(Original instructions)
Intended use
Your Black & Decker PowerfileTM sander has been designed
for sanding wood, metal, plastics and painted surfaces. This
tool is intended for consumer use only.
Safety instructions
General power tool safety warnings
Warning! Read all safety warnings and all
! instructions. Failure to follow all 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 and 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
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
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.
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
e. Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance
at all times. This enables better control of the power
tool in unexpected situations.
f. Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or
jewellery. Keep your hair, clothing and gloves away
from moving parts. Loose clothes, jewellery 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.
4. 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
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
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.
f. 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 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.
5. Service
a. Have your power tool serviced by a qualified repair
person using only identical replacement parts. This
will make sure that the safety of the power tool is
Additional power tool safety warnings
Warning! Additional safety warnings for sanders.
Hold power tool by insulated gripping surfaces,
when performing an operation where the cutting
accessory may contact hidden wiring or its own
cord. Cutting accessory contacting a “live” wire may
make exposed metal parts of the power tool “live” and
could give the operator an electric shock.
Use clamps or another practical way to secure and
support the workpiece to a stable platform. Holding
the work by hand or against your body leaves it unstable
and may lead to loss of control.
Warning! Contact with or inhalation of dust arising from
sanding applications may endanger the health of the
operator and possible bystanders. Wear a dust mask
specifically designed for protection against dust and
fumes and ensure that persons within or entering the
work area are also protected.
Thoroughly remove all dust after sanding.
Take special care when sanding paint which is possibly
lead based or when sanding some woods and metal which
may produce toxic dust:
Do not let children or pregnant women enter the work area.
Do not eat, drink or smoke in the work area.
Dispose of dust particles and any other debris safely.
The intended use is described in this instruction manual.
The use of any accessory or attachment or performance of
any operation with this tool other than those recommended
in this instruction manual may present a risk of personal
injury and/or damage to property.
Safety of others
This tool is not intended for use by persons (including
children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental
capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge,
unless they have been given supervision or instruction
concerning the use of the appliance by a person
responsible for their safety.
Children should be supervised to ensure that they do
not play with the appliance.
The declared vibration emission values stated in the
technical data and the declaration of conformity have been
measured in accordance with a standard test method
provided by EN 60745 and may be used for comparing one
tool with another. The declared vibration emission value may
also be used in a preliminary assessment of exposure.
Warning! The vibration emission value during actual use of
the power tool can differ from the declared value depending
on the ways in which the tool is used. The vibration level may
increase above the level stated.
When assessing vibration exposure to determine safety
measures required by 2002/44/EC to protect persons
regularly using power tools in employment, an estimation of
vibration exposure should consider, the actual conditions of
use and the way the tool is used, including taking account of
all parts of the operating cycle such as the times when the
tool is switched off and when it is running idle in addition to
the trigger time.
Labels on tools
Warning! To reduce the risk of injury, the user must
read the instruction manual.
Always wear gloves when working with metal
Wear safety glasses or goggles when using the tool.
Wear ear protection when using this tool.
The following symbols are marked on your appliance:
Fit the dust cassette before using the tool
on wooden workpieces.
Remove the dust cassette and fit the
deflector before using the tool on
workpieces containing metal.
Electrical safety
This tool is double insulated; therefore no earth
wire is required. Always check that the power
supply corresponds to the voltage on the rating
If the supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by the
manufacturer or an authorised Black & Decker Service
Centre in order to avoid a hazard.
Your tool has some or all of the following features:
1. Variable speed control knob
2. On/off switch
3. Lock-on button
4. Secondary handle
5. Belt tensioning lever
6. Belt tracking knob
7. Straight arm
Warning! Before assembly, make sure that the tool is switched
off and unplugged.
Fitting and removing sanding arms (fig. A)
Before first use, you must fit the sanding arm to the tool. A
straight arm (7, sanding width 13 mm) is supplied. The
following is also supplied:
a narrow arm (9, sanding width 6 mm) for intricate work
a cranked arm (10) for grooving and sanding in the centre
of workpieces and for reaching confined areas
These parts are also available as an accessory from your
Black & Decker dealer, (not available in Australia and New
Make sure that the belt tensioning lever (5) is in the position
Loosen and remove the belt tracking knob (6).
Remove the tape retaining the spring (8) (if present).
Check that the spring (8) is located in its mounting hole.
Position the arm (7, 9 or 10) as shown.
Fit the belt tracking knob (6) and tighten it until the arm (7)
is aligned with the tool.
Remove the sanding belt (12) (if present) as described
Loosen and remove the belt tracking knob (6).
Remove the arm (7, 9 or 10).
Warning! Be careful not to lose the spring (8).
Fitting and removing sanding belts (fig. B)
Warning! The spring must be fitted. Be careful not to lose the
spring (8).
Move the belt tensioning lever (5) to the front position (A).
Make sure that the arrows on the inside of the sanding belt
(12) face the same direction as the arrows (16) on the
Place the sanding belt (12) over the front pulley (11) and
the rear pulley (15), sliding it through the slot in the housing.
Move the belt tensioning lever (5) to the rear position (B).
Adjust the belt tracking as described below.
Move the belt tensioning lever (5) to the front position (A).
Slide the sanding belt (12) off the pulleys.
Adjusting the sanding belt tracking (fig. C)
Switch the tool on.
Turn the belt tracking knob (6) as required until the sanding
belt runs straight along the length of the arm.
Fitting and removing the dust cassette
Warning! Always remove the dust cassette and fit the deflector
when using the tool on metal workpieces.
Fit the dust cassette (13) over the dust extraction outlet.
Slide the item (13) onto the tool and make sure that it is
securely located.
To remove the dust cassette (13), pull the item (13) to the
rear and off the outlet.
Fitting and removing the deflector (fig. D and E)
Warning! The deflector must be used when sanding metal
Fit the deflector (14) over the dust extraction outlet.
Slide the deflector (14) on to the tool and make sure that it
is securely located.
To remove the deflector (14), pull the deflector to the rear
and off the outlet.
Residual risks
Additional residual risks may arise when using the tool which
may not be included in the enclosed safety warnings. These
risks can arise from misuse, prolonged use etc.
Even with the application of the relevant safety regulations
and the implementation of safety devices, certain residual
risks cannot be avoided. These include:
Injuries caused by touching any rotating/moving parts.
Injuries caused when changing any parts, blades or
Injuries caused by prolonged use of a tool. When using
any tool for prolonged periods make sure you take
regular breaks.
Impairment of hearing.
Health hazards caused by breathing dust developed
when using your tool (example:- working with wood,
especially oak, beech and MDF).
Warning! Let the tool work at its own pace. Do not overload.
Variable speed control (fig. G)
The variable speed control (1) allows you to adapt the speed
of the tool to the workpiece material.
Use a low speed setting when using a fine grit, when working
with plastics or ceramics and when removing painted or
varnished surfaces.
Use a high speed setting when using a coarse grit and when
removing a lot of material.
Set the variable speed control knob (1) to the required
Switching on and off (fig. G)
To switch the tool on, press the on/off switch (2).
To switch the tool off, release the on/off switch (2).
For continuous operation:
- Press the on/off switch (2).
- Press the lock-on button (3).
- Release the on/off switch (2).
To switch the tool off when in continuous operation, press
and release on/off switch (2).
Emptying the dust cassette (fig. F)
The dust cassette (13) should be emptied every 10
Pull the dust cassette (13) to the rear and off the tool.
Remove the cover (18) by twisting it counter-clockwise.
Hold dust cassette (13) with the filter (17) facing down and
shake the cassette (13) to empty the contents.
Shake the cover (18) to empty the contents.
Refit the cover (18) onto the dust cassette (13), twisting it
clockwise until it locks into place.
Refit the dust cassette (13) onto the tool.
Cleaning the dust cassette filter (fig. F)
Warning! Do not brush or use compressed air or sharp objects
to clean the filter. Do not wash the filter.
The dust cassette filter (17) is re-usable & should be
cleaned regularly.
Empty the dust cassette (13) as described above.
Pull the filter (17) off the dust cassette (13).
Shake off the excess dust by tapping the filter (17) into a
Replace the filter (17).
Fit the cover (18).
Slide the dust cassette (13) on to the tool and make sure
that it is securely located.
Special applications (fig. H, I and J)
Cranked arm (fig. H)
Use section A for grooving or sanding in the centre of
workpieces and in confined areas. Use section B for curved
Straight arm (fig. I)
Use the normal or narrow arms for general use, for slotting
and for making joints.
Narrow arm (fig. J)
Use the narrow arm for finer detail, for cutting and for
Hints for optimum use
Always hold the tool with both hands.
Do not exert too much pressure on the tool.
Regularly check the condition of the sanding belt (12).
Replace when necessary.
Always sand with the grain of the wood.
When sanding new layers of paint before applying another
layer, use extra fine grit.
On very uneven surfaces, or when removing layers of
paint, start with a coarse grit. On other surfaces, start with
a medium grit. In both cases, gradually change to a fine grit
for a smooth finish.
Consult your retailer for more information on available
Your Black & Decker tool has been designed to operate over
a long period of time with a minimum of maintenance.
Continuous satisfactory operation depends upon proper tool
care and regular cleaning.
Warning! Before performing any maintenance, switch off and
unplug the tool.
Regularly clean the ventilation slots in your tool using a soft
dry brush or dry cloth.
Regularly clean the motor housing using a clean damp
cloth. Do not use any abrasive or solvent-based cleaner.
Never let any liquid get inside the tool and never immerse
any part of the tool into liquid.
Mains plug replacement (U.K. & Ireland only)
If a new mains plug needs to be fitted:
Safely dispose of the old plug.
Connect the brown lead to the live terminal in the new plug.
Connect the blue lead to the neutral terminal.
Warning! No connection is to be made to the earth terminal.
Follow the fitting instructions supplied with good quality plugs.
Recommended fuse: 5 A.
Protecting the environment
Separate collection. This product must not be
disposed of with normal household waste.
Should you find one day that your Black & Decker product
needs replacement, or if it is of no further use to you, do not
dispose of it with household waste. Make this product
available for separate collection.
Separate collection of used products and packaging
allows materials to be recycled and used again. Reuse of recycled materials helps prevent
environmental pollution and reduces the demand
for raw materials.
Local regulations may provide for separate collection of
electrical products from the household, at municipal waste
sites or by the retailer when you purchase a new product.
Black & Decker provides a facility for the collection and
recycling of Black & Decker products once they have
reached the end of their working life. To take advantage of
this service please return your product to any authorised
repair agent who will collect them on our behalf.
You can check the location of your nearest authorised repair
agent by contacting your local Black & Decker office at the
address indicated in this manual. Alternatively, a list of
authorised Black & Decker repair agents and full details of
our after-sales service and contacts are available on the
Internet at: www.2helpU.com.
Technical data
Power input
No load speed
Level of sound pressure according to EN 60745:
Sound pressure (LpA) 84 dB(A), uncertainty (K) 3 dB(A)
Sound power (LWA) 95 dB(A), uncertainty (K) 3 dB(A)
Vibration total values (triax vector sum)
according to EN 60745:
Vibration emission value (ah) 1.7 m/s2,
uncertainty (K) 1.5 m/s2
EC declaration of conformity
Black & Decker declares that these products described
under "technical data" are in compliance with:
2006/42/EC, EN60745-1, EN60745-2-4
For more information, please contact Black & Decker at the
following address or refer to the back of the manual.
The undersigned is responsible for compilation of the
technical file and makes this declaration on behalf of Black
& Decker.
Kevin Hewitt
Vice-President Global Engineering
Black & Decker Europe, 210 Bath Road, Slough,
Berkshire, SL1 3YD
United Kingdom
The product has been used for trade, professional or hire
The product has been subjected to misuse or neglect;
The product has sustained damage through foreign
objects, substances or accidents;
Repairs have been attempted by unauthorised persons;
The product has been adapted in any way from its original
Unsuitable accessories or attachments have been used.
The extended warranty does not apply if:
Proof of purchase and the original extended warranty
certificate is not produced.
Register your product on-line now at
www.blackanddecker.co.uk/xt to qualify for the extended
warranty (3 years), and to be kept up to date on new products
and special offers.
To claim on the guarantee, you will need to submit proof of
purchase to the seller or an authorised repair agent. You can
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defective due to faulty materials, workmanship or lack of
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Decker guarantees to replace all defective parts, repair
products subject to fair wear and tear or replace such
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& Decker XT warranty website within 90 days of purchase. If
the product is not registered, then only the standard warranty
(2 years) applies.
The warranty does not apply if:
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