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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.
SAVE THIS MANUAL FOR FUTURE REFERERENCE.
Cat No. DS600
Copyright © 2002 Black & Decker
NOTE: Refer to battery and/or charger manual for battery and charger safety and usage information.
WARNING: IMPORTANT SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS
WARNING: When using shrubbers, basic safety precautions should always be followed to reduce risk of
fire, electric shock, and personal injury, including the following.
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 handling.
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
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.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS
TO REDUCE RISK OF INJURY:
• Before any use, be sure everyone using this shrubber 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.
GENERAL SAFETY WARNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL SHRUBBERS
• 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 SHRUBBER INDOORS. When not in use, shrubber should be stored indoors in dry, and high or
locked-up place – out of reach of children.
• DON'T FORCE SHRUBBER – It will do the job better and with less likelihood of a risk of injury at the rate for
which it was designed.
• USE SHRUBBER PROPERLY. Use only for trimming the type of shrub, growth, etc., described in the operating
instructions. Do not abuse shrubber.
• USE RIGHT APPLIANCE. Do not use the appliance for any job except that for which it is intended.
• KEEP HANDS AND ALL PARTS OF BODY AWAY from blade. The edges are sharp and can cause injury even
when the appliance is OFF.
• BEFORE TRIMMING, inspect areas for wires, cords, glass or other foreign objects which could come in
contact with the blade.
• 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 SHRUBBER WITH CARE. Keep cutting edges sharp and clean for best performance and to
reduce the risk of injury. Follow instructions for proper maintenance. Inspect extension cord periodically and
replace if damaged. 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.
• DO NOT attempt to remove cut material nor hold material to be cut when blades are moving. Make sure
trimmer switch is off when clearing jammed material from blades.
• 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 are tired.
• 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 appliance.
• DO NOT OPERATE gardening appliances in gaseous or explosive atmospheres. Motors in these appliances
normally spark, and the sparks might ignite fumes.
• 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
Total Length of Cord in Feet
More Not more
0 - 6
6 - 10
10 - 12
12 - 16
Form No. 243163-00 Rev. 3
Printed In China
CAUTION: DO NOT use the shrubber with any type of accessory or attachment. Such usage might be
TO GUARD AGAINST INJURY, OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING:
READ INSTRUCTION MANUAL BEFORE USING, SAVE INSTRUCTION MANUAL
KEEP HANDS AWAY FROM BLADES.
KEEP HANDS ON HANDLE. DON'T OVERREACH.
CAUTION – BLADE COASTS AFTER TURN OFF.
DO NOT USE UNDER WET CONDITIONS.
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 shrubber and its charger are specifically designed to work together. DO NOT attempt to charge the
shrubber with any other type of charger. DO NOT attempt to charge any other type of cordless tool with
the shrubber charger.
DO NOT charge shrubber when temperature is below +40° or above +120°. This is very important!
DO NOT ABUSE THE CORD. Never carry charger or shrubber 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 SHRUBBER IS NOT FULLY CHARGED!
First, read the Safety Rules. Then follow the "Important Charging Notes" and "Charge the Battery" sections.
IMPORTANT CHARGING NOTES
1. Longest life and best performance can be obtained if the batteries are charged at normal room
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
c. If house current is okay and you do not get proper charging, contact your nearest Black & Decker
4. The shrubber 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 shrubber's charger from the power supply before disconnecting the charger from the
shrubber (Fig.1). 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 Service Centers.
CHARGE THE BATTERY (Fig.1)
1. Attach charger cord to shrubber.
2. Plug charger into any 120-Volt receptacle. Your shrubber is now on charge.
CAUTION: This Charger can be used only with 60 cycle, 115-120 AC voltage.
3. Recharging the shrubber will require on the average about 16 hours for it to reach full
capacity. The shrubber 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" (Fig. 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.
TRIMMING INSTRUCTIONS (FIGURES 3 & 4 )
SAFETY – Be sure to carefully read and follow the safety rules shown in this manual.
WORKING POSITION – Maintain proper footing and balance and do not overreach. Wear safety
goggles, non-skid footwear and gloves when trimming. Hold the appliance firmly and turn the appliance
ON. Always hold the shrubber as shown in these illustrations.
TRIMMING NEW GROWTH (Fig.3) – 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. One sweep will usually cut all twigs in the blade's path.
TRIMMING HEAVIER GROWTH (Fig. 4) – To cut older growth, with thicker twigs, use a little extra
pressure as you feed the blade through the growth. This clears the blade faster and helps to feed the thicker
twigs into the blade teeth. Slowly feed the shrubber through heavy branches using only a portion of the
cutting edges. Should the shrubber stall on these heavy pieces, stop immediately and release the switch.
CAUTION: Do not use the shrubber for cutting stems greater than 5/16" (7.9mm). Use the
No periodic relubrication of the bearings or mechanism is required.
CLEANING PLASTIC PARTS
Use only warm water and mild soap to clean the plastic parts. Many household cleaners contain chemicals
which could seriously damage the plastic. Never use gasoline, turpentine, lacquer or paint thinner, dry
cleaning fluids, or similar products.
The best storage place is one that is cool and dry. Store the tool away from direct sunlight, heating pipes and
ducts, furnaces, etc. The best storage temperature is about +50°F. Do not store where temperatures go below
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSRUCTIONS FOR SHRUBBER
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
shrubber only for cutting normal shrubbery found around houses and buildings.