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Operating Instructions For Use With Weed Blades - Craftsman BRUSHWACKER 358.795180 Instruction Manual

32cc/1.9 cu. in. 2-cycle gasoline brushwacker
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OPERATING
INSTRUCTIONS
FOR
USE WITH WEED BLADES
• Blade Thrust is a reaction that only
occurs when using a bladed unit. This
reaction can cause serious injury
such as amputation.
Carefully study
this section. It is important that you
understand what causes blade thrust,
how you can reduce the chance of its
occurring, and how you can remain in
control of unit if blade thrust occurs.
• WHAT CAUSES BLADE THRUST -
Blade Thrust can occur when the
spinning Made contacts an object that
it does not cut. This contact causes
the Made to stop for an instant and
then suddenly move or 'thrust" away
from the object that was hit. The
"thrusting" reaction can be violent
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.
• 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 being cut. By using the unit
properly, the occurrence
of blade
thrust will be reduced
and the
operator will be less likely to lose
control.
• Cut only grass, weeds, and woody
brush up to 1/2 inch in diameter with
the weed blade. Do not let the blade
contact material it cannot cut such as
stumps, rocks, fences, metal, etc., or
clusters of hard, woody brush having
a diameter greater than 1/2 inch.
• Keep the blade sharp. A dull blade
is more likely to snag and thrust.
• Cut only at full throttle. The blade will
have maximum
cutting power and is
less likely to bind or stall.
• "Feed" the blade deliberately
and
not too rapidly. The blade can thrust
away if it is fed too rapidly.
• Cut only from your left to your right.
Cutting on right side of the shield will
throw debris away from the operator.
• Use the shoulder strap and keep a
firm grip on the unit with both hands.
A properly adjusted
shoulder
strap
will support the weight of the unit,
freeing your arms and hands to
control and guide the cutting motion.
• Keep feet comfortably spread apart
and braced for a possible sudden,
rapid thrust of unit. Do not overreach.
Keep firm footing and balance.
• Keep blade below waist level; it will
be easier to maintain control of unit.
• Do not raise the engine above your
waist as the blade can come
dangerously
close to your body.
• Do not swing unit with such force that
you are in danger of losing your
balance.
Bring the engine to cutting speed be-
fore entering the material to be cut.If
the blade does not turn when you
squeeze
the throttle trigger, make sure
tube is fully inserted into the engine.
Always
release the throttle trigger and
allow engine to return to idle speed
when not cutting. The blade should
not turn while the engine is running at
idle. If the blade turns at idle, do not
use your unit. Refer to the CARBURE-
TOR ADJUSTMENT section or contact
your Sears Service Center.
• Maintain good firm footing while using
the unit. Do this by planting feet firmly
in a comfortable apart position.
• Cut while swinging
the upper part of
your body from left to right.
• As you move forward to the next
area to cut, be sure to maintain
your
balance
and footing.
RECOMMENDED CUTTING POSITION
2 o'clock
Cut using the 2
o'clock to 4 o'clock
position of the
_
JJ %'€'4o'clock
blade
'lr-
,_ WARNING:
The operator or oth-
ers must not try to clear away cut mate-
rial with the engine running or the blade
turning to avoid serious injury. Stop en-
gine and blade before removing materi-
als wrapped around blade or tube.
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