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 The user is responsible for accidents or hazards occurring
to other people or their property.
 Do not operate the hedgecutter when barefoot or wearing
open sandals, always wear substantial footwear and long
trousers. The use of sturdy gloves, non-skid footwear and
safety glasses is recommended. Do not wear loose cloth-
ing or jewellery which can be caught in moving parts.
 Thoroughly inspect the area where the hedge trimmer is to
be used and remove all wires and other foreign objects.
 Prior to operation, check cutter blades, blade bolts and
cutter assembly for wear or damage. Do not operate with a
damaged or excessively worn cutting device.
 Check cable for damage before starting work and replace if
necessary. Keep cable away from heat, oil and sharp edges.
 Know how to stop the hedge trimmer quickly in an emer-
 Cut a hedge only in daylight or in good artificial light.
 Never operate the hedgecutter with defective guards or
without the guard in place.
 Always ensure all handles and guards supplied are fitted
when using the hedgecutter. Never attempt to use an in-
complete hedgecutter or one with an unauthorised modifi-
 Never hold the hedgecutter by the guard.
 While operating the hedgecutter always be sure of a safe
and secure operating position at all times, especially when
using steps or a ladder.
 Always be aware of your surroundings and stay alert for
possible hazards that you may not hear whilst operating
the hedgecutter.
 Remove the plug from the socket:
– before checking, clearing a blockage or working on the
– after striking a foreign object, inspect the hedgecutter
for damage and make repairs as necessary.
– if the hedgecutter starts to vibrate abnormally check
 Keep all nuts, bolts and screws tight to ensure that the
hedgecutter is always in a safe working condition.
 The hedgecutter should be stored in a dry, high or locked
up place out of the reach of children.
 Replace worn or damaged parts for safety.
 Do not attempt to repair the machine unless you are quali-
fied to do so.
 Ensure replacement parts fitted are Bosch-approved.
 To safeguard against contact with the moving cutter blade,
this hedge trimmer is constructed with two handles each
with a blade control (switch). To operate the hedge cutter,
both controls must be actuated simultaneously. Do not
use the tool, if it runs without a switch being actuated
or just one switch being actuated.
Electrical Safety
 Warning! Switch off, remove plug from mains before
adjusting, cleaning or if cable is cut, damaged or entan-
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 The blades continue to move for a few seconds after
the hedgecutter is switched off. Caution! Do not touch
the moving blades.
Your machine is double insulated for safety and requires no
earth connection. The operating voltage is 230 V AC, 50 Hz
(for non-EU countries 220 V, 240 V as applicable). Only use
approved extension cables. Contact your Bosch Service Cen-
tre for details.
Extension cords should only be used if they comply with
H05VV-F or H05RN-F types.
It is recommended for increased electrical safety to use a Resid-
ual Current Device (RCD) with a tripping current of not more
than 30 mA. Always check your RCD every time you use it.
Refer to the instruction manual of the extension cord, lead,
reel manufacturer and your local wiring regulations.
For products not sold in GB:
WARNING: For your safety, it is required that the plug at-
tached to the product is connected with the extension cord.
The coupling of the extension cord must be protected against
splash water, be made of rubber or coated with rubber. The
extension cord must be used with a cable strain relief.
The connection lead must be inspected for signs of damage at
regular intervals and may only be used if in perfect condition.
If the supply cable on the product is damaged, it must only be
replaced by a Bosch Service Centre.
Products sold in GB only: Your product is fitted with a
BS 1363/A approved electric plug with internal fuse (ASTA
approved to BS 1362).
If the plug is not suitable for your socket outlets, it should be
cut off and an appropriate plug fitted in its place by an author-
ised customer service agent. The replacement plug should
have the same fuse rating as the original plug.
The severed plug must be disposed of to avoid a possible
shock hazard and should never be inserted into a mains sock-
et elsewhere.
Products sold in AUS and NZ only: Use a residual current de-
vice (RCD) with a rated residual current of 30 mA or less.
 Always wear gardening gloves when handling or working
near the sharp blades.
 Examine the machine and replace worn or damaged parts
for safety.
 Always lubricate the cutting blade with protective spray
before storage.
 Keep all nuts, bolts and screws tight to be sure that the ma-
chine is in safe working condition.
 Ensure replacement parts fitted are Bosch-approved.
The following symbols are important for reading and under-
standing the operating instructions. Please take note of the
symbols and their meaning. The correct interpretation of the
symbols will help you to use the machine in a better and safer
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