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Safety Rules - Husqvarna 540 Instruction Manual

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Safe Operation Practices for Pedestrian-Controlled
Rotary Lawnmowers
IMPORTANT: This cutting machine is ca pa ble of am-
putat ng 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 un familiar 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.
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 de signed for this
- Refuel outdoors only and do not smoke while refue-
- 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 pre serve balance.
 On multibladed 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 mon ox ide fumes can collect.
 Mow only in daylight or in good artificial light.
 Avoid operating the equipment in wet grass, where
 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 cross ing 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 de vic es, for example defl ectors 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
according 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 nec es sary and lift only the part which is
away from the op er a tor.
 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 dis charge 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 un clog ging chute;
- before checking, cleaning or work ing on the lawn-
- after striking a foreign object. Inspect the lawnmower
for damage and make repairs before re starting and
operating the lawnmower;
- if the lawnmower starts to vibrate abnormally (check
 Stop the engine:
- whenever you leave the lawnmower;
- before refuelling.
 Reduce the throttle setting during en gine 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
 Allow the engine to cool before storing in any enclo-
 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-
 Replace worn or damaged parts for safety.
 If the fuel tank has to be drained, this should be done