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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 tawnmower.
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.
II.
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 all objects which may be thrown
by the machine.
• WARNING - Petrol is highly flammable.
- Store fuel in containers specifically desig ned for this
purpose.
- Refuel outdoors only and do not smoke while refuel-
ing.
- Add fuel before starting the engine.
Never remove
the cap of the 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 spillage
and avoid creating any source of ignition until petrol
vapors have dissipated.
- Replace all fuel tanks and container caps securely.
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.
III.
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 operate the 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 tawnmower 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, lnspectthe lawnmower
for damage and make repairs before restarting and
operating the lawnmower;
- if the 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 stow when using a trailing seat.
WARNING: CHILDREN CAN BE INJURED BY THIS
EQUIPMENT.
The American Academy of Pediatrics
recommends
that children be a minimum of 12 year
of age before operating a pedestrian controlled lawn
mower and a minimum
of 16 years of age before
operating a riding lawn mower.
When loading or unloading this machine, do not exceed
the maximum recommended
operation angle of 15 °.
Wear proper Personal Protective
Equipment
(PPE)
while operating this machine, including (at a minimum)
sturdy footwear, eye protection, and hearing protection.
Do not mow in shorts and/or, open toed footwear.
Always let someone know you are outside mowing.
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 coot before storing inany enclosure.
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.
,
If the fuel tank has to be drained, this should be done
outdoors.

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