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1. Consider work area environment
Do not expose the tool to rain. Do not use the
tool in damp or wet conditions. Keep the work
area well lit. Do not use the tool where there is
a risk of causing fire or explosion, i.e. in the
presence of flammable liquids and gases. Keep
the work area free from debris and obstacles.
2. Keep children away
Do not allow children, visitors or animals to
come near the work area or to touch the tool
or mains cable.
3. Dress properly
Do not wear loose clothing or jewellery,
as these can be caught in moving parts.
Preferably wear rubber gloves and non-slip
footwear when working outdoors. Wear protective
hair covering to keep long hair out of the way.
4. Personal protection
Always use safety glasses. Use a face or dust
mask whenever the operations may produce
dust or flying particles. Wear ear protection
whenever the sound level seems uncomfortable.
5. Guard against electric shock
Prevent body contact with earthed or
grounded surfaces (e.g. metal railings,
lamp-posts etc.). Electric safety can be further
improved by using a high-sensitivity
(30 mA/30 mS) residual current device (RCD).
6. Do not overreach
Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
7. Stay alert
Watch what you are doing. Use common sense.
Do not operate the tool when you are tired.
8. Secure workpiece
Where appropriate, use clamps or a vice to
hold the workpiece. It is safer and it frees both
hands to operate the tool.
9. Remove keys and adjusting wrenches
Always check that keys and adjusting wrenches
are removed from the tool before operating
the tool.
10. Extension cables
Before use, inspect the extension cable and
replace if damaged. Only use extension cables
intended for outdoor use.
11. Use appropriate tool
The intended use is described in this instruction
manual. Do not force small tools or attachments
to do the job of a heavy-duty tool. The tool will
do the job better and safer at the rate for
which it was intended. Do not force the tool.
Warning! The use of any accessory or
attachment or performance of any operation
with this tool other than those recommended
in this instruction manual may present a risk of
personal injury.
12. Check for damaged parts
Before use, carefully check the tool and mains
cable for damage. Check for misalignment and
seizure of moving parts, breakage of parts,
damage to guards and switches and any other
conditions that may affect its operation. Ensure
that the tool will operate properly and perform
its intended function. Do not use the tool if any
part is damaged or defective. Do not use the
tool if the switch does not turn it on and off.
Have any damaged or defective parts repaired
or replaced by an authorised repair agent.
Never attempt any repairs yourself. If the supply
cord is damaged, it must be replaced by an
authorised repair agent in order to avoid a hazard.
13. Unplug the tool
Unplug the tool when it is not in use,
before changing any parts of the tool,
accessories or attachments and before servicing.
14. Avoid unintentional starting
Do not carry the tool with a finger on the
on/off switch. Be sure that the tool is switched
off when plugging in.
15. Do not abuse cord
Never carry the tool by its cord or pull it to
disconnect from the socket. Keep the cord
away from heat, oil and sharp edges.
16. Store idle tools
When not in use, tools should be stored in a
dry, locked up or high place, out of reach of
17. Maintain tools with care
Keep cutting tools sharp and clean for better
and safer performance. Follow the instructions
for maintenance and changing accessories.
Keep handles and switches dry, clean and free
from oil and grease.

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