DCM571 | Black&Decker DCM571 BRUSH CUTTER instruction manual

English (original instructions)4
Copyright DeWALT
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Technical Data
Batteries & Chargers sold separately
UK & Ireland
Power output
Cutting Swath Size
Weight (without battery pack)
0-5100 / 0-5500
Brush cutter
Tri-Blade Brush Knife,
Grass Cutting Blade,
4T Grass Cutting Blade
0-5100 / 0-5500
Cutting Swath Size
Noise values and vibration values (triax vector sum).
String trimmer mode according to EN 50636-2-91:
L PA (emission sound pressure level)
L WA (sound power level)
K(uncertainty for the given sound
Vibration emission value ah =
-- Handle
-- Auxiliary Handle
Uncertainty K =
Noise values and vibration values (triax vector sum).
Brush cutter mode according to EN ISO 11806-1::
L PA (emission sound pressure level)
L WA (sound power level)
K(uncertainty for the given sound
Vibration emission value ah =
-- Handle
-- Auxiliary Handle
Uncertainty K =
The vibration emission level given in this information sheet
has been measured in accordance with a standardised test
given in EN 50636 and may be used to compare one tool
with another. It may be used for a preliminary assessment
of exposure.
WARNING: The declared vibration emission level
represents the main applications of the tool. However if
the tool is used for different applications, with different
accessories or poorly maintained, the vibration
emission may differ. This may significantly increase the
exposure level over the total working period.
An estimation of the level of exposure to vibration
should also take into account the times when the tool
is switched off or when it is running but not actually
doing the job. This may significantly reduce the
exposure level over the total working period.
Identify additional safety measures to protect the
operator from the effects of vibration such as:
maintain the tool and the accessories, keep the hands
warm, organisation of work patterns.
NOTE: National regulation can restrict the use of the
Chargers/Charge Times (Minutes)
Cat #
EC-Declaration of Conformity
Machinery Directive
DeWALT declares that these products described under
Technical Data are in compliance with:
2006/42/EC, EN60335-1:2012 + A11:2014
EN50636-2-91:2014, EN ISO 11806-1:2011.
2000/14/EC, Lawn Trimmer, L ≤ 50 cm, Annex VI
DEKRA Certification B.V.
Meander 1051 / P.O. box 5185
6525 MJ ARNHEM / 6802 ED
ARNHEM, Netherlands
Notified Body ID No.: 0344
Level of accoustic power according to 2000/14/EC
(Article 12, Annex III, L ≤ 50 cm):
LPA (measured sound pressure) 79 dB(A)
uncertainty (K) = 1.0 dB (A)
LWA (guaranteed sound power) 96 dB(A)
These products also comply with Directive 2014/30/EU and
2011/65/EU. For more information, please contact DeWALT
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 DeWALT.
Markus Rompel
Director Engineering
DeWALT, Richard-Klinger-Straße 11,
D-65510, Idstein, Germany
WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury, read the
instruction manual.
Definitions: Safety Guidelines
The definitions below describe the level of severity for each
signal word. Please read the manual and pay attention to
these symbols.
DANGER: Indicates an imminently hazardous
situation which, if not avoided, will result in death or
serious injury.
WARNING: Indicates a potentially hazardous
situation which, if not avoided, could result in death
or serious injury.
CAUTION: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, may result in minor or
moderate injury.
NOTICE: Indicates a practice not related to
personal injury which, if not avoided, may result in
property damage.
Denotes risk of electric shock.
Denotes risk of fire.
WARNING: When using mains-powered appliances,
basic safety precautions, including the following,
should always be followed to reduce the risk of fire,
electric shock, personal injury and material damage.
WARNING: When using the machine the safety rules
must be followed. For your own safety and bystanders
please read these instructions before operating the
machine. Please keep the instructions safe for later use.
Read all of this manual carefully before operating the appliance.
The intended use is described in this manual. The use of any
accessory or attachment or the 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.
a ) Read the instructions carefully. Be familiar with the
controls and the correct use of the machine.
b ) Never allow children or people unfamiliar with
these instructions to use the machine. Local
regulations can restrict the age of the operator.
c ) Keep in mind that the operator or user is responsible
for accidents or hazards occurring to other people or
their property.
a ) Before use, always visually inspect the machine for
damaged, missing or misplaced guards or shields.
b ) Never operate the machine while people, especially
children, or pets are nearby.
c ) The brush cutter blade has sharp edges. Wear
gloves when handling blade
a ) Wear eye protection and stout shoes at all times while
operating the machine.
b ) Avoid using the machine in bad weather conditions
especially when there is a risk of lightning.
c ) Use the machine only in daylight or good artificial light.
d ) Never operate the machine with damaged guards or
shields or without guards or shields in place.
e ) Switch on the motor only when the hands and feet are
away from the cutting means.
f ) Always disconnect the machine from the power
supply (i.e. remove the plug from the mains, remove
the disabling device or removable battery)
ʵʵ whenever the machine is left unattended;
ʵʵ before clearing a blockage;
ʵʵ before checking, cleaning or working on the machine;
ʵʵ after striking a foreign object;
ʵʵ whenever the machine starts vibrating abnormally.
g ) Take care against injury to feet and hands from the
cutting means.
h ) Always ensure that the ventilation openings are kept
clear of debris.
i ) When using the brush cutter there is a risk of
kickback if it contacts a solid object (tree trunk,
branch, or rock). The unit will kick to the opposite
direction of the brush cutter blade's rotation.
j ) Remove any objects that may cause kickback, such as
branches and rocks.
k ) Check for loose fasteners and damaged parts, such as
cracks in the cutting attachment.
Maintenance and storage
a ) Disconnect the machine from the power supply
(i.e. remove the plug from the mains, remove the
disabling device or removable battery) before carrying
out maintenance or cleaning work.
b ) Use only the manufacturer’s recommended
replacement parts and accessories.
c ) Inspect and maintain the machine regularly. Have
the machine repaired only by an authorized repairer.
d ) When not in use, store the machine out of the reach
of children.
e ) Use blade cover for metal blades during transport and
f ) Clean before storing, including the use of guards on
cutting attachments with metal blades.
Safety of Others
WARNING: Cutting elements continue to rotate
after the motor is switched off.
Wear long trousers to protect your legs.
Before using the appliance, check that your cutting path is
free from sticks, stones, wire and any other obstacles.
Only use the appliance in the upright position, with the
cutting line near the ground. Never switch the appliance
on in any other position.
Move slowly when using the appliance. 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 appliance is
Never touch the cutting line while the appliance is running.
Do not put the appliance 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.
Keep hands and feet away from the cutting line and blade
at all times, especially when switching on the motor.
Before using the appliance and after any impact, check for
signs of wear or damage and repair as necessary.
Take care against injury from any device fitted for
trimming the filament line length. After extending new
cutter line always return the machine to its normal
operating position before switching on.
Close supervision is necessary when the appliance is used
near children.
This appliance is not intended for use by young or infirm
persons without supervision.
This appliance is not to be used as a toy.
Use in a dry location only. Do not allow the appliance to
become wet.
Do not immerse the appliance in water.
Do not open the body casing. There are not userserviceable parts inside
Do not operate the appliance in explosive atmospheres,
such as in the presence of flammable liquids, gases or dust.
When the appliance is stored or transported in a vehicle
it should be placed in the boot or restrained to prevent
movement following sudden changes in speed or direction.
When not in use, the appliance should be stored in a dry,
well ventilated place out of reach of children.
Children should not have access to stored appliances.
This appliance 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
use of the appliance by a person responsible for their safety.
Children must be supervised to ensure that they do not
play with the appliance.
Residual Risks
To ensure you have good footing on slopes, do not
overreach. Keep your balance at all times. Always walk, do
not run.
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 can not 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 ensure 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.)
Electrical Safety
The electric motor has been designed for one voltage only.
Always check that the battery pack voltage corresponds
to the voltage on the rating plate. Also make sure that the
voltage of your charger corresponds to that of your mains.
Your DeWALT charger is double insulated in
accordance with EN60335; therefore no earth wire
is required.
WARNING: 115 V units have to be operated via a
fail-safe isolating transformer with an earth screen
between the primary and secondary winding.
If the supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by a
specially prepared cord available through the DeWALT
service organisation.
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 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: 3 A.
Using an Extension Cable
An extension cord should not be used unless absolutely
necessary. Use an approved extension cable suitable for
the power input of your charger (see Technical Data). The
minimum conductor size is 1 mm2; the maximum length
is 30 m.
When using a cable reel, always unwind the
cable completely.
DeWALT chargers require no adjustment and are designed
to be as easy as possible to operate.
Important Safety Instructions for All
Battery Chargers
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS: This manual contains
important safety and operating instructions for compatible
battery chargers (refer to Technical Data).
• Before using charger, read all instructions and cautionary
markings on charger, battery pack, and product using
battery pack.
WARNING: Shock hazard. Do not allow any liquid to
get inside charger. Electric shock may result.
WARNING: We recommend the use of a residual
current device with a residual current rating of 30mA
or less.
CAUTION: Burn hazard. To reduce the risk of injury,
charge only DeWALT rechargeable batteries. Other
types of batteries may burst causing personal injury
and damage.
CAUTION: Children should be supervised to ensure
that they do not play with the appliance.
NOTICE: Under certain conditions, with the charger
plugged into the power supply, the exposed charging
contacts inside the charger can be shorted by foreign
material. Foreign materials of a conductive nature
such as, but not limited to, steel wool, aluminum foil or
any buildup of metallic particles should be kept away
from charger cavities. Always unplug the charger from
the power supply when there is no battery pack in the
cavity. Unplug charger before attempting to clean
• DO NOT attempt to charge the battery pack with
any chargers other than the ones in this manual.
The charger and battery pack are specifically designed to
work together.
• These chargers are not intended for any uses other
than charging DeWALT rechargeable batteries.
Any other uses may result in risk of fire, electric shock
or electrocution.
• Do not expose charger to rain or snow.
• Pull by plug rather than cord when disconnecting
charger. This will reduce risk of damage to electric plug
and cord.
• Make sure that cord is located so that it will not be
stepped on, tripped over, or otherwise subjected to
damage or stress.
• Do not use an extension cord unless it is absolutely
necessary. Use of improper extension cord could result in
risk of fire,electric shock, or electrocution.
Do not place any object on top of charger or place
the charger on a soft surface that might block the
ventilation slots and result in excessive internal heat.
Place the charger in a position away from any heat source.
The charger is ventilated through slots in the top and the
bottom of the housing.
Do not operate charger with damaged cord or
plug—have them replaced immediately.
Do not operate charger if it has received a sharp
blow, been dropped, or otherwise damaged in any
way. Take it to an authorised service centre.
Do not disassemble charger; take it to an authorised
service centre when service or repair is required.
Incorrect reassembly may result in a risk of electric shock,
electrocution or fire.
In case of damaged power supply cord the supply cord
must be replaced immediately by the manufacturer,
its service agent or similar qualified person to prevent
any hazard.
Disconnect the charger from the outlet before
attempting any cleaning. This will reduce the risk of
electric shock. Removing the battery pack will not reduce
this risk.
NEVER attempt to connect two chargers together.
The charger is designed to operate on standard
230V household electrical power. Do not attempt to
use it on any other voltage. This does not apply to the
vehicular charger.
Charging a Battery (Fig. B)
1. Plug the charger into an appropriate outlet before
inserting battery pack.
2. Insert the battery pack 14 into the charger, making sure
the battery pack is fully seated in the charger. The red
(charging) light will blink repeatedly indicating that the
charging process has started.
3. The completion of charge will be indicated by the red
light remaining ON continuously. The battery pack is
fully charged and may be used at this time or left in the
charger. To remove the battery pack from the charger,
push the battery release button 15 on the battery pack.
NOTE: To ensure maximum performance and life of lithiumion battery packs, charge the battery pack fully before first use.
Charger Operation
Refer to the indicators below for the charge status of the
battery pack.
Charge Indicators
Fully Charged
Hot/Cold Pack Delay*
*The red light will continue to blink, but a yellow indicator
light will be illuminated during this operation. Once the
battery pack has reached an appropriate temperature, the
yellow light will turn off and the charger will resume the
charging procedure.
The compatible charger(s) will not charge a faulty battery
pack. The charger will indicate faulty battery by refusing to
light or by displaying problem pack or charger blink pattern.
NOTE: This could also mean a problem with a charger.
If the charger indicates a problem, take the charger and
battery pack to be tested at an authorised service centre.
Hot/Cold Pack Delay
When the charger detects a battery pack that is too hot
or too cold, it automatically starts a Hot/Cold Pack Delay,
suspending charging until the battery pack has reached an
appropriate temperature. The charger then automatically
switches to the pack charging mode. This feature ensures
maximum battery pack life.
A cold battery pack will charge at a slower rate than a warm
battery pack. The battery pack will charge at that slower rate
throughout the entire charging cycle and will not return to
maximum charge rate even if the battery pack warms.
The DCB118 charger is equipped with an internal fan
designed to cool the battery pack. The fan will turn on
automatically when the battery pack needs to be cooled.
Never operate the charger if the fan does not operate
properly or if ventilation slots are blocked. Do not permit
foreign objects to enter the interior of the charger.
Electronic Protection System
XR Li-Ion tools are designed with an Electronic Protection
System that will protect the battery pack against
overloading, overheating or deep discharge.
The tool will automatically turn off if the Electronic
Protection System engages. If this occurs, place the lithiumion battery pack on the charger until it is fully charged.
Wall Mounting
These chargers are designed to be wall mountable or to sit
upright on a table or work surface. If wall mounting, locate
the charger within reach of an electrical outlet, and away
from a corner or other obstructions which may impede
air flow. Use the back of the charger as a template for the
location of the mounting screws on the wall. Mount the
charger securely using drywall screws (purchased separately)
at least 25.4 mm long with a screw head diameter of
7–9 mm, screwed into wood to an optimal depth leaving
approximately 5.5 mm of the screw exposed. Align the slots
on the back of the charger with the exposed screws and fully
engage them in the slots.
Charger Cleaning Instructions
WARNING: Shock hazard. Disconnect the charger
from the AC outlet before cleaning. Dirt and grease
may be removed from the exterior of the charger using a
cloth or soft non-metallic brush. Do not use water or any
cleaning solutions. Never let any liquid get inside the tool;
never immerse any part of the tool into a liquid.
Battery Packs
Important Safety Instructions for All
Battery Packs
When ordering replacement battery packs, be sure to
include catalog number and voltage.
The battery pack is not fully charged out of the carton.
Before using the battery pack and charger, read the safety
instructions below. Then follow charging procedures
Do not charge or use battery in explosive
atmospheres, such as in the presence of flammable
liquids, gases or dust. Inserting or removing the battery
from the charger may ignite the dust or fumes.
Never force battery pack into charger. Do not modify
battery pack in any way to fit into a non-compatible
charger as battery pack may rupture causing serious
personal injury.
Charge the battery packs only in DeWALT chargers.
DO NOT splash or immerse in water or other liquids.
Do not store or use the tool and battery pack in
locations where the temperature may reach or
exceed 40 ˚C (104 ˚F) (such as outside sheds or metal
buildings in summer).
Do not incinerate the battery pack even if it is severely
damaged or is completely worn out. The battery pack
can explode in a fire. Toxic fumes and materials are created
when lithium-ion battery packs are burned.
If battery contents come into contact with the skin,
immediately wash area with mild soap and water. If
battery liquid gets into the eye, rinse water over the open
eye for 15 minutes or until irritation ceases. If medical
attention is needed, the battery electrolyte is composed of
a mixture of liquid organic carbonates and lithium salts.
Contents of opened battery cells may cause
respiratory irritation. Provide fresh air. If symptoms
persists, seek medical attention.
WARNING: Burn hazard. Battery liquid may be
flammable if exposed to spark or flame.
WARNING: Never attempt to open the battery pack
for any reason. If battery pack case is cracked or
damaged, do not insert into charger. Do not crush,
drop or damage battery pack. Do not use a battery
pack or charger that has received a sharp blow, been
dropped, run over or damaged in any way (i.e., pierced
with a nail, hit with a hammer, stepped on). Electric
shock or electrocution may result. Damaged battery
packs should be returned to service centre for recycling.
WARNING: Fire hazard. Do not store or carry the
battery pack so that metal objects can contact
exposed battery terminals. For example, do not
place the battery pack in aprons, pockets, tool boxes,
product kit boxes, drawers, etc., with loose nails,
screws, keys, etc.
CAUTION: When not in use, place tool on its side
on a stable surface where it will not cause a
tripping or falling hazard. Some tools with large
battery packs will stand upright on the battery pack
but may be easily knocked over.
WARNING: Fire hazard. Transporting batteries can
possibly cause fire if the battery terminals inadvertently
come in contact with conductive materials. When
transporting batteries, make sure that the battery
terminals are protected and well insulated from materials
that could contact them and cause a short circuit.
DeWALT batteries comply with all applicable shipping
regulations as prescribed by industry and legal standards
which include UN Recommendations on the Transport of
Dangerous Goods; International Air Transport Association
(IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations, International Maritime
Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Regulations, and the European
Agreement Concerning The International Carriage of
Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR). Lithium-ion cells and
batteries have been tested to section 38.3 of the UN
Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods
Manual of Tests and Criteria.
In most instances, shipping a DeWALT battery pack will be
excepted from being classified as a fully regulated Class 9
Hazardous Material. In general, only shipments containing
a lithium-ion battery with an energy rating greater than
100 Watt Hours (Wh) will require being shipped as fully
regulated Class 9. All lithium-ion batteries have the Watt
Hour rating marked on the pack. Furthermore, due to
regulation complexities, DeWALT does not recommend air
shipping lithium-ion battery packs alone regardless of Watt
Hour rating. Shipments of tools with batteries (combo kits)
can be air shipped as excepted if the Watt Hour rating of the
battery pack is no greater than 100 Whr.
Regardless of whether a shipment is considered excepted
or fully regulated, it is the shipper's responsibility to consult
the latest regulations for packaging, labeling/marking and
documentation requirements.
The information provided in this section of the manual is
provided in good faith and believed to be accurate at the
time the document was created. However, no warranty,
expressed or implied, is given. It is the buyer’s responsibility
to ensure that its activities comply with the applicable
Transporting the FLEXVOLTTM Battery
The DeWALT FLEXVOLTTM battery has two modes: Use and
Use Mode: When the FLEXVOLTTM battery stands alone or is
in a DeWALT 18V product, it will operate as an 18V battery.
When the FLEXVOLTTM battery is in a 54V or a 108V (two 54V
batteries) product, it will operate as a 54V battery.
Transport Mode: When the cap is attached to the
FLEXVOLTTM battery, the battery is in Transport mode. Keep
the cap for shipping.
When in Transport mode,
strings of cells are electrically
disconnected within the
pack resulting in 3 batteries
with a lower Watt hour (Wh) rating as compared to 1 battery
with a higher Watt hour rating. This increased quantity of 3
batteries with the lower Watt hour rating can exempt the
pack from certain shipping regulations that are imposed
upon the higher Watt hour batteries.
For example, the
Example of Use and Transport Label Marking
Transport Wh rating
might indicate 3 x 36
Wh, meaning 3
batteries of 36 Wh each.
The Use Wh rating might indicate 108 Wh (1 battery implied).
Storage Recommendations
1. The best storage place is one that is cool and dry
away from direct sunlight and excess heat or cold. For
optimum battery performance and life, store battery
packs at room temperature when not in use.
2. For long storage, it is recommended to store a fully
charged battery pack in a cool, dry place out of the
charger for optimal results.
NOTE: Battery packs should not be stored completely
depleted of charge. The battery pack will need to be
recharged before use.
Labels on Charger and Battery Pack
In addition to the pictographs used in this manual, the labels
on the charger and the battery pack may show the following
Read instruction manual before use.
See Technical Data for charging time.
Do not probe with conductive objects.
Do not charge damaged battery packs.
Do not expose to water.
Have defective cords replaced immediately.
Charge only between 4 ˚C and 40 ˚C.
Only for indoor use.
Discard the battery pack with due care for the
Charge DeWALT battery packs only with
designated DeWALT chargers. Charging
battery packs other than the designated
DeWALT batteries with a DeWALT charger may
make them burst or lead to other dangerous
Do not incinerate the battery pack.
Battery Type
The DCM571 operates on a 54 volt battery pack.
These battery packs may be used: DCB546, DCB547. Refer to
Technical Data for more information.
Package Contents
The package contains:
1 String trimmer
1 Auxiliary handle
4 Auxiliary handle screws
4 Guard screws
1 Brush cutter blade
1 Brush cutter nut
1 Brush cutter clamp washer
1 Brush cutter drive washer
5 Cotter pins
1 Nut wrench
1 Rod, lock
1 Blade cover
1 Battery (not for DCM571N)
1 Charger (not for DCM571N)
1 Instruction manual
• Check for damage to the tool, parts or accessories which
may have occurred during transport.
Take the time to thoroughly read and understand this
manual prior to operation.
Markings on Tool
The following pictograms are shown on the tool:
Read instruction manual before use.
Wear ear protection.
Date Code Position (Fig. U)
The date code 45 which also includes the year of
manufacture, is printed into the housing.
2016 XX XX
Year of Manufacture
Description (Fig. A)
Wear eye protection.
Do not expose the tool to rain or high
humidity or leave outdoors while it is
Switch the tool off. Before performing
any maintenance on the tool, remove the
battery from the tool.
Wear head protection.
Wear slip-resistant footwear.
Wear slip-resistant gloves.
Keep people and animals at least 15 m
away from the work area.
Do not use circular metal blades.
Beware of thrown objects.
Beware of blade thrust.
Keep bystanders away.
Directive 2000/14/EC guaranteed sound
WARNING: Never modify the power tool or any part of
it. Damage or personal injury could result.
Variable speed trigger
Lock-off lever
Lock-off tab
Speed control switch
Auxiliary handle
Motor housing
Trimmer pole
Strap mount
Spool housing
Battery housing
Battery pack
Battery release button
Brush cutter blade
Nut wrench
Blade cover
Intended Use
Your string trimmer has been designed for
professional trimming applications.
DO NOT use under wet conditions or in the
presence of flammable liquids or gases.
DO NOT let children come into contact with the tool.
Supervision is required when inexperienced operators use
this tool.
• Young children and the infirm. This appliance is not
intended for use by young children or infirm persons
without supervision.
• This product is not intended for use by persons
(including children) suffering from diminished
physical, sensory or mental abilities; lack of experience,
knowledge or skills unless they are supervised by a
person responsible for their safety. Children should never
be left alone with this product.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of serious personal
injury, turn tool off and disconnect battery pack
before making any adjustments or removing/
installing attachments or accessories. An
accidental start-up can cause injury.
WARNING: Use only DeWALT battery packs
and chargers.
Inserting and Removing the Battery Pack
from the Tool (Fig. C, D)
NOTE: Make sure your battery pack 7 is fully charged.
To Install the Battery Pack into the Tool
1. Align the battery pack 14 with the rails inside the tool
(Fig. C).
2. Slide it in until the battery pack is firmly seated in the
tool and ensure that you hear the lock snap into place.
To Remove the Battery Pack from the
1. Press the release button 15 and firmly pull the battery
pack out of the tool handle.
2. Insert battery pack into the charger as described in the
charger section of this manual.
Fuel Gauge Battery Packs (Fig. E)
Some DeWALT battery packs include a fuel gauge which
consists of three green LED lights that indicate the level of
charge remaining in the battery pack.
To actuate the fuel gauge, press and hold the fuel gauge
button 19 . A combination of the three green LED lights will
illuminate designating the level of charge left. When the
level of charge in the battery is below the usable limit, the
fuel gauge will not illuminate and the battery will need to
be recharged.
NOTE: The fuel gauge is only an indication of the charge left
on the battery pack. It does not indicate tool functionality
and is subject to variation based on product components,
temperature and end-user application.
Assembly (Fig. F - I)
Removing spool housing (Fig. F, G)
1. Insert the rod 46 through the hole 21 in the string
trimmer drive washer (small) 20 and into the hole 22 in the motor housing 7 as shown in figure F.
2. Turn the spool housing 12 clockwise as shown in figure G.
3. Remove the spool housing and the drive washer from
the trimmer.
Attaching guard (Fig. H, I)
WARNING: Never operate appliance without guard
firmly in place. Damage or personal injury could result.
1. Remove the spool housing 12 as described in the
"Removing the spool housing" section.
2. To attached the guard, slide the tab 23 of the guard
under the lip 24 of the motor housing 7 , then lower
the back of the guard into place as shown in figure H.
3. Replace and securely tighten the 4 guard screws 25 with the wrench 17 as shown in figure I.
4. Replace the spool housing as described in the "Attaching
Spool Housing" section below.
Attaching spool housing (Fig I, J)
1. Slide the string trimmer drive washer (small) 20 down
over the the bolt 26 protruding from the trimmer so
that its hole 21 lines up with the hole 22 in the motor
housing 7 .
2. Rotate the washer and motor housing until their holes
line up with the notch 27 in the guard 11 .
3. Insert a screwdriver through the three holes, thread the
spool housing counterclockwise, and securely tighten
onto the bolt.
Attaching blade (Fig. K)
WARNING: Risk of injury. Brush cutter blade has sharp
edges. Wear gloves when handling blade.
1. Remove the spool housing 12 and the string trimmer
drive washer (small) 20 as described in the "Removing
the spool housing" section.
2. Slide the brush cutter drive washer (large) 28 down
over the the bolt 26 protruding from the trimmer so
that its hole 29 lines up with the hole 22 in the motor
housing 7 .
3. Slide the brush cutter blade 16 on top of drive washer
so that the inner, non-cutting edge 30 lines up with the
hole of the drive washer. This will allow for easier and
safer removal of the blade later.
4. Slide the brush cutter clamp washer 31 on top of the
blade so that the wider side is flat against the blade.
5. Screw the brush cutter nut 32 onto the bolt with the
wrench 17 . Ensure the nut is securely tightened.
6. Slide the cotter pin 33 fully through the hole in the bolt.
Attaching auxiliary handle (Fig. L)
1. Place the auxiliary handle 6 onto the top of the trimmer
pole 8 above the label placed in the middle fo the pole.
2. Slide the bracket 34 of the auxiliary handle into the
bottom of the handle.
3. Thread the handle bolts 35 through the bracket and
into the handle.
4. Tighten the handle bolts with the wrench 17 . Ensure
the handle is securely attached.
If adjustment is necessary, loosen the handle bolts and slide
the auxiliary handle up or down the trimmer pole. Then,
retighten the bolts.
Replacing guard (Fig. M)
1. Remove the spool housing 12 as described in the
"Removing the spool housing" section.
2. Remove the 4 guard screws 25 shown in figure L.
3. Lift the guard off at an angle as shown in figure M.
4. Install the new guard as described in the "Attaching
guard" section.
Attaching strap
Hook the strap 10 to the strap mount 9 and place strap on
one shoulder for extra support while using the trimmer or
brush cutter.
Instructions for Use
WARNING: Always observe the safety instructions and
applicable regulations.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of serious personal
injury, turn tool off and disconnect battery pack
before making any adjustments or removing/
installing attachments or accessories. An
accidental start-up can cause injury.
Proper Hand Position (Fig. O)
WARNING: To reduce the risk of serious personal
injury, ALWAYS use proper hand position as shown.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of serious personal
injury, ALWAYS hold securely in anticipation of a
sudden reaction.
Proper hand position requires one hand on the handle 4 ,
with the other hand on the auxiliary handle 6 .
Switching On
To turn the appliance on, push the lock off tab 3 forward,
squeeze the lock-off lever 2 , and then squeeze the variable
speed trigger 1 .
To turn the appliance off, release the variable speed trigger,
the lock-off lever, and tab.
Speed Control Switch
This string trimmer gives you the choice to operate at a
more efficient speed to extend the runtime for larger jobs, or
accelerate the trimmer speed for high-performance cutting.
To extend runtime, push the speed control switch 5 forward
toward the auxiliary handle 6 into the "LO" position. This mode
is best for larger projects that require more time to complete.
To accelerate the trimmer, pull the speed control switch
back toward the battery housing 13 into the "HI" position.
This mode is best to cut through heavier growth and for
applications that need higher RPM.
NOTE: When in "HI" mode, runtime will be decreased as
compared to when trimmer is in "LO" mode.
Trimming / Brush cutting (Fig. N, O)
With the trimmer on, angle it and swing side to side as
shown in figure N.
Maintain a minimum distance of 610 mm between the
guard and your feet as shown in figure O.
WARNING: Keep the rotating string roughly parallel
with the ground (tilted no more than 30 degrees). This
trimmer is not an edger. DO NOT TILT the trimmer so
that the string or brush cutter blade 16 is spinning
near a right angle to the ground. Flying debris can
cause serious injury.
Bump Feed Trimmer Line Feed
WARNING: To avoid personal injury, never bump the
unit when the brush cutter assembly is attached to the
motor housing.
Your trimmer uses 2.032 mm diameter nylon line. Cutting
line will wear faster and require more feeding if the cutting
is done along sidewalks or other abrasive surfaces or heavier
weeds are being cut.
As you use the trimmer, the string will get shorter due
to wear. Gently bump the trimmer on the ground while
running at normal speed and the line will feed.
NOTE: Extending nylon line beyond the 330 mm swath
will negatively affect performance, runtime, and the life of
the trimmer due to potential of damaging motor. Doing so
may void the warranty.
Helpful Cutting Tips
Use the tip of the string to do the cutting; do not force
string head into uncut grass.
• Wire and picket fences cause extra string wear, even
breakage. Stone and brick walls, curbs, and wood may
wear string rapidly.
• Do not allow spool cap to drag on ground or other surfaces.
• In long growth, cut from the top down and do not
exceed 304.8 mm high.
• Keep trimmer tilted toward the area being cut; this is the
best cutting area.
• The trimmer cuts when passing the unit from the left to
right. This will avoid throwing debris at the operator.
• Avoid trees and shrubs. Tree bark, wood moldings, siding,
and fence posts can easily be damaged by the string.
Replacement Accessories
WARNING: To reduce the risk of serious personal
injury, turn appliance off and remove battery before
making any adjustments or removing/installing
attachments or accessories.
WARNING: The use of any accessory not
recommended by DeWALT for use with this appliance
could be hazardous.
WARNING: Do not use any blades, or any accessory
or attachment other than those recommended by
DeWALT on this trimmer. Serious injury or product
damage may result.
Use DeWALT replacement line Model No. DT20650 (2mm),
DT20651 (2mm), DT20652 (2.5mm).
• For optimal performance, use Dewalt DT20650/51. DeWALT
DT20652 can also be use but may degrade runtime of the
trimmer. Using any other line with the trimmer can degrade
performance and/or cause damage to the trimmer.
Use DeWALT replacement blades Model No. DT20653
255mm (Tri-Blade Brush Knife), DT20654 (255mm Grass
Cutting Blade), DT20655 (230mm 4T Grass Cutting Blade).
Replacing the Cutting Line (Fig. P–S)
CAUTION: To avoid appliance damage, if the cutting
line protrudes beyond the trimming blade, cut it off so
that it just reaches the blade.
1. Remove battery.
2. Turn spool 36 clockwise to unlock as shown in figure P.
The white nub 37 inside the spool will rotate away from
the spool window 38 to indicate it is unlocked.
3. Pull the spool straight out to remove.
4. Remove any dirt and grass from the spool and housing.
5. First, wind new line in the channel of the spool closest to
the holding slots 39 as shown in figure Q.
6. Place the end of the cutting line 40 into the retaining
hole 41 .
7. Wind the cutting line onto the spool in the direction of
the arrow on the bottom of the spool.
8. When the wound cutting line reaches the beginning of
the holding slots, cut the line approximately 106 mm.
9. Push the line in the holding slots on one side of the spool
to hold the first line while you wind the second line.
10. Repeat the above procedure for the second cutting line
on the lower section of the spool.
CAUTION: Before you begin trimming, only use the
appropriate type of cutting line. Ensure that cutting line is
present in both sections of the spool as shown in Figure R.
11. Once both lines are wrapped around the spool 36 ,
place your thumb and finger on the holding slots to
further secure the string and feed the end of each line
through the two holes 43 on either side of the head in
the spool housing 12 as shown in figure S.
12. Line up the white nubs 37 inside the spool housing
with the recesses 42 of the spool. Align the holding
slots 39 with the two holes 43 as close as possible.
13. Push the spool into the spool housing and turn
counterclockwise to lock the spool in place. Ensure the white
nub appears in the spool window 38 . Make sure the line
doesn't unravel and wrap around the shaft below the spool.
14. Pull both ends of the cutting line to release them from the
holding slots. If the line extends past the cutting blade on
the guard cut the line so it just reaches the blade.
Your DeWALT power 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: To reduce the risk of serious personal
injury, turn tool off and disconnect battery pack
before making any adjustments or removing/
installing attachments or accessories. An
accidental start-up can cause injury.
1. Keep the air intake slots 44 , shown in figure T, clean to
avoid overheating.
2. Your trimmer line can dry out over time. To keep your
line in top condition, store spare line in a plastic, sealable
bag with a tablespoon of water.
3. Plastic parts may be cleaned by using a mild soap and a
damp rag.
4. The line cutter on the edge of the guard can dull over
time. It is recommended you periodically touch-up the
sharpness of the blade with a file.
The charger and battery pack are not serviceable.
Your power tool requires no additional lubrication.
WARNING: Blow dirt and dust out of the main
housing with dry air as often as dirt is seen collecting
in and around the air vents. Wear approved eye
protection and approved dust mask when performing
this procedure.
WARNING: Never use solvents or other harsh
chemicals for cleaning the non-metallic parts of the
tool. These chemicals may weaken the materials used
in these parts. Use a cloth dampened only with water
and mild soap. Never let any liquid get inside the tool;
never immerse any part of the tool into a liquid.
Optional Accessories
WARNING: Since accessories, other than those offered
by DeWALT, have not been tested with this product, use
of such accessories with this tool could be hazardous.
To reduce the risk of injury, only DeWALT recommended
accessories should be used with this product.
Consult your dealer for further information on the
appropriate accessories.
Protecting the Environment
Separate collection. Products and batteries marked
with this symbol must not be disposed of with
normal household waste.
Products and batteries contain materials that can be
recovered or recycled reducing the demand for raw materials.
Please recycle electrical products and batteries according to local
provisions. Further information is available at www.2helpU.com.
Rechargeable Battery Pack
This long life battery pack must be recharged when it fails
to produce sufficient power on jobs which were easily done
before. At the end of its technical life, discard it with due care
for our environment:
• Run the battery pack down completely, then remove it
from the tool.
• Li-Ion cells are recyclable. Take them to your dealer or a
local recycling station. The collected battery packs will
be recycled or disposed of properly
Australia & New Zealand
Stanley Black & Decker
Tel.1800 338 002 (Aust) or Tel. 0800 339 258 (NZ)
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