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Craftsman 316.792440 Operator's Manual page 9

Universal brushcutter attachment
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HOLDING
THE UNiT
WARNING:
Always wear eye, hearing, hand, foot and
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body protection to reduce the risk of injury when operating|
this unit.
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Stand in the operating position (Fig. 11).
Hold the shaft grip with the right hand. Keep the right arm
slightly bent.
Hold the handle with the left hand. Keep the left arm straight.
Hold the unit at waist level.
The cutting blade is parallel to the ground and easily contacts
the weeds or brush without the need to bend over.
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I WARNING:
Do not use the cutting blade for edging or
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I as an edger. Severe personal injury to the operator or
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others can result.
USING THE CUTTING BLADE
To establish a rhythmic cutting procedure:
Plant feet firmly, comfortably
apart.
Bring the engine to full throttle before entering the material to be
cut. At full throttle the blade has maximum cutting power and is
less likely to bind, stall or cause blade thrust (which can result in
serious personal injury to the operator or others).
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Fig. 11
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WARNING:
Blade thrust may occur when the spinning
blade contacts an object that it does not immediately cut.
Blade thrust can be violent enough to cause the unit
and/or operator to be propelled in any direction, and
possibly lose control of the unit. 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.
Cut while swinging the upper body from left to right.
Maneuver the unit in the opposite direction as the blade spins,
which increases the cutting action.
After the return swing, move forward to the next area to be cut
plant feet again.
Always release the throttle trigger and allow the engine to return
to idle speed when not cutting.
_L_WARNING:
The blade continues to
after the
spin
engine
is turned off. The coasting blade can cause serious
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persona
njury f acc denta y touched.
When finished, always unsnap the unit from the harness before
taking off the harness.
The cutting blade is designed with a second cutting edge which
can be used by turning the blade over.
WARNING:
Do not sharpen the cutting blade.
Sharpening the blade can cause the blade tip to break off
while in use. This can cause severe personal injury to the
operator or any bystanders.
Replace the blade.
To reduce the chance of material wrapping
around the blade, follow
these steps:
Cut at full throttle
Swing the unit into material to be cut from left to right (Fig. 12)
Avoid the material just cut on the return swing
WARNING:
Do not clear away any cut material with the
engine running or blade turning. To avoid serious personal
injury, turn off the engine. Allow the blade to stop before
removing materials wrapped around the blade shaft.
Fig. 12
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