Toro PowerPlex 24in 40V MAX Hedge Trimmer User manual

Toro PowerPlex 24in 40V MAX Hedge Trimmer User manual
Form No. 3424-880 Rev A
PowerPlex 24in 40V MAX Hedge
Trimmer
Model No. 51491—Serial No. 319000001 and Up
Model No. 51491T—Serial No. 319000001 and Up
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Original Instructions (EN)
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WARNING
CALIFORNIA
Proposition 65 Warning
The power cord on this product contains
lead, a chemical known to the State
of California to cause birth defects
or other reproductive harm. Wash
hands after handling.
Use of this product may cause exposure
to chemicals known to the State of
California to cause cancer, birth defects,
or other reproductive harm.
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Figure 1
1. Model and serial number location
Introduction
This hedge trimmer is intended to be used by
residential homeowners to maintain bushes and
hedges. It is designed to use only battery pack Model
88540 (provided with Model 51491) or 88541.
Read this information carefully to learn how to operate
and maintain your product properly and to avoid
injury and product damage. You are responsible for
operating the product properly and safely.
You may contact Toro directly at www.Toro.com for
product and accessory information, help finding a
dealer, complete warranty details, or to register your
product.
Model 51491T does not include a battery or a
charger.
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8111 Lyndale Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55420
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Contact us at www.Toro.com.
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Safety
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 tied
back and your 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 that these
are connected and properly used. Use
of dust collection can reduce dust-related
hazards.
WARNING
Failure to follow all warnings and instructions
may result in electric shock, fire and/or
serious personal injury.
Read all safety warnings and all instructions.
Save all warnings and instructions for future
reference.
The term “power tool” in the warnings refer to
your mains-operated (corded) power tool or
battery-operated (cordless) power tool.
1.
2.
Work area safety
A.
Keep the 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, gasses, 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.
D.
Avoid dangerous environments. Do not
use appliances in damp or wet locations.
3.
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.
Maintain power tools. Check for
misalignment or binding of moving
parts, breakage of parts and any other
condition that may affect the power tools
operation. If damaged, have the power
tool repaired before use. Many accidents
are caused by poorly maintained power
tools.
F.
Keep cutting tools sharp and clean.
Properly maintained cutting tools with sharp
cutting edges are less likely to bind and are
easier to control.
G.
Use the power tool, accessories and
tool bits etc. in accordance with these
Personal safety
A.
B.
C.
D.
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.
Use personal protective equipment.
Always wear eye protection. Protective
equipment such as a dust mask, non-skid
safety shoes, a hard hat, or hearing
protection used for appropriate conditions
will reduce personal injuries.
Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure
that the switch is in the OFF position
before connecting to a power source
and/or battery pack and 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.
Remove any adjusting key or wrench
before turning on the power tool. A
wrench or a key left attached to a rotating
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instructions, taking into account the
working conditions and the work to
be performed. Using the power tool for
operations different from those intended
could result in a hazardous situation.
4.
Battery tool use and care
A.
Use power tools only with specifically
designated battery packs. Using 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, such as
paper clips, coins, keys, nails, screws,
or other small metal objects that can
make a connection from one terminal
to another. Shorting the battery terminals
together may cause burns or a fire.
E.
Additional Safety Warnings
• Keep hands and feet away from the cutting device
Charge only with the charger specified
by the manufacturer. A charger that is
suitable for 1 type of battery pack may
create a risk of fire when used with another
battery pack.
B.
D.
5.
•
•
•
•
•
•
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.
•
•
•
Charging time increases if the battery
pack is not charged within the appropriate
temperature range; refer to Specifications
(page 8).
•
Service
•
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.
•
Hedge Trimmer Safety Warnings
• Keep all parts of the body away from the cutter
•
•
blades contacting a “live” wire may make exposed
metal parts of the power tool “live” and could give
you an electric shock.
DANGER—Keep your hands away from blade.
Contact with blade will result in serious personal
injury.
•
blade. Do not remove cut material or hold
material to be cut when blades are moving.
Make sure that the switch is off when clearing
jammed material. The blades coast after you
turn them off. A moment of inattention while
operating the hedge trimmer may result in serious
personal injury.
Carry the hedge trimmer by the handle with
the cutter blade stopped. Proper handling of the
hedge trimmer reduces possible personal injury
from the cutter blades.
Hold the power tool by insulated gripping
surfaces only, because the cutter blade may
contact hidden wiring or its own cord. Cutter
•
•
•
at all times and especially when switching the
product on.
Do not try to grasp or remove trimmings when the
product is running. Remove only trimmings when
the product is switched off and disconnected from
the power supply.
Never hold the product by the guard.
Always be sure of a safe and secure operating
position while using the product.
Never use the product while standing on steps or
a ladder. Do not work over shoulder height.
Always ensure the safety guard supplied is
fitted before using the product. Never attempt to
use an incomplete product or one fitted with an
unauthorized modification.
Check the cutting device regularly for damage,
and if damaged, repair immediately.
Do not overload the product.
Check immediately if the product starts to vibrate
abnormally. Excessive vibration can cause injury.
Switch the product off when the cutting device
is blocked. Disconnect it from power supply
(i.e., remove the battery pack) and remove the
blockage. Inspect the cutting device for damage
before using the product again.
Follow the maintenance and repair instructions for
this product. Never carry out any modifications to
the product. Information about maintenance and
repair is provided in this instruction manual.
Know how to stop the product quickly in an
emergency.
Do not expose the product to rain. Do not operate
the product on a wet hedge.
Use the product only in daylight or good artificial
light.
Check the hedge for foreign objects before
operation (e.g., wire fences). Take care that the
cutting device does not come into contact with wire
or other metal objects.
Hold the hedge trimmer properly (e.g., with both
hands if 2 handles are provided). Loss of control
can cause personal injury.
Additional Safety Warnings for the Charger
• This charger can be used by persons with reduced
physical, sensory, or mental capabilities, or a lack
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the leakage gets in your eyes, flush your eyes with
clean water for a minimum of 10 minutes and seek
immediate medical attention.
of experience and knowledge if they have been
given supervision or instruction concerning use
of the charger in a safe way and understand the
hazards involved.
• Never attempt to open the battery pack for any
• Children shall not play with the charger.
• Cleaning and user maintenance shall not be made
reason. If the plastic housing of the battery pack
breaks open or cracks, immediately discontinue its
use and do not recharge it.
by children without supervision.
• Do not store or carry a spare battery pack in a
• If the supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced
pocket or toolbox or any other place where it may
come into contact with metal objects. The battery
pack may short-circuit, causing damage to the
battery pack, burns, or a fire.
by the manufacturer, its service agent, or similarly
qualified persons in order to avoid a hazard.
• Disconnect the charger from the power supply and
allow it to cool down before cleaning, maintenance,
storage, and transportation.
• Do not pierce the battery with nails, strike the
battery with a hammer, step on the battery, or
otherwise subject it to strong impacts or shocks.
• Before using the charger, read all the instructions
and cautionary markings on the charger and
battery pack.
• Protect the battery pack against heat. Do not
place the battery in direct sunlight or use or store
the battery inside cars in hot weather. Doing so
may cause the battery to generate heat, explode
or ignite.
• The charger and battery pack supplied with it are
specifically designed to work together. Use the
charger only with the battery pack for this tool.
• Charge the battery pack indoors only as the
• Never try to charge a battery pack that is cracked
charger is designed for indoor use only.
or damaged in any other way. There is a danger
of electric shock or electrocution.
• Do not charge non-rechargeable batteries.
• Protect the charger against moisture and wet
conditions. There is a danger of electric shock.
• Do not place any object on top of the charger as it
could cause overheating. Do not place the charger
near any heat source.
• Do not use an extension cord on the charger
unless it is absolutely necessary. The use of an
improper extension cord could cause the risk of
fire, electric shock, or electrocution.
• Do not use the charger if it has been subjected to
a heavy knock, dropped,or otherwise damaged in
any way. Have the charger checked and repaired
by an authorized service center.
Additional Safety Warnings for Battery Packs
• Do not attempt to charge the battery pack with any
other charger than the one supplied. The charger
and battery pack supplied with it are specifically
designed to work together.
• To ensure the longest battery life and best
performance, only charge and store the battery
pack in temperatures that are within the
appropriate range; refer to Specifications (page
8). Do not charge or store the battery pack in
temperatures outside of the suggested range.
• Small leakage of liquid from the battery pack
may occur under extreme usage or temperature
conditions. However, if the outer seal is broken
and this leakage comes into contact with your
skin, wash the affected area quickly with water. If
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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 missing.
Symbol
Designation/Explanation
Read the instruction manual.
Wear hearing protection.
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Wear eye protection.
Wear a dust mask.
Wear protective gloves.
Wear protective, slip-resistant
footwear.
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Do not expose the product
to rain or wet conditions
(moisture).
Keep fingers away from
moving cutting device.
WEEE symbol. Waste
electrical products should not
be disposed of with household
waste. Please recycle where
facilities exist. Check with
your Local Authority or local
store for recycling advice.
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1. The battery pack is
charging.
3. The battery pack is too
warm.
2. The battery pack is fully
charged.
4. Replace the battery pack.
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1. Charge the battery where the temperature is between 0°C
and 40°C (32°F and 104°F).
1. The battery does not
come out of the box fully
charged.
4. Stop—follow these
instructions before first
use.
2. Place the battery in the
battery charger.
5. Read the Operator’s
Manual.
3. Wait until the battery is
fully charged before the
first use.
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1. Warning—read the Operator’s Manual; keep away from
moving parts; keep all guards and covers in place; wear
eye protection; do not operate in wet conditions.
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Setup
Product Overview
Note: The battery pack is not fully charged when it
is purchased. Before using the tool for the first time,
refer to Charging the Battery Pack (page 10).
Mounting the Battery
Charger (Optional)
If desired, mount the battery charger securely on a
wall using the wall-mount key holes on the back of
the charger.
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Figure 3
Left Side of Hedge Trimmer
Mount it indoors (such as a garage or other dry place),
near a power outlet, and out of the reach of children.
1. Blades
2. Guard
6. Lock switch
7. Trigger
Refer to Figure 2 for assistance in mounting the
charger.
3. Auxiliary-handle switch
8. Battery latch
Note: Slide and twist the charger over the
appropriately positioned hardware to secure the
charger in place (hardware not included).
5. Handle-rotation button
4. Auxiliary handle
9. Battery pack
10. Protective cover
Specifications
Model
51491
51491T
Cutting
Length
610 mm
Rated
Voltage
40 VDC maximum, 36 VDC nominal usage
No-load
Speed
3000 spm at 40 VDC max
Cutting
width
18 mm
Charger
Type
88542
Battery Type
88540 (included with 51491), 88541 (sold
separately)
Appropriate Temperature Ranges
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Figure 2
Charge the battery at
0°C (32°F) to 40°C (104°F)*
Use products at
-15°C (5°F) to 60°C (140°F)
Store products at
-15°C (5°F) to 60°C (140°F)
Unplug the charger if
Below 0°C (32°F) or above
40°C (104°F)
*Charging time will increase if you do not charge the
battery within this range.
Store the tool, battery pack, and battery charger in an
enclosed clean, dry area.
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Operation
The trimmer stays on as long as the
auxiliary-handle switch is engaged and the
trigger is squeezed. You may release the
lock switch once the hedge trimmer is running
(Figure 5).
Starting the Hedge Trimmer
1.
Remove the protective cover from the blades
(Figure 4).
Rotating the Hedge Trimmer
Handle
WARNING
The hedge trimmer blades can cause
cuts or amputation.
Be careful when handling the hedge
trimmer with the protective cover
removed.
1.
Press and hold the rotational lock button (A of
Figure 6).
2.
Rotate the handle 90° to the right or left
depending on desired cutting direction, then
release the rotational lock button to lock the
handle in the desired position (B of Figure 6).
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Figure 4
1. Protective cover
2. Blades
2.
Make sure that the vents on the hedge trimmer
are clear of any dust and debris.
3.
Align the cavity of the battery pack with the
tongue in the handle housing, grasp the handle,
and push the battery pack into the handle until
the latch locks into place (Figure 5).
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Figure 6
Shutting Off the Hedge
Trimmer
To shut off the hedge trimmer, release the trigger,
auxiliary-handle switch, or both (Figure 5). Allow at
least 5 seconds for the cutting blade to stop moving.
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Figure 5
1. Auxiliary-handle switch
4. Trigger
2. Auxiliary handle
5. Battery latch
3. Lock switch
6. Hedge trimmer venting
areas
4.
Place 1 hand on the trigger handle. Place the
other hand on the auxiliary handle (Figure 5).
5.
Press the lock switch and then squeeze
the trigger switch while engaging the
auxiliary-handle switch to turn on the hedge
trimmer (Figure 5).
Whenever you are not using the trimmer or are
transporting the trimmer to or from the work area,
remove the battery pack.
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Removing the Battery Pack
Charging the Battery Pack
Press the battery latch on the tool to release the
battery pack and slide the battery pack out of the tool
(Figure 7).
Important: Read all safety precautions.
Important: Charge the battery pack only in
temperatures that are within the appropriate
range; refer to Specifications (page 8).
Note: At any time, press the battery-charge-indicator
button on the battery pack to display the current
charge (LED indicators).
1.
Make sure that the vents on the battery are clear
of any dust and debris.
2.
Line up the cavity in the battery pack (Figure 8)
with the tongue on the charger.
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Figure 7
1. Battery latch
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Figure 8
1. Battery pack cavity
2. Battery pack terminals
4. Battery-charge-indicator
button
5. LED indicators (current
charge)
3. Battery pack venting areas
3.
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Make sure that the vents on the battery charger
are clear of any dust and debris.
4.
Operating Tips
Slide the battery pack into the charger until it is
fully seated (Figure 9).
• Use the power tool for cutting in either direction in
a slow, sweeping action from side to side.
• Stand so that you are stable and balanced on both
feet. Do not overreach.
• Inspect and clear the area of any hidden objects.
• Never use the hedge trimmer near power lines,
fencing, posts, buildings, or other immovable
objects.
• Never use a blade after hitting a hard object
without first inspecting it for damage. Do not use if
it is damaged.
• Never touch blades or service unit with the power
supply connected.
• Do not force the hedge trimmer through heavy
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shrubbery. This can cause the blades to bind and
slow down. If the blades slow down, reduce the
pace.
Figure 9
1. Charger venting areas
3. Right indicator light
2. Left indicator light
• Do not attempt to cut stems or twigs that are larger
5.
To remove the battery pack, slide the battery
backward out of the charger.
6.
Refer to the following table to interpret the LED
indicators on the battery charger.
Left Light
Right Light
than 18 mm (0.71 inch) in diameter, or those
obviously too large to feed into the cutting blade.
Use a non-powered hand saw or pruning saw to
trim large stems.
• If the blades do become jammed, stop the motor,
allow the blades to stop, and remove the battery
before attempting to remove the obstruction.
CAUTION: The blades may move slightly due
to residual tension.
Indicates
Off
Red
Charger is on; no battery
pack inserted
Red
Red
Battery pack is charging
Green
Red
Battery pack is charged
Orange
Red
Battery pack is too warm
Red Blinking
Red
Replace the battery pack
• If desired, you can use a string to help cut your
hedge level. Decide how high you want the hedge.
Stretch a piece of string along the hedge at the
desired height. Trim the hedge just above the
guide line of string.
• Wear gloves when trimming thorny or prickly
growth. When trimming new growth, use a wide
sweeping action so that the stems are fed directly
into the cutting blade.
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Maintenance
Storage
Important: Store the tool, battery pack, and
Disconnect the product from the power supply (i.e.,
remove the plug from the power supply or the battery
pack) before maintenance or cleaning work.
charger only in temperatures that are within the
appropriate range; refer to Specifications (page 8).
Important: If you are storing the tool for a year
Use only the manufacturer’s recommended
replacement parts and accessories.
or longer, remove the battery pack from the tool
and charge the battery pack until 2 or 3 LED
indicators turn blue on the battery. Do not store a
fully charged or fully depleted battery. When you
are ready to use the tool again, charge the battery
pack until the left indicator light turns green on
the charger or all 4 LED indicators turn blue on
the battery.
Inspect and maintain the product regularly. Have
the product repaired only by an Authorized Service
Dealer.
Oiling the Trimmer Blade
• Disconnect the product from the power supply
Note: Oil the trimmer blade before and after each
(i.e., remove the plug from the power supply or the
battery pack) and check for damage after use.
use.
1.
Stop the motor and remove the battery.
• Clean all foreign material from the product.
2.
Clean dirt and debris from the body of the
hedge trimmer, using a damp cloth with a mild
detergent.
• When not in use, store the tool, battery pack, and
battery charger out of the reach of children.
• Keep the tool, battery pack, and battery charger
Note: Do not use any strong detergents on
away from corrosive agents, such as garden
chemicals and de-icing salts.
the plastic housing or the handle. They can be
damaged by certain aromatic oils, such as pine
and lemon, and by solvents such as kerosene.
3.
• To reduce the risk of serious personal injury, do
not store the battery pack outside or in vehicles.
Lay the hedge trimmer on a flat surface. Apply
light-weight machine oil along the edge of the
top blade. If you will be using the hedge trimmer
for an extended period of time, oil the blade
during use.
• Store the tool, battery pack, and battery charger
in an enclosed clean, dry area.
Preparing the Battery Pack
for Recycling
Note: Do not oil the hedge trimmer while it is
running.
Important: Upon removal, cover the terminals of
the battery pack with heavy-duty adhesive tape.
Do not attempt to destroy or disassemble the
battery pack or remove any of its components.
Recycle or properly dispose of lithium-ion battery
packs at a battery recycling facility.
For more information on recycling lithium-ion
battery packs and to locate the battery
recycling facility closest to you, visit
www.Call2Recycle.org (US and Canada only).
If you are located outside of the US and
Canada, please contact your authorized Toro
distributor.
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Troubleshooting
Perform only the steps described in these instructions. All further inspection, maintenance, and repair work
must be performed by an authorized service center or a similarly qualified specialist if you cannot solve the
problem yourself.
Problem
The tool does not start.
Possible Cause
Corrective Action
1. The battery is not fully installed in the
tool.
1. Remove and then replace the battery
into the tool, making sure that it is fully
installed and latched.
2. The battery pack is not charged.
2. Remove the battery pack from the tool
and charge it.
3. Replace the battery pack.
4. Contact an Authorized Service Dealer.
3. The battery pack is damaged.
4. There is another electrical problem
with the tool.
1. The battery pack charge capacity is
too low.
1. Remove the battery pack from the tool
and fully charge the battery pack.
2. The air vents are blocked.
2. Clean the air vents.
The tool is producing excessive vibration
or noise.
1. The blades are dull or damaged.
1. Contact an Authorized Service Dealer.
The battery pack loses charge quickly.
1. The battery pack is over or under the
appropriate temperature range.
1. Move the battery pack to a place
where it is dry and the temperature is
between 0°C (32°F) and 40°C (104°F).
The battery charger is not working.
1. The battery charger is over or under
the appropriate temperature range.
1. Unplug the battery charger and move
it to a place where it is dry and the
temperature is between 0°C (32°F)
and 40°C (104°F).
2. The outlet that the battery charger is
plugged into does not have power.
2. Contact your licensed electrician to
repair the outlet.
The battery pack shows only 3 LED
indicators after only a few seconds of
using a fully charged battery.
1. This is a normal occurrence.
1. Stop the tool and press the
battery-charge-indicator button or
the remove the battery from the tool to
display the actual battery charge.
All 4 LED indicators are blinking on
the battery pack after you press the
battery-charge-indicator button on the
battery pack and the current charge
displays (when the battery pack is not in
use).
1. The battery pack is over or under the
appropriate temperature range.
1. Move the battery pack to a place
where it is dry and the temperature is
between 0°C (32°F) and 40°C (104°F).
All 4 LED indicators are blinking on the
battery pack after releasing the trigger
(when the battery pack is in use).
1. The battery pack is over or under the
appropriate temperature range.
1. Move the battery pack to a place
where it is dry and the temperature is
between 0°C (32°F) and 40°C (104°F).
2 LED indicators are blinking on
the battery pack after you press the
battery-charge-indicator button on the
battery pack and the current charge
displays (when the battery pack is not in
use).
1. There is a difference in voltage
between cells in the battery pack.
1. Place the battery on the charger until
it is fully charged.
2 LED indicators are blinking on the
battery pack after releasing the trigger
(when the battery pack is in use).
1. There is a difference in voltage
between cells in the battery pack.
1. Place the battery on the charger until
it is fully charged.
The tool does not reach full power.
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Problem
Possible Cause
Corrective Action
1 LED indicator is blinking on the battery
pack.
1. The battery pack voltage is low.
1. Place the battery pack on the charger.
It is difficult to remove the battery pack
from the tool.
1. The battery pack/tool is new or there
is corrosion in the battery terminals
and/or the terminals on the tool.
1. Clean the terminals on the battery pack
and the tool. Then apply dielectric
grease to the battery terminals; do not
use any other type of lubricant as it can
damage the terminals.
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the product. Moreover, a Prop 65 warning does not mean that a product is in violation of any product safety standards or requirements. In fact, the
California government has clarified that a Prop 65 warning “is not the same as a regulatory decision that a product is ‘safe’ or ‘unsafe.’” Many of these
chemicals have been used in everyday products for years without documented harm. For more information, go to https://oag.ca.gov/prop65/faqs-view-all.
A Prop 65 warning means that a company has either (1) evaluated the exposure and has concluded that it exceeds the “no significant risk level”; or (2)
has chosen to provide a warning based on its understanding about the presence of a listed chemical without attempting to evaluate the exposure.
Does this law apply everywhere?
Prop 65 warnings are required under California law only. These warnings are seen throughout California in a wide range of settings, including but not
limited to restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, schools, and hospitals, and on a wide variety of products. Additionally, some online and mail order
retailers provide Prop 65 warnings on their websites or in catalogs.
How do the California warnings compare to federal limits?
Prop 65 standards are often more stringent than federal and international standards. There are various substances that require a Prop 65 warning
at levels that are far lower than federal action limits. For example, the Prop 65 standard for warnings for lead is 0.5 μg/day, which is well below
the federal and international standards.
Why don’t all similar products carry the warning?
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Products sold in California require Prop 65 labelling while similar products sold elsewhere do not.
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The enforcement of Prop 65 is inconsistent.
A company involved in a Prop 65 lawsuit reaching a settlement may be required to use Prop 65 warnings for its products, but other companies
making similar products may have no such requirement.
Companies may elect not to provide warnings because they conclude that they are not required to do so under Prop 65; a lack of warnings for a
product does not mean that the product is free of listed chemicals at similar levels.
Why does Toro include this warning?
Toro has chosen to provide consumers with as much information as possible so that they can make informed decisions about the products they buy and
use. Toro provides warnings in certain cases based on its knowledge of the presence of one or more listed chemicals without evaluating the level of
exposure, as not all the listed chemicals provide exposure limit requirements. While the exposure from Toro products may be negligible or well within the
“no significant risk” range, out of an abundance of caution, Toro has elected to provide the Prop 65 warnings. Moreover, if Toro does not provide these
warnings, it could be sued by the State of California or by private parties seeking to enforce Prop 65 and subject to substantial penalties.
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