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Maintenance; Troubleshooting; Blade Sharpening; Service Information - Black & Decker EM1700 Instruction Manual

15 inch (381mm) / 17 inch (432mm) corded mower
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BLADE ShARPENING

KEEP BLADE SHARP FOR BEST MOWER PERFORMANCE. A DULL
BLADE DOES NOT CUT GRASS CLEANLY OR MULCH PROPERLY.
USE PROPER EYE PROTECTION WHILE REMOVING,
SHARPENING, AND INSTALLING BLADE. ENSURE THAT THE
MOWER IS UNPLUGGED.
Sharpening the blade twice during a mowing season is usually sufficient
under normal circumstances. Sand causes the blade to dull quickly. If
your lawn has sandy soil, more frequent sharpening may be required.
REPLACE BENT OR DAMAGED BLADE IMMEDIATELY.
when shArpeninG The blAde:
1. Make sure blade remains balanced.
2. Sharpen blade at the original cutting angle.
3. Sharpen cutting edges on both ends of blade, removing equal
amounts of material from both ends.
To shArpen blAde in A Vise (fiG. r):
1. Be sure the bail handle or switch lever (2) is released, the blade has
stopped and the mower is unplugged.
2. Remove blade from mower. See instructions for removing and
installing blade.
3. Secure blade (23) in a vise (24).
4. Wear proper eye protection and gloves and be careful not to cut yourself.
5. Carefully file the cutting edges of the blade with a fine tooth file (25)
or sharpening stone, maintaining the original cutting edge.
6. Check balance of blade. See instructions for blade balancing.
7. Replace blade on mower and tighten securely.
BLADE BALANCING (FIG. S)
Check balance of blade (23) by placing center hole in blade over a nail
or round shank screwdriver, clamped horizontally in a vise. If either end
of the blade rotates downward, file that end. Blade is properly balanced
when neither end drops.
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23
25
24
LUBRICATION
No lubrication is necessary. Do not oil the wheels. They have plastic
bearing surfaces which require no lubrication.
CLEANING
Release bail handle (switch lever) (2) to turn mower off, let the blade
come to a stop and then unplug mower. Use only mild soap and a
damp cloth to clean the mower. Clean out any clippings which may
have accumulated on the underside of the deck. After several uses,
check all exposed fasteners for tightness.
PREvENTING CORROSION
Fertilizers and other garden chemicals contain agents which greatly
accelerate the corrosion of metals. If you mow in areas where fertilizers
or chemicals have been used, the mower should be cleaned immediately
afterward as follows: (1) Release bail handle (switch lever) (2) to turn
mower off and unplug mower. Wipe all exposed parts with a damp cloth.
cAuTion:
DO NOT POUR OR SPRAY WATER ON THE MOWER
IN AN ATTEMPT TO CLEAN IT. Do not store the tool on or adjacent to
fertilizers or chemicals. Such storage can cause rapid corrosion.
STORAGE POSITION
For more compact storing the mower can be stored in an upright
position, with the handle folded over.
Loosen the two lower knobs (5) and lower the upper handle section. Be
careful not to pinch power cord. Tighten the two lower knobs.
cAuTion:
pinch point. To avoid being pinched, keep fingers
away from area between handles when lowering.
hINTS FOR OPTIMUM USE
• If the grass is longer than approximately 4 inches (10 cm), make two
cuts to obtain a better finish. First mow at maximum height of cut, then
use a low or medium height of cut.
• In order to achieve optimum results, only mow dry grass.
MOWER OvERLOAD
To prevent damage due to overload conditions, do not try to cut too much
grass at one time. Slow down your cutting pace, or raise the cut height.
S
MEETS CPSC SAFETy REQUIREMENTS
Black and Decker Mowers conform to the safety standards of the
American National Standards Institute, and the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission. The Blade turns when the motor is running.

MAINTENANCE

imporTAnT: To assure product SAFETY and RELIABILITY,
repairs, maintenance and adjustment (including brush inspection and
replacement) should be performed by BLACK & DECKER Service
Centers or other qualified service organizations, always using Black
& Decker replacement parts. When servicing use ONLY IDENTICAL
REPLACEMENT PARTS.
ACCESSORIES
Recommended accessories for use with your mower are available from
your local dealer or authorized service center. If you need assistance
regarding accessories, please call: 1-800-544-6986
wArninG:
The use of any accessory not recommended for use
with this tool could be hazardous.

service information

All Black & Decker Service Centers are staffed with trained personnel
to provide customers with efficient and reliable power tool service.
Whether you need technical advice, repair, or genuine factory
replacement parts, contact the Black & Decker location nearest you. To
find your local service location, call: 1-800-544-6986 or visit
www.blackanddecker.com
limited Two-year home use warranty
Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc. warrants this product for two years against
any defects in material or workmanship. The defective product will be
replaced or repaired at no charge in either of two ways.
The first, which will result in exchanges only, is to return the product to
the retailer from whom it was purchased (provided that the store is a
participating retailer). Returns should be made within the time period of
the retailer's policy for exchanges (usually 30 to 90 days after the sale).
Proof of purchase may be required. Please check with the retailer for
their specific return policy regarding returns that are beyond the time
set for exchanges.
The second option is to take or send the product (prepaid) to a Black
& Decker owned or authorized Service Center for repair or replacement
at our option. Proof of purchase may be required.
This warranty does not apply to accessories. This warranty gives you
specific legal rights and you may have other rights which vary from
state to state or province to province. Should you have any questions,
contact the manager of your nearest Black & Decker Service Center.
This product is not intended for commercial use.
free warning laBel rePlaCement: If your warning labels become
illegible or are missing, call 1-800-544-6986 for a free replacement.
lATin AmericA: This warranty does not apply to products sold
in Latin America. For products sold in Latin America, check country
specific warranty information contained in the packaging, call the local
company or see the website for warranty information.

TROUBLEShOOTING

Problem
Possible Cause Possible solution
Machine fails to operate.
activated.
Machine functions
intermittently.
activated.
Machine leaves ragged
finish or motor labors.
too low.
machine clogged.
upside-down.
Imported by
Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc.,
701 E. Joppa Rd.
Towson, MD 21286 U.S.A.
6
Power turned off.
Turn power on.
Fuse faulty/blown.
Replace fuse.
Grass too long.
Increase the height of cut
and move machine to shorter
grass to start.
Thermal cut out
Allow motor to cool and
increase height of cut.
Thermal cut out
Allow motor to cool and
increase height of cut.
Height of cut
Increase height of cut.
Cutting blade blunt.
Replace the blade.
Underside of
Check underneath the
machine and clear out as
necessary (always wear heavy
duty gloves).
Blade attached
Attach blade correctly.

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