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Black & Decker GT200 Series Instruction Manual page 4

Hedge trimmer
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Use outdoor extension cords. When a
tool is used outdoors, use only
extension cords intended for outdoor use
and so marked.
Stay alert. Watch what you are doing.
Use common sense. Do not operate
when you are tired.
Connect dust extraction equipment.
If devices are provided for the connection
of dust extraction and collection facilities,
ensure these are connected and
properly used.
Check damaged parts. Before further use
of the tool, a guard or other part that is
damaged should be carefully checked to
determine whether it will operate properly
and perform its intended function. Check
for alignment of moving parts, binding of
moving parts, breakage of parts, mounting
and any other conditions that may affect its
operation. A guard or other part that is
damaged should be properly repaired or
replaced by an authorised service centre
unless otherwise indicated in this
instruction manual. Have defective
switches replaced by an authorised service
centre. Do not use the tool if the switch
does not turn it on and off.
Warning! The use of any accessory or
attachment, other than recommended in this
instruction manual, may present a risk of
personal injury.
Have your tool repaired by a
qualified person.
This electrical appliance is in accordance
with the relevant safety rules. Repairs
should only be carried out by qualified
persons using original spare parts,
otherwise considerable danger to the
user may result.
Never allow children or persons who are
unfamiliar with this type of machine to
use it, nor anyone who has not read
this leaflet.
Do not allow children, animals or other
persons near your machine when in use
- always keep them at least 6m (20ft)
away from the cutting area.
Remember that the operator/user is
responsible for accidents or hazards
occurring to other people or their property.
Your machine is designed for use on AC
(mains) electrical supplies only - do not
attempt to use on any other supply.
Plug your machine into a power point -
never a lighting socket.
Never carry your machine by the cable or
jerk the cable to separate the connectors.
Keep the cable away from heat sources,
oils or sharp edges. Check the condition
of your cable before use and do not use
if damaged.
We recommend a first time user should
get informed, practical instruction on
how to use a hedgetrimmer, as well as
reading this manual.
To protect your feet, always wear stout
shoes or boots.
Use protective equipment. Wear safety
spectacles or goggles and heavy duty
gloves whilst operating your machine.
Use a face mask if dusty.
Use ear protection if the sound level seems
uncomfortable when using your machine.
Protect long hair from contact with
the hedgetrimmer.
Do not operate your machine barefoot or
in open sandals.
Do not wear loose jewellery.
Clothes should be close fitting, but not
restrict your movement.
The power supply cable should be
regularly inspected for signs of
damage or ageing, and only used if in
good condition.
Always keep the power supply cable
away from the blades - be aware of its
position at all times.
Always be sure your machine is in a safe
operating condition.
Before using your machine, disconnect
it from the electrical supply and visually
check that the blade fixings are secure.
A damaged blade or loose blade nuts are
a major hazard and must be replaced.
Ensure hedges etc. are free from foreign
objects such as railings or barbed wire
which may damage your machine. Avoid
dangerous starting, do not carry your
hedgetrimmer to the hedge plugged in.