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Charging the Power Pack
THE BATTERIES IN YOUR POWER PACK ARE NOT FULLY CHARGED AT THE FACTORY. BEFORE
ATTEMPTING TO CHARGE THEM, THOROUGHLY READ ALL OF THE SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS.
1. Remove the power pack from the tool by squeezing it as shown in Figure 1.
2. Plug the charger into any standard 120 Volt 60 Hz electrical outlet.
3. Insert the power pack into the charger (Fig. 2) and let it charge for 3 hours.
4. Remove pack from the charger and replace in tool.
Important Charging Notes
1. After normal usage, your power pack should be fully charged in 3 hours or less. If the power
pack is run-down completely, it may take up to 8 hours to become fully charged. Your power
pack was sent from the factory in an uncharged condition. Before attempting to use it, it must
be charged for at least 3 hours.
2. DO NOT charge the power pack in an air temperature below 40°F (5°C) or above 105°F
(41°C). This is important and will prevent serious damage to the power pack. Longest life
and best performance can be obtained if the power pack is charged when the air
temperature is about 75°F (25°C).
3. While charging, the charger may hum and become warm to touch. This is a
normal condition and does not indicate a problem.
4. If the power pack does not charge properly — (1) Check current at receptacle by plugging
in a lamp or other appliance. (2) Check to see if receptacle is
connected to a light switch which turns power off when you turn out the lights. (3) Move
charger and power pack to a surrounding air temperature of 40°F (5°C) to 105°F (41°C).
(4) If the receptacle and temperature are ok, and you do not get proper charging, take or
send the power pack and charger to your local authorized service center. See “Tools
Electric” in yellow pages.
5. The power pack should be recharged when it fails to produce sufficient power on jobs which
were easily done previously. DO NOT CONTINUE to use the hedge trimmer with its power
pack in a depleted condition.
6. To prolong power pack life, avoid leaving the power pack on charge for more than 8 hours.
Although overcharging is not a safety concern, it can significantly reduce overall power
7. A fully charged power pack, after being off charge for 1 month, will still have 75% of its
energy in the power pack; after 6 months, 50% will remain.
8. Do not charge power pack in rain or in wet conditions.
9. Use only the power pack and charger provided with your hedge trimmer or
identical replacement parts.
10.Do not dispose of the batteries in a fire; the cells may explode. Check with local codes for
possible special disposal instructions.
11.Do not open or mutilate the batteries. Released electrolyte is corrosive and may cause
damage to the eyes or skin. It may be toxic if swallowed.
12.Exercise care when 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.
13.Use only the following type and size battery: PS130 Power Pack - 12V.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
To turn the tool “ON”,slide the lock off button, shown in Figure 3, forward and, squeeze the
trigger switch. Once the tool is running, you may release the lock off button. In order to keep the
tool running you must continue to squeeze the trigger. To turn the tool “OFF”, simply release the
1. WORKING POSITION – Maintain proper footing and balance and do not overreach. Wear
safety goggles, non-skid footwear and rubber gloves when trimming. Hold the tool firmly in
both hands and turn the tool ON. Always hold the trimmer, as shown in the illustrations in
this manual, with one hand on the switch handle and one hand on the bail handle. (Figure 4)
Never hold the tool by the blade guard.
2. TRIMMING NEW GROWTH – (Figure 5) A wide, sweeping motion, feeding the blade teeth
through the twigs is most effective. A slight downward tilt of the blade, in the direction of
motion gives the best cutting.
CAUTION Do not cut stems greater than 7/16” (12mm). Use the trimmer
only for cutting normal shrubbery around houses and buildings.
3. LEVEL HEDGES (Figure 6) – To obtain exceptionally level hedges a piece of string can be
stretched along the length of the hedge as a guide.
4. SIDE TRIMMING HEDGES (Figure 7) – Hold the trimmer as shown and begin at the bottom
and sweep up.
WARNING: IMPORTANT SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS
TO REDUCE RISK OF INJURY:
• Before any use, be sure everyone using this tool reads and understands all safety instructions and
other information contained in this manual.
• Save these instructions and review frequently prior to use and in instructing others.
• WARNING: This product contains chemicals, including lead, known to the State of California
to cause cancer, and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands
• WARNING: Some dust created by this product contains chemicals known to the State of
California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Some
examples of these chemicals are:
• compounds in fertilizers
• compounds in insecticides, herbicides and pesticides
• arsenic and chromium from chemically treated lumber
To reduce your exposure to these chemicals, wear approved safety equipment such as dust
masks that are specially designed to filter out microscopic particles.
• CAUTION: Wear appropriate personal hearing protection during use. Under
some conditions and duration of use, noise from this product may
contribute to hearing loss.
• WARNING: When using electric gardening appliances, basic safety precautions
should always be followed to reduce risk of fire, electric shock, and
personal injury, including the following:
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS
GENERAL SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL TOOLS
• AVOID DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENT- Do not use or charge hedge trimmers in damp or wet
• DO NOT USE OR CHARGE battery operated hedge trimmer in rain.
• DO NOT OPERATE hedge trimmer in gaseous or explosive atmospheres. Motors in these tools
normally spark, and the sparks might ignite fumes.
• KEEP CHILDREN AWAY - All visitors should be kept at a safe distance from the work area.
• DRESS PROPERLY - Don’t wear loose clothing or jewelry. They can be caught in moving parts.
Use of rubber gloves and substantial footwear is recommended when working outdoors. Wear
protective hair covering to contain long hair.
• USE SAFETY GLASSES - Also use face or dust mask if operation is dusty.
• USE RIGHT APPLIANCE - Do not use appliance for any job except that for which it is intended.
• AVOID UNINTENTIONAL STARTING - Don’t carry hedge trimmer with finger on switch.
DANGER: Risk of cut. Keep hands away from blades. Keep both hands on handles when
power is on.
• DO NOT ATTEMPT to remove cut material or hold material to be cut when blades are moving.
Make sure battery is removed when clearing jammed material from blades. Do not grasp the
exposed cutting blades or cutting edges when picking up or holding the hedge trimmer.
CAUTION: Blades may coast after turn off.
CAUTION: NEVER use guard as a handle. Never grasp the unit by the guard.
Failure to heed this warning can result in serious personal injury.
• DON’T FORCE HEDGE TRIMMER - It will do the job better and with less likelihood of a risk of
injury at the rate for which it was designed.
DANGER: If blade jams on any electrical cord or line, DO NOT TOUCH THE BLADE! IT
CAN BECOME ELECTRICALLY LIVE AND VERY DANGEROUS. Release the unit in
the safest manner possible. Disconnect the damaged electrical cord or line from
the power source. If possible, do so safely. If in doubt, call an electrician or the
electrical contractor for assistance. Failure to heed this Danger will result in
serious personal injury and possibly death.
• DON’T OVERREACH - Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
• STAY ALERT - Watch what you are doing. Use common sense. Do not operate hedge trimmer
when you are tired.
• STORE IDLE HEDGE TRIMMER INDOORS - When not in use, hedge trimmer should be stored
indoors in a dry and high or locked-up place–out of reach of children.
• MAINTAIN HEDGE TRIMMER WITH CARE - Keep cutting edge sharp and clean for best
performance and to reduce the risk of injury. Follow instructions for lubricating. Keep handles
dry, clean and free from oil and grease.
CAUTION: Do not at any time let brake fluids, gasoline, petroleum based products,
penetrating oils, etc., come in contact with plastic parts.
They contain chemicals that can damage, weaken or destroy plastic.
• CHECK DAMAGED PARTS - If damage to trimmer occurs, before further use of the hedge trimmer,
a guard or other part that is damaged should be carefully checked to determine that it will
operate properly and perform its intended function. Check for alignment of moving parts, binding
of moving parts, breakage of parts, mounting and any other condition that may affect its
operation. A guard or other part that is damaged should be properly repaired or replaced by an
authorized service center unless otherwise indicated elsewhere in this manual.
• REMOVE BATTERY before servicing, cleaning or removing material from the hedge trimmer.
Remove battery from your hedge trimmer and carry by the front handle when not in use.
• GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTER (GFCI) protection should be provided on the circuit(s) or
outlet(s) to be used for the hedge trimmer. Receptacles are available having built-in GFCI
protection and may be used for this measure of safety. O
BEFORE RETURNING THIS PRODUCT
BEFORE RETURNING THIS PRODUCT
FOR ANY REASON PLEASE CALL
FOR ANY REASON PLEASE CALL
IF YOU SHOULD EXPERIENCE A PROBLEM
WITH YOUR BLACK & DECKER PRODUCT,
CALL 1-800-54-HOW-TO (544-6986).
BEFORE YOU CALL, HAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
AVAILABLE, CATALOG NO., TYPE NO., AND DATE CODE.
IN MOST CASES, A BLACK & DECKER REPRESENTATIVE CAN RESOLVE
YOUR PROBLEM OVER THE PHONE. IF YOU HAVE A SUGGESTION OR
COMMENT, GIVE US A CALL. YOUR FEEDBACK IS VITAL TO BLACK & DECKER.
KEY INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW
• To operate the trimmer, the lock off button must be pushed forward.
• The batteries in your power pack are not fully charged at the factory. Before
attempting to charge them, thoroughly read all of the safety instructions.
SAVE THIS MANUAL FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
Cat No. CHT400 Form No. 583994-01 Rev. 1 AUG. ‘04
Copyright © 2003 Black & Decker Printed in China
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