How To Set Up Your 52cc 5in1 Cutting Multi Tool Garden Set

Purchasing the SGS 5 in 1 garden multi tool is like adding a full two-stroke arsenal to your grounds work and maintenance tasks. With multiple attachments including a chainsaw, hedge trimmer, strimmer, brush cutter and an extension pole, the box is packed full of versatile and useful kit, perfect for keeping your garden under control.

We’ve put together a detailed step-by-step guide so you can get your new tool ready to start pruning tree branches, strimming unruly long grass and many other day-to-day grounds keeping tasks. Everything you need for set up is included in the toolkit we provide with every SGS garden tool.

The model number featured in this guide SCT501.

Assembling the Engine Section

We'll start by looking at the main section of your multi-tool - the engine section. All of your attachments fit to the engine section and you only need to set it up in one configuration to use all the tools. It comes pretty much complete in the box, all you'll have to do is fit the handle and adjust the harness bracket.

What You'll Need

As well as the actual engine section, you'll need to find out the four nuts and bolts (packed in your toolkit), the two sections of the handle and the smaller hex key. You might also find a tape measure useful for this bit.

Step One: Positioning the Handle

The handle is going to sit over the black piece of plastic, shown in the red box. The plastic section should slide freely up and down the shaft. You can connect the handle where ever is comfortable for you. We suggest measuring 540mm from the neck of the shaft (pictured) and placing the plastic section there. You can always adjust the positioning later.

Step Two: Placing the Handle Sections

Locate the four nuts into the counter sunk holes in the lower section of the handle.

Fit the bottom section of the handle underneath the plastic section on the shaft. The handle and plastic section have grooves so the handle should fit snugly and only in one direction.

Now, push the top section of the handle on top of the bottom section.

Step Three: Tightening Up

Insert all four of your bolts through the top section of the handle. If you've lined everything up correctly you should be able to tighten them into your nuts. You might find it easiest to tighten the bolts which are diagonally opposite to one another first.

Your handle shouldn't move up or down the shaft if you've tighten everything correctly. You can always loosen off these bolts later and adjust the position of the handle.

Step Four: Adjusting the Harness Attachment Bracket

You can adjust the harness bracket for your own comfort, however we suggest that you measure 355mm down from the neck of the shaft and place it there.

Step Five: Tightening Up 

Make sure the bracket is completely straight and then tighten up the bolt with your hex key. That's all the set up required for the engine section.

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Setting Up the Pruning Chain Saw Attachment

Now we'll take a look at setting up your first attachment; the pruning saw. Perfect for handling those hard to reach branches, your pruning saw needs the chain and bar attaching to the the saw pole, as well as adjusting to the correct tension before you begin.

What You'll Need 

For this bit, you'll need to pull out the chainsaw pole, chain bar and packaged chain. You also want a pair of gardening gloves for handling the chain - it's very sharp!

Step One: Drape Your Chain Over the Bar

Take your chain and bar. Loosely drape your chain around the bar, being sure to pay attention to the direction of the chain. There's a graphic on the bar and arrows on chain itself which should help you get it the right way round. Remember your gloves.

Step Two: Remove the Casing

Remove the casing for the pole saw attachment by twisting the tensioning screw anticlockwise.

Step Three: Attaching the Chain & Bar to the Sprocket

Affix the chain and bar around the sprocket. Be sure that the the chain fits comfortably around the bar and sprocket with the pin fitting within the centre of bar.

Pull the chain and bar tight.

Step Four: Align the Tensioning Pin & Reattach the Casing

You now need to replace the casing of the pruning saw (red pin to the red threaded hole in the casing) making sure that the tensioning pin (green) lines up with with the bottom hole in the chain bar (green).

If the pin doesn't align perfectly, you can move the position of the pin (green) by holding it with a finger and rotating the blue tensioning cog as appropriate.

Step Five: Affix the Casing & Check the Chain

Once everything's properly lined up you should be able to continue to tighten the tensioning screw until the casing sits perfectly around the chain, bar and pole.

Double check your chain moves freely around the bar by pulling it around the guide bar.

Step Six: Adjusting the Chain Tension

Finally, you need to make sure you have the correct chain tension. Adjust the chain tension by turning the tensioning screw until the chain just touches the bottom side of the bar. Tighten the tensioning screw securely with the bar tip held up to mimic how the bar will sit when it cuts. Check again that the chain can freely rotate around the bar. If necessary, re-adjust.

IMPORTANT: It is very important to maintain the proper chain tension. Rapid wear of the guide bar or the chain coming off easily can be caused by improper tension.

CHAIN OIL: Before you use your pole saw attachment, you need to fill the oil tank with chain oil (which can be purchased here). Chain oil keeps the chain and bar lubricated - without it, there's a serious risk that the chain may seize and cause injury or damage the tool.

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Setting Up the Brush Cutter & Strimmer Pole

A single pole is used for both the brush cutter and strimmer head - meaning half the set up requirements! All we have to do at this point is attach the guard.

What You'll Need 

Find the blue strimmer/brushcutter guard and the brushcutter and strimmer pole. You'll also need your hex key.

Step One: Remove the Nuts & Bolts 

Remove the four nuts and bolts on the brackets at the end of your strimmer/brushcutter pole. They're normally only loosely fitted so you can do it by hand. Alternatively, use the hex key provided.

Step Two: Move the Bracket into Position

Loosen the bolt securing the bracket. You should now be able to move the bracket anti-clockwise, making a gap for your guard to fit between.

Step Three: Slip the Guard into Place

In the gap you've just made you can now slip the guard into place. The holes should align through both halves of the bracket and the guard.

Put the bolts through the top half of the bracket, the guard and the bottom half of the bracket.

Step Four: Affix the Bolts & Tighten Up

Make sure everything lines up nicely and then attach the nuts to the bolts, hand tight. Turn the attachment over and secure the bolts firmly with your hex key. There should be little to no movement in the guard when installed correctly.

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Setting Up the Brush Cutter Head

The brushcutter head is perfect for tougher weeds and shrubbery you need rid of. Now you've set up the attachment pole, we can look at how you attach the cutting head.

What You'll Need 

For this bit you'll need the brushcutting blade, the brushcutter/strimmer pole, your hex key and wrench.

Step One: Remove the Brass Nut

Take your hex key and use it to secure the brass washer through the black casing as pictured. You will now be able to use your wrench (provided in the toolkit) to remove the brass nut. The nut is reverse threaded so you need to use your wrench clockwise to remove it.

Step Two: Remove the Chrome Casing & First Washer

Remove the chrome casing and brass washer, leaving you one remaining brass collar in the black case.

Step Three: Mount Your Blade

Take your brushcutter blade and mount it upside-down on top of the brass collar. We've left the protective blue plastic on as the blades pretty sharp.

Step Four: Replace the Washer, Casing & Nut

Now we need to put everything we've just taken off the mechanism back. Place the brass washer on top of the blade, then the chrome casing and then reattach the brass nut with your wrench. Because the nut is reverse threaded you need to tighten it by twisting anticlockwise.

Remove the hex key and the blue plastic protecting the blade. Your brushcutting head is now all set up.

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Setting Up the Strimming Cutter Head

The strimmer head is more suited to low-medium duty grass and weeds, rather than the tough tasks the brushcutter can handle. Switching between the brushcutter and the nylon strimming spool is super simple.

What You'll Need 

To set up your multi-tool as a strimmer you'll need the nylon bump spool, line cutter (and three small screws), the wrench, hex key and a crosshead screwdriver (one is provided in your toolkit).

Step One: Remove the Brass Nut

Take your hex key and use it to secure the brass washer through the black casing as pictured. You will now be able to use your wrench (provided in the toolkit) to remove the brass nut. The nut is reverse threaded so you need to move your wrench clockwise to remove it.

Step Two: Remove the Chrome Casing & First Washer

Remove the chrome casing and brass washer, leaving you one remaining brass collar in the black case. Put the casing and brass washer somewhere safe (like your toolkit) - you won't need them when using your tool as a strimmer.

Step Three: Attach the Spool

Take the nylon bump spool and twist it on to the the shaft. The spool is reverse threaded so you need to twist it on anti-clockwise.

Step Four: Attach the Line Trimmer

Take the three small screws from your toolkit and the line trimmer, See the picture above for where to fit the trimmer so it best maintains the optimum line length. A screwdriver is included in your toolkit.

Setting Up the Hedge Trimmer Head

The long reach hedge trimming attachment is ideal for reaching even the trickiest hedgerows. It's comes in two bits for each transportation, but it couldn't be easier to set up.

What You'll Need 

All you need for this attachment is the hedge trimming blade section and the hedge trimmer shaft (plus your trusty hex key). The hedge trimmer shaft is easy to find as it has a sticker on one end with a diagram of the assembly instructions.

Step One: Loosen the Bolts on the Blade Section

There's two bolts you need to loosen with your hex key on the hedge trimmer attachment. This will allow you to slip it on to the shaft piece piece.

Step Two: Attach the Shaft

The shaft piece has two very similar ends. Remove the rubber protective pieces and find the end with a circular hole (the other end has a square hole). This circular hole needs to be properly aligned with the bolt on the hedge trimmer blade (pictured).

Tighten both bolts to clamp the shaft piece in place.

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Connecting an Attachment or the Extension Pole

Now that you've set up all your attachments you can attach one to your engine section. Swapping between attachments couldn't be simpler. Regardless of which attachment you want to use, they all connect to the engine in the same way.

1. Loosen off the blue tension nut below the handle of the engine section.

2. Press the silver lever down on the engine section.

3. You now need to align your attachment piece so the little square is facing up and can be clamped by the tooth on the lever. Push the attachment piece into the engine section and release the silver lever so it clamps down into the square hole on the attachment. Tighten the blue tension screw and you're ready to go.

The extension pole fits in exactly the same way, except one of the ends has another tensioning nut and silver lever. Simply follow the process above once for attaching the extension pole, and then again for securing an attachment.

NOTE: the extension pole is not suitable for the brushcutter or strimming head. Only use the extension pole for the chainsaw and hedge trimmer attachments.

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With our step-by-step picture guide you should now be able to set up the engine section, all the attachments and then connect them to the main shaft. If you require any further assistance with your multi-cutting tool, SGS has a dedicated customer service department who will be able to assist you. You can contact them through our online form here.