BEFORE RETURNING THIS PRODUCT
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:
•Charger may hum; tool or charger may become warm while charging.
•Charge batteries before initial use.
•Press lock-off button before pulling trigger.
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Cat No. GS500
Copyright © 2002 Black & Decker
WARNING: IMPORTANT SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS
TO REDUCE RISK OF INJURY:
• 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.
WARNING: When using gardening appliances, basic safety precautions should always be
followed to reduce risk of fire, electric shock, and personal injury, including the
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 after
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.
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GENERAL SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL APPLIANCES
• AVOID DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENT. Don't use appliances in damp or wet locations. Don't use
appliances in the rain.
• KEEP CHILDREN AWAY. All visitors should be kept at a distance from work area.
• STORE IDLE APPLIANCES INDOORS. When not in use, appliances should be stored indoors in
dry, and high or locked-up place – out of reach of children.
• DON'T FORCE APPLIANCE. It will do the job better and with less likelihood of a risk of injury at the
rate for which it was designed.
• USE RIGHT APPLIANCE. Do not use the appliance for any job except that for which it is intended.
• DRESS PROPERLY. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. They can be caught in moving parts.
Rubber gloves and substantial, non-skid footwear are recommended when working outdoors.
Wear protective hair covering to contain long hair.
• DON'T OVERREACH. Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
• USE SAFETY GLASSES AND OTHER SAFETY EQUIPMENT. Use safety goggles or safety glasses
with side shields, complying with applicable safety standards and, when needed, a face shield.
Also use face or dust mask if operation is dusty. This applies to all persons in the work area. Also
use a hard hat, hearing protection, gloves, safety shoes and dust collection systems when specified
or required. Safety glasses or the like are available at extra cost at your local dealer or Black &
Decker Service Center.
• MAINTAIN APPLIANCE WITH CARE. Keep cutting edge clean and sharp for best performance and
to reduce the risk of injury. Follow instructions for lubricating and changing accessories. Keep
handles dry, clean, and free from oil and grease.
• AVOID UNINTENTIONAL STARTING. Don't carry plugged-in appliance with finger on switch. Be
sure switch is off when plugging in.
• 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.
• STAY ALERT. Watch what you are doing. Use common sense. Do not operate appliance when you
• REPAIRS AND SERVICE. Repairs, maintenance and any adjustments not specified in this manual
should be performed by Black & Decker Authorized Service Centers or other qualified service
organizations, always using identical replacement parts.
• USE OF ACCESSORIES AND ATTACHMENTS. The use of any accessory or attachment not
recommended for use with this appliance could be hazardous.
• DON'T GRASP THE EXPOSED CUTTING BLADES or cutting edges when picking up or holding the
• 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.
Minimum Gage for Cord Sets
Form No. 243147-00 REV. 3
Printed in China
Total Length of Cord in Feet
51-100 101-200 201-300
1. Keep hands away from blades.
2. Do not charge the appliance in rain, or in wet locations.
3. Do not use battery operated appliance in rain.
WHEN USING YOUR CHARGER:
The shear and its charger are specifically designed to work together. DO NOT attempt to
charge the shear with any other type of charger. DO NOT attempt to charge any other type
of cordless tool with the shear charger.
DO NOT charge shear when temperature is below +40° or above +120°. This is very
DO NOT ABUSE THE CORD. Never carry charger or shear by the cord or yank it to
disconnect the charger from a receptacle. Keep cord away from heat, oil, and sharp edges.
DO NOT operate a damaged charger. Have damaged cords or plugs replaced immediately.
Never expose charger to weather; use indoors only.
The charger is designed to operate on standard household electrical power (120 volts). Do
not attempt to use it on any other voltage!
PREPARING TO OPERATE:
THE BATTERY IN YOUR NEW GRASS SHEAR IS NOT FULLY CHARGED!
First, read the Safety Rules. Then follow the "Important Charging Notes" and "Charge the
IMPORTANT CHARGING NOTES
1. Longest life and best performance can be obtained if the batteries are charged at normal
2. While charging, the charger will normally become warm to the touch.
3. If the batteries do not charge properly:
a. Check house current at receptacle by plugging in a lamp or other appliance.
b. Check to see if receptacle is connected to a light switch which turns power off when you
turn out the lights.
c. If house current is okay and you do not get proper charging, contact your nearest
Black & Decker Service Center.
4. The grass shear should be recharged when it fails to produce sufficient power on jobs which
were done easily previously. Do not continue to use the unit under these conditions. Repeat
the charging procedure.
5. Unplug your shear's charger from the power supply before disconnecting the charger from
the shear. Unplug charger before attempting to clean.
6. Battery life is dependent on usage, storage temperature and time. Replacement battery packs
are available and should only be replaced by Black & Decker Service Centers or Authorized
CHARGE THE BATTERY (Figure1)
1. Attach charger cord to shear.
2. Plug charger into any 120-Volt receptacle. Your shear is now on charge.
CAUTION: This Charger can be used only with 60 cycle,
3. Recharging the shear will require on the average about 16 hours for it to reach full capacity.
The shear will not overcharge and can be left on charge indefinitely throughout the cutting
season. One 7-hour charge will restore about 1/2 the battery capacity. A 4-hour charge will
give about 8-10 minutes of operation. Continuous charging may slightly shorten overall
battery life, but will not diminish the running time per charge.
A SWITCH LOCKING BUTTON is provided on the top of the handle as a safety feature. Please note
the following very carefully.
1. Disconnect charger before attempting to turn switch "ON".
2. TO TURN TOOL "ON" (FIGURE 2) slide the locking button "A" FORWARD with your thumb,
and hold it FORWARD momentarily, while you squeeze the trigger switch "B". The trigger has
been designed so that it is very easy to hold in the "ON" position.
3. TO TURN TOOL "OFF", merely release the trigger.
IMPORTANT WARNINGS FOR GRASS SHEARS
115-120 AC voltage.
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