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L AWN EDGER
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Description of symbols
Additional safety rules for edgers
Know your product
Description of symbols
The rating plate on your tool may show symbols.
These represent important information about the
product or instructions on its use.
Wear hearing protection.
Wear eye protection.
Wear breathing protection.
Double insulated for additional protection.
Conforms to relevant standards
for electromagnetic compatibility.
at a safe distance
Rotating cutting blade
Direction of edger blade rotation
Read instruction manual
Disconnect the mains plug if the cord is
damaged or entangled.
Your new 909 power tool will more than satisfy
your expectations. It has been manufactured under
stringent 909 Quality Standards to meet superior
You will find your new tool easy and safe to operate,
and, with proper care, it will give you many years
of dependable service.
Carefully read through this entire Instruction
Manual before using your new 909 Power Tool. Take
special care to heed the Cautions and Warnings.
Your 909 power tool has many features that will make
your job faster and easier. Safety, performance, and
dependability have been given top priority in the
development of this tool, making it easy to maintain
Recycle unwanted materials instead
of disposing of them as waste. All tools,
hoses and packaging should be sorted,
taken to the local recycling centre and
disposed of in an environmentally safe way.
230-240V ~ 50Hz
No load speed:
Depth of cut:
25 mm, 31 mm, 38 mm
Size of blade:
This edger is double insulated. There are two independent
barriers of insulation to protect you from the possibility of
IMPORTANT: READ CAREFULLY BEFORE USE
KEEP FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
When using the machne the safety rules must
be followed. For your own safety and bystanders please
read these instructions before operating the machine.
Please keep the instructions safe for later use.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
This appliance is not intended for use by persons (including
children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental
capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, unless
they have been given supervision or instruction concerning
use of the appliance by a person responsible for their safety.
Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not
play with the appliance.
If the supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by the
manufacturer, its service agent or similarly qualified persons
in order to avoid a hazard.
Safe operating practices
a) Read the instructions carefully.
Be familiar with fhe
controls and fhe proper use of fhe machine.
b) Never allow people unfamiliar with these instructions
or children to use the machine.
Local regulations can
restrict the age of the operator.
c) Keep in mind that the operator or user is responsible
for accidents or hazards occurring to other people or
a) Before use, check the supply and extension cord
for signs of damage or aging.
If the cord becomes
damaged during use, disconnect the cord from the supply
immediately. DO NOT TOUCH THE CORD BEFORE
DISCONNECTING THE SUPPLY. Do not use the
appliance if the cord is damaged or worn.
b) Never operate the machine while people, especially
children, or pets are nearby.
c) Wear eye protection and covered shoes at all times
while operating the machine.
a) Keep supply and extension cords away from tuning
b) Use the machine only in daylight or good artificial
c) Never operate the machine with damaged guards or
shields or without guards of shields in place.
d) Switch on the motor only when the hands and feet are
away from the tuning means.
e) Always disconnect the machine from the power
Whenever leaving the machine unattended and
before clearing a blockage, before checking, cleaning or
working on the machine, after striking a foreign object
and whenever the machine starts vibrating abnormally.
f) Take care against injury to feet and hands from the
g) Always ensure that the ventilation openings are kept
clear of debris.
Maintenance and storage
a) Disconnect the machine from the power supply
before carrying out maintenance or cleaning work.
b) Use only the manufacturer’s recommended
replacement parts and accessories.
c) Inspect and maintain the machine regularly.
machine repaired only by an authorized repairer.
d) When not in use store the machine out of the reach
a) The appliance should be supplied via a residual
current device (ReO) with a tripping current of not
more than 30 rnA.
General safety rules
Read all safety warnings and all instructions.
Failure to follow the warnings and instructions may result in
electric shock, fire and/or serious injury.
Save all warnings and instructions for future reference.
The term “power tool” in the warnings refers to your mains-
operated (corded) power tool or battery-operated (cordless)
1) Work area safety
a) Keep work area clean and well lit.
Cluttered or dark
areas invite accidents.
b) Do not operate power tools in explosive
such as in the presence of flammable
liquids, gases or dust. Power tools create sparks which
may ignite the dust or fumes.
c) Keep children and bystanders away while operating a
Distractions can cause you to lose control.
2) Electrical safety
a) Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Never modify
the plug in any way.
Do not use any adapter plugs with
earthed (grounded) power tools. Unmodified plugs and
matching outlets will reduce risk of electric shock.
b) Avoid body contact with earthed or grounded
surfaces, such as pipes, radiators, ranges and
There is an increased risk of electric
shock if your body is earthed or grounded.
c) Do not expose power tools to rain or wet conditions.
Water entering a power tool will increase the risk of
d) Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord for
carrying, pulling or unplugging the power tool.
Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges or
Damaged or entangled cords increase
the risk of electric shock.
e) When operating a power tool outdoors, use an
extension cord suitable for outdoor use.
Use of a cord
suitable for outdoor use reduces the risk of electric shock.
f) To reduce the risk of electric shock, the manufacturer
recommends the use of a residual current device
with a rated residual current of 30mA or less at
3) Personal safety
a) Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use
common sense when operating a power tool. Do not
use a power tool while you are tired or under the
influence of drugs, alcohol or medication.
of inattention while operating power tools may result in
serious personal injury.
b) Use personal protective equipment. Always wear eye
Protective equipment such as dust mask,
non-skid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing protection used
for appropriate conditions will reduce personal injuries.
c) Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure the switch
is in the off-position before connecting to power
source and/or battery pack, picking up or carrying
Carrying power tools with your finger on the
switch or energising power tools that have the switch
on invites accidents.
d) Remove any adjusting key or wrench before
turning the power tool on.
A wrench or a key left
attached to a rotating part of the power tool may result
in personal injury.
e) Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance
at all times.
This enables better control of the power tool
in unexpected situations.
f ) Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or
jewellery. Keep your hair, clothing and gloves away
from moving parts.
Loose clothes, jewellery or long hair
can be caught in moving parts.
g) If devices are provided for the connection of dust
extraction and collection facilities, ensure these are
connected and properly used.
Use of dust collection
can reduce dust-related hazards.
4) Power tool use and care
a) Do not force the power tool. Use the correct power
tool for your application.
The correct power tool will
do the job better and safer at the rate for which it was
b) Do not use the power tool if the switch does not turn
it on and off.
Any power tool that cannot be controlled
with the switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
c) Disconnect the plug from the power source and/or
the battery pack from the power tool before making
any adjustments, changing accessories, or storing
Such preventive safety measures reduce
the risk of starting the power tool accidentally.
d) Store idle power tools out of the reach of children
and do not allow persons unfamiliar with the power
tool or these instructions to operate the power tool.
Power tools are dangerous in the hands of untrained users.
e) Maintain power tools. Check for misalignment or
binding of moving parts, breakage of parts and any
other condition that may affect the power tool’s
operation. If damaged, have the power tool repaired
Many accidents are caused by poorly
maintained power tools.
f ) Keep cutting tools sharp and clean.
maintained cutting tools with sharp cutting edges are
less likely to bind and are easier to control.
g) Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits etc.
in accordance with these instructions, taking into
account the working conditions and the work to be
Use of the power tool for operations different
from those intended could result in a hazardous situation.
h) This appliance is not intended for use by persons
(including children) with reduced physical, sensory
or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and
unless they have been given supervision or
instruction concerning use of the appliance by a person
responsible for their safety.
i) Children should be supervised to ensure that they do
not play with the appliance.
a) Have your power tool serviced by a qualified repair
person using only identical replacement parts.
will ensure that the safety of the power tool is maintained.
Additional safety rules for edgers.
Remove loose bracelets or similar jewellery from your
wrist whenever operating edgers or similar equipment.
Before switching on always ensure that the blade and
guard function correctly and that they are free of any
damage. A cracked blade or guard must be replaced
before operating the tool.
Do not use edger in the rain, or trim edges when they
The edger is a major appliance and should not be
operated with other major appliances on the same
Keep extension cord clear of operator, unit and any
obstacles at all times. Do not expose the cord to heat, oil,
water, or sharp edges.
Switch off and remove the plug from the ‘socket-outlet’ if
the flexible cord becomes entangled or before adjusting
or cleaning the edger.
When making any adjustments to the tool always wait for
the blade to come to a complete stop and unplug the tool.
Never attempt to unclog the blade chamber by tapping
the tool on the ground, this can damage the unit.
Keep hands clear of edge guide and blade when cleaning
as these wear to a very sharp point during edging.
Before landscaping or trenching, inspect and ensure
there are no exposed or buried cables or pipes or
other objects that may create a hazard or interfere with
operating the edger.
Set depth to only that required for the job, do not
overload. If tool slows, pull back slightly and wait until
blade returns to normal speed.
Never hang the edger by the power cord.
Only use extension cords intended for outdoor use.
We recommend the use of a residual current
device with a residual current rating of 30mA or less.
Wear ear muffs
Wear a breathing mask
Due to modern mass production techniques, it is unlikely
that your 909 Power Tool is faulty or that a part is missing.
If you find anything wrong, do not operate the tool until the
parts have been replaced or the fault has been rectified.
Failure to do so could result in serious personal injury.
Know your product
You have purchased a powerful 1200 Watt Landscape
Edger, which is ideal for traditional hard surface edging
along driveways, sidewalks as well as landscaping tasks
around the lawn. By raising the edge guide, the edger can
be used in the garden for such tasks as shaping borders,
around trees and flowerbeds.
2. Power switch
3. Safety levers (not shown)
4. Upper shaft
5. Edge guide lever
6. Wheel (not shown)
7. Lower shaft
8. Motor housing
9. Height adjustment knob
10. Guide wheel
11. Blade guard
12. Guard lock knob
13. Auxilliary handle
Assembling the Shaft
The shaft must be assembled on removal from the carton.
Remove the bag containing the two small screws from
Before assembling the upper and lower shafts, you
will need to remove and discard the protector packaging.
1. Insert the lower shaft into the hole at the back of the unit.
Carefully feed the wire into the tube. Align the holes so
the bolt can be fed through.
2. Slide the upper handle on the
lower handle again align the
holes so the bolt and nut can
Fit the secondary handle onto
the upper handle and rotate to
suit the operator and then tighten
Always make sure that you route the cord away from the
work area to prevent it from coming near the blade of the
edger. Lay your cable route before starting work.
Start your edger at the point nearest to the electrical socket,
and then move away whilst working. This will mean that the
cord will be pulled through the area that has already been
cut, thereby keeping it out of danger of being cut through
by the blade.
Your 909 EDG5-A is fitted with a cord restraint to prevent
the power cable from both being disconnected and also to
prevent excessive strain on the connecting plugs
It is recommended the cord
restraint is used as follows:
Approx 300mm from the end of
the extension cable, form a tight
loop in the extension cable, and
feed the loop through the square
hole beneath the handle. Place
the loop over the inner hook in
the handle to prevent the cable
pulling back through the square hole.
Your 909 EDG5-A is fitted with
a lock off button to prevent
To turn on the edger push in
the side lock off button and then
depress the switch fully.
Hold in the switch to maintain
power to the unit. To stop the
edger, release switch.
Take care when you turn the edger “On” that the cutter is in
a safe position to operate.
The edge guide is used when edging is required against a
solid material like a paved surface. It is important to ensure
the edge guide is used in these conditions as the edge
guide will assist in preventing the blade from making direct
contact with the paved surface.
• To set the edge guide in the Down position, grasp
the Edge Guide Lever (5) and move the knob
sideways toward the centre of the edger and then
The Edge Guide Lever should be returned to the
upright position to lock the Guide in the down position.
• To set the edge guide in the Up position, grasp the
Edge Guide Lever and move the knob sideways
toward the centre of the edger and then pull upwards
to lift the guide.
The Edge Guide Lever should be returned to the
upright position to lock the Guide in the raised position
The cutting depth of the edger can be altered to one of
3 settings to a Max of approx 38mm.
1. To adjust the cutting depth, loosen the height adjustment
knob (9) approx 5–6 full turns, but do not remove. Push
the knob fully towards the body of the edger and at the
same time move the guide wheel arm across to the
opposite side of the housing.
2. Raise or lower the arm to the
desired position, and then
pull the height adjusting knob
outwards. Tighten the knob
until all of the slack is taken
out of the assembly. Check to
ensure the guide wheel arm
has located into one of the pre
allocated positions and the
head of the bolt securing the
front wheel arm is sitting flat on
the surface of the wheel arm.
Firmly tighten the height
1. Set the cut depth at 25mm and set edge guide to the
2. The guard incorporates a
raised rib section which acts
as a blade cut indicator. This
rib will assist in guiding the
operator where the blade
will cut. During operation the
operator can sight down the
rib of the guard to where the
edge is to be cut.
3. Before starting the edger, line up the tool so the edge
guide rests against the edge of the paved surface,
both rear wheels should be on the paved surface when
When there is heavy overgrowth of grass over the
paved surface it may drag on the guard. An initial cut
may be required with the edger on the grass side. This
will require lifting up the edger guide and may require
reducing the depth of cut.
4. To avoid kickback of the edger,
tilt the handle down so the
blade is above the ground.
5. Turn the edger on and allow
the blade to spin without
moving the tool.
6. Slowly raise the handle to
lower the blade, finding the
edge of the paved surface and start edging. Then move
forward slowly along the edge of the paved surface,
keeping the edge guide pressed lightly against the
For the first edging each season, it is best to move forward
slowly because grass is thickest then. Subsequent edging
will be completed more rapidly. If the tool slows down, back
it up slightly until the blade returns to normal speed.
During edging some sparks may be generated from hitting
stones: this is normal. Do not attempt to edge when the
grass or soil is wet or moist; both for electrical safety and to
prevent clogging of the blade chamber.
Landscaping / Trenching
Before landscaping or trenching, inspect and ensure there
are no exposed or buried cables or pipes or other objects
that may create a hazard or interfere with operating the
edger. Lift the edge guide lever (5) for all trenching. Set the
depth to only that required for the job, do not overload, if
tool slows, pull back slightly and wait until the blade returns
to normal speed.
Cleaning the guard chamber
Ensure the tool is switched off and is
disconnected from mains power before cleaning the
After each use the blade chamber should be cleared of
dirt and grass build-up, to maintain cutting efficiency.
1. Undo the guard lock knob (11)
and open the guard.
2. Use a stick or screw driver
to clean all debris build up in
3. When finished retract the
guard and rensure the guard
lock knob is tightened.
Edging of heavily overgrown edges and damp soils
can create greater build-up of difficult to remove waste. It
may be necessary to remove the bulk of this material using
a long thin implement (ie. screwdriver).
Changing the Blade
Before performing any maintenance or tool
adjustments ensure the power supply cable has been totally
disconnected from the mains power.
1. Place a 25mm spanner over
the outer blade flange and
use a 14mm spanner to
remove the lock nut in an anti-
clockwise direction. Remove
the lock nut, outer flange and
the blade and ensure the shaft
and inner flange are clean of
any dirt, etc.
2. Fit the new blade and outer flange and ensure all is
located correctly, as shown. Fit the lock nut and tighten
firmly using both spanners.
3. After the blade is secure, rotate the blade by hand
to ensure the blade is not making contact with any
components of the edger.
Blade wear is expected whenever you use your edger.
Blades wear quite quickly when edging along concrete
paths. This does not effect the efficiency of the edger
and is expected due to the aggressive abrasion of
concrete on steel.
Edger Blades are not a warranty item! Edger Blades
are available from your local Hardware store or can be
purchased direct from AUTOMATIC. See details on the back
page of this manual.
Before performing any maintenance or tool adjustments
ensure the power supply cable has been totally
disconnected from the mains power.
Use only mild soap and a damp cloth to clean
Never allow any liquid to get inside the tool, never immerse
any part of the tool into a liquid.
Fertilizers and other garden chemicals contain agents that
greatly accelerate the corrosion of metals. If you use the
tool in areas where fertilizers or chemicals have been used,
the tool should be cleaned immediately afterwards. Wipe
all exposed parts with a damp cloth. You may lubricate only
metal parts with a light petroleum based oil. When cleaning,
never immerse in water or squirt it with a hose.
Regularly check that all the fixing screws are tight. They
may vibrate loose over time.
Only an authorised service centre should replace the
cordset or effect other repairs. If the cordset is damaged
or worn, have it repaired or replaced by an authorised