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General Safety Rules - Craftsman 151.39942 Operator's Manual

12.5a - 19 inch 3-in-1 electric mower
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ALL INSTRUCTIONS. Failure to follow all instructions
listed below may result in electric shock, fi re, and/or
serious personal injury.
■ This cutting machine is capable of amputating hands
and feet and throwing objects. Failure to observe all
safety instructions could result in serious injury or
■ Do not use the lawn mower in damp or wet conditions
or operate in the rain.
■ Never allow adults to operate the product without
proper instruction.
■ Keep the area clear of all bystanders, children, and
pets while mowing. Stop machine if anyone enters the
■ Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert
to the presence of children. Children are often attracted
to the machine and the mowing activity. Never assume
that children will remain where you last saw them.
• Keep children out of the mowing area and under the
watchful care of a responsible adult other than the
• Be alert and turn mower off if a child enters the area.
• Never allow children to operate the machine.
• Use extra care when approaching blind corners,
shrubs, trees, or other objects that may block your view
of a child.
■ Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. They can
be caught in moving parts. Use of rubber gloves and
footwear is recommended when working outdoors.
■ Keep fi rm footing and balance. Do not overreach.
Over -reaching can result in loss of balance.
■ Do not operate the equipment while barefoot or
when wearing sandals or similar lightweight footwear.
Wear protective footwear that will protect your feet and
improve your footing on slippery surfaces.
■ Do not leave the mower unattended while running.
■ Keep hands and feet away from cutting area. Keep
hands and feet away from cutting area.
■ Operate the lawn mower only in daylight or good
artifi cial light.
■ Always wear safety glasses with side shields.
Everyday glasses have only impact resistant lenses.
They are NOT safety glasses. Following this rule will
reduce the risk of eye injury. Use face mask if operation
is dusty.


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■ Wear safety glasses or goggles that are marked to
comply with ANSI Z87.1 standard when operating this
■ Use the right appliance. Do not use the lawn mower
for any job except that for which it is intended.
■ Do not force the lawn mower. It will do the job better
and safer at the rate for which it was designed.
■ Stay alert, watch what you are doing, and use
common sense when operating the lawn mower. Do not
operate the mower while tired or under the infl uence of
drugs, alcohol, or medication. A moment of inattention
while operating the lawn mower may result in serious
personal injury.
■ Keep machine in good working condition. Keep
blades sharp and guards in place and in working order.
■ Check all nuts, bolts, and screws at frequent intervals
for proper tightness to be sure the equipment is in safe
working condition.
■ Stop the motor and wait until the blade comes to
a complete stop before cleaning the lawn mower,
removing the collection bag, or unclogging the
discharge guard.
■ When not in use, mower should be stored indoors in
a dry, locked up place - out of the reach of children.
■ To reduce the risk of electric shock, this product has
a polarized plug (one blade is wider than the other) and
will require the use of a polarized extension cord. The
plug will fi t into a polarized extension cord only one
way, if the plug does not fi t fully into the extension cord,
reverse the plug. If the plug still does not fi t, obtain a
correct polarized extension cord. A polarized extension
cord will require the use of a polarized wall outlet. This
plug will fi t into the polarized wall outlet only one way.
If the plug does not fi t fully into the wall outlet, reverse
the plug. If the plug still does not fi t, contact a qualifi ed
electrician to install the proper wall outlet. Do not
change the equipment plug, extension cord receptacle,
or extension cord plug in any way.
■ Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord to pull the
lawn mower or to disconnect the plug from an outlet.
Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges, or moving
parts. Replace damaged cords immediately. Damaged
cords increase the risk of electric shock.
■ Make sure your extension cord is in good condition.
When using an extension cord, be sure to use one
heavy enough to carry the current your product will
draw. A wire gauge size (A.W.G.) of at least 14 is
recommended for an extension cord 50 feet or less
in length. If in doubt, use the next heavier gauge.
The smaller the gauge number, the heavier the cord.
An undersized cord will cause a drop in line voltage
resulting in loss of power and overheating.


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