BCASK61D | Black&Decker BCASK61D MULTITOOL instruction manual

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Intended use
2-in-1 cordless multi tool system, has been designed for pruning and felling trees and cutting logs. This tool is intended for
consumer use only.
Safety instructions
General power tool safety warnings
Warning! Read all safety warnings and all
instructions. Failure to follow the warnings
and instructions listed below may result in
electric shock, fire and/or serious injury.
Save all warnings and instructions for future reference.
The term "power tool" in all of the warnings listed below refers
to your mains operated (corded) power tool or battery operated (cordless) power tool.
1. Work area safety
a. Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered or dark
areas invite accidents.
b. Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres,
such as in the presence of flammable liquids, gases
or dust. Power tools create sparks which may ignite the
dust or fumes.
c. Keep children and bystanders away while operating a
power tool. Distractions can cause you to lose 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 shock.
e. When operating a power tool outdoors, use an
extension cord suitable for outdoor use. Use of a cord
suitable for outdoor use reduces the risk of electric shock.
f. If operating a power tool in a damp location is
unavoidable, use a residual current device (RCD)
protected supply. Use of an RCD reduces the risk of
electric shock.
(Original instructions)
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
b. Use personal protective equipment. Always wear eye
protection. Protective equipment such as dust mask,
non-skid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing protection
used for appropriate conditions will reduce personal
c. Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure the switch is in
the off-position before connecting to power source
and/or battery pack, picking up or carrying the tool.
Carrying power tools with your finger on the switch or
energising power tools that have the switch on invites
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 situations.
f. Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or
jewellery. Keep your hair, clothing and gloves away
from moving parts. Loose clothes, jewellery or long hair
can be caught in moving parts.
g. If devices are provided for the connection of dust
extraction and collection facilities, ensure these are
connected and properly used. Use of dust collection can
reduce dust-related hazards.
h. Do not let familiarity gained from frequent use of tools
allow you to become complacent and ignore tool
safety principles. A careless action can cause severe
injury within a fraction of a second.
4. Power tool use and care
a. Do not force the power tool. Use the correct power
tool for your application. The correct power tool will do
the job better and safer at the rate for which it was
b. Do not use the power tool if the switch does not turn it
on and off. Any power tool that cannot be controlled with
the switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
c. Disconnect the plug from the power source and/or the
battery pack from the power tool before making any
adjustments, changing accessories, or storing power
tools. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of
starting the power tool accidentally.
d. Store idle power tools out of the reach of children and
do not allow persons unfamiliar with the power tool or
(Original instructions)
these instructions to operate the power tool. Power
tools are dangerous in the hands of untrained users.
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.
Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly
maintained cutting tools with sharp cutting edges are less
likely to bind and are easier to control.
Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits etc. in
accordance with these instructions, taking into
account the working conditions and the work to be
performed. Use of the power tool for operations different
from those intended could result in a hazardous situation.
Keep handles and grasping surfaces dry, clean and
free from oil and grease. Slippery handles and grasing
surfaces do not allow for safe handling and control of the
tool in unexpected situations.
5. Battery tool use and care
a. Recharge only with the charger specified by the
manufacturer. A charger that is suitable for one type of
battery pack may create a risk of fire when used with
another battery pack.
b. Use power tools only with specifically designated
battery packs. Use of any other battery packs may create
a risk of injury and fire.
c. 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.
d. 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.
e. Do not use a battery pack or tool that is damaged or
modified. Damaged or modified batteries may exhibit
unpredictable behaviour resulting in fire, explosion or risk
of injury.
f. Do not expose a battery pack or tool to fire or
excessive temperature. Exposure to fire or temperature
above 130 ºC may cause explosion.
g. Follow all charging instructions and do not charge the
battery pack or tool outside the temperature range
specified in the instructions. Charging improperly or at
temperatures outside the specified range may damage the
battery and increase the risk of fire.
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.
b. Never service damaged battery packs. Service of
battery packs should only be performed by the
manufacturer or authorised service providers.
Additional power tool safety warnings
Warning! Additional safety warnings for
u Keep all parts of the body away from the saw chain
when the chainsaw is operating. Before you start the
chainsaw, make sure the saw chain is not contacting
anything. A moment of inattention while operating chain
saws may cause entanglement of your clothing or body
with the chain saw.
u Always hold the chainsaw with your right hand on the
rear handle and your left hand on the front handle.
Holding the chainsaw with a reversed hand configuration
increases the risk of personal injury and should never be
u Hold the power tool by insulated gripping surfaces
only, because the saw chain may contact hidden
wiring. Saw chains contacting a "live" wire may make
exposed metal parts of the power tool "live" and could give
the operator an electric shock.
u Wear safety glasses and hearing protection. Further
protective equipment for head, hands, legs and feet is
recommended. Adequate protective clothing will reduce
personal injury by flying debris or accidental contact with
the saw chain.
u Do not operate a chainsaw in a tree. Operation of a
chainsaw while up in a tree may result in personal injury.
u Always keep proper footing and operate the chain saw
only when standing on fixed, secure and level surface.
Slippery or unstable surfaces such as ladders may cause
a loss of balance or control of the chainsaw.
u When cutting a limb that is under tension be alert
for spring back. When the tension in the wood fibres is
released the spring loaded limb may strike the operator
and/or throw the chain saw out of control.
u Use extreme caution when cutting brush and saplings.
The slender material may catch the saw chain and be
whipped toward you or pull you off balance.
u Carry the chain saw by the front handle with the chain
saw switched off and away from your body. When
transporting or storing the chainsaw always fit the
guide bar cover. Proper handling of the chain saw will
reduce the likelihood of accidental contact with the moving
saw chain.
Follow instructions for lubricating, chain tensioning
and changing accessories. Improperly tensioned or
lubricated chain may either break or increase the chance
for kickback
u Keep handles dry, clean, and free from oil and grease.
Greasy, oily handles are slippery causing loss of control.
u Cut wood only. Do not use chainsaw for purposes
not intended. For example: do not use the chainsaw for
cutting plastic, masonry or non-wood building materi-als.
Use of the chainsaw for operations different than intended
could result in a hazardous situation.
Causes and operator prevention of kickback
Kickback may occur when the nose or tip of the guide bar
touches an object, or when the wood closes in and pinches
the saw chain in the cut.
Tip contact in some cases may cause a sudden reverse reaction, kicking the guide bar up and back towards the operator.
Pinching the saw chain along the top of the guide bar may
push the guide bar rapidly back towards the operator. Either of
these reactions may cause you to lose control of the chainsaw
which could result in serious personal injury. Do not rely
exclusively upon the safety devices built into your chainsaw.
As a chainsaw user, you should take several steps to keep
your cutting jobs free from accident or injury.
Kickback is the result of tool misuse and / or incorrect operating procedures or conditions and can be avoided by taking
proper precautions as given below:
u Maintain a firm grip, with thumbs and fingers encircling the chainsaw handles. With both hands on the
chainsaw, position your body and arm to allow you
to resist kickback forces. Kickback forces can be
controlled by the operator, if proper precautions are taken.
Do not let go of the chainsaw.
u Do not overreach and do not cut above shoulder
height. This helps prevent unintended tip contact and
enables better control of the chainsaw in unexpected situations.
u Only use replacement guide bars and chains specified
by the manufacturer. Incorrect replacement guide bars
and chains may cause chain breakage and/ or kickback.
u Follow the manufacturer's sharpening and maintenance instructions for the saw chain. Decreasing the
depth gauge height can lead to increased kickback.
u Striking metal, cement or any other hard material near
the wood, or buried in the wood can cause kickback.
u A dull or loose chain can cause kickback.
u Do not try to insert into a previous cut, as this could
cause kickback. Make a fresh cut every time.
u We strongly recommend that first time users obtain
practi-cal instruction in the use of the chainsaw and
protective equipment from an experienced user. Initial
(Original instructions)
practice should be completed sawing logs on a saw horse
or cradle.
u We recommend that when carrying the chainsaw that
you remove the battery and make sure that the saw
chain is facing backwards.
u Maintain your chainsaw when not in use. Do not store
your chainsaw for any length of time without first
removing the saw chain and guide bar which should
be kept immersed in oil. Store all parts of your chainsaw
in a dry, secure place out of reach of children.
u We recommend you drain the oil reservoir prior to
u Be sure of your footing and pre-plan a safe exit from a
falling tree or branches.
u Use wedges to help control felling and prevent binding the guide bar and saw chain in the cut.
u Saw chain care. Keep the saw chain sharp and snug
on the guide bar. Ensure the saw chain and guide bar
are clean and well oiled. Keep handles dry, clean and
free from oil and grease.
u Ensure someone is nearby (but at a safe distance) in
case of an accident.
u If for any reason you have to touch the saw chain,
make sure your chainsaw is disconnected from the
u The noise from this product can exceed 85 dB(A). We
therefore recommend you take appropriate measures for
the protection of hearing.
u When handling the product the chain bar may become
hot. Handle with care.
u Keep extension cords away from cutting elements.
Warning! Additional safety instructions for pole
The intended use is described in this instruction manual. Do
not use the tool for purposes not intended; for example do not
use the tool to fell trees. 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.
uHold power tool by insulated gripping surfaces when
performing an operation where the cutting tool may
contact hidden wiring or its own cord. Contact with a
"live" wire will also make exposed metal parts of the power
tool "live" and give the operator an electric shock.
uWear close fitting and protective clothing including a
safety helmet with visor/goggles, ear protectors, non- skid
safety footwear, protective bib trousers and strong leather
uAlways position yourself out of the path of falling
(Original instructions)
The safe distance between a branch to be felled and
bystanders, buildings and other objects is at least 2 1/2
times the length of the branch. Any bystander, building or
object within this distance is at risk from being struck by
the falling branch.
uPre-plan a safe exit from falling branches. Ensure the exit
route is clear of obstacles that would prevent or hinder
movement. Remember wet grass and freshly cut bark is
uEnsure someone is nearby (but at a safe distance) in case
of an accident.
uDo not use the tool while standing in a tree, on a ladder or
on any other unstable surface.
uKeep proper footing and balance at all times.
uHold the tool firmly with both hands when the motor is
uDo not let the moving chain contact any object at the tip of
the guide bar.
uStart cutting only with the chain moving at full speed.
uDo not attempt to enter a previous cut. Always make a
fresh cut.
uWatch for shifting branches or other forces that could
close a cut and pinch or fall into the chain.
uDo not attempt to cut a branch when the diameter of the
branch exceeds the cutting length of the tool.
uAlways remove the battery from the tool and place the
chain cover assembly over the chain when storing or
transporting the tool.
uKeep the saw chain sharp and properly tensioned. Check
the tension at regular intervals.
uSwitch the tool off, allow the chain to stop and remove the
battery from the tool before carrying out any adjustment,
servicing or maintenance.
u Only use genuine replacement parts and accessories.
uCarry the pole pruner by the handle with the cutter blade
stopped. When transporting or storing the pole pruner
always fit the cutting device cover and dismantle it into its
component parts. Proper handling of the pole pruner will
reduce possible personal injury and injury to others.
Safety of others
This tool is not intended for use by persons (including
children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they
have been given supervision or instruction concerning use
of the tool by a person responsible for their safety.
u Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not
play with the appliance.
Even with the application of the relevant safety regulations
and the implementation of safety devices, certain residual
risks can not be avoided. These include:
u Injuries caused by touching any rotating/moving parts.
u Injuries caused when changing any parts, blades or accessories.
u Injuries caused by prolonged use of a tool. When using
any tool for prolonged periods ensure you take regular
u Impairment of hearing.
u Health hazards caused by breathing dust developed when
using your tool (example:- working with wood, especially
oak, beech and MDF.)
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.
Do not expose the appliance to rain or high
Wear non-slip footwear.
Beware of falling objects.
Electrocution hazard. Keep at least 10m away
from overhead lines.
To ensure continued safe operation, check the
chain tension as described in this manual after
every 10 minutes of use, and adjust back to a
clearance of 3 mm as required. Oil the chain
after every 10 minutes of use.
The declared vibration emission values stated in the technical
data and the declaration of conformity have been measured
in accordance with a standard test method provided by EN
60745 and may be used for comparing one tool with another.
The declared vibration emission value may also be used in a
preliminary assessment of exposure.
Warning! The vibration emission value during actual use of
the power tool can differ from the declared value depending
on the ways in which the tool is used. The vibration level may
increase above the level stated.
Labels on tool
The following pictograms are shown on the tool along with the
date code:
Warning! To reduce the risk of injury, the user
must read the instruction manual.
Residual risks
Always remove the battery from the appliance
before performing any cleaning or maintenance .
When assessing vibration exposure to determine safety
measures required by 2002/44/EC to protect persons regularly
using power tools in employment, an estimation of vibration
exposure should consider, the actual conditions of use and the
way the tool is used, including taking account of all parts of the
operating cycle such as the times when the tool is switched off
and when it is running idle in addition to the trigger time.
Wear ear and eye protection
Wear gloves
Wear hat
Direction of rotation of chain
Warning! Do not touch chain at the chip ejection point.
Directive 2000/14/EC guaranteed sound
Additional safety instructions for batteries and
u Never attempt to open for any reason.
u Do not expose the battery to water.
u Do not store in locations where the temperature may
exceed 40 °C.
u Charge only at ambient temperatures between 10 °C and
40 °C.
u Charge only using the charger provided with the tool.
u When disposing of batteries, follow the instructions given
in the section "Protecting the environment".
Do not attempt to charge damaged batteries.
u 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.
u Never attempt to charge non-rechargeable batteries.
u Have defective cords replaced immediately.
u Do not expose the charger to water.
u Do not open the charger.
u Do not probe the charger.
(Original instructions)
The charger is intended for indoor use only.
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. 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.
This appliance includes some or all of the following features.
1. Power head
2. Main handle
3. Bail handle
4. On/off switch
5. Lock off switch
6. Chainsaw attachment
7. Chainsaw attachment release button
8. Kick back guard
9. Kick back guard release button
10. Guide bar
11. Saw chain
12. Guide bar cover
13. Extension pole
14. Pole grip
15. Extension pole release button
16. Battery
Charging a battery (fig. A1)
BLACK+DECKER chargers are designed to charge
BLACK+DECKER battery packs.
u Plug the charger (30) into an appropriate outlet before
inserting a battery pack (29).
u Insert the battery pack (29) into the charger, making sure
the battery pack is fully seated in the battery slots (Figure
The LED (30a) will flash indicating that the
battery is being charged.
The completion of charge is indicated by the
LED remaining on continuously. The pack is
fully charged and may be used at this time or
left in the charger.
Read the instruction manual before use.
Electrical safety
(Original instructions)
Recharge discharged batteries as soon as possible after
use or battery life may be greatly diminished.
For longest battery life, do not discharge batteries fully.
It is recommended that the batteries be recharged after
each use.
Charger diagnostics (fig. A2)
This charger is designed to detect certain problems that can
arise with the battery packs or the power source. Problems
are indicated by one LED flashing in different patterns.
Bad battery
The charger can detect a weak or damaged
battery. The LED flashes in the pattern indicated on the label. If you see this bad battery
blink pattern, do not continue to charge the battery. Return it
to a service center or a collection site for ecycling.
Hot/cold pack delay
When the charger detects a battery that
is excessively hot or excessively cold, it
automatically starts a Hot/Cold Pack Delay,
suspending charging until the battery has normalized. After
this happens, the charger automatically switches to the Pack
Charging mode. This feature ensures maximum battery life.
The light flashes in the pattern indicated on the label.
If the battery pack does not charge properly:
u Check operation of receptacle by plugging in a lamp
or other appliance;
u Check to see if receptacle is connected to a light
switch which turns power off when you turn out
the lights;
u Move the charger and battery pack to a location
where the surrounding air temperature is
approximately 18 °C – 24 °C;
u If charging problems persist, take the tool, battery
pack and charger to your local service center.
u The battery pack should be recharged when it fails to
produce sufficient power on jobs which were easily
done previously. DO NOT CONTINUE to use under these
conditions. Follow the charging procedure. You may also
charge a partially used pack whenever you desire with no
adverse effect on the battery pack.
u Foreign materials of a conductive nature such as, but
not limited to, grinding dust, metal chips, steel wool,
aluminum foil, or any buildup of metallic particles
should be kept away from charger cavities. Unplug the
charger before attempting to clean.
u Do not freeze or immerse the charger in water or any
other liquid.
Installing and Removing Attachments (fig. A4, A5)
To fit an attachment or the extension pole to the base unit
(1), align the attachment/pole base with the power head
as shown in figure A4 and A5.
u Firmly push the attachment or extension pole onto the
base unit until it snaps into place and an audible click is
Note: Attachments fit onto the extension pole in the same
manner as the base unit.
u Ensure attachment is securely attached to the base unit or
extension pole by gently pulling it away. The attachment or
the extension pole should remain in place.
u To remove an attachment or extension pole, depress
the release button (7) or (22) located on the side of the
attachment or extension pole and pull attachment or
extension pole away from the base unit or extension pole.
Note: Only use attachments that are specifically designed for
and are compatible with the power head.
Leaving the battery in the charger
The charger and battery pack can be left connected with
the LED glowing indefinitely. The charger will keep the
battery pack fresh and fully charged. This charger features
an automatic tune-up mode which equals or balances the
individual cells in the battery pack to allow it to function at
peak capacity. Battery packs should be tuned up weekly or
whenever the battery no longer delivers the same amount
of work. To use the automatic tune-up mode, place the
battery pack in the charger and leave it for at least 8 hours.
Important charging notes
Longest life and best performance can be obtained if
the battery pack is charged when the air temperature is
between 18 °C – 24 °C. DO NOT charge the battery pack
in an air temperature below +4.5 °C), or above +40 °C.
This is important and will prevent serious damage to the
battery pack.
u The charger and battery pack may become warm to the
touch while charging. This is a normal condition, and
does not indicate a problem. To facilitate the cooling of
the battery pack after use, avoid placing the charger or
battery pack in a warm environment such as in a metal
shed or an uninsulated trailer.
Correct hand position (fig. A6)
Extended reach/Pole mode: Correct hand position requires
one hand on the main handle (2) and one hand on the Pole
grip (21).
Switching on (fig. A7)
Push the lock off switch (5) down and squeeze the ON/
OFF switch (4). Once the unit is running, you may release
the lock off switch. The more the ON/OFF switch (4) is
depressed, the higher the speed of the base unit.
u In order to keep the unit running you must continue to
squeeze the ON/OFF switch(4). To turn the unit off,
release the ON/OFF switch (4).
Using the chainsaw attachment
Warning! Before assembly, make sure that the tool is
switched off and the battery is removed.
Installing the Guide Bar and Saw Chain (fig. B1, B2,
B3, B4, B5)
Warning! Sharp chain. Always wear protective gloves when
handling the chain. The chain is sharp and can cut you when
it is not running.
If the saw chain (14) and guide bar (10) are packed separately
in the carton, the chain has to be attached to the bar, and both
must be attached to the body of the tool.
u Place the saw on a flat, firm surface.
u Rotate the bar adjust locking knob (31a) counterclockwise
as shown in figure B1 to remove sprocket cover (31).
u Wearing protective gloves, grasp the saw chain (14) and
wrap it around the guide bar (10), ensuring the teeth are
facing the correct direction (see figure B5)
u Ensure the chain is properly set in the slot around the
entire guide bar.
u Place the saw chain around the sprocket (32) while lining
up the slot on the guide bar with the bolt (33) in the base
of the tool as shown in figure B2.
u The tensioning knob must be rotated counterclockwise till
its stop. Arrows on the sprocket cover and tensioning knob
must align before the cover is replaced. Once in place,
hold the bar still, replace sprocket cover (31).
u Make sure tool-free tension assembly bolt hole on the
cover lines up with the bolt (33) in the main housing as
shown in figure B3.
uRotate the bar adjust locking knob (31a) clockwise until
snug, then loosen knob one full turn, so the saw chain can
be properly tensioned.
Note: If the cover does not fit correctly, check that the tab for
the tool free tensioner on the bar aligns with the slot on the
inside of the sprocket cover.
u While holding the bar adjust locking knob (31a), rotate
the chain tensioning knob (34) anti clockwise to increase
tension as shown in figure B3. Make sure the saw chain
(14) is snug around the guide bar (10).
Adjusting Chain Tension (fig. B4, B5)
With the saw on a flat, firm surface, check the saw chain
(14) tension. The tension is correct when the chain snaps
back after being pulled 3 mm away from the guide bar (10)
with light force from the index finger and thumb as shown
(Original instructions)
in figure B4. There should be no “sag” between the guide
bar and the chain on the underside as shown in Figure B5.
u To adjust saw chain tension, loosen bar adjust locking
knob (31a) one full turn and follow instructions for
“Installing the Guide Bar and Saw Chain.”
u Do not over-tension the chain as this will lead to excessive
wear and will reduce the life of the bar and chain.
u Once chain tension is correct, securely tighten bar adjust
locking knob.
u When the chain is new, check the tension frequently (after
removing battery) during the first 2 hours of use as a new
chain stretches slightly.
Replacing the Saw Chain (fig. B6)
Rotate the bar adjust locking knob (31a) counterclockwise
to release chain tension.
u Remove sprocket cover (31) as described in “Installing the
Guide Bar and Saw Chain” section.
u Lift the worn saw chain (14) out of the groove in the guide
bar (10).
u Place the new chain in the slot of the guide bar, making
sure the saw teeth are facing the correct direction by
matching the arrow on the chain with the graphic on the
sprocket cover (31) shown in figure B6.
u Follow instructions for “Installing the Guide Bar and Saw
u Replacement chain and bar are available from your
nearest BLACK+DECKER service center.
Transporting Saw (fig. B7)
Always remove the battery from the tool and cover the
guide bar (10) with the guide bar cover (15) see figure B7,
when transporting the saw.
Installing and removing chainsaw attachments. (fig
B8, A5)
To fit an attachment or the extension pole to the base unit
(1), align the attachment/pole base with the power head
as shown in figure B8 and A5.
u Firmly push the attachment or extension pole onto the base unit until it snaps into place and an audible click is heard.
Note: Attachments fit onto the extension pole in the same
manner as the base unit.
Note: Base mode, requires the guard (8) to be upright. Press
the guard lock button (9) and lift the guard into position as
shown in figure B9.
Pole mode, requires the kickback guard (8) to be in the stored
position. Press the kickback guard release button (9) and
lower the guard into position as shown in Fig. B9
u Ensure attachment is securely attached to the base unit or
extension pole by gently pulling it away. The attachment or
the extension pole should remain in place.
(Original instructions)
To remove an attachment or extension pole, depress
the release button (7) or (22) located on the side of the
attachment or extension pole and pull attachment or
extension pole away from the base unit or extension pole.
Note: Only use attachments that are specifically designed for
and are compatible with the power head.
Correct hand position (fig. B10, B11)
Base mode: Correct hand position requires one hand on the
bail handle (3), with the other hand on the main handle (2).
Pole mode: Operate with the one hand on the main handle
(2) and the other hand on the Pole grip (21).
Switching on (fig. B10, B11)
Push the lock off switch (5) down. Squeeze the bail handle
(3) and then squeeze the ON/OFF switch (2). Once the
unit is running, you may release the lock off switch. The
more the ON/OFF is depressed, the higher the speed of
the base unit.
u In order to keep the unit running you must continue to
squeeze both the bail handle and the ON/OFF. To turn the
unit off, release the ON/OFF switch or bail handle.
Extended reach/Pole mode
u Push the lock off switch (5) down. Grip the Pole grip (21)
and then squeeze the ON/OFF switch (2).
u Once the unit is running, you may release the lock off
switch. The more the ON/OFF is depressed, the higher
the speed of the base unit.
u In order to keep the unit running you must continue to
squeeze the ON/OFF switch. To turn the unit off, release
the ON/OFF switch.
Note: If too much force is applied while making a cut the saw
will turn off. To restart saw, you must release the ON/OFF
switch (1) before the saw will restart. Begin your cut again this
time with less force. Allow the saw to cut at its own pace.
Base mode trimming / pruning
Common cutting techniques (fig. B12, B13, B14,
B15, B16, B17)
The process of cutting down a tree. Be sure battery is fully
charged before felling a tree so you can finish on a single
charge. Do not fell trees in high wind conditions.
u A retreat path should be planned and cleared as
necessary before cuts are started. The retreat path should
extend back and diagonally to the rear of the expected line
of fall see figure B12.
u Before felling is started, consider the natural lean of the
tree, the location of larger branches and the wind direction
to judge which way the tree will fall. Have wedges (wood,
plastic or aluminum) and a heavy mallet handy. Remove
dirt, stones, loose bark, nails, staples, and wire from the
tree where the felling cuts are to be made.
u Notching Undercut - Make the notch 1/3 of the diameter of
the tree, perpendicular to the direction of the fall. Make the
lower horizontal notching cut first. This will help to avoid
pinching of either the saw chain or the guide bar when the
second notch cut is being made see figure B13.
u Felling Back Cut - Make the felling back cut at least
51 mm higher than the horizontal notching cut. Keep the
felling back cut parallel to the horizontal notching cut.
Make the felling back cut so enough wood is left to act as
a hinge. The hinge wood keeps the tree from twisting and
falling in the wrong direction. Do not cut through the hinge
see figure B13.
u As the felling cut gets close to the hinge the tree should
begin to fall. If there is any chance that the tree may
not fall in the desired direction or it may rock back and
bind the saw chain, stop cutting before the felling cut is
complete and use wedges to open the cut and drop the
tree along the desired line of fall. When the tree begins to
fall remove the chain saw from the cut, stop the motor, put
the chain saw down, then use the retreat path planned. Be
alert for overhead limbs falling and watch your footing.
Removing the branches from a fallen tree. When limbing,
leave larger lower limbs to support the log off the ground.
Remove the small limbs in one cut. Branches under tension
should be cut from the bottom of the branch towards the top
to avoid binding the chain saw as shown in figure B14. Trim
limbs from opposite side keeping tree stem between you and
saw. Never make cuts with saw between your legs or straddle
the limb to be cut.
Warning! Recommend that first time users should practice
cutting on a saw horse.
Cutting a felled tree or log into lengths. How you should cut
depends on how the log is supported. Use a saw horse see
figure B15 whenever possible.
u Always start a cut with the chain running at full speed.
u Place the bottom spike of the chain saw behind the area
of the initial cut as shown in figure B16.
u Turn the chain saw on then rotate the chain and bar down
into the tree, using the spike as a hinge.
u Once the chain saw gets to a 45 degree angle, level
the chain saw again and repeat steps until you cut
fully through.
u When the tree is supported along its entire length, make a
cut from the top (overbuck), but avoid cutting the earth as
this will dull your saw quickly.
Figure B17 - When supported at one end.
First, cut 1/3 the diameter from the underside (underbuck).
Then make the finishing cut by overbucking to meet the
first cut.
u Figure B18 - When supported at both ends.
First, cut 1/3 down from the top overbuck. Then make the
finished cut by underbucking the lower 2/3 to meet the
first cut.
u When on a slope always stand on the uphill side of the
log. When “cutting through”, to maintain complete control
reduce the cutting pressure near the end of the cut without
relaxing your grip on the chain saw handles. Don’t let the
chain contact the ground. After completing the cut, wait
for the saw chain to stop before you move the chain saw.
Always stop the motor before moving from cut to cut.
Extended reach/Pole mode for trimming & pruning
Warning! Never stand directly under the limb you are cutting.
Always position yourself out of the path of falling debris.
u Never stand on a ladder (fig. B19) or other unstable
support while using the Pole Saw. Always avoid any
position which can cause you to lose your balance and
cause severe injury.
u Keep other persons at least 15m from the work area.
Distractions can cause you to lose control (fig. B20).
u Electrocution Hazard. To prevent shock, do not operate
within 15m of overhead electrical lines. Always check
surrounding area for hidden electrical lines (fig. B21).
u Do not extend Pole Saw switch handle above shoulder
Operating position (fig. B22)
Always wear:
A. Head protection.
B. Eye protection.
C. Work gloves.
D. Strap.
E. Chainsaw trousers.
F. Steel toed shoes.
Warning! When pruning trees:
u Guard Against Kickback which can result in severe injury
or death. See “KICKBACK”, section to avoid the risk of
u Do not overreach. Make sure your footing is firm. Keep
feet apart. Divide your weight evenly on both feet.
u Use both hands to grip Pole Saw as shown in figure B22.
Use a firm grip. Thumbs and fingers must wrap around
Pole Saw handle and pole.
u Never operate while in a tree, in any awkward position,
on a ladder or any other unstable surface. You may lose
control of the Pole Saw causing severe injury.
(Original instructions)
Trimming a tree (fig. B23)
Make sure Pole Saw is running at full speed before
making a cut. When starting a cut, place moving chain
against limb. Hold Pole Saw firmly in place to avoid
possible bouncing or skating (sideways movement) of the
Pole Saw.
u Make the first cut 150mm away from tree trunk on
underside of a limb or branch. Use the top of the guide bar
to make this cut.
Guide the Pole Saw using light pressure to make a cut
that is 1/3 of the diameter of limb. Then make the finishing
cut from the top as shown in figure B23. Do not force
Pole Saw. The motor will overload and can burn out. It
will do the job better and safer at the rate for which it was
Note: If you try to cut off thick branches from the bottom, the
branch will close in and pinch the saw chain in the cut. If you
try to cut off thick branches from the top, without a shallow
undercut, the branch will splinter and pull bark from the tree.
u Remove Pole Saw from cut while it is running at full
speed. Stop Pole Saw by releasing ON/OFF switch. Make
sure chain has stopped before setting Pole Saw down.
Chain and bar
After every few hours of use, remove the sprocket cover,
guide bar and chain and clean thoroughly using a soft bristle
brush. Ensure oiling hole on bar is clear of debris. When
replacing dull chains with sharp chains it is good practice to
flip the chain bar from bottom to top.
(Original instructions)
If damage is present on the chrome surface of the
top plates or side plates, file back until such damage
is removed.
Note: After filing, the cutter will be sharp, use extra caution
during this process.
Note: Each time the chain is sharpened, it loses some of the
low kickback qualities and extra caution should be used. It
is recommended that a chain be sharpened no more than
four times
Unit will not
BCASCS61B (H1) - Chainsaw
Input voltage
No load speed
Chain speed = 3.8
Sprocket = 2000
Battery pack not charged.
Check battery pack
charging requirements.
Allow tool to cool down.
Battery pack not inserted into
Insert battery pack into
charger until LED
Level of sound pressure according to EN 60745:
Charger not plugged in.
Plug charger into a working
outlet. Refer to "Important
charging notes" for more
Move charger and battery
pack to a surrounding air
temperature of above 40
degrees F (4,5°C) or below
105 degrees F (+40,5°C)
Battery pack has reached its
maximum thermal limit.
Allow battery pack to cool
Out of charge. (To maximize
the life of the battery pack it is
designed to shut off abruptly
when the charge is depleted.)
Place on charger and allow
to charge.
Your BLACK+DECKER appliance has been designed
to operate over a long period of time with a minimum of
maintenance. Continuous satisfactory operation depends
upon proper care and regular cleaning.
u Regularly clean the appliance using a damp cloth. Do not
use any abrasive or solvent-based cleaner. Never let any
liquid get inside the appliance and never immerse any part
of the appliance into liquid.
Protecting the environment
Separate collection. Products and batteries marked
with this symbol must not be disposed of with normal
household waste.
These products also comply with Directive
2006/42/EC, 2014/30/EU and 2011/65/EU
2000/14/EC, chain saw, pole-pruner, Annex V
Measured sound power level (LwA) 94 dB(A)
Uncertainty (K) 1.9 dB(A)
Guaranteed sound power (LwA) 96 dB(A)
For more information, please contact Black & Decker at the
following address or refer to the back of the manual.
The undersigned is responsible for compilation of the technical
file and makes this declaration on behalf of Black & Decker..
Ensure attachemnt is
properly seated and locked
into position on the
extension pole.
Ensure extension pole is
properly seated and locked
into position on the base
Surrounding air temperature
too hot or too cold
Unit shuts off
Check battery pack
Attachment or extension pole
not attached to the base unit.
Battery pack
will not
Possible Solution
Technical data
Battery pack not installed
Internal componets too hot.
Saw Chain Sharpening
Note: The cutters will dull immediately if they touch the ground
or a nail while cutting. To get the best possible performance
from your chain saw it is important to keep the teeth of the
chain sharp. Follow these helpful tips for proper saw chain
u For best results use a 4.5 mm file and a file holder or filing
guide to sharpen your chain. This will ensure you always
get the correct sharpening angles.
u Place the file holder flat on the top plate and depth gauge
of the cutter.
u Figure B24- Keep the correct top plate (14a) filing angle
line of 30° on your file guide parallel with your chain (file at
60° from chain viewed from the side).
u Sharpen cutters on one side of the chain first. File from
the inside of each cutter to the outside. Then turn your
saw around and repeat the processes for cutters on the
other side of the chain.
Note: Use a flat file to file the tops of the rakers (portion of
chain link in front of the cutter) so they are about 0.635 mm
below the tips of the cutters as shown in figure B25.
u Figure B26 - Keep all cutter lengths equal.
Possible Cause
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
Input Voltage
Approx Charge Time
Sound pressure for Chainsaw (LpA) 83 dB(A), uncertainty (K) 3 dB(A)
accoustic power for Chainsaw (LWA) 94 dB(A), uncertainty (K) 1,9 dB(A)
Sound pressure for Pole pruner (LpA) 82,5 dB(A), uncertainty (K) 4 dB(A)
accoustic power for Pole pruner (LWA) 92,9 dB(A), uncertainty (K) 2,5 dB(A)
Vibration total values (triax vector sum) according to EN 60745:
Chain Saw (ah) 2,3 m/s2, uncertainty (K) 1,5 m/s2
Pole Pruner (ah) 2,5 m/s2, uncertainty (K) 1,5 m/s2
EC declaration of conformity
2-in-1 cordless multi tool system
R. Laverick
Director of Engineering
Black & Decker Europe, 210 Bath Road, Slough,
Berkshire, SL1 3YD
United Kingdom
Black & Decker is confident of the quality of its products and
offers consumers a 24 month guarantee from the date
of purchase. This guarantee 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.
To claim on the guarantee, the claim must be in accordance
with Black & Decker Terms and Conditions and you will need
to submit proof of purchase to the seller or an authorised repair agent. Terms and conditions of the Black & Decker 2 year
guarantee and the location of your nearest authorised repair
agent can be obtained on the Internet at www.2helpU.com, or
by contacting your local Black & Decker office at the address
indicated in this manual.
Please visit our website www.blackanddecker.co.uk to register
your new Black & Decker product and receive updates on new
products and special offers.
Black & Decker declares that these products described under
"technical data" are in compliance with:
chain saw: EN 60745-1:2009+A11:2010,
EN 60745-2-13:2009+A1:2010,
pole-pruner: EN 60745-1:2009+A11:2010,
EN ISO 11680-1:2011
Black & Decker (Australia) Pty. Ltd.
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Victoria, 3138
Tel. Fax
03-8720 5100
03-9727 5940
New Zealand
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Tel. Fax
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