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KEY INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW:
•Charge battery for 6 hours before first use.
•Charger may hum; batteries or charger may become warm while charging.
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INSTRUCTIVO DE OPERACIÓN, CENTROS DE SERVICIO Y PÓLIZA DE
GARANTÍA. ADVERTENCIA: LÉASE ESTE INSTRUCTIVO ANTES DE USAR EL
CAT. NO. VP940
FORM NO. 154760-00
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: When using electric tools, basic safety precautions should always be
followed to reduce risk of fire, electric shock, and personal injury, including the following.
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GENERAL SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL
• KEEP WORK AREA CLEAN. Cluttered areas and benches invite injuries.
• CONSIDER WORK AREA ENVIRONMENT. Keep work area well lit. Do not use tool in
presence of flammable liquids or gases. Motors in these tools normally spark, and the
sparks may ignite the fumes.
• GUARD AGAINST ELECTRIC SHOCK. Prevent body contact with grounded surfaces.
For example; pipes, radiators, ranges, and refrigerator enclosures. Do not contact any
exposed electrical terminals with the tool. Use extreme caution when drilling, driving or
cutting into walls, floors ceilings or other areas or wherever live electrical wires may be
encountered, DO NOT TOUCH ANY METAL PARTS OF THE TOOL. Hold the tool only by
the plastic handle to prevent electric shock.
• KEEP CHILDREN AWAY. Do not permit children and visitors to contact the tool. All
children and visitors should be kept away from work area.
• STORE IDLE TOOLS. When not in use, tools should be stored in dry, and high or locked-
up place — out of reach of children.
• DON'T FORCE TOOL. It will do the job better and safer at the rate for which it was
• USE RIGHT TOOL. Don't force small tool or attachment to do the job of a heavy-duty tool.
Don't use tool for purpose not intended — for example — don't use circular saw for cutting
tree limbs or logs.
• DRESS PROPERLY. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. They can be caught in moving
parts. Rubber gloves and non-skid footwear are recommended when working outdoors.
Wear protective hair covering to contain long hair.
• USE SAFETY GLASSES. Also use face or dust mask if tool operation is dusty.
• SECURE WORK. Use clamps or a vise to hold work. It's safer than using your hand and it
frees both hands to operate tool.
• DON'T OVERREACH. Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
• MAINTAIN TOOLS WITH CARE. Keep tools sharp and clean for better and safer
performance. Follow instructions for lubricating and changing accessories. Inspect tool
periodically and if damaged, have repaired by authorized service facility only. Keep
handles dry, clean, and free from oil and grease.
• DISCONNECT/LOCK OFF TOOLS when not in use, before servicing, and when
changing accessories, such as blades, bits, cutters.
• REMOVE ADJUSTING KEYS AND WRENCHES. Form habit of checking to see that
keys and adjusting wrenches are removed from tool before turning it on.
• AVOID UNINTENTIONAL STARTING. Don't carry tool with finger on switch. Be sure
switch is in the off position (lock off if available) when carrying.
• STAY ALERT. Watch what you are doing. Use common sense. Do not operate tool when
you are tired or otherwise impaired.
• CHECK DAMAGED PARTS. Before further use of the tool, 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 conditions 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 instruction manual.
Have defective switches
replaced by authorized service center. Do not use tool if switch does not turn it on and off.
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• REPAIRS AND SERVICE. Repairs, maintenance and adjustment should be performed by
authorized service centers or other qualified service organizations, always using identical
• THE USE OF OTHER ACCESSORIES. The use of any other accessory not
recommended for use with this tool could be hazardous.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS (FOR BATTERY AND CHARGER)
1. SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS- This manual contains important safety instructions for
2. Before using battery charger, read all instructions and cautionary markings on battery
charger, battery and product using battery.
CAUTION:-To reduce the risk of injury, charge only nickel cadmium rechargeable
batteries. Other types of batteries may burst causing personal injury and damage.
WARNING: Some dust created by power sanding, sawing, grinding, drilling, and other con-
struction activities contains chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproduc-
tive harm. Some examples of these chemicals are:
• lead from lead-based paints,
• crystalline silica from bricks and cement and other masonry products, and
• arsenic and chromium from chemically-treated lumber (CCA).
Your risk from these exposures varies, depending on how often you do this type of work. To
reduce your exposure to these chemicals: work in a well ventilated area, and work with
approved safety equipment, such as those dust masks that are specially designed to filter out
• Avoid prolonged contact with dust from power sanding, sawing, grinding, drilling,
and other construction activities. Wear protective clothing and wash exposed areas
with soap and water. Allowing dust to get into your mouth, eyes, or lay on the skin
may promote absorption of harmful chemicals.
WARNING: When using electric tools, basic safety precautions should always be followed
to reduce risk of fire, electric shock, and personal injury, including the following:
Do not store or carry battery so that metal objects can contact exposed metal end
shown below. For example, do not place battery in aprons, pockets, tool boxes, drawers
etc. with loose nails, screws, keys, etc. without battery cap. Battery could short circuit
causing fire or burns or damage to battery.
Battery caps are provided for use when carrying batteries or while battery is stored in a
pocket, tool box, etc. Remove cap before placing battery in charger or tool.
Never attempt to open the battery for any reason. If the housing of the battery breaks or
cracks, immediately discontinue use and do not recharge.
Do not incinerate the batteries. They can explode in a fire. A small leakage of liquid from
the battery cells may occur under extreme usage, charging or temperature conditions.
This does not indicate a failure. However, if the outer seal is broken and this leakage
gets on your skin:
a. Wash quickly with soap and water.
b. Neutralize with a mild acid such as lemon juice or vinegar.
c. If the battery liquid gets in your eyes, flush them with clean water for a minimum of 10
minutes and seek immediate medical attention.
MEDICAL NOTE: The liquid is a 25-35% solution of potassium hydroxide.
Charge batteries only with VersaPak battery charger.
Do not use charger in wet or damp conditions. It is intended for indoor use only. Do not
use near sinks, tubs, or the like. Do not immerse in water.
Do not use charger for any uses other than charging VersaPak batteries. Other batteries
Do not operate charger with damaged cord or plug — have them replaced immediately.
Do not operate charger if it has received a sharp blow, been
otherwise damaged in any way; take it to a qualified Black & Decker service center.
10. Do not disassemble charger; take it to a qualified Black & Decker service center when
service or repair is required. Incorrect reassembly may result in risk of electric shock or
fire. There are no consumer serviceable parts inside.
11.For best results, do not charge batteries when they or air temperature is BELOW +40°F or
12. The charger is designed to operate on standard household electrical power. Do not
attempt to use it on any other voltage. Be sure your power supply agrees with the
13. Unplug charger when not in use.
14. Do not abuse charger cord. To reduce the risk of damage to electric plug and cord,
never carry charger by cord or yank it to disconnect from receptacle. Keep charger cord
from heat, oil, and sharp edges.
15. Use only charger supplied by the manufacturer to recharge.
IMPORTANT CHARGING NOTES
1. While charging, the charger transformer may hum and batteries and charger become
warm. This is a normal condition and does not indicate a problem.
2. If a battery 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 batteries to a
surrounding air temperature of +40°F to +105°F. (4) If the receptacle and temperature
are OK, and you do not get proper charging, take or send the batteries and charger to
your local Black & Decker service center. See "Tools Electric" in yellow pages.
3. The batteries should be recharged when they fail to produce sufficient power on jobs
which were easily done previously. DO NOT CONTINUE to use the tool with its
batteries in a depleted condition.
Insert the metal end of the VersaPak battery into the charger. The indicator light will glow
indicating that charging is taking place and will remain on as long as the battery is in the
charger. Continuous charging is not a safety concern.
NOTE: Your VersaPak battery was sent from the factory in an uncharged condition.
Before attempting to use it for the first time, it must be charged for 6 hours.
Subsequent charging for most fix up jobs will require 3-6 hours.
ADDITIONAL SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS
ALWAYS WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHEN USING THIS TOOL!
• Hold tool by insulated gripping surfaces when performing an operation where the
cutting tool may contact hidden wiring or its own cord. Contact with a "live" wire will
make exposed metal parts of the tool "live" and shock the operator.
• Keep handles dry, clean, free from oil and grease. It is recommended to use rubber
gloves. This will enable better control of the tool.
• When cutting wood, extra care should be taken to avoid inhalation and minimize skin
CAUTION: When cutting into walls, floors or wherever live electrical wires may be
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