GT450 | Black&Decker GT450 HEDGETRIMMER instruction manual

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Intended use
Your Black & Decker hedgetrimmer has been designed for
trimming hedges, shrubs and brambles. This tool is intended
for consumer use only.
Safety instructions
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Warning! When using mains-powered tools, basic safety
precautions, including the following, should always be
followed to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, personal
injury and material damage.
Read all of this manual carefully before operating the tool.
Retain this manual for future reference.
Remove the plug from the socket before carrying out any
adjustment, servicing or maintenance.
Keep work area clean
Cluttered areas and benches can cause accidents.
Consider work area environment
Do not expose the tool to rain. Do not use the tool in damp or
wet conditions. Keep the work area well lit. Do not use the
tool where there is a risk of causing fire or explosion, e.g. in
the presence of flammable liquids and gases.
Keep children away
Do not allow children, visitors or animals to come near the
work area or to touch the tool or mains cable.
Dress properly
Do not wear loose clothing or jewellery, as these can be
caught in moving parts. Preferably wear rubber gloves and
non-slip footwear when working outdoors. Wear protective
hair covering to keep long hair out of the way.
Personal protection
Always use safety glasses. Use a face or dust mask whenever
the operations may produce dust or flying particles.
Hearing protection should be worn.
Guard against electric shock
Prevent body contact with earthed or grounded surfaces
(e.g. pipes, radiators, cookers and refrigerators). Electric safety
can be further improved by using a high-sensitivity
(30 mA / 30 mS) residual current device (RCD).
Do not overreach
Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
Stay alert
Watch what you are doing. Use common sense.
Do not operate the tool when you are tired.
Secure workpiece
Use clamps or a vice to hold the workpiece. It is safer and it
frees both hands to operate the tool.
Connect dust extraction equipment
If devices are provided for the connection of dust extraction
and collection facilities, ensure that these are connected and
properly used.
Remove adjusting keys and wrenches
Always check that adjusting keys and wrenches are removed
from the tool before operating the tool.
Extension cables
Before use, inspect the extension cable and replace if
damaged. When using the tool outdoors, only use extension
cables intended for outdoor use. Up to 30 m of Black & Decker
extension cable can be used without loss of power.
Use appropriate tool
The intended use is described in this instruction manual.
Do not force small tools or attachments to do the job of a
heavy-duty tool. The tool will do the job better and safer at the
rate for which it was intended. Do not force the tool.
Do not use the tool for purposes not intended, for example,
do not use a circular saw to cut tree limbs or logs.
Warning! 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.
Check for damaged parts
Before use, carefully check the tool and mains cable for
damage. Check for misalignment and seizure of moving parts,
breakage of parts, damage to guards and switches and any
other conditions that may affect its operation. Ensure that the
tool will operate properly and perform its intended function.
Do not use the tool if any part is damaged or defective. Do not
use the tool if the switch does not turn it on and off. Have any
damaged or defective parts repaired or replaced by an
authorised repair agent. Never attempt any repairs yourself.
Unplug the tool
Unplug the tool when it is not in use, before changing any parts
of the tool, accessories or attachments and before servicing.
Avoid unintentional starting
Do not carry the tool with a finger on the on/off switch.
Be sure that the tool is switched off when plugging in.
Do not abuse cord
Never carry the tool by its cord or pull it to disconnect from the
socket. Keep the cord away from heat, oil and sharp edges.
Store idle tools
When not in use, tools should be stored in a dry, locked up or
high place, out of reach of children.
Maintain tools with care
Keep cutting tools sharp and clean for better and safer
performance. Follow the instructions for maintenance and
changing accessories. Keep handles and switches dry,
clean and free from oil and grease.
Repairs
This tool complies with relevant safety requirements.
Repairs should only be carried out by qualified persons using
original spare parts; otherwise this may result in considerable
danger to the user.
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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 plate.
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This appliance is not intended for use by young or infirm
persons without supervision. Children must be supervised
to ensure they do not play with the appliance.
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.
Additional safety instructions for hedgetrimmers
Wear safety glasses or goggles when operating this
tool.
Wear gloves when operating this tool.
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Always ensure that all guards are fitted when using the
tool. Never attempt to use an incomplete tool or a tool
with unauthorised modifications.
Never allow children to use the tool.
Be aware of falling debris when cutting the higher sides
of a hedge.
Features
This tool includes some or all of the following features.
1. Trigger switch
2. Front handle switch
3. Front handle
4. Guard
5. Blade
6. Blade sheath
7. Cable restraint
This hedgetrimmer has the following features for your benefit:
◆ Ergonomically formed handles for comfortable cutting.
◆ Machined blades for improved cutting.
◆ Dual action blades for reduced vibration.
Wear ear protection when operating this tool.
Assembly
Immediately disconnect the cable from the mains if
it is damaged or cut.
Warning! Before assembly, make sure that the tool is switched
off and unplugged and that the blade sheath is fitted over the
blades.
Do not expose the tool to rain or high humidity.
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Keep the cable away from the blades while using this tool.
If you have not used a hedgetrimmer before, preferably
seek practical instruction by an experienced user in
addition to studying this manual.
Never touch the blades while the tool is running.
Never attempt to force the blades to come to a standstill.
Do not put the tool down until the blades have come to a
complete standstill.
Regularly check the blades for damage and wear. Do not
use the tool when the blades are worn or damaged.
Take care to avoid hard objects (e.g. metal wire, railings)
when trimming. Should you accidentally hit any such object,
immediately switch the tool off and check for any damage.
Should the tool start to vibrate abnormally, immediately
switch it off and check for any damage.
If the tool stalls, immediately switch it off. Unplug the
tool before attempting to remove any obstructions.
After use, place the blade sheath supplied over the blades.
Store the tool, making sure that the blade is not exposed.
Fitting the guard (fig. A)
◆ Locate the guard (4) into the grooves (8).
◆ Secure the guard using the two screws (9) supplied.
Warning! Never use the tool without the guard.
Connecting the tool to the mains (fig. B)
Unless the tool is fitted with a mains cable, you will need to
connect an extension cable to the power inlet.
◆ Connect the female socket of a suitable extension cable
to the power inlet of the tool.
◆ Loop the cable through the cable restraint (7) as shown to
prevent the extension cable from becoming detached
during use.
◆ Insert the mains plug into a mains outlet.
Warning! The extension cable must be suitable for outdoor use.
When using a cable reel, always unwind the cable completely.
Use
Warning! Let the tool work at its own pace. Do not overload.
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Carefully guide the cable in order to avoid accidentally
cutting it. A good way to control the cable is by putting it
over your shoulder.
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For your safety, this tool is equipped with a double
switching system. This system prevents starting the tool
inadvertently and will only allow operation while holding
the tool with both hands.
Switching on and off
Switching on
◆ Take hold of the front handle (3) with one hand so that the
front handle switch (2) is pushed into the body of the tool.
◆ With the other hand, squeeze the trigger switch (1) to
start the tool.
Maintenance
Your 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.
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Switching off
◆ Release the handle switch (2) or the trigger switch (1).
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After use, carefully clean the blades. After cleaning, apply
a film of light machine oil to prevent the blades from rusting.
Regularly clean the ventilation slots in your tool using a
soft brush or dry cloth.
Regularly clean the motor housing using a damp cloth.
Do not use any abrasive or solvent-based cleaner.
Make sure all switches are free of debris before and after
use.
Warning! Never attempt to lock a switch in the on position.
Hints for optimum use
◆ Start by trimming the top of the hedge. Slightly tilt the
tool (up to 15° relative to the line of cut) so that the blade
tips point slightly towards the hedge (fig. C1). This will
cause the blades to cut more effectively. Hold the tool at
the desired angle and move it steadily along the line of cut.
The double-sided blade allows you to cut in either direction.
◆ In order to obtain a very straight cut, stretch a piece of
string along the length of the hedge at the desired height.
Use the string as a guideline, cutting just above it.
◆ In order to obtain flat sides, cut upwards with the growth.
Younger stems move outwards when the blade cuts
downwards, causing shallow patches in the hedge (fig. C2).
◆ Take care to avoid any foreign objects. Especially avoid
hard objects such as metal wire and railings, as these
could damage the blades.
◆ Regularly oil the blades.
Guidelines for trimming (UK & Ireland)
◆ Trim hedges and shrubs with seasonal leaves (new leaves
every year) in June and October.
◆ Trim evergreens in April and August.
◆ Trim conifers and other fast growing shrubs every six
weeks from May until October.
Removing the guard (fig. A)
Warning! Remove the guard for servicing purposes only.
Always re-fit the guard after finishing servicing.
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Loosen the screws (9) and remove them.
Slide the guard (4) off the tool.
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.
Troubleshooting
If the tool does not operate correctly, check the following.
Fault
Possible cause
Tool will not start. Blown fuse.
Tripped RCD.
Mains lead not connected.
Action
Replace fuse.
Check RCD.
Check mains
supply.
Protecting the environment
Guidelines for trimming (Australia & New Zealand)
◆ Trim hedges and shrubs with seasonal leaves (new leaves
every year) in December and March.
◆ Trim evergreens in September and February.
◆ Trim conifers and other fast growing shrubs every six
weeks from October until March.
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.
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Separate collection of used products and packaging
allows materials to be recycled and used again.
Re-use 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
Input voltage
Power input
Blade strokes (no load)
Blade length
Blade gap
Blade brake time
Weight (excl. supply cord)
VAC
W
min-1
cm
mm
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kg
GT450
230
450
1,700
42
20
< 1.0
2.9
GT480
230
450
1,700
51
20
< 1.0
3.0
GT501
230
500
1,700
51
20
< 1.0
3.0
Input voltage
Power input
Blade strokes (no load)
Blade length
Blade gap
Blade brake time
Weight (excl. supply cord)
VAC
W
min-1
cm
mm
s
kg
GT502
230
520
1,700
51
20
< 1.0
3.0
GT510
230
500
1,700
55
20
< 1.0
3.1
GT515
230
550
1,700
55
20
< 1.0
3.1
EC declaration of conformity
GT450/GT480/GT501/GT502/GT510/GT515
Black & Decker declares that these products conform to:
98/37/EC, 89/336/EEC, EN 50144, EN 55014, EN 61000,
2000/14/EC, Hedgetrimmer, ≤ 500 W, Annex V
Level of sound pressure, measured according to 2000/14/EC:
LpA (sound pressure) 88 dB(A), LWA (acoustic power) 101 dB(A),
LWA (guaranteed) 102 dB(A)
Hand/arm weighted vibration value according to EN 50144:
< 2.5 m/s2
Kevin Hewitt
Director of Consumer Engineering
Spennymoor, County Durham DL16 6JG,
United Kingdom
1-12-2005
Guarantee
Black & Decker is confident of the quality of its products and
offers an outstanding guarantee. This guarantee statement is
in addition to and in no way prejudices your statutory rights.
The guarantee is valid within the territories of the Member
States of the European Union and the European Free Trade Area.
If a Black & Decker product becomes defective due to faulty
materials, workmanship or lack of conformity, within 24 months
from the date of purchase, Black & Decker guarantees to
replace defective parts, repair products subjected to fair wear
and tear or replace such products to ensure minimum
inconvenience to the customer unless:
◆ The product has been used for trade, professional or hire
purposes;
◆ 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 persons other than
authorised repair agents or Black & Decker service staff.
To claim on the guarantee, you will need to submit proof of
purchase to the seller or an authorised repair agent. 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
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www.2helpU.com
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