Black & Decker GPC1820L20 User Manual page 6

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Switch the tool off, allow the chain to stop and remove the
battery from the tool before carrying out any adjustment,
servicing or maintenance.
Only use genuine replacement parts and accessories.
Carry the pole pruner by the handle with the cutter blade
stopped. When transporting or storing the pole pruner
always fit the cutting device cover and dismantle it into its
component parts. Proper handling of the pole pruner will
reduce possible personal injury and injury to others.
Safety of others
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 the use of the appliance by a person
responsible for the their safety.
Children should be supervised to ensure that they do not
play with the appliance.
The declared vibration emission values stated in the technical
data and the declaration of conformity have been measured
in accordance with a standard test method provided by EN
60745 and may be used for comparing one tool with another.
The declared vibration emission value may also be used in a
preliminary assessment of exposure.
Warning! The vibration emission value during actual use of
the power tool can differ from the declared value depending
on the ways in which the tool is used. The vibration level may
increase above the level stated.
When assessing vibration exposure to determine safety
measures required by 2002/44/EC to protect persons regularly
using power tools in employment, an estimation of vibration
exposure should consider, the actual conditions of use and the
way the tool is used, including taking account of all parts of the
operating cycle such as the times when the tool is switched off
and when it is running idle in addition to the trigger time.
Before attempting to prune a tree, ensure there are not by-
laws or regulations that would prohibit or control the felling of
the tree.
Be aware of the direction a branch may fall. Consider all
conditions that may affect the direction of fall, including:
- the length and weight of the branch to be cut
- the intended direction of fall
- any unusual heavy limb structure or decay
- the presence of surrounding trees and
- including overhead lines
- the intertwinement with other branches
- the speed and direction of the wind.
(Original instructions)
Consider access to the tree limb.
Tree branches are liable to swing towards the tree trunk. In
addition to the user, any bystander, building or object below
the branch is at risk of being struck by the branch.
Warning symbols
The following warning symbols are shown on the tool:
Warning! To reduce the risk of injury, the user
must read the instruction manual.
Do not expose the tool to rain or high humidity.
Beware of falling objects. Keep bystanders away.
Electrocution hazard. Keep at least 10 m away
from overhead lines.
Always wear head and eye protection.
Wear non-slip safety footwear.
To ensure continued safe operation, check the
chain tension as described in this manual after
every 10 minutes of use, and adjust back to a
clearance of 3 mm as required. Oil the chain after
every 10 minutes of use
Direction of rotation of the chain.
Warning! Do not touch chain at the chip ejection
Residual risks
Additional residual risks may arise when using the tool which
may not be included in the enclosed safety warnings. These
risks can arise from misuse, prolonged use etc.
Even with the application of the relevant safety regulations
and the implementation of safety devices, certain residual
risks cannot be avoided. These include:
Injuries caused by touching any rotating/moving parts.
Injuries caused when changing any parts, blades or
Injuries caused by prolonged use of a tool. When using
any tool for prolonged periods make sure you take regular
Impairment of hearing.

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