery or a charger.
Use personal protective equipment. Always
wear eye protection. Protective equipment such as a
dust mask, non-skid safety shoes, a hard hat, or hearing
protection used for appropriate conditions will reduce
personal injuries.
Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure that
the switch is in the OFF position before
connecting to a power source and/or battery
pack and picking up or carrying the tool.
Carrying power tools with your finger on the switch or
energizing power tools that have the switch on invites
Remove any adjusting key or wrench before
turning on the power tool. 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.
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Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing
or jewelry. Keep your hair tied back and your
clothing and gloves away from moving parts.
Loose clothes, jewelry, or long hair can be caught in moving
If devices are provided for the connection
of dust extraction and collection facilities,
ensure that these are connected and properly
used. Use of dust collection can reduce dust-related
3. 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.
Hedge Trimmer Safety Warnings
• 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 that the switch is
off when clearing jammed material. The blades coast
after you turn them 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
reduces possible personal injury from the cutter blades.
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.
Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits
etc. in accordance with these instructions,
taking into account the working conditions
and the work to be performed. Using the power
tool for operations different from those intended could result
in a hazardous situation.
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.
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.
5. Service
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.
Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly
maintained cutting tools with sharp cutting edges are less
likely to bind and are easier to control.
When battery pack is not in use, keep it away
from other metal objects, such as 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.
E. Charging time increases if the battery is charged
when the temperature is not between -10°C
(14°F) and 50°C (122°F).
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
• 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 you an electric shock.
• DANGER—Keep your hands away from blade.
Contact with blade will result in serious personal injury.
Additional Safety Warnings
• Keep hands and feet away from the cutting device at all
times and especially when switching the product on.
• Do not try to grasp or remove trimmings when the
product is running. Remove only trimmings when the
product is switched off and disconnected from the power
• Never hold the product by the guard.
• Always be sure of a safe and secure operating position
4. Battery tool use and care
A. Charge only with the charger specified by the
manufacturer. A charger that is suitable for 1 type
of battery pack may create a risk of fire when used with
another battery pack.
• Never use the product while standing on steps or a ladder.
• Always ensure the safety guard supplied is fitted before
while using the product.
Do not work over shoulder height.
Use power tools only with specifically
designated battery packs. Using any other battery
packs may create a risk of injury and fire.
using the product. Never attempt to use an incomplete
product or one fitted with an unauthorized modification.
• Check the cutting device regularly for damage, and if
• Do not place any object on top of the charger as it could
damaged, repair immediately.
cause overheating. Do not place the charger near any
heat source.
• Do not overload the product.
• Do not use an extension cord on the charger unless it is
• Check immediately if the product starts to vibrate
absolutely necessary. The use of an improper extension
cord could cause the risk of fire, electric shock or
abnormally. Excessive vibration can cause injury.
• Switch the product off when the cutting device is blocked.
Disconnect it from power supply (i.e., remove the battery
pack) and remove the blockage. Inspect the cutting device
for damage before using the product again.
• Do not use the charger if it has been subjected to a heavy
knock, dropped or otherwise damaged in any way. Have
the charger checked and repaired by an authorized service
• Follow the maintenance and repair instructions for
this product. Never carry out any modifications of the
product. Information about maintenance and repair is
provided in this instruction manual.
Additional Safety Warnings for Battery Packs
• Do not attempt to charge the battery pack with any other
charger than the one supplied. The charger and battery
pack supplied with it are specifically designed to work
• Know how to stop the product quickly in an emergency.
• Do not expose the product to rain. Do not operate the
product on a wet hedge.
• Charge and store the battery pack in an ambient
• Use the product only in daylight or good artificial light.
temperature of 18°C to 24°C (65°F to 75°F) to ensure the
longest battery life and best performance. Do not charge
or store the battery pack in temperatures below 0°C (32
°F) and above 45°C (113°F).
• Check the hedge for foreign objects before operation
(e.g., wire fences). Take care that the cutting device does
not come into contact with wire or other metal objects.
• Small leakage of liquid from the battery pack may
• Hold the hedge trimmer properly (e.g., with both hands
occur under extreme usage or temperature conditions.
However, if the outer seal is broken and this leakage
comes into contact with your skin, wash the affected area
quickly with water. If the leakage gets in your eyes, flush
your eyes with clean water for a minimum of 10 minutes
and seek immediate medical attention.
if 2 handles are provided). Loss of control can cause
personal injury.
Additional Safety Warnings for the Charger
• This charger can be used by children aged from 8
years and above and persons with reduced physical,
sensory or mental capabilities or lack of experience
and knowledge if they have been given supervision or
instruction concerning use of the charger in a safe way
and understand the hazards involved.
• Never attempt to open the battery pack for any reason.
If the plastic housing of the battery pack breaks open
or cracks, immediately discontinue its use and do not
recharge it.
• Children shall not play with the charger.
• Do not store or carry a spare battery pack in a pocket or
toolbox or any other place where it may come into contact
with metal objects. The battery pack may short-circuit,
causing damage to the battery pack, burns, or a fire.
• Cleaning and user maintenance shall not be made by
children without supervision.
• If the supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by
• Do not pierce the battery with nails, strike the battery
the manufacturer, its service agent, or similarly qualified
persons in order to avoid a hazard.
with a hammer, step on the battery, or otherwise subject
it to strong impacts or shocks.
• Disconnect the charger from the power supply and allow
• Protect the battery pack against heat. Do not place the
it to cool down before cleaning, maintenance, storage,
and transportation.
battery in direct sunlight or use or store the battery inside
cars in hot weather. Doing so may cause the battery to
generate heat, explode or ignite.
• Before using the charger, read all the instructions and
cautionary markings on the charger and battery pack.
• Never try to charge a battery pack that is cracked or
• The charger and battery pack supplied with it are
damaged in any other way. There is a danger of electric
shock or electrocution.
specifically designed to work together. Use the charger
only with the battery pack for this tool.
• Charge the battery pack indoors only as the charger is
designed for indoor use only.
• Do not charge non-rechargeable batteries.
• Protect the charger against moisture and wet conditions.
There is a danger of electric shock.
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 missing.
Read the instruction manual.
Wear hearing protection.
Model 51491T
Wear eye protection.
Wear a dust mask.
Wear protective gloves.
Wear protective, slip-resistant
Do not expose the product
to rain or wet conditions
Keep fingers away from
moving cutting device.
WEEE symbol. Waste
electrical products should not
be disposed of with household
waste. Please recycle where
facilities exist. Check with
your Local Authority or local
store for recycling advice.
Model 51491
1. The battery pack is
3. The battery pack is too
2. The battery pack is fully
4. Replace the battery pack.
1. The battery does not
come out of the box fully
4. Stop—follow these
instructions before first
2. Place the battery in the
battery charger.
5. Read the Operator’s
3. Wait until the battery is
fully charged before the
first use.
1. Warning—read the Operator’s Manual; keep away from
moving parts; keep all guards and covers in place; wear
eye protection; do not operate in wet conditions.
Product Overview
Note: The battery pack is not fully charged when it is
purchased. Before using the tool for the first time, refer to
Charging the Battery Pack (page 9).
Mounting the Battery Charger
If desired, mount the battery charger securely on a wall using
the wall-mount key holes on the back of the charger.
Figure 2
Left Side of Hedge Trimmer
Mount it indoors (such as a garage or other dry place), near a
power outlet, and out of the reach of children.
Refer to Figure 1 for assistance in mounting the charger.
Note: Slide and twist the charger over the appropriately
positioned hardware to secure the charger in place (hardware
not included).
1. Blades
2. Guard
6. Lock switch
7. Trigger
3. Auxiliary-handle switch
8. Battery latch
4. Auxiliary handle
9. Battery pack
5. Handle-rotation button
10. Protective cover
Figure 1
ELR01-R3-650 ELR01-R3-620 ELR01-R3-540
650 mm
40 VDC
1300 rpm
18 mm
R3-360-AH-U-01, R3-360-AH-U-01
Battery Type
R3-360-3A-01, R3-360-1A-01
620 mm
540 mm
lock switch may be released once the hedge trimmer is
running (Figure 4).
Starting the Hedge Trimmer
Rotating the Hedge Trimmer
1. Remove the protective cover from the cutter blades
(Figure 3).
1. Press and hold the rotational lock button (A of Figure
The hedge trimmer blades can cause cuts or
2. Rotate the handle 90° to the right or left depending on
desired cutting direction, then release the rotational
lock button to lock the handle in the desired position
(B of Figure 5).
Be careful when handling the hedge trimmer
with the protective cover removed.
Figure 3
1. Protective cover
2. Blades
2. Make sure that the vents on the hedge trimmer are
clear of any dust and debris.
3. Align the cavity of the battery pack with the tongue
in the handle housing, grasp the handle, and push the
battery pack into the handle until the latch locks into
place (Figure 4).
Figure 5
Stopping the Hedge Trimmer
1. Release the trigger or auxiliary-handle switch (Figure 4).
2. Allow at least 5 seconds for the cutting blade to stop
Removing the Battery Pack
Figure 4
1. Auxiliary-handle switch
4. Trigger
2. Auxiliary handle
5. Battery latch
3. Lock switch
6. Hedge trimmer venting
Press the battery latch on the tool to release the battery pack
and slide the battery pack out of the tool (Figure 6).
4. Place 1 hand on the trigger handle. Place the other
hand on the auxiliary handle (Figure 4).
5. Press the lock switch and then squeeze the trigger
switch while engaging the auxiliary-handle switch to
turn on the hedge trimmer (Figure 4).
The trimmer stays on as long as the auxiliary-handle
switch is engaged and the trigger is squeezed. The
4. Slide the battery pack into the charger until it is fully
seated (Figure 8).
Figure 6
1. Battery latch
Charging the Battery Pack
Important: Read all safety precautions.
Figure 8
Important: For best results, charge your battery pack
in a location where the temperature is more than 0°C
(32°F) but less than 50°C (122°F). To reduce the risk of
serious personal injury, do not store the battery pack
outside or in vehicles. Charging time increases if you do
not charge it within this range.
1. Charger venting areas
2. Left indicator light
5. To remove the battery pack, slide the battery backward
out of the charger.
Note: At any time, press the battery-charge-indicator button
on the battery pack to display the current charge (LED
1. Make sure that the vents on the battery are clear of any
dust and debris.
2. Line up the cavity in the battery pack (Figure 7) with
the tongue on the charger.
6. Refer to the following table to interpret the LED
indicators on the battery charger.
Left Light
Figure 7
1. Battery pack cavity
2. Battery pack terminals
3. Right indicator light
4. Battery-charge-indicator
5. LED indicators (current
3. Battery pack venting areas
3. Make sure that the vents on the battery charger are
clear of any dust and debris.
Right Light
Charger is on; no battery
pack inserted
Battery pack is charging
Battery pack is charged
Battery pack is too warm
Red Blinking
Replace the battery pack
Operating Tips
• Use the power tool 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 overreach.
• Inspect and clear the area of any hidden objects.
• Never use the hedge trimmer near power lines, fencing,
posts, buildings, or other immovable objects.
• Never use a blade after hitting a hard object without first
inspecting it for damage. Do not use if it is damaged.
• 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
18 mm (0.71 inch) in diameter, 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 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.
• 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.
Preparing the Battery Pack for
Disconnect the product from the power supply (i.e. remove
the plug from the power supply or the battery pack) before
maintenance or cleaning work.
Important: Upon removal, cover the terminals of the
battery pack with heavy-duty adhesive tape. Do not
attempt to destroy or disassemble the battery pack or
remove any of its components. Recycle or properly
dispose of lithium-ion battery packs at a battery
recycling facility.
Use only the manufacturer’s recommended replacement parts
and accessories.
Inspect and maintain the product regularly. Have the product
repaired only by an authorized service center or similar
qualified specialist.
Oiling the Trimmer Blade
Note: Oil the trimmer blade before and after each use.
1. Stop the motor and remove the battery.
2. 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.
3. 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, oil the blade during use.
Note: Do not oil the hedge trimmer while it is
Important: Store the tool, battery pack, and battery
charger only in temperatures between -20°C (-4°F) and
70°C (158°F).
Important: Unplug the charger if you store it below
-20°C (-4°F) or above 70°C (158°F).
Important: If you are storing the tool for a prolonged
period of time, remove the battery pack. When you are
ready to use the battery pack again, charge it until the
left indicator light turns green on the charger or all 4
LED indicators turn blue on the battery.
• Disconnect the product from the power supply (i.e.,
remove the plug from the power supply or the battery
pack) and check for damage after use.
• Clean all foreign material from the product.
• When not in use, store the tool, battery pack, and battery
charger out of the reach of children.
• Keep the tool, battery pack, and battery charger away
from corrosive agents, such as garden chemicals and
de-icing salts.
• Store the tool, battery pack, and battery charger in a
clean, dry area.
Perform only the steps described in these instructions. All further inspection, maintenance, and repair work
must be performed by an authorized service center or a similarly qualified specialist if you cannot solve the
problem yourself.
The tool does not start.
Possible Cause
Corrective Action
1. The battery is not fully installed in the
1. Remove and then replace the battery
into the tool, making sure that it is fully
installed and latched.
2. The battery pack is not charged.
2. Remove the battery pack from the tool
and charge it.
3. Replace the battery pack.
4. Contact an Authorized Service Dealer.
3. The battery pack is damaged.
4. There is another electrical problem
with the tool.
The tool does not reach full power.
The tool is producing an unsatisfactory
The tool is producing excessive vibration
or noise.
1. The battery pack charge capacity is
too low.
1. Remove the battery pack from the tool
and fully charge the battery pack.
2. The air vents are blocked.
2. Clean the air vents.
1. The blade is worn or damaged.
1. Replace the blade.
2. The thickness of branches exceed
2. Cut only branches that are equal to or
smaller than the suggested diameter.
1. The blade is dull or damaged.
1. Replace the blade.
2. The bolts/nuts are loose.
2. Tighten the bolts/nuts.
The battery pack loses charge quickly.
1. The battery pack is over or under the
appropriate temperature range.
1. Move the battery pack to a place
where it is dry and the temperature is
between 0°C (32°F) and 50°C (122°F).
The battery charger is not working.
1. The battery charger is over or under
the appropriate temperature range.
1. Unplug the battery charger and move
it to a place where it is dry and the
temperature is between 0°C (32°F)
and 50°C (122°F).
2. The outlet that the battery charger is
plugged into does not have power.
2. Contact your licensed electrician to
repair the outlet.
The battery pack shows only 3 LED
indicators after only a few seconds of
using a fully charged battery.
1. This is a normal occurrence.
1. Stop the tool and press
battery-charge-indicator button or
the remove the battery from the tool to
display the actual battery charge.
All 4 LED indicators are blinking on
the battery pack after you press the
battery-charge-indicator button on the
battery pack and the current charge
displays (when the battery pack is not in
1. The battery pack is over or under the
appropriate temperature range.
1. Move the battery pack to a place
where it is dry and the temperature is
between 0°C (32°F) and 50°C (122°F).
All 4 LED indicators are blinking on the
battery pack after releasing the trigger
(when the battery pack is in use).
1. The battery pack is over or under the
appropriate temperature range.
1. Move the battery pack to a place
where it is dry and the temperature is
between 0°C (32°F) and 50°C (122°F).
2 LED indicators are blinking on
the battery pack after you press the
battery-charge-indicator button on the
battery pack and the current charge
displays (when the battery pack is not in
1. There is a difference in voltage
between cells in the battery pack.
1. Place the battery on the charger until
it is fully charged.
2 LED indicators are blinking on the
battery pack after releasing the trigger
(when the battery pack is in use).
1. There is a difference in voltage
between cells in the battery pack.
1. Place the battery on the charger until
it is fully charged.
The Toro Promise - Electric Products
A Three-Year1 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 three years
against defects in material or workmanship when used for normal residential purposes.*
Does not include the battery. 1 Year Battery Warranty for Residential Use.
If you think your Toro Product contains a defect in materials or workmanship, if you have questions or problems, and before returning this product call
toll free:
1-800-237-2654 (US)
1-855-340–7689 (US and Canada)
1-888-367-6631 (US)
1-800-808-2963 (US)
1-888-430-1687 (Canada)
1-800-808-3072 (Canada)
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, 5500 SE Delaware, Ankeny, IA 50021.
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
This warranty is not valid in Mexico. 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.
Australian Consumer Law
Australian customers will find details relating to the Australian Consumer Law either inside the box or at your local Toro Dealer.
* Residential use means use of the product on the same lot as your home.
Part Number 374-0262 Rev. G
374-0262 Rev G
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