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California Proposition; Safe Handling - Craftsman 77246 - 158cc 4 Cycle Gas Edger 49 State Operator's Manual

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This symbolpointsout importantsafetyinstructionswhich,if not
followed,couldendangerthe personalsafetyand/orpropertyof
yourselfand others. Readand followall instructionsin this manual
beforeattemptingto operatethis machine.Failureto complywith
these instructionsmay resultin personalinjury.Whenyou seethis
symbol,HEEDITS WARNING!
CALIFORNIA
PROPOSITION
65
EngineExhaust,someof its constituents,and certainvehicle
componentscontainor emit chemicalsknownto Stateof California
to cause cancerand birthdefects or other reproductive harm.
This machinewas built to be operatedaccordingto the safe opera-
tion practicesin this manual.As with any type of powerequipment,
carelessnessor error on the part of the operatorcan resultin
seriousinjury.This machineis capableof amputatingfingers,hands,
toes and feet and throwingdebris. Failureto observethe following
safetyinstructionscouldresultin seriousinjuryor death.
Your Responsibility--Restrict
the useof this powermachineto
personswho read,understand and follow thewarningsand instruc-
tions in this manualand on the machine.
SAVETHESEINSTRUCTIONS!
TRAINING
Readthis operator'smanual carefullyin its entiretybefore
attemptingto assemblethis machine.Read,understand,and
followall instructionson the machineand in the manual(s) before
operation.Keepthis manualin a safe placefor futureand regular
referenceand for orderingreplacement p arts.
Be completelyfamiliarwith the controlsand the properuseof this
machinebeforeoperatingit.
This machineis a precisionpieceof powerequipment,not a
plaything.Therefore,exerciseextremecautionat all times.Your
machinehas beendesignedto performonejob: to edgelawn. Do
not useit for any otherpurpose.
Neverallowchildrenunder 14 yearsof age to operatethis
machine.Children14and over shouldreadand understandthe
instructionsand safe operationpracticesin this manualand on
the machineand be trainedand supervisedby an adult.
Only responsible individualswhoare familiarwith these rulesof
safeoperationshouldbe allowedto usethis machine.
Tohelp avoidbladecontactor a thrownobjectinjury, stayin
operatorzonebehindhandlesand keepchildren,bystanders,
helpersand pets at least 75 feet from lawnedgerwhile it is in
operation.Stopmachineif anyoneentersarea.
PREPARATION
Thoroughlyinspectthearea wherethe equipmentis to be used.
Removeall stones,sticks,wire,bones,toys andother foreign
objectswhichcould be trippedoveror pickedup and thrownby
the blade.Thrownobjectscan causeseriouspersonalinjury.
Alwayswear safetyglassesor safetygogglesduring operation
and while performing an adjustmentor repairto protectyoureyes.
Thrownobjectswhich ricochetcancause seriousinjuryto the
eyes.
Wearsturdy,rough-soledwork shoesand close-fittingslacks
and shirts.Shirtsand pantsthat coverthe arms and legsand
steel-toedshoesare recommended. N everoperatethis machine
in bare feet,sandals,slipperyor lightweight (e.g.canvas)shoes.
Neverattemptto make anyadjustmentswhilethe engineis
running,exceptwherespecificallyrecommended in the operator's
manual.
SAFE HANDLING
OF GASOLINE:
Toavoidpersonalinjuryor propertydamageuse extremecarein
handlinggasoline.Gasolineis extremelyflammableand the vaporsare
explosive.Seriouspersonalinjurycanoccur whengasolineis spilled
on yourselfor your clotheswhich can ignite. Washyourskin and
changeclothesimmediately.
Useonly an approvedgasolinecontainer.
Neverfill containersinsidea vehicleor on a truckor trailer bed
with a plasticliner.Alwaysplacecontainerson the groundaway
from yourvehiclebeforefilling.
Removegas-powered equipmentfrom the truckor trailerand
refuelit on the ground.If this is notpossible,then refuelsuch
equipmenton a trailerwith a portablecontainer,ratherthanfrom
a gasolinedispensernozzle.
Keepthe nozzlein contactwith the rim of the fueltank or
containeropeningat all timesuntilfuelingis complete.Donot use
a nozzlelock-opendevice.
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