Craftsman 358.798270-32ce Important Manual page 16

32 cc 2-cycle engine 18" semi-automatic head straight shaft brushwacker
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A. BLADE
SAFETY
I. OPERATOR
SAFETY
a. Always wear eye protection
when operating,
b. Always wear heavy,longpants, long sleeves,
boots, and gloves. Do notgo barefoot o r wear
sandals, jewelry, short pants,short sleeves,
looseclothing, or clothing w ith loosely h ang-
ingstraps, ties, t assels, etc.; theycanbe caught
in moving parts. Secure hairso itis above
shoulder length.Beingfiffiy
covered will help
protect you from pieces oftoxic p lants suchas
poisonivythrown by theblade, w hich could be
more ofa hazardthan touching theplant itself.
c. Do notoperate this unitwhenyou aretired, ill,
or under the influence of alcohol, drugs,
or
medication.
d. Always
use the handlebar
and a properly
ad-
justed
shoulder strap.
See "Assembly."
e. Do not swing the unit with such force that you
are in danger
of losingyour
balance.
f. Never
start or run the engine inside a closed
room or building.Breathingexhaustfumes
can kill.
g. Keep handles
free of oil and fuel.
2. UNIT
SAFETY
a. Inspect the entire unit before each use.
Re-
place damaged parts. Check for fuel leaks and
make sure all handles, guards, and fasteners
are in place and securely fastened.
b. Be sure the metal
shield is properly attached.
The metal shield must be installed
for all blade
usage.
c. Make sure the blade is _roperly installed
and
securely fastened.
Refer fo "_h__sembl_"
d. L_ sure the bl_
st:,pa _ur_'fing whsn tb.s en-
gine idles. See "Trouble Shooting
Chart."
e. Make carburetor
adjustments
with the drive
shaft housing supported
to prevent
the blade
from contacting any object. Hold unit by hand;
do not use the shoulder strap for support.
f. Keep others away when making carburetor
ad-
justments.
g. Have all maintenance
and
service
not ex-
plained in this manual performed
by an Autho-
rized Service Dealer.
3. _G
SAFETY
a. Inspect thearea to be cut before each use. Re-
move objects (rocks, broken
glass, nails, wire,
string, etc.) which can be thrown or become en-
tangled in the blade.
b. Always keep the engine on the right side of
your body.
Hold the unit
fmnly
with both
hands.
c. Keep firm footing and balance.
Do not over-
reach.
d. Keep blade below waist level.
e. Do not raise the engine aboveyour
waist. The
blade can come dangerously
close to your body.
f. Cut at full throttle.
g. Cut from your right to your left.
h. Use only for jobs explained
in this manual.
Do
not use the blade as an edger.
The shield does
not provide adequate protection.
B. GUARD
AGAINST
BLADE
THRUST
Blade Thrust is a reaction that only occurs when
using a bladed unit. This reaction can cause seri-
ous injurysuch as amputation. Carefully s tudy
thissection. Itisimportant thatyou understand
what causesbladethrust, h ow you canreducethe
chance of its occurring, a nd how you can remain
in control ofthe unitif bladethrust occurs.
• The forwardtipon the shield h elpstoreducethe
occurrence ofbladethrust but cannotpreventthe
occurrence.The operator must follow all warn-
ings and safetyinstructions in thissectionto
lessen thechanceofbladethrust occurring a nd to
maintaincontrol o funitif thereaction d oesoccur.
1. WHAT
CAUSES
BLADE
THRUST
Blade
Thrust can occur when the spinning blade con-
tacts an object thatitdoesnotcut.This contact
causestheblade to stopforan instant and then
suddenly move or "thrust" away from the object
that was hit. The %hrusting"
reaction can be vio-
lent enough to cause the operator to be propelled
in any direction
and lose control of the unit:
The
uncontrolled
unit can cause serious injury if the
blade contacts
the operator
or others,
Figure 21.
2. WHEN
BLADE
THRUST
OCCURS.
Blade
thrust
can occur without
warning
if the blade
snags, stalls, or binds. This is more likely to occur
in areas where it is difficult to see the material
be-
ing cut. Byusingthe
unit properly, the occurrence
of blade thrust Will be reduced and the operator
will be less likely to lose control.
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3o
BLADE THRUST
Figure 21
REDUCE
THE CHANCE
OF BLADE
THRUST
a. Cut only grass, weeds, and woody brush up to 2
inches in diameter
with the brush blade.
Do not
let the blade contact material
it cannot cut such as
stumps, rocks, fences, metal,
etc., or dusters
of
hard, woody brush having a diameter
greater than
2 inches.
b. Keep the blade sharp. A dullblade
is more likely to
snag and thrust.
c. Cut only at full throttle.
The blade has maximum
c_tting power at full throttle
and is less likely to
bind or stall.
d. "Feed" the blade deliberately
and not too rapidly.
The blade can thrust
away if it is fed too rapidly.
e. CUt only from your right to your left.
Swinging
the unit in the same direction
as the blade spins
increases the cutting actiom

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