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Safety Instructions - Craftsman 172.439831 Operator's Manual

9 amp motor electric adjustable pole saw/chain saw



If correctly used, this electric Pole Saw/Chain Saw is an efficient
tool to use; if used improperly or without the due precautions it could become a
dangerous tool. For pleasant and safe work, ALWAYS strictly comply with the safety
rules that are contained in this manual.
BE SURE to read and understand all instructions in this manual
before using this electric Pole Saw/Chain Saw. Failure to follow all instructions listed
below may result in electric shock, fire and /or serious personal injury.
To avoid mistakes that could cause serious injury, DO NOT
connect the Pole Saw/Chain Saw to the power source until the following instructions
have been read and understood.
Consider the work area environment. Use extreme caution
when cutting small size brush and saplings because the slender material may catch
the saw chain and be whipped toward you or pull you off balance. DO NOT operate
a chain saw in a tree unless specifically trained to do so. When cutting a limb that is
under tension be alert for spring back so that you will not be struck when the tension
in the wood fibers is released.
Read all safety warnings and instructions. Failure to follow the
warnings and instructions may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious injury.
The term power tool in the warnings refers to your electric (corded) power tool or battery-operated
(cordless) power tool.
• Avoid Dangerous Environment - Don't use appliances in damp or wet locations.
• Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered or dark areas invite accidents.
• Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres, such as in the presence of
flammable liquids, gases or dust. Power tools create sparks which may ignite the dust or fumes.
• Keep children and bystanders away while operating a power tool. Distractions can cause
you to lose control.
• Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Never modify the plug in any way.
Do not use any adapter plugs with grounded power tools. Unmodified plugs and matching
outlets will reduce risk of electric shock.
• Avoid body contact with grounded surfaces such as pipes, radiators, ranges and
refrigerators. There is an increased risk of electric shock if your body is grounded.
• Do not expose power tools to rain or wet conditions. Water entering a power tool will increase
the risk of electric shock.
• Do Not Abuse Cord - Never carry appliance by cord or yank it to disconnect from receptacle.
Keep cord from heat, oil, and sharp edges.
Damaged or entangled cords increase the risk of electric shock.
• When operating a power tool outdoors, use an extension cord suitable for outdoor use.
Use of a cord suitable for outdoor use reduces the risk of electric shock.
• Operating a power tool in a damp location is unavoidable, use a ground fault circuit
interrupter (GFCI) protected supply. Use of an GFCI reduces the risk of electric shock.
• Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common
sense when operating a power tool. Do not use a power
tool while you are tired or under the influence of drugs,
alcohol or medication. A moment of inattention while
operating power tools may result in serious personal injury.
• Use personal protective equipment. Always wear eye
protection. Protective equipment such as dust mask,
non-skid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing protection
used for appropriate conditions will reduce personal injuries.
• Avoid Unintentional Starting - Do not carry plugged-in appliance with finger on switch.
Be sure switch is off when plugging in.
• Remove any adjusting key or wrench before turning the power tool on. A wrench or
a key left attached to a rotating part of the power tool may result in personal injury.
• Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
This enables better control of the power tool in unexpected situations.
• Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. Keep your hair, clothing and gloves
away from moving parts. Loose clothes, jewelry or long hair can be caught in moving parts.
• If devices are provided for the connection of dust extraction and collection facilities,
ensure these are connected and properly used. Use of dust collection can reduce
dust-related hazards.
• Don't grasp the exposed cutting blades or cutting edges when picking up or holding
the appliance r power tool.
• Don't Force Appliance/Power Tool - It will do the job better and with less likelihood of a
risk of injury at the rate for which it was designed.
• Do not use the power tool if the switch does not turn it on and off. Any power tool that cannot
be controlled with the switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
• Disconnect the plug from the power source and/or the battery pack from the power tool
before making any adjustments, changing accessories, or storing power tools.
Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of starting the power tool accidentally.
• 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.
• 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.
• Maintain Appliance With Care - Keep cutting edge sharp and clean for best performance and to
reduce the risk of injury. Follow instructions for lubricating and changing accessories.
Inspect appliance cord periodically, and if damaged, have it repaired by an authorized service facility.
Inspect extension cords periodically and replace if damaged. Keep handles dry, clean, and free
from oil and grease.
• Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits etc., in accordance with these instructions
and in the manner intended for the particular type of power tool, 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.
• USE ONLY chains that are recommended for this Chain Saw. Chains that may be
suitable for one Chain Saw may become hazardous when used on another Chain Saw.
• Keep the pole saw/chain saw a sufficient distance away from electrical power lines.
• Have your power tool serviced by a qualified repair person using only identical
replacement parts. This will ensure that the safety of the power tool is maintained.
Safety Helmet
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