Black & Decker GPC1820L20 User Manual page 5

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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 tools
operation. If damaged, have the power tool repaired
before use. Many accidents are caused by poorly
maintained power tools.
Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly
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
performed. Use of the power tool for operations different
from those intended could result in a hazardous situation.
5. Battery tool use and care
a. Recharge only with the charger specified by the
manufacturer. A charger that is suitable for one type
of battery pack may create a risk of fire when used with
another battery pack.
b. Use power tools only with specifically designated
battery packs. Use of any other battery packs may
create a risk of injury and fire.
c. When battery pack is not in use, keep it away from
other metal objects, like paper clips, coins, keys,
nails, screws, or other small metal objects, that can
make a connection from one terminal to another.
Shorting the battery terminals together may cause burns
or a fire.
d. Under abusive conditions, liquid may be ejected from
the battery; avoid contact. If contact accidentally
occurs, flush with water. If liquid contacts eyes,
additionally seek medical help. Liquid ejected from the
battery may cause irritation or burns.
6. Service
a. Have your power tool serviced by a qualified repair
person using only identical replacement parts. This will
make sure that the safety of the power tool is maintained.
(Original instructions)
Additional power tool safety warnings
Warning! Additional safety instructions for pole
The intended use is described in this instruction manual. Do
not use the tool for purposes not intended; for example do
not use the tool to fell trees. The use of any accessory or
attachment or performance of any operation with this tool
other than those recommended in this instruction manual may
present a risk of personal injury.
Hold power tool by insulated gripping surfaces when
performing an operation where the cutting tool may
contact hidden wiring or its own cord. Contact with a "live"
wire will also make exposed metal parts of the power tool
"live" and give the operator an electric shock.
Wear close fitting and protective clothing including a
safety helmet with visor/goggles, ear protectors, non-skid
safety footwear, protective bib trousers and strong leather
Always position yourself out of the path of falling
The safe distance between a branch to be felled and
bystanders, buildings and other objects is at least 2 1/2
times the length of the branch. Any bystander, building or
object within this distance is at risk from being struck by
the falling branch.
Pre-plan a safe exit from falling trees or branches. Ensure
the exit route is clear of obstacles that would prevent or
hinder movement. Remember wet grass and freshly cut
bark is slippery.
Ensure someone is nearby (but at a safe distance) in
case of an accident.
Do not use the tool while standing in a tree, on a ladder or
on any other unstable surface.
Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
Hold the tool firmly with both hands when the motor is
Do not let the moving chain contact any object at the tip
of the guide bar.
Start cutting only with the chain moving at full speed.
Do not attempt to enter a previous cut. Always make a
fresh cut.
Watch for shifting branches or other forces that could
close a cut and pinch or fall into the chain.
Do not attempt to cut a branch when the diameter of the
branch exceeds the cutting length of the tool.
Always remove the battery from the tool and place the
chain cover over the chain when storing or transporting
the tool.
Keep the saw chain sharp and properly tensioned. Check
the tension at regular intervals.

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