■ WARNING: Use outdoor extension cords marked
SW-A, SOW-A, STW-A, STOW-A, SJW-A, SJTA,
SJTW-A or SJTOWA. These cords are rated for outdoor
use and reduce the risk of electric shock.
■ Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protection
should be provided on the circuit(s) or outlet(s) to be
■ Do not operate the mower with out the entire
collection bag, discharge guard, rear guard, or other
safety protective devices in place and working.
■ Follow manufacturer's instructions for proper
operation and installation of accessories. Only use
accessories speciﬁ ed in this operator's manual.
■ Clear the work area before each use. Remove all
objects such as rocks, sticks, wire, bones, toys, or
other objects which can be thrown by the blade. Stay
behind the handle when the motor is running.
■ Avoid holes, ruts, bumps, rocks, or other hidden
objects. Uneven terrain could cause a slip and fall
■ Do not mow near drop-offs, ditches, or embankments.
■ Mow across the face of slopes, never up and down.
Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on
■ Plan your mowing pattern to avoid discharge of
material toward roads, sidewalks, bystanders, and the
like. Also, avoid discharging material against a wall or
obstruction, which may cause the material to ricochet
back toward the operator.
■ Do not mow on wet grass or excessively steep
slopes. Poor footing could cause a slip and fall
accident. Walk, never run.
■ Use extra care when approaching blind corners,
shrubs, trees, or other objects that may block your
■ Do not pull the mower backward unless absolutely
necessary. If you must back the mower away from a
wall or obstruction, ﬁ rst look down and behind to avoid
■ Never direct discharged material toward anyone.
Avoid discharging material against a wall or obstruction.
Material may ricochet back toward the operator. Stop
the blade when crossing gravel surfaces.
■ Objects struck by the lawn mower blade can cause
severe injuries to persons. The lawn should always be
carefully examined and cleared of all objects prior to
GENERAL SAFETY RULES
SPECIFIC SAFETY RULES
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
used for the lawn mower. Receptacles are available
having built- in GFCI protection and may be used for
this measure of safety.
■ Inspect extension cords periodically and replace if
damaged. Keep handles dry, clean, and free from oil or
■ If the lawn mower strikes a foreign object, follow
• Stop the lawn mower and release the switch control.
• Disconnect the power cord.
• Thoroughly inspect the mower for any damage.
• Repair any damage before restarting and continuing
to operate the mower.
■ Stop the motor, disconnect the power cord, and
wait until the blade comes to a complete stop before
removing the collection bag or unclogging the chute.
The cutting blade continues to rotate for a few seconds
after the motor is shut off. Never place any part of the
body in the blade area until you are sure the blade has
■ Disconnect the plug from power source before
making any adjustments, changing accessories,
or storing the lawn mower. Such preventive safety
measures reduce the risk of starting the product
■ If the mower should start to vibrate abnormally,
stop the motor and check immediately for the cause.
Vibration is generally a warning of trouble.
■ Service on the product must be performed by
qualiﬁ ed repair personnel only. Service or maintenance
performed by unqualiﬁ ed personnel could result in
injury to the user or damage to the product.
■ Use only identical replacement parts when servicing
the product. Use of unauthorized parts may create
a risk of serious injury to the user, or damage to the
■ If the power supply cord is damaged, stop using
the unit. Take unit to a qualiﬁ ed service dealer
for inspection and possible repair using identical
■ Save these instructions. Refer to them frequently
and use them to instruct others who may use this
product. If you loan someone this tool, loan them these
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