Toro 12in Cordless Trimmer User manual

Toro 12in Cordless Trimmer User manual
Form No. 3371-411 Rev D
12in Cordless Trimmer
Model No. 51486—Serial No. 312000001 and Up
Operator's Manual
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General Safety Rules
WARNING: When using electric gardening appliances, basic safety
precautions should always be followed to reduce the risk of fire, electric
shock, and personal injury, including the following:
Read all instructions.
The term “power tool” in all of the warnings 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.
3. Personal safety
A. Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common
sense when operating a power tool. Do not use a power
tool while you are tired or under the influence of drugs,
alcohol or medication. A moment of inattention while
operating power tools may result in serious personal injury.
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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 injuries.
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 energizing power
tools that have the switch on invites accidents.
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 jewelry.
Keep your hair, clothing and gloves away from moving
parts. Loose clothes, jewelry, or long hair can be caught in
moving parts.
G. If devices are provided for the connection of dust
extraction and collection facilities, ensure these are
connected and properly used. Use of these devices can
reduce dust-related hazards.
H. Keep hands and feet away from the cutting area.
Power tool use and care
A. Do not force the power tool. Use the correct power tool
for your application. The correct power tool will do the job
better and safer at the rate for which it was designed.
B. Do not use the power tool if the switch does not turn it on
and off. Any power tool that cannot be controlled with the
switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
C. Disconnect the plug from the power source 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 these
instructions to operate the power tool. Power tools are
dangerous in the hands of untrained users.
E. Store idle appliances indoors. When not in use, appliances
should be stored indoors in a dry and high or locked-up place,
out of the reach of children.
F. 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
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C. Use only the following type and size battery: Toro battery
model 88504.
damaged, have the power tool repaired before use. Many
accidents are caused by poorly maintained power tools.
D. Remove or disconnect the battery before servicing, cleaning,
or removing material from the gardening appliance.
G. Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly maintained
cutting tools with sharp cutting edges are less likely to bind
and are easier to control.
E. Do not dispose of the battery in a fire. The cell may
explode. Check with local codes for possible special disposal
H. Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits etc., in
accordance with these instructions and in the manner
intended for the particular type of power tool, taking
into account the working conditions and the work to be
performed. Use of the power tool for operations different from
those intended could result in a hazardous situation.
Do not open or mutilate the battery. Released electrolyte is
corrosive and may cause damage to the eyes or skin. It may
be toxic if swallowed.
G. Exercise care in handling batteries in order not to short the
battery with conducting materials such as rings, bracelets, and
keys. The battery or conductor may overheat and cause burns.
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.
H. Charging time will be increased if the battery is charged when
the temperature is not between 41 to 104 degrees F (5 to 40
degrees C).
Keep guards in place and in working order.
Battery Safety
A. Do not charge appliance in rain, or in wet locations.
B. Do not use battery-operated appliance in the rain.
Safety and Instructional Decals
Safety decals and instructions are easily visible to the operator and are located near any area of potential danger. Replace
any decal that is damaged or lost.
Direct current
Type of current
1. Warning
2. Read the
3. Do not
4. Wear eye
use in wet
Loose Parts
Use the chart below to verify that all parts have been shipped.
Wall-mounting bracket
Auxiliary handle
Phillips head screw
Install the auxiliary handle.
Wire edge guard
Install the edge guard
No parts required
Adjust the trimmer height and base
Mount the wall-mounting bracket.
Mount the guard to the base of the trimmer.
Mounting the Wall-Mounting Bracket
Parts needed for this procedure:
Note: The bracket should be mounted indoors and out of the reach
of children.
Place the bracket against the wall and mark the 2 hole locations.
Drill the pilot holes.
A. If mounting the bracket on wall board, plaster, or cement,
drill 2 holes for the wall anchors (not supplied) at the marked
B. If mounting the bracket on wood, drill 2 holes slightly smaller
than the diameter of the screw threads at the marked locations.
Install the screws (Figure 1).
A. If mounting the bracket on wall board, plaster, or cement,
insert the 2 wall anchors (not supplied) into the holes then
thread the screws into the wall anchors.
Figure 1
B. If installing the bracket on wood, drive the 2 screws into the
Installing the Auxiliary Handle
Installing the Guard
Parts needed for this procedure:
Parts needed for this procedure:
Position the auxiliary handle on the shaft of the trimmer with the
smooth surface facing the operator (Figure 2).
Slide the guard onto the trimmer base as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 2
1. Auxiliary handle
3. Brace
2. Latch
Figure 3
1. Phillips head screw
Slide the brace into the auxiliary handle so that the brace rests in
the groove along the shaft (Figure 2).
Slide the latch from the left through the handle and brace as
shown and tighten the latch screw with a Phillips head screwdriver
(Figure 2).
2. Guard
Secure the guard using a Phillips head screw.
Installing the Edge Guard
Parts needed for this procedure:
Insert the ends of the wire edge guard into the holes in the trimmer
housing, as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 5
1. Auxiliary handle
3. Height adjustment latch
2. Auxiliary handle latch
To adjust the trimmer height, open the height adjustment latch,
then slide the shaft up or down to desired height, securing it in
place with the latch (Figure 5).
To adjust the orientation of the base, press down on the rotator
button located at the base of the shaft, then move the base to face
the desired direction (Figure 6).
Figure 6
1. Rotator button
Figure 4
1. Wire edge guard
NOTICE! The battery pack is not fully charged when it is
purchased. Before using the trimmer for the first time, place the
battery pack in the charger and charge until the LED indicators
turn green. Make sure to read all safety precautions. With regular
use, it will need shorter charging time. If storing for a prolonged
period of time, remove the battery. When ready to use again,
charge the battery pack until the LED indicators turn green.
Adjusting the Trimmer Height and Base
No Parts Required
Starting the Trimmer
To adjust handle height, flip the auxiliary handle latch, slide it up
or down to the desired height, then secure it in place by closing
the latch (Figure 5).
Align the tongue of the battery pack with the cavity in the handle
housing (Figure 7).
Charging the Battery Pack
NOTICE! For best results, your battery tool should be charged in
a location where the temperature is more than 41 degrees F (5
degrees C) but less than 104 degrees F (40 degrees C). To reduce
the risk of serious personal injury, do not store outside or in
vehicles. Charging time will be increased if not charged within
this range.
Turn the battery upside down and line up the battery terminal with
the slot in the charger (Figure 9 and Figure 10).
Figure 7
1. Trigger handle
3. Latch
2. Tongue
Grasp the trigger handle (Figure 7).
Push the battery pack into the handle until the latch locks into
To start the trimmer, slide the lock switch back to the On position,
then squeeze the trigger (Figure 8).
Figure 9
1. LED indicators
2. Insert battery here
Figure 8
1. Lock switch
2. Trigger
Figure 10
Stopping the Trimmer
1. LED indicators (level of
To stop the trimmer, release the trigger.
2. Release button
3. Battery terminal
Slide the battery into the charger until it clicks into place.
To remove the battery, press down on the release button and slide
the battery backwards out of the charger.
Refer to the table below to interpret the LED indicators on the
battery charger.
Battery is charging
Fully charged
Battery is too
warm: Remove for
approximately 30
No battery present
Red (blinking)
Red (blinking)
Defective battery
Advancing the Line
Note: The trimmer is equipped with an auto-feed head.
With the trimmer running, release the switch trigger.
Wait two seconds, then press the switch trigger.
Note: The line will extend approximately 1/4 inch (6 mm) with
each stop and start of the switch trimmer until the line reaches the
length of the grass deflector blade.
Resume trimming.
Advancing the Line Manually
Disconnect the string trimmer from the power supply, then push the red
button at the base of the spool retainer while pulling on the trimmer
line to manually advance the line.
Figure 11
As an edger, press the rotator button and rotate the head as shown in
Figure 12.
Figure 12
1. Rotator button
2. Edger guide
Using the Power Saver Feature
Push down and rotate the power saver knob (Figure 13) 180 degrees
(1/2 turn) to shorten the length of the trimmer line; thus reducing the
power consumption of the trimmer and extending the runtime of the
To resume operation in the regular mode, push down and rotate the
power saver knob 180 degrees (1/2 turn).
Figure 14
1. Direction of rotation
3. String path
2. Ideal cutting range
Figure 13
1. Power saver knob
Operating Tips
After each use of the trimmer, complete the following:
Keep the trimmer tilted toward the area being cut; this is the best
cutting area.
Wipe the trimmer clean with a damp cloth. Do not hose the
trimmer down or submerge it in water.
The string trimmer cuts when passing the unit from left to right.
This will avoid throwing debris at the operator.
Wipe or scrape clean the cutting head area any time there is an
accumulation of debris.
Use the tip of the string to do the cutting; do not force string head
into uncut grass.
Check and tighten all fasteners. If any part is damaged or lost,
repair or replace it.
Wire and picket fences cause extra string wear, even breakage.
Stone and brick walls, curbs, and wood may wear string rapidly.
Brush debris away from air intake vents on the back of the shaft to
prevent the motor from overheating.
Avoid trees and shrubs. Tree bark, wood moldings, siding, and
fence posts can easily be damaged by the strings.
Replacing the Spool
Use only .065 inch (1.6 mm) diameter monofilament string. Use
original manufacturer’s replacement string for best performance (Toro
part number 88532).
Remove the battery.
Push in the tabs on the side of the spool retainer (Figure 15).
Note: Remove any old string remaining on the spool.
The spool will accept up to 15 feet (4.5 m) of string. Use only .065
inch (1.6 mm) diameter monofilament string.
Note: Do not use any other gauge or type of string, as this could
damage the trimmer.
Insert the string into the anchor hole in the upper part of the spool
(Figure 16). Wind the string onto the spool in the direction shown
by the arrows on the spool.
Place the string in the slot on the upper spool flange, leaving about
6 inches (152 mm) extended beyond the slot.
Note: Do not overfill. After winding the string, there should be at
least 1/4 inch (6 mm) between the wound string and the outside
edge of the spool.
Replace the spool and the spool retainer. Refer to Spool
Replacement earlier in this manual.
Battery Pack Preparation For Recycling
Figure 15
1. Spool retainer
3. Slots
2. Spool
4. Tabs
Pull the spool retainer up to remove it and remove the spool.
To install the new spool, make sure the string is captured in one
of the retaining slots on the new spool. Make sure the end of the
string extends approximately 6 inches (152 mm).
Install the new spool so that the string aligns with the eyelet in the
string head. Thread the string into the eyelet.
Pull the string extending from the string head so the string releases
from the slot in the spool.
Reinstall the spool retainer by depressing tabs into slots and
pushing down until spool retainer clicks into place.
Upon removal, cover the battery pack's terminals with heavy-duty
adhesive tape. Do not attempt to destroy or disassemble the
battery pack or remove any of its components. Lithium-ion
batteries must be recycled or disposed of properly at the nearest
battery recycling facility.
Should this item need service, take the product to your Authorized Toro
Service Dealer. Your Toro Dealer is specially trained to repair Toro
products and will ensure that your Toro stays “All” Toro.
Replacing the String
Remove the battery.
Remove the spool. See Replacing the Spool (Figure 15).
Figure 16
1. Spool
2. Hole
Clean all foreign material from the product.
Store it in a well-ventilated place that is inaccessible to children.
Keep away from corrosive agents such as garden chemicals and
de-icing salts.
The Toro Promise - Electric Trimmers
A Two-Year Full Warranty for Residential Use for the United States and Canada
The Toro Company and its affiliate, Toro Warranty Company, pursuant to an agreement between them, jointly warrant this product for two years against defects
in material or workmanship when used for normal residential purposes.*
If you have questions or problems, or before returning this product, call toll free: 1-800-237–2654 (US) or 1-800-248-3258 (Canada).
To receive a replacement or repair, at our option, return the complete unit to the seller. United States and Canada customers may return their product, with
proof of purchase, to any Authorized Service Dealer. United States customers may also return their product, with proof of purchase, postage prepaid, to the
Toro Service Center, 21350 Cedar Avenue S., Lakeville, MN 55044-9090.
This warranty covers product defects only. Neither The Toro Company nor Toro Warranty Company is liable for indirect, incidental or consequential
damages in connection with the use of the Toro Products covered by this warranty, including any cost or expense of providing substitute equipment
or service during reasonable periods of malfunction or non-use pending completion of repairs under this warranty. Some states do not allow
exclusions of incidental or consequential damages, so the above exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you
may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
Countries Other than the United States and Canada
Customers who have purchased Toro products exported from the United States or Canada should contact their Toro Distributor (Dealer) to obtain guarantee
policies for your country, province, or state. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your Distributor’s service or have difficulty obtaining guarantee information,
contact the Toro importer. If all other remedies fail, you may contact us at Toro Warranty Company.
* Residential use means use of the product on the same lot as your home.
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