Toro 1100 Electric Trimmer User manual

Toro 1100 Electric Trimmer User manual
FORM NO. 3320-531
MODEL NO. 51318C-9900001
& UP
1. Read and understand Operator's Man-
ual before using Trimmer. Be thoroughly
familiar with proper use of the Trimmer.
2. Never allow children to operate the
Trimmer. It is not a toy. Never allow
adults to operate unit without first read-
ing the Operator's Manual.
3. Always wear safety glasses or other
suitable eye protection,
4. Never operate the Trimmer in wet or
damp conditions.
5. Do not use in rain,
6. Thoroughly inspect area where Trim-
mer will be used before operating. Keep
area of operation clear of all persons,
particularly small children and pets.
7. Dress properly — do not wear loose
clothing or jewelry. They can be caught
in moving parts. Always wear substantial
footwear and long pants.
8. Use the right appliance — do not use
the appliance for any job except that for
which it was intended,
9, To prevent shock hazard, use only
with an extension cord suitable for
outdoor use. You may obtain extension
cords from your TORO retailer.
10. Extension cord — to prevent dis-
connection of the power supply cord
from the extension cord during oper-
ation, properly connect extension cord
with pigtail power cord.
11. Avoid unintentional starting — do
not carry plugged-in Trimmer with
finger on switch.
12. Don't abuse cord — never yank
To assure optimum performance, and to gain knowledge of the Trimmer, it
Is essential that you or any other operator of the Trimmer read and under-
stand the contents of this manual before operating Trimmer. Pay particular
attention to the instructions highlighted by the black safety symbol. Failure
to comply with the safety instructions may result in personal injury.
cord to disconnect from receptacle.
Keep cord away from heat, oil and
sharp edges. Replace damaged cords.
13. Don't force the Trimmer — it will
do the job better and safer at the rate
for which it was designed.
14. Use only in daylight or with good
artificial light. Always be sure of your
footing; keep a firm hold on the handle
and walk, never run.
15. Stop the motor and unplug the sup-
ply cord whenever you leave the Trim-
mer, before cleaning the housing and
when making any repairs or inspections.
16. When not in use, store your Trim-
mer in a dry place out of the reach of
17. Keep all fasteners tight to be sure
the Trimmer is in safe working condition.
18. Never operate without proper guards
or other protective safety devicesin place.
19. Do not put hands or feet near or
under rotating parts. Keep clear at all
20. If the Trimmer should start to
vibrate abnormally, stop the motor and
check immediately for the cause. Vib-
ration is generally a warning of trouble.
21. Do not operate your TORO Trim-
mer after it has been dropped or dam-
aged. Return it to your nearest author-
ized service dealer for inspection and
22. When servicing, use only identical
replacement parts.
©The Toro Company — 1989
Assembly Instructions
1. Remove and discard shipping bush-
ings secured to upper and lower handle
tubes. Inspect the open internal wiring,
if damaged do not assemble; contact
your service dealer.
2. Pivot tube ends until aligned (Fig. 1).
Figure 1
Lower Tube Upper Tube
3. Slide lower tube into upper tube and
align screw holes (Fig. 2). Check align-
ment of handgrip and housing (Fig. 2,
Installing Grass Shield
Figure 4
Figure 2
4. Secure with capscrew and locknut
and tighten until all play between tubes
is eliminated (Fig. 3).
CAUTION: Internal wiring may interfere
with installation of capscrew. With blunt
object such as a punch, carefully route
internal wiring away from aligned holes.
Figure 3 Upper
5. Support handle may now be adjusted
to desired operating position by loosen-
ing black knob, sliding handle to desired
height and retightening (Fig. 3).
1. Place grass shield over trimmer head
Figure 5
2. Tilt grass shield so that back side of
shield is under locking shelf.
Figure 6
3. Push front side of grass shield down
and align screw holes. Tighten with screw.
CAUTION: Grass shield should be kept
on Trimmer to prevent foreign material
or debris from being thrown into oper-
ator zone.
NOTE: Cutting knife is sharp and care
should be taken when handling shield.
Before Operating
Cutting Line
NOTE: The cutting line for your Trim-
mer is a special monofilament line. Your
Trimmer comes complete with a 50 foot
supply of this line already wound onto
the spool.
1. (Figure 7) To avoid line tangle
during shipment, the tip of the mono-
filament line has been taped to the
head assembly. The tape must be removed
before operation.
2. View hole in spool cap is provided to
show how much line remains on spool
without removing spool.
Figure 7
Securing Pigtail Power Cord
NOTE: The proper extension cord is a
requirement for safe and efficient use of
your Toro 1100 Trimmer. Use only a
U.L; C.5.A. listed extension cord
recommended for outdoor use with a
maximum length of 100 feet (minimum
16 gauge).
1. Secure the pigtail power cord and a
suitable extension cord to trimmer with
cord lock as shown in Fig. 8 & 9.
2. To use cord lock, make aloop in end
of extension cord and push loop thru slot
in end of handle grip. Feed the plug of
extension cord thru the loop formed in-
Figure 8
Pigtail *
Power Cord /
Extension Cord
side handle grip. Pull extension cord tight
to secure and plug into trimmer cord.
Figure 9
Thoroughly inspect trimmer power
cord before operating trimmer. If
cord is damaged do not operate
trimmer; replace or repair damaged
cord. Contact your TORO service
dealer for assistance.
Operating Instructions
A CAUTION: Always wear safety
glasses or other suitable eye protection
and long pants while operating Trimmer.
1. Inspect area to be trimmed for any
wire, cord or string-like matter which
could become entangled in the rotating
2. Your Trimmer will cut grass and
small weeds in difficult and hard to reach
places. However, since this tool provides
a totally new method of cutting, you
will most likely experience some line
breakage during your first few uses.
Operating Instructions (Continued)
As you learn the trimming techniques,
you will be able to cut areas around
trees, shrubs, foundation walls, along
fences, sidewalks, patios, etc., with
minimal line fatigue or line breakage.
3. (Fig. 10) DO NOT FORCE THE
UNIT. Allow the very tip of the nylon
line to do the cutting (especially along
walls). Cutting with more than the tip
will reduce cutting efficiency and over-
load the motor.
4. Whenever possible cut to your
left. When cutting to the left, the
Figure 10
unit's cutting efficiency is somewhat
better since the line is contacting the
grass as soon as it leaves the guard, and
the clippings are mowing away from the
5. Slowly move unit into and out of
area being cut, maintaining unit at
desired cutting height. This can be
either a forward-backward or side-to-side
Figure 11
6. Grass in excess or 8 inches tall or
small weeds should be cut by working
from the top to the bottom in small in-
crements to avoid premature line wear.
7. Trim only when grass and weeds are
8. The life of your cutting line is
dependent upon following the preceding
trimming techniques, as well as what is
being cut, and where the cutting is
being done. EXAMPLE: Line will wear
faster when run against a foundation
wall as compared to trimming around a
tree. Some line breakage will occur from
moving unit too fast, from entanglement
with foreign matter, from normal
line fatigue, and from attempting to cut
thick, stalky weeds in excess of unit's
9. Lay out the extension cord so that
it won't be in your way and to prevent
kinking or tangling.
10. Never drag the Trimmer spool cap on
the ground while trimming. This causes
motor overload and spool cap wear.
Figure 12
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11. After each use, either retaping or
looping the line through the eyelet (see
figure 13) will prevent unraveling.
Figure 13
Lengthening Cutting Line
1. (Fig. 14) To lengthen line, firmly
tap spool on the ground while the motor
continues to run. The line will be fed
from the spool and cut off to the proper
length by the cutting knife attached to
the shield.
Figure 14
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Remember to keep the Trimmer ‘on’
while lengthening the line. Just tap the
Trimmer on the ground; do not hold it
on the ground. After the line has fed
out, wait until you hear the line being
cut to the proper length before con-
tinuing to trim.
NOTE: To prevent line tangle, never tap
more than once at a time.
2. Lengthen line only when line has
been shortened by wear. Unnecessary
lengthening will waste line.
NOTE: The spool cap may wear during
normal use of the line advance feature
and may require occasional replacement.
Spools prewound with 50 feet of cutting
line are available through your Trimmer
Replacing Cutting Line
Figure 15
1. To replace cutting line when your
factory furnished supply runs out, you
may purchase replacement line to re-
wind the empty spool or prewound
replacement spools from your Toro
CAUTION: Always unplug Trimmer
from power source before inverting it.
2. To remove empty spool, insert
widest possible blade screw driver
snugly into one of the two window slots.
With screw driver pressed firmly into
window slot, twist screw driver 1/4 turn.
Spool will snap off.
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3. (Fig. 16) To rewind empty spool,
follow the steps below:
A. Hook one end of line into groove on
spool allowing no more than 1/8
inch of line to protrude. Wind line
in direction of arrows on spool in
level rows between spool flanges
as shown.
Replacing Cutting Line (Continued)
Figure 17
Figure 18
B. Do not wind more than 50 feet of
line onto spool. Do not use line
over .065" diameter.
C. Keep line tight on spool by making
a hook in the line, and secure In
NOTE: Before reassembly, be sure
to thoroughly clean out drum area
and visually inspect for any dam-
aged or worn parts.
D. The spool and the core are keyed.
Be sure they are properly aligned
when putting spool back on. Thread
end of line through eyelet, place
spool on keyed core and push in
place until you hear it click. Pull
line free from groove in spool. Un-
wind no more than three inches
from spool.
4. (Fig. 18) If the line should tangle or
break at eyelet, refeed cutting line
through eyelet by pushing spool in as
far as it will go and threading line back
through eyelet. Or you may remove
spool completely, refeed the line through
the eyelet and reassemble spool to
General Maintenance
1. Always be sure your Toro Trimmer
is unplugged before attempting any
2. To keep the exterior clean, just
wipe it off with a damp cloth — don't
ever hose it down.
3. Wipe debris away from air intake
holes in lower tube,
IMPORTANT: Keeping intake and ex-
haust vents free of grass and debris,
will help prevent motor overheating and
possible failure.
4, Air exhaust vent is located on under-
side of shield. Scrape vent clean regularly.
5. Wipe or scrape clean the spool
area anytime there is an accumulation
of dirt or cuttings.
6. Check and tighten all fasteners. If any
part is damaged, repair or replace it.
7. Any other servicing should be
performed by an authorized Toro Service
Trouble Shooting
Spool Cap
Check for
Dirt or Grass
on Drum Inside
Drum Inside
Check for Tight
Line on Spool
Rewind Spool
Check for Worn
Driver Teeth
Check for Dirty
or Damaged Core
Clean or
Replace Core
Warranty Service
A copy of the Full One Year Warranty covering your Trimmer
is presented below. Should you feel your Toro Trimmer is
defective and wish to have it repaired or replaced in accordance
with this Full One Year Warranty, please follow the procedure
Return the Trimmer to the dealer who
sold it to you. Remember to have a
copy of your original sales slip or other
evidence of purchase date along with
you. The retailer will inspect the unit,
advise you whether the product is de-
fective, and if so make arrangements for
a replacement Trimmer or appropriate
The Toro Company promises to repair or replace at our option, any
Toro Trimmer used residentially if defective in materials or workman:
ship one year from the date of purchase. The cost of the replacement
unit is included, but the customer is responsible for the return of the
product to the selling dealer. This product is not warranted if used
commercially. This warranty gives you specific nights, and you may
have other rights which vary from country to country.
If your Trimmer is defective and within
warranty period, it will be repaired or
replaced and returned to you postage
Non-warranty service may be obtained
through an authorized Toro Trimmer
dealer or distributor.
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