Maintenance - Black & Decker GT370 User Manual

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Connecting the tool to the mains
Unless the tool is fitted with a mains cable, you will need to
connect an extension cable to the power inlet.
Connect the female socket of a suitable extension cable
to the power inlet of the tool.
Insert the mains plug into a mains outlet.
Warning! The extension cable must be suitable for outdoor use.
When using a cable reel, always unwind the cable completely.
Switching on and off
Warning! Let the tool work at its own pace. Do not overload.
Carefully guide the cable in order to avoid accidentally
cutting it. A good way to control the cable is by putting it
over your shoulder.
For your safety, this tool is equipped with a double
switching system. This system prevents starting the tool
inadvertently and will only allow operation while holding
the tool with both hands.
Switching on
Warning! Make sure the handle is fully locked in either the
forward or the right-angle position.
Squeeze either of the handle switches (1).
Squeeze the trigger switch (2) to start the tool.
Switching off
Release the handle switch (1) or the trigger switch (2).
Warning! Never attempt to lock a switch in the on position.
Hints for optimum use
Start by trimming the top of the hedge. Slightly tilt the
tool (up to 15° relative to the line of cut) so that the blade
tips point slightly towards the hedge (fig. C1 & C3).
This will cause the blades to cut more effectively.
Hold the tool at the desired angle and move it steadily
along the line of cut. The double-sided blade allows you
to cut in either direction.
In order to obtain a very straight cut, stretch a piece of
string along the length of the hedge at the desired height.
Use the string as a guideline, cutting just above it.
In order to obtain flat sides, cut upwards with the growth.
Younger stems move outwards when the blade cuts
downwards, causing shallow patches in the hedge.
With the handle in the forward position the tool can be
used to cut the high sides of the hedge. Move the tool
side to side in a 40° arc (fig. C2).
Take care to avoid any foreign objects. Especially avoid
hard objects such as metal wire and railings, as these
could damage the blades.
Regularly oil the blades.
Guidelines for trimming (UK & Ireland)
Trim hedges and shrubs with seasonal leaves (new leaves
every year) in June and October.
Trim evergreens in April and August.
Trim conifers and other fast growing shrubs every six
weeks from May until October.
Guidelines for trimming (Australia & New Zealand)
Trim hedges and shrubs with seasonal leaves (new leaves
every year) in December and March.
Trim evergreens in September and February.
Trim conifers and other fast growing shrubs every six
weeks from October until March.


Your tool has been designed to operate over a long period of
time with a minimum of maintenance. Continuous satisfactory
operation depends upon proper tool care and regular cleaning.
Warning! Before performing any maintenance, switch off and
unplug the tool.
After use, carefully clean the blades. After cleaning,
apply a film of light machine oil to prevent the blades
from rusting.
Regularly clean the ventilation slots in your tool using a
soft brush or dry cloth.
Regularly clean the motor housing using a damp cloth.
Do not use any abrasive or solvent-based cleaner.
Make sure all the handle release buttons and switches
are free of debris before and after use.
Always store the tool with the handle locked in the
forward position.
Mains plug replacement (U.K. & Ireland only)
If a new mains plug needs to be fitted:
Safely dispose of the old plug.
Connect the brown lead to the live terminal in the new
Connect the blue lead to the neutral terminal.
Warning! No connection is to be made to the earth terminal.
Follow the fitting instructions supplied with good quality
plugs. Recommended fuse: 5 A.



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