Your Black & Decker strimmer GL680/GL690 has been designed
for trimming and finishing lawn edges and to cut grass in
confined spaces. This tool is intended for consumer use only.
Warning! When using mains-powered appliances,
basic safety precautions, including the following,
should always be followed to reduce the risk of fire,
electric shock and personal injury.
Read all of this manual carefully before operating the
Before operating the appliance, make sure that you know
how to switch it off in an emergency.
The intended use is described in this manual. The use of
any accessory or attachment or performance of any
operation with this appliance other than those
recommended in this instruction manual may present a
risk of personal injury.
Retain this manual for future reference.
Do not expose the appliance to rain. Do not use the
appliance in damp or wet conditions.
Only use the appliance in daylight or good artificial light.
Wear stout shoes or boots to protect your feet. Do not
operate the appliance wearing open-toed sandals or
Wear long trousers to protect your legs.
Using your appliance
Be sure that the appliance is switched off when plugging in.
Stay alert. Watch what you are doing. Use common sense.
Do not operate the appliance when you are tired.
If the appliance begins to vibrate abnormally, switch it off
and remove the plug from the socket. Allow rotating parts
to stop and inspect the appliance for damage and loose
Never pull the cord to disconnect the plug from the socket.
Keep the cord away from heat, oil and sharp edges.
If the mains cable is damaged during use, switch the
appliance off and disconnect the plug from the mains
immediately. Do not touch the mains cable before
disconnecting from the mains.
Safety of others
Do not allow children or any person unfamiliar with these
instructions to operate the appliance.
Do not allow children, visitors or animals to come near
the work area or to touch the appliance or mains cable.
Remember that the operator may be held responsible for
accidents or hazards occurring to other people or their
Switch off, remove the plug from the socket and ensure
that moving parts have stopped rotating before leaving
the appliance unattended and before changing, cleaning
or inspecting any parts of the appliance.
When not in use, the appliance should be stored in a dry
place. Children should not have access to stored appliances.
Inspection and repairs
Before use, check the appliance for damaged or defective
parts. Check for misalignment and seizure of moving
parts, breakage of parts, damage to guards and switches
and any other conditions that may affect its operation.
Do not use the appliance if any part is damaged or
defective. Do not use the appliance if the switch does not
turn it on and off.
Never use the appliance when any guard or enclosure is
damaged or not in place.
Ensure that the appliance will operate properly and
perform its intended function.
Have any damaged or defective parts repaired or replaced
by an authorised repair agent.
Before use, check the mains cable for signs of damage,
ageing and wear.
Do not use the appliance if the mains cable is damaged or
If the mains cable is damaged or defective it must be
repaired by an authorised repair agent to avoid a hazard.
Never attempt to remove or replace any parts other than
those specified in this manual.
This tool is double insulated; therefore no earth wire
is required. Always check that the power supply
corresponds to the voltage on the rating plate.
Additional safety instructions for grass trimmers
The following warning symbols are found on the appliance:
Read the manual prior to operation.
Wear safety glasses or goggles when operating this
Keep people and animals at least 6 m away from the