GL652 | Black&Decker GL652 STRING TRIMMER instruction manual

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Intended use
Your Black & Decker Strimmer® has been designed for trimming
and finishing lawn edges and to cut grass in confined spaces.
This tool is intended for consumer use only.
Safety instructions
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Warning! When using mains-powered appliances, basic
safety precautions, including the following, should always
be followed to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and
personal injury.
Read all of this manual carefully before operating the
appliance.
Before operating the appliance, make sure that you know
how to switch it off in an emergency.
The intended use is described in this manual. The use of
any accessory or attachment or performance of any operation
with this appliance other than those recommended in this
instruction manual may present a risk of personal injury.
Retain this manual for future reference.
Work area
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Do not expose the appliance to rain. Do not use the
appliance in damp or wet conditions.
Only use the appliance in daylight or good artificial light.
Personal protection
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Wear stout shoes or boots to protect your feet. Do not
operate the appliance wearing open-toed sandals or when
barefoot.
Wear long trousers to protect your legs.
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).
Extension cables
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Before use, inspect the cable for signs of damage, wear
and ageing. Replace the extension cable if damaged or
defective.
Up to 30 m of Black & Decker extension cable can be
used without loss of power.
Always use an approved extension cable suitable for the
power input of this tool (see rating plate). The extension
cable must be suitable for outdoor use and not lighter than
H05RR-F, H05RN-F or H05VV-F with conductor size not
less than 1 mm2.
When using a cable reel, always unwind the cable
completely.
Take care to keep the cable away from the cutting line.
Always be aware of the position of the cable.
Using your appliance
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Be sure that the appliance is switched off when plugging in.
Stay alert. Watch what you are doing. Use common sense.
Do not operate the appliance when you are tired.
If the appliance begins to vibrate abnormally, switch it off
and remove the plug from the socket. Allow rotating parts
to stop and inspect the appliance for damage and loose
parts.
Never pull the cord to disconnect the plug from the socket.
Keep the cord away from heat, oil and sharp edges.
If the mains cable is damaged during use, switch the
appliance off and disconnect the plug from the mains
immediately. Do not touch the mains cable before
disconnecting from the mains.
Safety of others
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Do not allow children or any person unfamiliar with these
instructions to operate the appliance.
Do not allow children, visitors or animals to come near the
work area or to touch the appliance or mains cable.
Remember that the operator may be held responsible for
accidents or hazards occurring to other people or their
property.
After use
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Switch off, remove the plug from the socket and ensure
that moving parts have stopped rotating before leaving the
appliance unattended and before changing, cleaning or
inspecting any parts of the appliance.
When not in use, the appliance should be stored in a dry
place. Children should not have access to stored appliances.
Inspection and repairs
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Before use, check the appliance for damaged or defective
parts. 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.
Do not use the appliance if any part is damaged or
defective. Do not use the appliance if the switch does not
turn it on and off.
Never use the appliance when any guard or enclosure is
damaged or not in place.
Ensure that the appliance will operate properly and
perform its intended function.
Have any damaged or defective parts repaired or replaced
by an authorised repair agent.
Before use, check the mains cable for signs of damage,
ageing and wear.
Do not use the appliance if the mains cable is damaged or
defective.
If the mains cable is damaged or defective it must be
repaired by an authorised repair agent to avoid a hazard.
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Never attempt to remove or replace any parts other than
those specified in this manual.
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Electrical safety
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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.
Additional safety instructions for grass trimmers
The following warning symbols are found on the tool:
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Additional safety instructions for Australia and
New Zealand
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Read the manual prior to operation.
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Wear safety glasses or goggles when operating this
tool.
Keep people and animals at least 6 m away from the
cutting area.
Do not expose the tool to rain or high humidity.
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Be familiar with the controls and the proper use of the tool.
Only use the tool in daylight or good artificial light.
Before use, check the power supply cord and extension
cord for signs of damage, ageing and wear. If a cord
becomes damaged during use, disconnect the cord from
the mains supply immediately. DO NOT TOUCH THE
CORD BEFORE DISCONNECTING THE SUPPLY.
Do not use the tool if the cords are damaged or worn.
Wear stout shoes or boots to protect your feet.
Wear long trousers to protect your legs.
Before using the tool, check that your cutting path is free
from sticks, stones, wire and any other obstacles.
Only use the tool in the upright position, with the cutting
line near the ground. Never switch the tool on in any other
position.
Move slowly when using the tool. Be aware that freshly cut
grass is damp and slippery.
Do not work on steep slopes. Work across the face of
slopes, not up and down.
Never cross gravel paths or roads while the tool is running.
Never touch the cutting line while the tool is running.
Do not put the tool down until the cutting line has come to
a complete standstill.
Use only the appropriate type of cutting line. Never use
metal cutting line or fishing line.
Be careful not to touch the line trimming blade.
Take care to keep the mains cable away from the cutting
line. Always be aware of the position of the cable.
Keep hands and feet away from the cutting line at all
times, especially when switching on the motor.
Warning! The cutting elements continue to rotate after the
tool is switched off.
Never operate the tool with damaged guards or without
guards in place.
Always ensure that the ventilation slots are kept clear of
debris.
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.
Features
This tool includes some or all of the following features.
1. Trigger lever (on/off switch)
2. Handle
3. Cable restraint
4. Power inlet
5. Secondary handle
6. Adjustment button
7. Cable storage hooks
8. Motor housing
9. Guard
10. Line trimming blade
11. Spool housing
12. Cutting line
13. Edge guide
14. Tube
Assembly
Warning! Before assembly, make sure that the tool is
switched off and unplugged.
Fitting the guard (fig. A)
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Remove the screw (15) from the guard (9).
Place the guard onto the tool as shown.
Firmly press the guard until it snaps into place.
Secure the guard with the screw.
Warning! Never use the tool unless the guard is properly
fitted.
Connecting the tool to the mains (fig. B)
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Connect the female plug of a suitable extension cable to
the power inlet (4).
Loop the cable through the cable restraint (3).
Insert the mains plug into a mains outlet.
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For wired in cable units: Make sure the cable is looped
through the cable restraint prior to connecting the plug to
the mains outlet.
Warning! The extension cable must be suitable for outdoor use.
Setting the tool to the working position (fig. C)
The tool is supplied in a shipping position. The tool must be
set to a working position before use.
 Gently pull out the tube (14) until the adjustment button (6)
locks into place.
 When the button locks into place, the tool is set to the
shortest working position.
Warning! Never use the tool unless it is in a working position.
Fitting the edge guide (fig. D)
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Position the edge guide (13) in front of the tool as shown.
Gently pull apart the edge guide legs.
Slide the legs over the motor housing (8) into the holes
(16) on either side.
Make sure the edge guide fits properly into the motor
housing guides.
Use
Warning! Let the tool work at its own pace. Do not overload.
Setting the tool to trimming or edging mode
(fig. C, E & F)
The tool can be used in trimming mode as shown in fig. E or in
edging mode to trim overhanging grass along lawn edges and
flower beds as shown in fig. F.
Trimming mode (fig. C & E)
For trimming, the trimmer head should be in the position
shown in fig. E. If it is not:
 Set the tool to the working position.
 Depress the adjustment button (6).
 Rotate the handle (2), while releasing the button.
 When the head is in position, the button will lock into place.
Note: The head will only rotate in one direction.
Edging mode (fig. C & F)
For edging, the trimmer head should be in the position shown
in fig. F. If it is not:
 Set the tool to the working position.
 Depress the adjustment button (6).
 Rotate the handle (2), while releasing the button.
 When the head is in position, the button will lock into
place.
Note: The head will only rotate in one direction.
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Adjusting the height of the tool (fig. C)
This tool has a telescopic mechanism, allowing you to set it to
a comfortable height. There are three height settings. To
adjust the height setting, proceed as follows:
 Depress the adjustment button (6).
 Gently pull the tube (14) in or out of the motor housing (2)
to the desired height, while releasing the button.
 When the tube is in position, the button will lock into place.
Switching on and off
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To switch the tool on, squeeze the trigger lever (1).
To switch the tool off, release the trigger lever.
Warning! Never attempt to lock the trigger lever in the on
position.
Hints for optimum use
General
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In order to achieve optimum cutting results, only cut dry
grass.
Trimming
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Hold the tool as shown in fig. E.
Gently swing the trimmer from side to side.
When cutting long grass, work in stages from the top.
Take small cuts.
Keep the tool away from hard objects and delicate plants.
If the tool starts running slowly, reduce the load.
Edging
Optimum cutting results are achieved on edges deeper than
50 mm.
 Do not use the tool to create edges. To create edges,
use an edging spade.
 Guide the tool as shown in fig. F.
 To make a closer cut, slightly tilt 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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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.
Regularly clean the cutting line and spool using a soft
brush or dry cloth.
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Regularly use a blunt scraper to remove grass and dirt
from the underneath of the guard.
Fitting a new spool of cutting line (fig. G & H)
Replacement spools of cutting line are available from your
Black & Decker dealer (cat. no. A6441). Complete cassettes
containing a spool of cutting line are also available
(cat. no. A6442).
 Unplug the tool.
 Keep the tabs (17) depressed and remove the spool cover
(18) from the housing (11) (fig. G).
 Remove the empty spool (19) from the spool cover.
 Remove any dirt and grass from the spool cover and
housing.
 Take the new spool and push it onto the boss in the spool
cover. Rotate the spool slightly until it is seated.
 Unclip the end of one of the cutting lines and guide the
line into one of the eyelets (20) (fig. H). The line should
protrude approx. 11 cm from the spool cover.
 Unclip the end of the other cutting line and guide the line
into the other eyelet. The line should protrude approx.
11 cm from the spool cover.
 Align the tabs (17) on the spool cover with the cut outs (21)
in the housing (fig. G).
 Push the cover onto the housing until it snaps securely
into place.
Warning! If the cutting lines protrude beyond the trimming
blade (10), cut them off so that they just reach the blade.
Winding new line onto an empty spool (fig. I, J & K)
You may wind new cutting line onto an empty spool.
Replacement packs of cutting line are available from your
Black & Decker dealer (cat. no. A6440).
 Remove the empty spool from the tool as described above.
 Remove any remaining cutting line from the spool.
 First wind new line onto the uppermost part of the spool:
- Feed 2 cm of cutting line into one of the slots in the
upper section of the spool as shown.
- Wind the cutting line onto the spool in the direction of
the arrow. Make sure to wind the line on neatly and in
layers. Do not criss-cross.
- When the wound cutting line reaches the recesses
(23), cut the line.
- Temporarily park the line in the slots (22) on one side
of the spool as shown.
 Repeat the above procedure for the second cutting line on
the lower section of the spool. Park the line in the unused
slots (22).
 Proceed as described above to fit the spool on the tool.
Do not forget to release the cutting line from the parking
slots (22).
Warning! Only use the appropriate type of Black & Decker
cutting line. Ensure that cutting line is present in both sections
of the spool (fig. K).
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 your tool seems not to operate properly, follow the instructions
below. If this does not solve the problem, please contact your
local Black & Decker repair agent.
Warning! Before proceeding, switch off and unplug the tool.
Tool runs slowly
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Check that the spool housing can rotate freely.
Carefully clean it if necessary.
Check that the cutting line does not protrude more than
11 cm from the spool housing. If it does, cut it off so that it
just reaches the line trimming blade.
Automatic line feed does not work
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Keep the tabs depressed and remove the spool cover
from the housing.
Pull the cutting line until it protrudes 11 cm from the
housing. If insufficient cutting line is left on the spool,
install a new spool of cutting line as instructed above.
Align the tabs on the spool cover with the cut outs in the
housing.
Push the cover onto the housing until it snaps securely
into place.
If the cutting line protrudes beyond the trimming blade,
cut it off so that it just reaches the blade.
If the automatic line feed still does not work or the spool is
jammed, try the following suggestions:
 Carefully clean the spool cover and housing.
 Remove the spool and check if the lever can move freely.
 Remove the spool and unwind the cutting line, then wind it
on neatly again as described above. Replace the spool as
instructed.
Protecting the environment
Separate collection. This product must not be
disposed of with normal household waste.
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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.
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
GL651
GL652
GL653
Input voltage
VAC 230
230
230
Power input
W 380
400
440
No-load speed min-1 10,000/12,000 10,000/12,000 10,000/12,000
Weight
kg 2.7
2.7
3.2
GL655
GL656
Input voltage
VAC 230
230
Power input
W 460
460
No-load speed min-1 10,000/12,000 9,500/11,500
Weight
kg 3.2
3.2
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EC declaration of conformity
GL651/GL652/GL653/GL655/GL656
Black & Decker declares that these products conform to:
98/37/EC, 89/336/EEC, 73/23/EEC, EN 60335, EN 55014,
EN 61000, 2000/14/EC
Lawn trimmer, L < 50 cm
Annex VIII, No. 0344
KEMA Quality B.V., Utrechtseweg 310, 6802 ED Arnhem,
The Netherlands
Level of sound pressure, measured according to 2000/14/EC:
LpA (sound pressure) 81 dB(A), LWA (acoustic power) 95 dB(A),
LWA (guaranteed) 96 dB(A)
Hand/arm weighted vibration value according to
EN 786: < 2.5 m/s2
Kevin Hewitt
Director of Consumer Engineering
Spennymoor, County Durham DL16 6JG,
United Kingdom
1-10-2006
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
Black & Decker repair agents and full details of our after-sales
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Australia
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20 Fletcher Road, Mooroolbark,
Victoria, 3138
Tel. 03-8720 5100
Fax 03-9727 5940
New Zealand
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