Powered black and decker hedge trimmers sometimes run the risk of the blades becoming stuck. The most common cause of jamming is due to dull blades and debris becoming caught in the cutting mechanism. Finding that your trimmer has jammed up, however, does not mean that you have take it to a professional to get it repaired or that you have to buy a new one – you are able to fix this problem yourself. See the black and decker repair and parts list manuals on this website for more help.
The first step in the process is to make sure that your hedge trimmer is completely switched off – if you have an electric model, unplug it from the power point or remove its battery; if you have a petrol model, unplug the spark plug. This will prevent the trimmer from accidentally turning on whilst you’re using it. You can then carefully look at the blades to decide what actually caused them to jam in the first place.
The next step is to place the hedge trimmer on a flat surface so that you can check whether any debris has lodged itself between the teeth of the blade. You can use a wooden dowel to push this debris out from between each tooth, making sure that you’re wearing protective gloves to protect your hands from the potentially sharp blades. Take this opportunity to give your blades a good look over, as if they are cracked or bent they can cause your hedge trimmer to jam. If they are damaged, replace them.
Your hedge trimmer should now be free moving and unstuck.
If the blades of your trimmer become damaged, they may not be able to move freely through their intended path. Sticks, grass and other debris can become caught in the blades and stop them from moving. Before inspecting your blades for debris, be sure to unplug the spark plug boot so the unit will not start while you are handling the blades. Remove any twigs or debris that may have caused the blades to lock. If the blades are bent or warped at all, they should be replaced before use is continued. Another common issue with hedge trimmer blades are bent teeth.
Here’s what to do with your black and decker trimmer stuck blades
Take out the 4 screws (flat screwdriver) holding the front blade guard, then remove blade guard. Take out the 4 screws holding the handle on (phillips screwdriver) and slide the handle down over the blades.
Get a ratchet and socket screwdriver and remove the 6 nut & bolts that hold the blades together. Next remove the 6 screws holding the body on with a flat screwdriver, and you may need a flashlight for some of them.
With the hedge trimmer laying down flat, remove the body. Inspect the bottom of the motor where the blades oscillate. 9 times out of 10, the bottom blade will slip down past the bottom piece which holds them in place and the blades will not turn and you will get the electrical hum.
Slide the blades opposite of one another until the bottom blade moves back into place and is below the lip of the piece that holds them in. Now re-assemble in reverse order and you should be good to go.
common problems with an electric black and decker hedge trimmer is jammed blades.
Place the pruner on a flat surface and put on the heavy-duty gardening gloves. The gloves will protect you from getting any nicks and cuts on your hands and arms. Then, check to see if there’s any wooden debris stuck between the teeth of the unit. Pull it all out manually, or if this doesn’t work, use a wooden dowel to loosen the pieces. Look to see if any of the teeth are bent as well. If they are, they will need to be replaced before the trimmer can resume normal function.