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WARNING: IMPORTANT SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS
WARNING: When using gardening appliances, basic safety precautions should always
be followed to reduce risk of fire, electric shock, and personal injury, including the following.
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.
READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE
• Before any use, be sure everyone using this garden appliance 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.F
GENERAL SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL
• ALWAYS WEAR EYE PROTECTION – Wear safety spectacles or goggles at all times
when this tool is plugged in.
• GUARD – Do not use this tool without guard attached.
• DRESS PROPERLY – Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. They can be caught in
moving parts. Rubber gloves and substantial rubber soled footwear are recommended
when working outdoors. Don’t operate the tool when barefoot or wearing open sandals.
Wear long pants to protect your legs. Wear protective hair covering to contain long hair.
• NYLON LINE – Keep face, hands and feet clear of rotating nylon line at all times.
• THE ROTATING LINE PERFORMS A CUTTING FUNCTION – Use care when trimming
around screens and desirable plantings.
• KEEP ALL BY-STANDERS AWAY – at a safe distance from work area, especially
• IMPORTANT WARNING – When being used as an Edger, stones, pieces of metal and
other objects can be thrown out at high speed by the line. The tool and guard are
designed to reduce the danger. However, the following special precautions should be
• MAKE SURE that other persons and pets are at least 100 feet away.
• TO REDUCE THE RISK of rebound (ricochet) injury, work going away from any nearby
solid object such as wall, steps, large stone, tree, etc. Use great care when working close
to solid objects and where necessary, do edging or trimming by hand.
• AVOID ACCIDENTALLY STARTING – Don’t carry plugged-in tool with finger on trigger.
• DO NOT FORCE THE TOOL – at a rate faster than the rate at which it is able to cut
• USE THE RIGHT TOOL – Do not use this tool for any job except that for which it is
• DON’T OVERREACH – Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
• DON’T ABUSE CORD – Don’t yank cord from power supply. Keep cord from heat, oil, and
• DAMAGE TO UNIT – If you strike or become entangled with a foreign object, stop tool
Catalog Number: GH600
Cat. No. GH600 Form No. 90512730 (JAN. ‘07) Copyright © 2007 Black & Decker Printed in Mexico
KEY INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW:
• The guard must be installed before trimming or
edging - if not, the motor will overheat.
• When replacing the line, use only .065”
ROUND line - otherwise the unit will not function
• Do not bump the feed head against the ground
- it will disrupt the feed mechanism.
• Angle tool slightly (5
° to 10°) when trimming.
BEFORE RETURNING THIS PRODUCT
FOR ANY REASON PLEASE CALL
BEFORE YOU CALL, HAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AVAILABLE, CATALOG No., TYPE No., AND
DATE CODE . IN MOST CASES, A BLACK & DECKER REPRESENTATIVE CAN RESOLVE THE PROBLEM
OVER THE PHONE. IF YOU HAVE A SUGGESTION OR COMMENT, GIVE US A CALL. YOUR FEEDBACK IS
VITAL TO BLACK & DECKER.
VEA EL ESPAÑOL EN LA CONTRAPORTADA.
SAVE THIS MANUAL FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
INSTRUCTIVO DE OPERACIÓN, CENTROS DE SERVICIO Y PÓLIZA DE GARANTÍA.
ADVERTENCIA: LÉASE ESTE INSTRUCTIVO ANTES DE USAR EL PRODUCTO.
SAFETY GUIDELINES - DEFINITIONS
It is important for you to read and understand this manual. The information it contains relates
to protecting YOUR SAFETY and PREVENTING PROBLEMS. The symbols below are used
to help you recognize this information.
DANGER: Indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result in
death or serious injury.
WARNING: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result
in death or serious injury.
CAUTION: Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result
in minor or moderate injury.
CAUTION: Used without the safety alert symbol indicates potentially hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, may result in property damage.
immediately, unplug, check for damage and have any damage repaired before further oper-
ation is attempted. Do not operate with a broken hub or spool.
• DAMAGE TO CORD – Keep power cord away from rotating line. If you damage the cord,
unplug it from the power supply before moving the tool or examining the damage. A dam-
aged cord must be replaced before further use.
• DISCONNECT TOOL – when not in use, when replacing line, or prior to cleaning.
• AVOID DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS – Do not use electric tools in
damp or wet
locations. Follow all instructions in this Instruction Manual for proper operation of your
tool. Don’t use the tool in the rain.
• DO NOT OPERATE portable electric tools in gaseous or explosive atmospheres. Motors
in these tools
normally spark, and the sparks might ignite fumes.
• STORE IDLE TOOLS INDOORS – When not in use, tools should be stored indoors in a
dry, locked-up place out of reach of children.
• GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTER (GFCI) protection should be provided on the
circuits or outlets to be used for the gardening appliance. Receptacles are available hav-
ing built in GFCI protection and may be used for this measure of protection.
• SECURE EXTENSION CORD using the cord retainer shown in Figure 5.
• STAY ALERT – Watch what you are doing. Use common sense. Do not operate tool
when you are tired.
• MAINTAIN APPLIANCES WITH CARE – Follow instructions in maintenance section.
Inspect extension cords periodically and replace if damaged. Keep handles dry, clean
and free from oil and grease.
• CHECK DAMAGED PARTS – Before further use of the appliance, 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.
• WARNING: When servicing double insulated tools, USE ONLY IDENTICAL
REPLACEMENT PARTS. Replace or repair damaged cords.
• WARNING: To prevent electrical shock hazard, use only with an extension cord
suitable for outdoor use. Always connect extension cords to a fused line or one protected
by a circuit breaker.
SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS: POLARIZED PLUGS
To reduce the risk of electric shock, this equipment has a polarized plug (one blade is wider
than the other) and will require the use of a polarized extension cord. The appliance plug
will fit into a polarized extension cord only one way. If the plug does not fit fully into the
extension cord, reverse the plug. If the plug still does not fit, obtain a correct polarized
extension cord. A polarized extension cord will require the use of a
polarized wall outlet. This plug will fit into the polarized wall outlet only one way. If the plug
does not fit fully into the wall outlet, reverse the plug. If the plug still does not fit, contact a
qualified electrician to install the proper wall outlet. Do not change the equipment plug,
extension cord receptacle, or extension cord plug in any way.
SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS: EXTENSION CORDS
Make sure your extension cord is in good condition. When using an extension cord, be sure
to use one heavy enough to carry the current your product will draw. An undersized cord
will cause a drop in line voltage resulting in loss of power and overheating. The table shows
the correct size to use depending on cord length and nameplate ampere rating. If in doubt,
use the next heavier gauge. The smaller the gauge number, the heavier the cord. If the
extension will be used outside, the cord must be suitable for outdoor work. The letters “WA”
on the cord jacket indicate that the cord is suitable for outdoor use.
Minimum Gage for Cord Sets
Volts Total Length of Cord in Feet
120V 0-25 26-50 51-100 101-150
(0-7,6m) (7,6-15,2m) (15,2-30,4m) (30,4-45,7m)
More Not more American Wire Gage
0-6 18 16 16 14
6 - 10 18 16 14 12
10 - 12 16 16 14 12
12 - 16 14 12 Not Recommended