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SAFETY RULES
Safe Operation
Practices
for Walk-Behind
Mowers
IMPORTANT:
THIS CUTTING
MACHINE
IS CAPABLE
OF AMPUTATING
HANDS AND FEET AND THROWING
OBJECTS.
FAILURE
TO OBSERVE
THE FOLLOWING
SAFETY
INSTRUCTIONS
COULD RESULT
IN SERIOUS
INJURY OR DEATH.
SAFETY STANDARDS
REQUIRE
OPERATOR PRESENCE CONTROLS
TO MINIMIZE THE RISK OF INJURY.
YOUR UNIT
IS
EQUIPPED
WITH SUCH CONTROLS.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DEFEAT THE FUNCTION
OF THE OPERATOR
PRESENCE
CONTROLS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
TRAINING:
Read this operator's manual carefully. Become familiar with
the controls and know how to operate your mower properly.
Learn how to quickly stop mower.
Do not allow children to use your mower. Never allow adults
to use mower without proper instructions.
Keep the area of operation clear of atl persons, especially
small children and pets.
Use mower only as the manufacturer
intended and as de-
scribed in this manual.
Do not operate mower if it has been dropped or damaged in
any manner,
Always have damage repaired before using
your mower.
Do not usa accessory attachments that are not recommended
by the manufacturer.
Use of such attachments may be
hazardous.
The blade turns when the engine is running,
PREPARATION:
Always thoroughly check the area to be mowed and clear it of
all stones, sticks, wires, bones, and other foreign objects.
These objects wilt be thrown by the blade and can cause
severe injury.
Always wear safety glasses or eye shields when starting and
while using your mower.
Dress properly.
Do not operate mower when barefoot or
weadng open sandals.
Wear only solid shoes with good
traction when mowing,
Check fuel tank before starting engine.
Do not fill gas tank
indoors, when the engine is running o rwhen the engine is hot.
Allow the engine to cool for several minutes before filling the
gas tank.
Clean off any spilled gasoline before starting the
engine.
Always make wheel height adjustments before starting your
mower. Never attempt to do this while the engine is running.
Mow only in daylight or good artificial light.
OPERATION:
Keep your eyes and mind on your mower and the area being
cut. Do not let other interests distract you.
Do not mow wet or slippery grass. Never run while operating
your mower. Always be sure of your footing - keep a firm hold
on the handles and walk.
Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating parts. Keep
clear of the discharge opening at all times.
Always stop the engine whenever you leave or are not using
your mower, or before crossing driveways, walks, roads, and
any gravel-covered
areas.
Never direct discharge of material toward bystanders
nor
allow anyone near the mower while you are operating it.
Before cleaning, inspecting, or repaidng your mower, stop the
engine and make absolutely sure the blade and all moving
parts have stopped. Then disconnect the spark plug wire and
keep it away from the spark plug to prevent accidental
starting.
Do not continue to run your mower if you hit a foreign object.
Follow the procedure outlined above, then repair any dam-
age before restarting and operating you mower,
Do not change the governor
settings
or overspeed
the
engine. Engine damage or personal injury may result.
Do not operate your mower if it vibrates abnormally.
Exces-
sive vibration is an indication of damage;
stop the engine,
safely check for the cause of vibration and repair as required.
Do not run the engine indoors.
Exhaust fumes are danger-
ous.
Never cut grass by pulling the mower towards you.
Mow
across the face of slopes,
never up and down or you might
Ioseyourfooting.
Do notmowexcessivelysteepslopes.
Use
caution when operating the mower on uneven terrain orwhen
changing directions - maintain good footing.
Never operate your mower without proper guards, plates,
grass catcher or other safety devices in place.
MAINTENANCE
AND STORAGE:
Check the blade and the engine mounting bolts often to be
sure they are tightened properly.
Check all bolts, nuts and screws at frequent
intervals for
proper tightness to be sure mower is in safe working condi-
tion.
Keep a!l safety devices in place and working.
To reduce fire hazard, keep the engine free of grass, leaves
or excessive grease and oil.
Check grass catcher often for deterioration
and wear and
replace worn bags.
Use only replacement
bags that are
recommended
by and comply
with specifications
of the
manufacturer of your mower.
Always keep a sharp blade on your mower.
Allow engine to cool before storing in any enclosure.
Never store mower with fuel in the tank inside a building
where fumes may reach an open flame or an ignition source
such as a hot water heater, space heater, clothes dryer, etc.
&
Look for this symbol to point out im-
portant safety precautions.
It means
CAUTION!H BECOMEALERT!!!
YOUR
SAFETY IS INVOLVED.
CAUTION:
Always disconnect
spark
plug wire and place wire where it can-
not contact spark plug in order to pre-
vent accidental starting when setting
up, transporting,
adjusting or making
repairs.
WARNING
The engine
exhaust
from
this product
con-
tains chemicals
known to the State of Califor-
nia to cause
cancer,
birth defects,
or other
reproductive
harm.

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