Important Safety Instructions; Important Charging Notes; Hints For Optimum Use; Troubleshooting - Black & Decker Fire Storm 5146961-02 Instruction Manual

18 & 24 volt jig saws
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

• SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
• Before using charger, read and understand all instructions and cautionary markings on (1)
charger, (2) battery pack, and (3) product using battery pack.
DANGER: 120 volts present at charging terminals. Do not probe with conductive objects.
Danger of electric shock or electrocution.
DANGER: If battery pack case is cracked or damaged, do not insert into charger. Danger of
electric shock or electrocution.
DANGER: Never attempt to open the battery pack for any reason. If the plastic housing of
the battery pack breaks or cracks, return to a service center for recycling.
WARNING: Don't allow any liquid to get inside charger. Electric shock may result.
CAUTION: To reduce risk of injury, charge only Black & Decker rechargeable batteries.
Other types of batteries may burst, causing personal injury and damage.
• To facilitate the cooling of the battery pack after use, avoid placing the charger or
battery pack in a warm environment such as in a metal shed, or an uninsulated trailer.
• Do not expose charger to rain or snow.
• Use of an attachment not recommended or sold by Black & Decker may result in risk of
fire, electric shock, or injury to persons.
• This charger is not intended for any uses other than charging Black & Decker
rechargeable batteries. Any other uses may result in risk of fire, electric shock or
electrocution.
• To reduce risk of damage to electric plug and cord, pull by plug rather than cord when
disconnecting charger.
• Make sure cord is located so that it will not be stepped on, tripped over, or otherwise
subjected to damage or stress.
• An extension cord should not be used unless absolutely necessary. Use of improper
extension cord could result in risk of fire, electric shock, or electrocution. If an extension
cord must be used, make sure:
• That the pins on plug of extension cord are the same number, size and shape of those
of plug on charger.
• That extension cord is properly wired and in good electrical condition and the wire size
is large enough for AC ampere rating of charger as specified below.
An extension cord must have adequate wire size (AWG or American Wire Gauge) for safety.
The smaller the gauge number of the wire, the greater the capacity of the cable, that is, 16
gauge has more capacity than 18 gauge. When using more than one extension to make up
the total length, be sure each individual extension contains at least the minimum wire size.
RECOMMENDED MINIMUM AWG SIZE FOR EXTENSION CORDS
TOTAL EXTENSION CORD LENGTH (FEET)
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WIRE GAUGE
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• The charger is ventilated through slots in the housing. Do not place any object on top of
charger or place the charger on a soft surface that might block the ventilation slots and
result in excessive internal heat. Place the charger in a position away from any heat source.
• 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 dropped, or otherwise
damaged in any way; take it to an authorized service center.
• Do not disassemble charger; take it to an authorized service center when service or repair is
required. Incorrect reassembly may result in risk of electric shock, electrocution or fire.
• The charger is designed to operate on standard120 VAC, 60Hz household electrical
power. Do not attempt to use it on any other voltage.
• To reduce risk of electric shock, unplug charger from outlet before attempting any cleaning.
Removing the battery pack will not reduce this risk.
• NEVER attempt to connect 2 chargers together.
• DO NOT store or use the tool and battery pack in locations where the temperature may
reach or exceed 105°F (such as outside sheds or metal buildings in summer).
• 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.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
INTRODUCTION
READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS MANUAL BEFORE
ATTEMPTING TO CHARGE THE BATTERY PACK FOR YOUR TOOL.
Your charger is designed to use standard 120 volt AC, 60 Hz power. Do not use DC or any
other voltage. Charge time is 3 to 6 hours depending on battery pack type and condition.
CHARGING PROCEDURE
1. Plug the charger into an appropriate outlet.
2. Insert 1 or 2 batteries into the charger (Figure 1).
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NOTE: Charge time is the same for multiple batteries. Be sure the battery is fully
seated in the charger. The red "Charging Indicator" light will come on indicating that
there is contact between the battery and charger. The light will stay on as long as the
battery is in the charger and the charger is plugged into a working outlet. It WILL NOT
flash, go out or change to a different color when the charging cycle is complete.
Remove pack from the charger and place in tool. NOTE: To remove the battery from
the tool, press down on the release button on the back of the battery (Figure 2) and pull
out.
LEAVING THE BATTERY PACK IN THE CHARGER
The charger and battery pack can be left connected with the red light glowing indefinitely. The
charger will keep the battery pack fresh and fully charged.
NOTE: A battery pack will slowly lose its charge when kept out of the charger. If the battery
pack has not been kept on maintenance charge, it may need to be recharged before use. A
battery pack may also slowly lose its charge if left in a charger that is not plugged into an
appropriate AC source.
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IMPORTANT CHARGING NOTES

1. Longest life and best performance can be obtained if the battery pack is charged when
the air temperature is between 65°F and 75°F (18°- 24°C). DO NOT charge the battery
pack in an air temperature below +40°F(+4.5°C), or above +105°F (+40.5°C). This is
important and will prevent serious damage to the battery pack.
2. The charger and battery pack may become warm to touch while charging. This is a
normal condition, and does not indicate a problem.
3. If the battery pack does not charge properly — (1) Check power 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 bat-
tery pack to a location where the surrounding air temperature is approximately
65°F - 75°F (18°- 24°C). (4) If charging problems persist, take or send the tool, battery
pack and charger to your local service center.
4. The battery pack should be recharged when it does not produce sufficient power on jobs
which were easily done previously. DO NOT CONTINUE use under these
conditions. Follow the charging procedures. You may also charge a partially used pack
whenever you desire with no adverse affect on the battery pack.
5. Black & Decker battery packs that are labeled "NiMH" should only be used with
chargers labeled "NiMH" or "NiCd/NiMH."
6. Under certain conditions, with the charger plugged into the power supply, the exposed
charging contacts inside the charger can be shorted by foreign material. Foreign
materials of a conductive nature such as, but not limited to, steel wool, aluminum foil, or
any buildup of metallic particles should be kept away from charger cavities. Always
unplug the charger from the power supply when there is no battery pack in the cavity.
Unplug charger before attempting to clean.
7. Do not immerse charger in water or any other liquid.
ASSEMBLY
WARNING: Before attempting any of the following operations, make sure that the
saw blade has stopped, and the battery is removed. Used saw blades can be hot.
Fitting the saw blade (fig. 3)
- Hold the saw blade (7) as shown, with teeth facing forward.
- Push the lever (3) downwards.
- Insert the shank of the saw blade into the blade holder (10) as far as it will go.
- Release the lever.
- Adjust the blade support roller as described below.
Adjusting the blade support roller (fig. 4)
After fitting the blade, you need to adjust the blade support roller (4).
- Turn the locking knob (6) in direction A.
- Slide the blade support roller against the rear of the blade. The blade must locate in the
central recess of the roller.
- Turn the locking knob (6) in direction B to lock the shoe plate in place.
Connecting a vacuum cleaner to the tool (fig. 5 & 6)
- Align the dust extraction adaptor (9) with the saw shoe as shown.
- Insert the ribs (12) into the slots (13).
- Rotate the adaptor until it locks into position. Make sure that the ribs (14) are correctly
seated.
- Connect the vacuum cleaner hose (11)(not supplied) to the adaptor.
Dust extraction is not possible when making bevel cuts.
USE
WARNING: Never use the tool when the saw shoe is loose or removed.
Adjusting the shoe plate for bevel cuts (fig.7)
The shoe plate can be set to a left or right bevel angle of up to 45°.
- Turn the locking knob (6) in direction A to release the shoe plate (5).
- Pull the shoe plate (5) backwards and set it to the required angle. You can use the scale or
a protractor to check the angle.
- Turn the locking knob (6) in direction B to lock the shoe plate in place.
To reset the shoe plate for straight cuts:
- Turn the locking knob (6) in direction A to release the shoe plate (5).
- Pull the shoe plate backwards and set it to an angle of approximately 0.
- Push the shoe plate forward.
- Turn the locking knob (6) in direction B to lock the shoe plate in place. Make sure that the
shoe plate is supported by the guide ribs.
Switching On and Off
- To switch the tool on, press the lock off button (2) from either side, then squeeze the
variable speed switch (1). The tool speed depends on how far you depress the switch.
- To switch the tool off, release the variable speed switch.
How to Use the Sightline
- Use a pencil to mark the cutting line.
- Position the jigsaw over the line (15).
Viewing from directly above the jigsaw the line of cut can be easily followed. Should this
view be restricted for any reason, the indent (16) can be used as an alternate cutting guide.

HINTS FOR OPTIMUM USE

General
- Use a high speed for wood, a medium speed for aluminum and PVC and a low speed for
metals other then aluminum.
Sawing laminates
As the saw blade cuts on the upward stroke, splintering may occur on the surface closest to
the shoe plate.
- Use a fine-tooth saw blade.
- Saw from the back surface of the workpiece.
- To minimize splintering, clamp a piece of scrap wood or hardboard to both sides of the
workpiece and saw through this sandwich.
Sawing metal
- Be aware that sawing metal takes much more time than sawing wood.
- Use a saw blade suitable for sawing metal.
- When cutting thin metal, clamp a piece of scrap wood to the back surface of the workpiece
and cut through this sandwich.
- Spread a film of oil along the intended line of cut.
CAUTION: Do not use vacuum adapter when cutting metal. Metal filings will be hot
and may cause a fire.

Troubleshooting

Problem
• Unit will not start.
• Battery will not charge.
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Feature (fig. 8)
Possible Cause
Possible Solution
• Battery not installed properly.
• Check battery installation.
• Battery not charged.
• Check battery charging
requirements.
• Battery not inserted into charger.
• Insert battery into charger
until red LED appears.
• Charger not plugged in.
• Plug charger into a
working outlet. Refer to
"Important Charging Notes"
for more details.

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