GXC1000 | Black&Decker GXC1000 POWER WEEDER Type H1 instruction manual

New Zealand
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Intended use
Your Black & Decker cultivator has been designed for light
cultivation of garden beds. This tool is intended for consumer
use only.
Your Black & Decker charger has been designed for charging
Black & Decker batteries of the type supplied with this tool.
General safety rules
Warning! Read all instructions. Failure to follow all
instructions listed below may result in electric shock, fire and/
or serious injury. 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
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
c. Keep children and bystanders away while operating a
power tool.
Distractions can cause you to lose control.
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
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 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 safety equipment. Always wear eye protection.
Safety equipment such as dust mask, non-skid safety
shoes, hard hat, or hearing protection used for appropriate
conditions will reduce personal injuries.
c. Avoid accidental starting. Ensure the switch is in the
off position before plugging in.
Carrying power tools with your finger on the switch or
plugging in power tools that have the switch on invites
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 injury.
e. Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at
all times.
This enables better control of the power tool in unexpected
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 designed.
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 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 users.
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 and in the manner
intended for the particular type of power tool, 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.
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.
5. Battery tool use and care
a. Ensure the switch is in the off position before
inserting battery pack.
Inserting the battery pack into power tools that have the
switch on invites accidents.
b. Recharge only with the charger specified by the
A charger that is suitable for one type of battery pack may
create a risk of fire when used with another battery pack.
c. Use power tools only with specifically designated
battery packs.
Use of any other battery packs may create a risk of injury
and fire.
d. When battery pack is not in use, keep it away from
other metal objects like 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. 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.
The following warning symbols are found on the tool:
6. Service
a. 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.
Additional safety instructions
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.
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.
Warning symbols
Read the instruction manual before use.
Do not use the tool in wet conditions or expose it to
Wear safety glasses or goggles when operating this
Do not incinerate the battery.
Keep people and animals at least 6 m away from the
cutting area.
Additional safety instructions for batteries and
 Never attempt to open for any reason.
 Do not expose the battery to water.
 Do not store in locations where the temperature may
exceed 40 °C.
 Charge only at ambient temperatures between 4 °C and
40 °C.
 Charge only using the charger provided with the tool.
 When disposing of batteries, follow the instructions given
in the section "Protecting the environment".
 Use your Black & Decker charger only to charge the battery
in the tool with which it was supplied. Other batteries could
burst, causing personal injury and damage.
 Never attempt to charge non-rechargeable batteries.
 Have defective cords replaced immediately.
 Do not expose the charger to water.
 Do not open the charger.
 Do not probe the charger.
13. Charging indicator
14. End of charge indicator
Warning! Before assembly, remove the battery from the tool.
Fitting and removing the battery (fig. B)
The charger is intended for indoor use only.
Fail safe isolating transformer. The mains supply is
electrically separated from the transformer output.
The charger automatically shuts off if the ambient
temperature becomes too high. As a consequence
the charger will be inoperable. The charger must be
disconnected from the mains supply and taken to an
authorised service centre for repair.
Fitting the battery cap (fig. C)
Warning! Fit the cap (16) to the battery (10) for transportation
and storage.
Fitting the shroud (fig. D)
Warning! Never operate the tool with a damaged shroud or
without the shroud in place.
Read the instruction manual before use.
Electrical safety
Your charger is double insulated; therefore no earth
wire is required. Always check that the mains voltage
corresponds to the voltage on the rating plate.
Warning! Never attempt to replace the charger unit with a
regular mains plug.
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.
On/off switch
Lock-off button
Main handle
Secondary handle
Handle knob
Handle adjustment collar
Motor housing
Tine assembly
Fig. A
11. Charger
12. Charger receptacle
Place the shroud (9) onto the tool as shown, aligning the
tabs (17) with the lugs (18) on the tool.
Press the shroud until it snaps into place (A).
Check that the shroud is fitted correctly.
Warning! Never use the tool unless the shroud is properly fitted.
Fitting the tines (fig. E)
To fit the battery (10), line it up with the receptacle on the
tool. Slide the battery into the receptacle and push until
the battery snaps into place.
To remove the battery, push the release button (15) while
at the same time pulling the battery out of the receptacle.
Place the first tine (9) onto the shaft (19).
Insert the pin (20) into hole in the shaft.
Push the pin firmly until it clicks into place.
Repeat as for the other tine.
Warning! Let the tool work at its own pace. Do not overload.
Charging the battery (fig. A)
The battery needs to be charged before first use and
whenever it fails to produce sufficient power on jobs that were
easily done before. When charging the battery for the first
time, or after prolonged storage, it will only accept an 80%
charge. After several charge and discharge cycles, the battery
will attain full capacity. The battery may become warm while
charging; this is normal and does not indicate a problem.
Warning! Do not charge the battery at ambient temperatures
below 4 °C or above 40 °C. Recommended charging
temperature: approx. 24 °C.
8 hour charger
 To charge the battery (10), remove it from the tool and
slide the charger receptacle (12) onto the battery.
 Plug in the charger (11).
The battery will be fully charged in approx. 8 hours. It can be
removed at any time or left in the connected charger
1 hour charger
 To charge the battery (10), remove it from the tool and
insert it into the charger (11). The battery will only fit into
the charger in one way. Do not force. Be sure that the
battery is fully seated in the charger.
 Plug in the charger.
 Check if the red charging indicator (13) lights up. If the
green end of charge indicator (14) lights up now instead,
the battery is too hot and cannot be charged. If this
happens, remove the battery from the charger, let the
battery cool down for approx. 1 hour and re-insert it.
After approx. 1 hour of charging, the red charging indicator
(13) will stop lighting and the green end of charge indicator
(14) will light up. The battery is now fully charged.
 Remove the battery from the charger.
Adjusting the position of the secondary handle (fig. F)
The secondary handle (4) can be adjusted to provide optimum
balance and comfort.
 Let the shroud (9) rest on the ground.
 Slacken the handle knob (5).
 Move the handle into the desired position.
 Securely tighten the handle knob.
Adjusting the height (fig. G)
Hints for optimum use
Hold the tool as shown in fig. I.
If the tool starts running slowly, reduce the load.
For the first cultivating each season, move slowly because
dirt is packed down. Subsequent cultivating will be
completed more rapidly.
In order to achieve optimum results, only cultivate dry soil.
If the tines become clogged, immediately switch off the
tool. Refer to the maintenance instructions to unclog the
tines. To continue operating the tool in a clogged condition
will damage the tool.
If possible, keep the battery connected to the charger and
the charger plugged in whenever the tool is not in use.
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.
Your charger does not require any maintenance apart from
regular cleaning.
Warning! Before performing any maintenance on the tool,
remove the battery from the tool. Unplug the charger before
cleaning it.
Regularly clean the ventilation slots in your tool and
charger 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 use a blunt scraper to remove grass and dirt
from the underneath of the shroud .
Make sure all switches are free of debris before and after
The telescopic shaft (21) allows you to set the tool to a
comfortable height.
 Loosen the collar (6).
 To increase the height, slide the shaft out.
 To reduce the height, slide the shaft in.
 Tighten the collar.
Warning! Do not immerse tool in water or spray it with a hose.
Switching on and off (fig. H)
During use
For your safety, this tool is equipped with a double switching
system. This system prevents starting the tool inadvertently.
Switching on
 Push the lock-off button (2) backward using your thumb
and at the same time squeeze the on/off switch (1).
 Release the lock-off button.
Switching off
 Release the on/off switch (1).
Warning! Never attempt to lock a switch in the on position.
Remove clogged material from the tines with a stick or
Warning! Do not attempt to unclog the tines by dropping or
tapping the tool on the ground. Wear gloves when cleaning tines.
After use and before storage
After use, carefully clean the tines. After cleaning, apply a
film of light machine oil to prevent the tines from rusting.
Note: Fertilizers and other garden chemicals contain agents
that greatly accelerate the corrosion of metals. If you use the
tool in areas where fertilizers or chemicals have been used,
the tool should be cleaned immediately afterwards.
Warning! Wear proper gloves and eye protection when
cleaning tool.
When the tool will not be used for several months, ideally
leave the battery connected to the charger.
Warning! Do not hang the tool on the switch trigger.
Otherwise proceed as follows:
 Fully charge the battery.
 Remove the battery from the tool.
 Store the tool and battery in a secure and dry location.
The storage temperature must always remain in the range of
+5 °C to +40 °C. Place the battery on a level surface.
 Before using the tool after prolonged storage, fully charge
the battery again.
Note: Do not store the tool on or adjacent to fertilizers or
chemicals. Such storage can cause rapid corrosion.
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
Black & Decker batteries can be recharged many
times. At the end of their useful life, discard batteries
with due care for our environment:
If the tool does not operate correctly, check the following.
Possible cause
Tool will not start. Battery not installed
Battery discharged.
Battery will
not charge.
Check the battery
Fit a (fully) charged
Lock-off button
Observe the
not actuated.
starting procedure.
Pole connections not Check the connections.
properly tightened.
Battery not installed Check the battery
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.
Re-use of recycled materials helps prevent
environmental pollution and reduces the demand for
raw materials.
Run the battery down completely, then remove it from the
NiCd and NiMH batteries are recyclable. Take them to any
authorised repair agent or a local recycling station.
Place the battery in a suitable packaging to ensure that
the terminals cannot be short-circuited.
Technical data
Number of strokes
(no load)
VDC 18
min-1 331
kg 3.25
VDC 18
Ah 1.5
kg 0.9
8 hr
Input voltage
VAC 230
Approx. charging time
h 8
kg 0.4
1 hr
EC declaration of conformity
Black & Decker declares that these products conform to:
98/37/EC, 89/336/EEC, 73/23/EEC, 2000/14/EC, EN 60745,
EN 55014, EN 60335, EN 61000
Please visit our website www.blackanddecker.co.uk to
register your new Black & Decker product and to be kept up to
date on new products and special offers. Further information
on the Black & Decker brand and our range of products is
available at www.blackanddecker.co.uk
Level of sound pressure, measured according to 2000/14/EC:
LpA (sound pressure) 82 dB(A), LWA (acoustic power) 93 dB(A),
LWA (guaranteed) 95 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
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
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
 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
service and contacts are available on the Internet at:
Black & Decker (Australia) Pty. Ltd.
20 Fletcher Road, Mooroolbark,
Victoria, 3138
Tel. 03-8720 5100
Fax 03-9727 5940
New Zealand
Black & Decker
81 Hugo Johnston Drive
Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand
Tel. 09 579 7600
Fax 09 579 8200
United Kingdom
Black & Decker
210 Bath Road
Slough, Berkshire SL1 3YD
Tel. 01753 511234
Fax 01753 551155
Helpline 01753 574277
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