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OPERATO £ ' SMANUAL \ FOR QUESTIONS , CALL 1 - 800 - 345 - 8746 in U . S . or 1 - 800 - 668 - 1238 in CANADA www . TrimmerPlus . com IMPORTANT MANUAL DO NOT THROW AWAY
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THANK YOU Rules for Safe Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 - 6 A . Important Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 - 4 Thank you for buying this quality product . This modern B . Safety and International Symbols . . . . . . . . . . 56 outdoor power tool will provide many hours of useful C . Know Your Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . service . You will find it to be a great labor - saving device . This operator's manual provides you with easy - to - II . Assembly Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 understand operating instructions . Read the whole manual and follow all the instructions to keep your new Ill . Operating Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 - 9 outdoor power tool in top operating condition . A . Assembling the coupler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 B . Operating Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 PRODUCT REFERENCES , ILLUSTRATIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS IV . Maintenance Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 All information , illustrations and specifications in this A . Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 manual are based on the latest product information B . Transporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 available at the time of printing . We reserve the right to C . Accessories / Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . 10 make changes at any time without notice . V . Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Copyright © 2001 MTD SOUTHWEST INC Vl . Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 All Rights Reserved . TrimmerPlus ® is a registered trademark of CONTENTS OFCARTON MTD SOUTHWEST INC This unit should consist of the following : SERVICE INFORMATION BV720r Blower / Vacuum Add - On Blower Tube Assembly Service on this unit both within and after the warranty Vacuum Tube & Vacuum Bag Assembly period should be performed only by an authorized and Hanger approved service dealer . Operator's Manual Dial : • 1 - 800 - 345 - 8746 in the United States Product Registration Card Or NOTE : This product has been rated for use on both gas • 1 - 800 - 668 - 1238 in Canada to obtain the listing of and electric powerheads . the authorized service dealer nearest you . DO NOT RETURN THE UNIT TO THE RETAILER . NOTE : PROOF OF PURCHASE WILL BE REQUIRED FOR WARRANTY SERVICE . Make sure this manual is carefully read and understood Read the Operator's Manual ( s ) and follow all before starting or operating this equipment . warnings and safety instructions . Failure to do so can result in serious injury to the operator THIS PRODUCT IS COVERED BY ONE OR MORE US PATENTS . OTHER PATENTS PENDING . and / or bystanders . The purpose of safety symbols is to attract your attention to possible dangers . The safety symbols , and will result in serious injury to yourself or to their explanations , deserve your careful attention and others . Always follow the safety precautionsnd to reduce the risk of fire , electric shock , a understanding . The safety warnings do not by I _ ANGER : Failure to obey a safety warning themselves eliminate any danger . The instructions or personal injury . warnings they give are not substitutes for proper accident prevention measures . can result in injury to yourself and others . SYMBOL MEANING , Always follow the safety precautions toand reduce the risk of fire , electric shock , l , _ ARNING : Failure to obey a safety warning personal injury . danger , warning , or caution . Attention is _ AFETY ALERT SYMBOL : Indicates required in order to avoid serious personal injury . May be used in conjunction with other may result in property damage or personal symbols or pictographs . injury to yourself or to others . Always follow NOTE : Advises you of information or instructions vital the safety precautions to reduce the risk of l , _ AUTION : Failure to obey a safety warning fire , electric shock , and personal injury . to the operation or maintenance of the equipment . 2
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• IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION • • Move the unit at least 30 feet ( 9.1 m ) from the fueling source READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS and site before starting the engine . Do not smoke . Keep sparks and open flames away from the area while adding WARNING : When using the unit , the safety fuel or operating the unit . rules must be followed . For your own safety and that of bystanders , please read these • Never start or run the unit inside a closed room or building . instructions before operating the unit . Please Breathing exhaust fumes can kill . Operate this unit only in a keep the instructions safe for later use . well ventilated area outdoors . BEFORE OPERATING SPECIAL SAFETY WARNINGS FOR ELECTRIC POWERHEADS AND BLOWER / VACUUMS • Carefully read and understand the operator's manual of the unit that powers this attachment . WARNING : To reduce the risk of electrical • Read this operating instruction manual carefully . Be shock , use only extension cords approved for thoroughly familiar with the controls and the proper use outdoor use , such as an extension cord of cord of the equipment . Know how to stop the unit and type SW - A , SOW - A , STW - A , STOW - A , SJW - A , disengage the controls quickly . SJOW - A , SJTW - W or SJTOW - A . Extension cords are available from your local retailer . Use • Do not operate this unit when tired , ill , or under the influence only round - jacketed extension cords approved of alcohol , drugs , or medication . for outdoor use . • Never allow children to operate the equipment . Never allow adults unfamiliar with the instructions to use the • CORD SETS : Make sure your cord set is in good unit . Never allow adults to operate the equipment without condition . When using a cord set , be sure to use a proper instruction . cord that is heavy enough to carry the current that your unit will draw . An undersized cord set will cause a drop • All guards and safety attachments must be installed in line voltage resulting in loss of power and properly before operating the unit . overheating . See the operator's manual for the unit that • Inspect the unit before use . will power this add - on for the recommended cord size . • Clear the area before each use . Remove all objects such as • Inspect all extension cords and the unit power rocks , broken glass , nails , wire , or string which can be connection periodically . Look closely for deterioration , thrown or become entangled in the attachment . As a cuts or cracks in the insulation . Also inspect the vacuum , the unit is designed to pick up dry materials such connections for damage . Replace the cords if any as leaves , grass , small twigs and bits of paper . To avoid defects or damage appear . severe damage to the impeller , Do Not attempt to vacuum , • Prevent disconnection of the blower / vacuum wet debris , metal , broken glass , gravel , stones , etc . . powerhead from extension cord during operation by SPECIAL SAFETY WARNINGS FOR GAS using a plug - receptacle retaining strap , connector , or POWERHEADS AND BLOWER / VACUUMS by making a knot as shown below : WARNING : Gasoline is highly flammable , and its vapors Extension Blower / Vacuum Extension Blower / Vacuum Cord Cord Cord Cord can explode if ignited . Take the following precautions : • Store fuel only in containers specifically designed and approved for the storage of such materials . • Always stop the engine and allow it to cool before filling the fuel tank . Never remove the cap of the fuel tank , or add fuel , when the engine is hot . Never operate the unit without the • Avoid dangerous environments . Never operate your unit in fuel cap securely in place . Loosen the fuel tank cap slowly damp or wet conditions . Moisture is a shock hazard . to relieve any pressure in the tank . • Do not use the unit in the rain . Do not use in or around • Mix and add fuel in a clean , well - ventilated area outdoors water . where there are no sparks or flames . Slowly remove the fuel cap only after stopping engine . Do not smoke while fueling • Do not handle the plug or unit with wet hands or standing on any wet surfaces . or mixing fuel . Wipe up any spilled fuel from the unit immediately . • Do not leave the unit plugged in when not in use , changing • Avoid creating a source of ignition for spilled fuel . Do not attachments or add - ons , or while being serviced . start the engine until fuel vapors dissipate . 3
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WHILEOPERATING Stop the unit IMMEDIATELY if you feel excessive vibration . Vibration is a sign of trouble . Inspect thoroughly for loose • Keep bystanders , especially children and pets , at least nuts , bolts or damage before continuing . Repair or replace 50 ft ( 15 m ) away . affected parts as necessary . • Wear safety glasses or goggles that are marked as meeting Stop and switch the unit to off for maintenance , repair , or for ANSI Z87 . 1 standards , and ear / hearing protection when changing add - ons or other attachments . The unit must be operating this unit . Wear a face or dust mask if the operation stopped and the impeller no longer turning to avoid injury . is dusty . Use only genuine MTD replacement parts and • Wear heavy , long pants , boots , gloves and a long sleeve accessories for this unit . These are available from shirt . Do not wear loose clothing , jewelry , short pants , your authorized service dealer . Use of any non - MTD sandals or go barefoot . Secure hair above shoulder level . parts or accessories could lead to serious injury to the • Use the unit only in daylight or good artificial light . user or damage to the unit , and void your warranty . • Use the right tool . Only use this tool for the purpose OTHER SAFETY WARNINGS intended . • Allow the unit to cool before storing or transporting . Be sure • Keep air intake opening clear of debris while blowing . to secure the unit while transporting . • Avoid situations that could catch the vacuum bag on fire . Store the unit in a locked up and dry or high and dry place Do not operate near an open flame . Do not vacuum warm to prevent unauthorized use or damage , out of the reach of ash from fireplaces , barbecue pits , brush piles , etc . Do not children . vacuum discarded cigars or cigarettes . Never douse or squirt the unit with water or any other liquid . • Never operate the unit without the vacuum tube and Keep handles dry , clean and free from debris . Clean unit vacuum bag or blower tube installed . and labels with a damp sponge . Clean after each use . • Never attempt to clear a clogged vacuum or blower tube Keep these instructions . Referto them often and use them with the engine / motor running . to instruct other users . If you loan someone this unit , also loan them these instructions . • Never operate the unit with a damaged bag . Bags are subject to deteriorate during use . Check the bag for Only qualified personnel should perform any repairs damage and replace when necessary . A damaged bag may or maintenance procedures that are not described let objects pass through , causing injury . in this manual . • Always make sure the bag is completely zipped prior to Check shear bolts , engine mounting bolts and other bolts at starting the unit . frequent intervals for proper tightness to be sure the • Do not force unit . It will do the job better and with less equipment is in safe working condition . likelihood d injury at a rate for which it was designed . Inside a building store the machine away from ignition • Do not overreach , take extra care when working on steep sources . Allow the engine to cool before storing in any slopes or inclines . Always keep proper footing and balance . enclosure . • Always hold the unit with both hands when operating . Keep Always refer to the Operator's Manual instructions for a firm grip on both the front and rear handle or grips . important details if the unit is to be stored for an ex _ ended period . • Keep hands , face , and feet at a distance from all moving parts . Do not touch or try to stop the impeller when it is Do net attempt to repair the machine unless you have the rotating . Do not operate without guards in place . proper tools , and instructions for disassembly and repair of • Do not put any object into openings . Do not use with the machine . any opening blocked ; keep free of dirt , debris , and anything that may reduce the air flow . • Do not operate the engine faster than the speed SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS needed to do thejob . Do not run the engine at high speed when not in use . • Always stop the engine / motor when operation is delayed or when walking from one location to another . • If you strike or become entangled with a foreign object , stop the engine / motor immediately and check for damage . Have any damage repaired before attempting further operations . 4
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L SAFETY AND INTERNATIONAL SYMBOLS This operator's manual describes safety and international symbols and pictographs that may appear on this product . Read the operator's manual for complete safety , assembly , operating and maintenance and repair information . SYMBOL MEANING • SAFETY ALERT SYMBOL Indicates danger , warning , or caution . May be used in conjunction with other symbols or pictographs . • WARNING - READ OPERATOR'S MANUAL Read the Operator's Manual ( s ) and follow all warnings and safety instructions . Failure to do so © can result in serious injury to the operator and / or bystanders . WEAR EYE AND HEARING PROTECTION WARNING : The operation of any power tool can be the source of thrown objects and loud noise which can cause severe eye injury and hearing loss . Always wear safety glasses or goggles eye protection meeting ANSI Z87 . 1 standards and ear protection when operating this unit . Use a full face shield when needed . • KEEP BYSTANDERS AWAY WARNING : Keep all bystanders , especially children and pets , at least 50 feet ( 15 m ) from the operating area . • THROWN OBJECTS CAN CAUSE SEVERE INJURY WARNING : Do not operate unit without proper attachments and guards in place . BLOWER / VACUUM - ROTATING IMPELLER CAN CAUSE SEVERE INJURY WARNING : Stop the engine / motor before installing or removing tubes and bag , or before cleaning or performing any maintenance . Do not put hands or other objects into fan housing . Keep hands and feet away from rotating impeller . 5
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APPLICATIONS With Blower / Vacuum Add - On : • Up to 120 MPH Velocity Air Flow for Fast Clearing of Large Areas . • Easily converts from blower to vacuum . • Wide diameter tube for easy debris collection . • Turns debris into mulch . Shaft Housing / . / BLOWER / - \ Air intake / Hanger " Blower Tube VACUUM Strap Shaft Housing / / \ \ \ / / / Vacuum Bag Vacuum Tube 6
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CONVERTING TO A BLOWER NOTEY : ourunitiscompletelyassembleadsablowerin thecarton . Usethefollowinginstructiontso 1 . Remove the vacuum bag . convertbetweenablowerandavacuum . 2 . Clip the blower tube to the end of the vacuum tube . ( Fig . 3 ) _ i ARNING : To avoid serious personal injury and damage to the unit , shut unit off before removing or installing add - ons . J Vacuum Tube CONVERTING TO A VACUUM 1 . Loosen the clamping knob on the blower housing counterclockwise . 2 . Remove the blower tube . / Clip 3 . Install the bag elbow and tighten the knob clockwise . ( Fig . 1 ) Fig . 3 3 . Install the blower tube and tighten the knob . ( Fig . 4 ) Elbow Knob I / I . r / " Vacuum Bag Fig . 1 4 . Fasten the strap to the shaft above the assist handle , located on the powerhead . ( Fig . 2 ) Blower Tube Strap Fig . 4 ( Fig . 2 7
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ASSEMBLING THE COUPLER NOTE : Aligning the release button with the guide recess will help installation ( Fig . 5 ) . The TrimmerPlus ® system enables the use of these optional add - ons . Cultivator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GC720r Coupler Release Button , \ \ Hedge Trimmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HS720r Primary Hole \ Edger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LE720r \ Sweeper / Blower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SB720r Straight Shaft Trimmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SS725r Snow Thrower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ST720r Turbo Blower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TB720r Tree Pruner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TP720r Lower Shaft Upper Shaft Housing Housing Knob / manual for unit to be used with this add - on _ b ARNING : Read and understand operator's prior to operation . Fig . 6 Removing the add - on : 3 . Turn the knob clockwise to tighten ( Fig . 7 ) . 1 . Turn the knob counterclockwise to loosen ( Fig . 5 ) . CAUTION : Lock the release button in the 2 . Press and hold the release button ( Fig . 5 ) . primary hole ( Fig . 6 ) and securely tighten the 3 . While firmly holding the upper shaft housing , pull the 1 knob before operating this unit . snow thrower attachment out of the coupler ( Fig . 6 ) . Installing the add - on : and damage to the unit , shut unit off before _ IL WARNING : To avoid serious personal injury removing or installing add - ons . NOTE : To make installing or removing the add - on easier , place the unit on the ground or on a work bench . _ Knob I . Remove the hanger from the top of the shaft housing . 2 . Turn knob counterclockwise to loosen ( Fig . 5 ) . 3 . While firmly holding the add - on , push it straight into Fig . 7 the coupler ( Fig . 6 ) . 1 Coupler Guide Recess system are to be used in the primary hole only . I Release Button Using the wrong hole could lead to personal | | [ _ lb CAUTION : The add - ons with the coupler \ \ injury or damage to the unit . J The blower / vacuum add - on should be installed with the release button in the primary hole , Check Flex Shaft Engagement Prior to Using I . Start the unit . 2 . Briefly engage and release the trigger . 3 . Check that add - on is operating . Iockwise 4 . If the add - on is not operating , remove add - on and repeat steps for installing the add - on . Knob 5 . Recheck operation of add - on attachment . Fig . 5 8
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OPERATINGTIPS NOTEM : ove the unit slowly back and forth over debris to be vacuumed or blown . NOTE : Vacuum a large pile of debris by working from the outside of the pile . Do not force the suction tube into the debris because this can clog the unit . OPERATING VACUUM 1 . The vacuum can be used for cleaning around rocks , under shrubs and trees , along walls , or vacuuming piles of debris formed by blower . ( Fig . 8 ) Fig . 8 Fig . 9 2 . Disconnect unit from power source before removing bag . Once removed , shake the bag vigorously while OPERATING BLOWER emptying to completely remove the contents . ( Fig . 9 ) 1 . You can blow debris from around buildings , trees , shrubs , and flower beds , or into a pile to be vacuumed . ( Fig . 10 ) Fig . 10 9
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STORAGE ACCESSORIES / REPLACEMENT PARTS • Check unit before storage tobe sure the equipment is Vacuum bag assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 791 - 180108 in safe working condition . Vacuum tube assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 753 - 1215 • Stop the engine or motor . Blower tube assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 791 - 181641 • Store the unit indoors , in a dry and locked place , out of the reach of children . Use only original MTD replacement parts . • Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels , as necessary . For gas powerhead units : • Allow the unit to cool before storing in any enclosure . • Drain fuel from unit . Never store the unit with fuel in the fuel tank inside a building where ignition sources are present such as hot water and space heaters , clothes dryers , etc . TRANSPORTING • Allow the unit to cool before transporting . • Secure the unit while transporting . For gas powerhead units : • Drain fuel from unit . • Tighten fuel cap before transporting . 10
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Weight of Attachment : . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.6 Ibs . ( 10.1 kg ) Bag Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0728 m3 ( 2 Bushels ) Air Velocity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Up to 120 MPH Drive Shaft Housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steel Tube 11
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MANUFACTURER'S LIMITED WARRANTY FOR : Trimmer : ° The limited warranty set forth below is given by MTD No implied warranty , including any implied warranty of SOUTHWEST INC ( " MTD " ) with respect with new merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose , merchandise purchased and used in the United States , its applies after the applicable period of express written possessions and territories . warranty above as to the parts as identified . No other express warranty or guaranty , whether written or oral , MTD warrants this product against defects in material and except as mentioned above , given by any person or workmanship for a period of two ( 2 ) years commencing on the entity , including a dealer or retailer , with respect to any date of original purchase and will , at its option , repair or product shall bind MTD . During the period of the replace , free of charge , any part found to be defective in Warranty , the exclusive remedy is repair or replacementot material or workmanship . This limited warranty shall only apply of the product as set forth above . ( Some states do n if this product has been operated and maintained in allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts , so accordance with the Operator's Manual furnished with the the above limitation may not apply to you . ) product , and has not been subject to misuse , abuse , commercial use , neglect , accident , improper maintenance , The provisions as set forth in this Warranty provide the alteration , vandalism , theft , fire , water , or damage because of sole and exclusive remedy arising from the sales . MTD other peril or natural disaster . Damage resulting from the shall not be liable for incidental or consequential loss or installation or use of any accessory or attachment not damages including , without limitation , expenses approved by MTD for use with the product ( s ) covered by this incurred for substitute or replacement lawn care manual will void your warranty as to any resulting damage . services , for transportation or for related expenses , or for rental expenses to temporarily replace a warranted This warranty is limited to ninety ( 90 ) days from the date of product . ( Some states do not allow limitations on how long original retail purchase for any MTD product that is used for an implied warranty lasts , so the above limitation may not rental or commercial purposes , or any other income - apply to you . ) producing purpose . In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE : Warranty service is available , amount of the purchase price of the product sold . Alteration of WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE THROUGH YOUR LOCAL the safety features of the product shall void this Warranty . You AUTHORIZED SERVICE DEALER . To locate the dealer in your assume the risk and liability for loss , damage , or injury to you area , please check for a listing in the Yellow Pages or contact and your property and / or to others and their property arising the Customer Service Department of MTD SOUTHWEST INC out of the use or misuse or inability to use the product . by calling 1 - 800 - 345 - 8746 or writing to 550 N 54th Street , Chandler , Arizona 85226 or if in Canada call 1 - 800 - 668 - 1238 . This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than No product returned directly to the factory will be accepted the original purchaser , original lessee or the person for unless prior written permission has been extended by the whom it was purchased as a gift . Customer Service Department of MTD SOUTHWEST INC . How State Law Relates to this Warranty : This warranty This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the gives you specific legal rights , and you may also have other following cases : rights which vary from state to state . A . Wear items - Bump Knobs , Outer Spools , Cutting Line , To locate your nearest service dealer dial 1 - 800 - 345 - 8746 in the United States or Inner Reels , Starter Pulley , Starter Ropes , Drive Belts 1 - 800 - 668 - I 238 in Canada . B . MTD does not extend any warranty for products sold or exported outside of the United States of America , its possessions and territories , except those sold through MTD's authorized channels of export distribution MTD SOUTHWEST INC MTD reserves the right to change or improve the design of 550 N . 54th Street any TrimmerPlus ® Product without assuming any obligation to modify any product previously manufactured . Chandler , AZ 85226 U . S . A . SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FUTURE REFERENCE . FOR QUESTIONS CALL 1 - 800 - 345 - 8746 IN U . S . OR 1 - 800 - 668 - 1238 IN CANADA OPERATOR'S MANUAL PART NO . 792 - 10660 REV . P00 PRINTED IN U . S . A . 11 / 01
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