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Assembly - Craftsman 25459 Instruction Manual

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Safe Operation
Practices
for Pedestrian=Controlled
Rotary
Lawnmowers
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.
i.
Training
Read the instructions
carefully.
Be familiar with the
controls and the proper use of the equipment.
Never allow children or people
unfamiliar with the
instructions to use the lawnmower. Local regulations
may restrict the age of the operator.
Never mow while people, especially children, or pets
are nearby.
Keep in mind that the operator or user is responsible
for accidents or hazards occurring to other people or
their property.
il.
Preparation
• While mowing, always wear substantial footwear and
long trousers.
Do not operate the equipment
when
barefoot or wearing open sandals.
Thoroughly
inspect the area where the equipment
is to be used and remove atl objects which may be
thrown by the machine.
WARNING - Petrol is highly flammable.
- Store fuel in containers specifically
designed
for
this purpose.
- Refuel outdoors only and do not smoke while refu-
eling.
- Add fuel before starting the engine.
Never remove
the cap ofthe fuel tank or add petrol while the engine
is running or when the engine is hot.
- If petrol is spilled, do not attempt to start the engine
but move the machine away from the area of spill-
age and avoid creating any source of ignition until
petrol vapors have dissipated.
-Replace
atl fuel tanks and container
caps se-
curely.
Replace faulty silencers.
Before using, always visually inspect to see that the
blades, blade bolts and cutter assembly are not worn
or damaged.
Replace worn or damaged blades and
bolts in sets to preserve balance.
On multi-bladed
machines, take care as rotating one
blade can cause other blades to rotate.
i!!.
Operation
• Do not operate the engine in a confined space where
dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can collect.
Mow only in daylight or in good artificial light.
Avoid operating the equipment
in wet grass, where
feasible.
Always be sure of your footing on slopes.
Walk, never run.
For wheeled rotary machines,
mow across the face
of slopes, never up and down.
Exercise extreme caution when changing
direction
on slopes.
Do not mow excessively steep slopes.
Use extreme caution when reversing or pulling the
lawnmower towards you.
Stop the blade if the lawnmower
has to be tilted for
transportation
when crossing
surfaces
other than
grass, and when transporting
the lawnmower to and
from the area to be mowed.
Never operatethe lawnmower with defective guards, or
without safety devices, for example deflectors and/or
grass catchers, in place.
Do not change the engine governor settings or over-
speed the engine. Operating the engine at excessive
speed may increase the hazard of personal injury.
Disengage all blade and drive clutches before starting
the engine.
Start the engine or switch on the motor carefully ac-
cording to instructions
and with feet well away from
the blade.
Do not tilt the lawnmower when starting the engine or
switching on the motor, except if the lawnmower
has
to be tilted for starting.
In this case, do not tilt more
than absolutely necessary and lift only the part which
is away from the operator.
Do not start the engine when standing in front of the
discharge chute.
Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating parts.
Keep clear of the discharge opening at all times.
Never pick up or carry lawnmower
while the engine
is running.
Stop the engine
and disconnect
the spark
plug
wire:
- before cleaning blockages or unclogging
chute;
- before checking, cleaning or working on the lawn-
mower;
- afterstriking aforeign object. Inspectthe lawnmower
for damage and make repairs before restarting and
operating the lawnmower;
- ifthe lawnmower starts to vibrate abnormally (check
immediately).
Stop the engine:
- whenever you leave the lawnmower;
- before refuelling.
Reduce the throttle setting during engine shut down
and, if the engine is provided with a shut-off valve,
turn the fuel off at the conclusion of mowing.
Go slow when using a trailing seat.
iV. Maintenance
and Storage
Keep all nuts, bolts and screws tight to be sure the
equipment
is in safe working condition.
Never store the equipment with petrol in the tank inside
a building where fumes may reach an open flame or
spark.
Allow the engine to cool before storing in any enclo-
sure.
To reduce the fire hazard, keep the engine, silencer,
battery compartment
and petrol storage area free of
grass, leaves, or excessive grease.
Check the grass catcher frequently for wear or dete-
rioration.
Replace worn or damaged parts for safety.
Ifthe fuel tank has to be drained, this should be done
outdoors.

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