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Intended Use; Safety Instructions; Operation - Black & Decker gr292 Manual

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Intended use

Your Black & Decker mower has been designed for mowing
grass. This tool is intended for consumer use only.

Safety instructions

Warning! When using mains-powered appliances,
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basic safety precautions, including the following, should
always be followed to reduce the risk of fire,
electric shock and personal injury.
Read all of this manual carefully before operating the
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appliance.
Before operating the appliance, make sure that you know
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how to switch it off in an emergency.
Retain this manual for future reference.
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Training
Read the instructions carefully. Be familiar with the
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controls and the proper use of the appliance.
Do not allow children or any person unfamiliar with these
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instructions to operate the appliance. Local regulations
may restrict the age of the operator.
Never use the appliance while people, especially children,
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or pets are nearby.
Remember that the operator will be held responsible for
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accidents or hazards occurring to other people or their
property.
Preparation
Wear stout shoes or boots to protect your feet. Do not
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operate the appliance wearing open-toed sandals or
when barefoot. Wear long trousers to protect your legs.
Wear safety glasses or goggles when operating this tool.
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Use a face or dust mask whenever the operations take
place in dusty surroundings. Hearing protection should be
worn whenever the sound level seems uncomfortable.
Guard against electric shock. Prevent body contact with
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earthed or grounded surfaces (e.g. metal railings, lamp-
posts, etc.).
Before using the appliance, visually check that the blade,
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blade nut and cutter assembly are not worn or damaged.
Check that the blade nut is securely fastened.
Before starting the operation, check that your mowing path
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is free from sticks, stones, wire and any other objects.

Operation

Never operate the appliance with defective guards or
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shields, or without safety devices, for example deflectors
and/or grass catchers, in place.
Only use the appliance in daylight or good artificial light.
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Do not expose the appliance to rain. Do not use the
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appliance in damp or wet conditions. Preferably do not
use the appliance in wet grass.
Be sure of your footing, particularly on slopes. Be aware
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that freshly cut grass is damp and slippery. Do not work
on steep slopes.
Work across the face of slopes, never up and down.
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Take extreme caution when changing direction on slopes.
Walk, never run when using the appliance. Do not pull the
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appliance towards you or walk backwards when using the
appliance.
Switch on the appliance according to instructions and
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with your feet well away from the blade.
Do not tilt appliance when switching it on, except if the
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appliance has to be tilted for starting. In that case, do not
tilt the appliance more than absolutely necessary and lift
only the part that is away from the operator.
Always ensure that both hands are in the operating
position before returning the appliance to the ground.
Switch off the appliance and wait for the blade assembly
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to stop running if the appliance has to be tilted for
transportation when crossing surfaces other than grass,
and when transporting the appliance to and from the area
to be mowed.
Do not lift or carry the appliance until the blade has come
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to a complete standstill.
Keep your hands and feet well away from the blade.
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Do not put your hands or feet near or under rotating parts.
Keep away from discharge openings at all times.
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Switch off, remove the plug from the socket and ensure
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that moving parts have stopped rotating before leaving
the appliance unattended and before changing, cleaning
or inspecting any parts of the appliance or clearing a
blockage.
If the appliance starts to vibrate abnormally or if you hit a
foreign object, switch the appliance off and remove the
plug from the socket. Check for any damage to the appliance.
Take care to keep the mains cable away from the blade.
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Always be aware of the position of the cable.
The motor will continue to run for a few seconds after
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switching the appliance off. Never attempt to force the
blade to come to a standstill.
Maintenance and storage
Before use, check the appliance for damaged or defective
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parts. 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 appliance will operate properly and
perform its intended function. Never use the appliance
when any guard or enclosure is damaged or not in place.
Do not use the appliance if any part is damaged or
defective. Do not use the appliance if the switch does not
turn it on and off. Have any damaged or defective parts
repaired or replaced by an authorised repair agent.
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