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We will willingly be of service and provide you with advice
as well as help you to use your chain saw both efficiently
and safely. Attend a training course in chain saw usage if
possible. Your dealer, forestry school or your library can
provide information about which training materials and
courses are available. Work is constantly in progress to
improve the design and technology - improvements that
increase your safety and efficiency. Visit your dealer
regularly to see whether you can benefit from new
features that have been introduced.

Personal protective equipment

WARNING! Most chain saw accidents
!
happen when the chain touches the
operator. You must use approved
personal protective equipment
whenever you use the machine.
Personal protective equipment cannot
eliminate the risk of injury but it will
reduce the degree of injury if an accident
does happen. Ask your dealer for help in
choosing the right equipment.
Approved protective helmet
Hearing protection
Protective goggles or a visor
Gloves with saw protection
Trousers with saw protection
Boots with saw protection, steel toe-cap and non-slip
sole
Always have a first aid kit nearby.
Fire Extinguisher and Shovel
Generally clothes should be close-fitting without
restricting your freedom of movement.
IMPORTANT! Sparks can come from the muffler, the
bar and chain or other sources. Always have fire
extinguishing tools available if you should need them.
Help prevent forest fires.

Machine's safety equipment

In this section the machine's safety features and their
function are explained. For inspection and maintenance
see instructions under the heading Checking, maintaining
and servicing chain saw safety equipment. See
instructions under the heading, What is what?, to find
where these parts are located on your machine.
The life span of the machine can be reduced and the risk
of accidents can increase if machine maintenance is not
carried out correctly and if service and/or repairs are not
carried out professionally. If you need further information
please contact your nearest service workshop.
GENERAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
WARNING! Never use a machine with
!
defective safety components. Safety
equipment must be inspected and
maintained. See instructions under the
heading Checking, maintaining and
servicing chain saw safety equipment. If
your machine does not pass all the
checks, take the saw to a servicing
dealer for repair.
Chain brake and front hand guard
Your chain saw is equipped with a chain brake that is
designed to stop the chain if you get a kickback. The
chain brake reduces the risk of accidents, but only you
can prevent them. (3)
Take care when using your saw and make sure the
kickback zone of the bar never touches any object. (4)
The chain brake (A) can either be activated manually
(by your left hand) or automatically by the inertia
release mechanism. (5)
The brake is applied when the front hand guard (B) is
pushed forwards. (6)
This movement activates a spring-loaded mechanism
that tightens the brake band (C) around the engine
drive system (D) (clutch drum). (7)
The front hand guard is not designed solely to activate
the chain brake. Another important feature is that it
reduces the risk of your left hand hitting the chain if
you lose grip of the front handle.
The chain brake must be engaged when the chain
saw is started to prevent the saw chain from rotating.
(40)
Use the chain brake as a "parking brake" when
starting and when moving over short distances, to
reduce the risk of moving chain accidentally hitting
your leg or anyone or anything close by. Do not leave
the chain saw switched on with the chain brake
activated for long periods. The chain saw can become
very hot.
The chain brake is released by moving the front hand
guard marked "PULL BACK TO RESET" back,
towards the front handle. (33)
Kickback can be very sudden and violent. Most
kickbacks are minor and do not always activate the
chain brake. If this happens you should hold the chain
saw firmly and not let go. (45)
The way the chain brake is activated, either manually
or automatically by the inertia release mechanism,
depends on the force of the kickback and the position
of the chain saw in relation to the object that the
kickback zone of the bar strikes.
If you get a violent kickback while the kickback zone
of the bar is farthest away from you the chain brake is
designed to be activated by the inertia in the kickback
direction. (8)
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