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Safe Operation Practices - Craftsman CMXGPAM1080053 Instruction Manual

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WARNING
This symbol points out important safety instructions which, if not
followed, could endanger the personal safety and/or property of
yourself and others. Read and follow all instructions in this manual
before attempting to operate this machine. Failure to comply with these
instructions may result in personal injury. When you see this symbol, HEED
ITS WARNING!
WARNING
CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65
Engine Exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components
contain or emit chemicals known to State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm.
TRAINING
Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the machine and in the
manual(s) before attempting to assemble and operate. Keep this manual in
a safe place for future and regular reference and for ordering replacement
parts.
Read the Operator's Manual and follow all warnings and safety instructions.
Failure to do so can result in serious injury to the operator and/or bystanders.
Be familiar with all controls and their proper operation. Know how to stop
the machine and disengage them quickly.
Never allow children under 16 years of age to operate this machine. Children
16 and over should read and understand the instructions and safe operation
practices in this manual and on the machine and be trained and supervised
by an adult.
Never allow adults to operate this machine without proper instruction.
Keep bystanders, pets, and children at least 75 feet from the machine while
it is in operation. Stop machine if anyone enters the area.
Never run an engine indoors or in a poorly ventilated area. Engine exhaust
contains carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas.
Do not put hands and feet near rotating parts or in the feeding chambers
and discharge opening. Contact with the rotating impeller can amputate
fingers, hands, and feet.
Never attempt to unclog either the feed intake or discharge opening, remove
or empty bag, or inspect and repair the machine while the engine is running.
Shut the engine off and wait until all moving parts have come to a complete
stop. Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground it against the engine.
PREPARATION
Thoroughly inspect the area where the equipment is to be used. Remove
all rocks, bottles, cans, or other foreign objects which could be picked up or
thrown and cause personal injury or damage to the machine.
Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles during operation and while
performing an adjustment or repair, to protect your eyes. Thrown objects
which ricochet can cause serious injury to the eyes.
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
This machine was built to be operated according to the safe operation
practices in this manual. As with any type of power equipment,
carelessness or error on the part of the operator can result in serious injury.
This machine is capable of amputating fingers, hands, toes and feet and
throwing debris. Failure to observe the following safety instructions could
result in serious injury or death.
Your Responsibility—Restrict the use of this power machine to
persons who read, understand and follow the warnings and instructions in
this manual and on the machine.
Safe Handling of Gasoline:
To avoid personal injury or property damage use extreme care in handling
gasoline. Gasoline is extremely flammable and the vapors are explosive.
Serious personal injury can occur when gasoline is spilled on yourself or your
clothes which can ignite. Wash your skin and change clothes immediately.
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DANGER
WARNING
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and close-fitting slacks and shirts.
Loose fitting clothes or jewelry can be caught in movable parts. Never
operate this machine in bare feet or sandals. Wear leather work gloves when
feeding material in the chipper chute.
Before starting, check all bolts and screws for proper tightness to be sure the
machine is in safe working condition. Also, visually inspect machine for any
damage at frequent intervals.
Maintain or replace safety and instructions labels, as necessary.
Use only an approved gasoline container.
Never fill containers inside a vehicle or on a truck or trailer bed with a plastic
liner. Always place containers on the ground away from your vehicle before
filling.
When practical, remove gas-powered equipment from the truck or
trailer and refuel it on the ground. If this is not possible, then refuel such
equipment on a trailer with a portable container, rather than from a gasoline
dispenser nozzle.
Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the fuel tank or container opening
at all times until fueling is complete. Do not use a nozzle lock-open device.
Extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, pipes and other sources of ignition.
Never fuel machine indoors.
Never remove gas cap or add fuel while the engine is hot or running. Allow
engine to cool at least two minutes before refueling.
Never over fill fuel tank. Fill tank to no more than ½ inch below bottom of
filler neck to allow space for fuel expansion.
Replace gasoline cap and tighten securely.
If gasoline is spilled, wipe it off the engine and equipment. Move unit to
another area. Wait 5 minutes before starting the engine.

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