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Rules For Safe Operation - Troy-Bilt TB525 EC Operator's Manual

Electric start capable 4-cycle gas trimmer
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SPARK ARRESTOR NOTE
NOTE: For users on U.S. Forest Land and in the states of California, Maine,
Oregon and Washington. All U.S. Forest Land and the state of California
(Public Resources Codes 4442 and 4443), Oregon and Washington require, by
law that certain internal combustion engines operated on forest brush and/or
grass-covered areas be equipped with a spark arrestor, maintained in effective
working order, or the engine be constructed, equipped and maintained for the
prevention of fire. Check with your state or local authorities for regulations
pertaining to these requirements. Failure to follow these requirements could
subject you to liability or a fine. This unit is factory equipped with a spark
arrestor. If it requires replacement, ask your LOCAL SERVICE DEALER to
install the Accessory Part #753-05245 Muffler
Read the Operator's Manual and follow all warnings and safety
instructions. Failure to do so can result in serious injury to the operator
and/or bystanders. FOR QUESTIONS, CALL 1-800-828-5500 IN U.S. OR
1-800-668-1238 in CANADA
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65
WARNING:
Engine exhaust, some of its constituents and
certain finished components contain or emit chemicals known to
the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other
reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE OPERATING
WARNING:
When using the unit, you must follow the safety
rules. Please read these instructions before operating the unit in
order to ensure the safety of the operator and any bystanders.
Please keep these instructions for later use.
• Read the instructions carefully. Be familiar with the controls and proper
use of the unit.
• Do not operate this unit when tired, ill, or under the influence of alcohol,
drugs, or medication.
• Children and teens under the age of 15 must not use the unit, except for
teens guided by an adult.
• All guards and safety attachments must be installed properly before
operating the unit.
• Inspect the unit before use. Replace damaged parts. Check for fuel leaks.
Make sure all fasteners are in place and secure. Replace parts that are
cracked, chipped, or damaged in any way. Do not operate the unit with
loose or damaged parts.
• Carefully inspect the area before starting the unit. Remove all debris and
hard or sharp objects such as glass, wire, etc.
• Be aware of the risk of injury to the head, hands and feet.
• Clear the area of children, bystanders, and pets. At a minimum, keep all
children, bystanders, and pets outside a 50 feet (15 m) radius; there still
may be a risk to bystanders from thrown objects. Bystanders should be
encouraged to wear eye protection. If you are approached, stop the unit
immediately.
• Use only 0.095 inch, 2.41 mm diameter original equipment manufacturer
replacement line. Never use metal-reinforced line, wire or rope. These can
break off and become dangerous projectiles.
• Squeeze the throttle control and check that it returns automatically to the
idle position. Make all adjustments or repairs before using unit.
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RULES FOR SAFE OPERATION

The purpose of safety symbols is to attract your attention to possible
dangers. The safety symbols, and their explanations, deserve your careful
attention and understanding. The safety warnings do not by themselves
eliminate any danger. The instructions or warnings they give are not
substitutes for proper accident prevention measures.
SYMBOL
NOTE: Advises you of information or instructions vital to the operation or
• IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS •
SAFETY WARNINGS FOR GAS UNITS
• 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 fuel tank cap or add fuel when the engine is hot. Always
loosen the fuel tank cap slowly to relieve any pressure in the tank before
fueling. Do not smoke.
• Always add fuel in a clean, well-ventilated outdoor area where there are
no sparks or flames. Do not smoke.
• Never operate the unit without the fuel cap securely in place.
• Avoid creating a source of ignition for spilled fuel. Wipe up any spilled fuel
from the unit immediately, before starting the engine. Move the unit at
least 30 feet (9.1 m) from the fueling source and site before starting the
engine. Do not smoke.
• Never start or run the unit inside a closed room or building. Breathing exhaust
fumes can kill. Only operate this unit in a well-ventilated outdoor area.
WHILE OPERATING
• Wear safety glasses or goggles that meet ANSI Z87.-1989 standards and
are marked as such. Wear ear/hearing protection when operating this unit.
Wear a face or dust mask if the operation is dusty.
• Wear heavy long pants, boots, gloves and a long sleeve shirt. Do not wear
loose clothing, jewelry, short pants, sandals or go barefoot. Secure hair
above shoulder level.
• The cutting attachment shield must always be in place while operating the
unit as a trimmer. Do not operate unit without both trimming lines
extended, and the proper line installed. Do not extend the trimming line
beyond the length of the shield.
• This unit has a clutch. The cutting attachment remains stationary when
the engine is idling. If it does not, have the unit adjusted by an authorized
service technician.
• Adjust the handle to your size in order to provide the best grip.
• Be sure the cutting attachment is not in contact with anything before
starting the unit.
• Use the unit only in daylight or good artificial light.
• Avoid accidental starting. Be in the starting position whenever pulling the
starter rope. The operator and unit must be in a stable position while
starting. Refer to Starting and Stopping Instructions.
• Use the right tool. Only use this tool for its intended purpose.
• Do not overreach. Always keep proper footing and balance.
MEANING
SAFETY ALERT:
Indicates danger, warning or caution.
Attention is required in order to avoid serious personal injury. May
be used in conjunction with other symbols or pictographs.
DANGER:
Failure to obey a safety warning will result in serious
injury to yourself or to others. Always follow the safety precautions
to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and personal injury.
WARNING:
Failure to obey a safety warning can result in injury
to yourself and others. Always follow the safety precautions to
reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and personal injury.
CAUTION:
Failure to obey a safety warning may result in
property damage or personal injury to yourself or to others.
Always follow the safety precautions to reduce the risk of fire,
electric shock and personal injury.
maintenance of the equipment.
WARNING:
Gasoline is highly flammable, and its vapors can
explode if ignited. Take the following precautions:

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