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Black & Decker GT200 Series Instruction Manual page 8

Hedge trimmer
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terminal screws
clamping washers
connector body
Assembly instructions
To avoid risk of injury, it is advisable to leave the
blades in their cardboard cover until the front
handle has been fitted.
You will need a No 2 Posidrive screwdriver.
Fitting the front handle
(Please see diagram 2)
Clamp the handle (1) into the recesses (2) on the
side of the unit.
Pass the large screws (3) through the handle into
the body, and tighten.
Fitting the guard
(Please see diagram 3)
Slide the guard over the length of the blade and
locate onto the recesses on the side of the body.
Insert the two guard fixing screws through the
sides of the guard into the unit body and tighten.
Note: The guard and handle must always be fitted to
the unit for protection of the user.
Operation of your hedgetrimmer
(Please refer to diagram 4)
Models with lock-off switch:
Press in lock-off button (A) and squeeze the
trigger (B)
Release the trigger.
For units with a brake mechanism:
fixing screw
The motor may start momentarily before
the blades begin to move. By fully depressing
the switch trigger, drive to the blades will
be connected and then the blades will begin
to move.
The motor may run on after the blades have
stopped. This is perfectly normal.
Electronic (Please see diagram 5)
Models with electronic speed control:
Alter the speed to suit the application -
Low speed for light trimming.
High speed for fast hedge trimming.
Switch off before changing speed settings.
The speed of the blades can be adjusted from High
speed to Low speed by rotating the control knob.
Low speed is obtained when No. 1 on the knob
is visible.
High speed is obtained when No. 2 on the knob
is visible.
Cutting techniques for better results
(Please see diagrams 6.1 to 6.5)
The blades will cut most effectively when they are
not exactly parallel with the line of cut, but have
the tips of the blades pointing slightly towards
the hedge. This lateral tilt should not exceed 5
the line of cut.
Most users trim the top of a hedge first. Hold the
tool at the desired angle and move it steadily
along the line of cut. The double edged blade
enables you to cut in either direction or with a
side to side movement.
For a very level finish, a piece of string can be
stretched along the length of the hedge at the
required height to serve as a guide. The hedge
may be cut just above the string.
To keep very flat sides it is better to cut upwards
with the growth. Cutting downwards can
produce an uneven result.
Take care to avoid hard objects, such as wire,
which could cause damage to cutting blades.
Remember that your hedgetrimmer is also suitable
for clipping most shrubs or brambles.