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SAFETY WARNINGS FOR GAS UNITS
Store fuel only in containers specifically designed and approved
for the storage of such materials.
Always stop the engine and allow it to cool before filling the
tank. Never remove the fuel tank cap or add fuel when the
engine is hot. Always loosen the fuel tank cap slowly to relieve
any pressure in the tank before fueling.
Always mix and add fuel in a clean, well-ventilated outdoor area
where there are no sparks or flames. DO NOT smoke.
Never operate the unit without the fuel cap securely in place.
Avoid creating a source of ignition for spilled fuel. Wipe up any
spilled fuel from the unit immediately, before starting the unit.
Move the unit at least 30 ft. (9.1 m) from the fueling source and
site before starting the engine. DO NOT smoke.
Never start or run the unit inside a closed room or building.
Breathing exhaust fumes can kill. Operate this unit only in a well
ventilated outdoor area.
• IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS •
Use caution when handling fuel.
Gasoline is highly flammable and its vapors can explode if
ignited. Take the following precautions:
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE OPERATING
Read the instructions carefully. Be familiar with the controls and
proper use of the unit. Know how to stop the unit and disengage
the controls quickly.
Do not operate this unit when tired, ill or under the influence of
alcohol, drugs or medication.
Never allow children to operate the unit. Never allow adults to
operate the unit without proper instruction.
All guards and safety attachments must be installed properly
before operating the unit.
Inspect the unit before use. Replace damaged parts. Check for
fuel leaks. Make sure all fasteners are in place and secure.
Replace parts that are cracked, chipped, or damaged in any
way. Do not operate the unit with loose or damaged parts.
Be aware of risk of injury to the head, hands and feet.
Carefully inspect the area before starting the unit. Remove
rocks, broken glass, nails, wire, string and other objects that
may be thrown or become entangled with the unit.
Clear the area of children, bystanders and pets; keep them
outside a 50-foot (15 m) radius, at a minimum. Even then, they are
still at risk from thrown objects. Encourage bystanders to wear
eye protection. If you are approached, stop the unit immediately.
Squeeze the throttle control and check that it returns
automatically to the idle position. Make all adjustments or
repairs before using the unit.
When using the unit, all safety rules
must be followed. Please read these instructions before
operating the unit in order to ensure the safety of the
operator and any bystanders. Please keep these
instructions for later use.
Wear safety glasses or goggles that meet current ANSI Z87.1
standards and are marked as such. Wear ear/hearing protection
when operating this unit. Wear a face mask or dust mask if the
operation is dusty. Use a hard hat or other type of safety helmet.
Wear safety boots and protective gloves. Wear heavy, snug-
fitting clothes, including long pants and a long-sleeve shirt. Do
not wear loose clothing, jewelry, short pants, sandals or go
barefoot. Secure hair above shoulder level.
Make sure the saw chain is not in contact with anything before
starting the unit.
Use the unit only in daylight or good artificial light.
Avoid accidental starting. Be in the starting position whenever
pulling the starter rope. The operator and unit must be in a stable
position while starting. Refer to
Starting and Stopping
Use the right tool. Only use this tool for its intended purpose: to
cut wood. Do not use the unit for cutting plastic, masonry or
other non-wood building materials. Only use the unit as
described in this manual.
Keep all body parts away from the saw chain when the unit is
running. Do not touch or try to stop moving parts.
Do not touch the engine or muffler. These parts get extremely hot
from operation, even after the unit is turned off.
Do not operate the unit faster than the speed needed to do the job.
Do not run the unit at high speed when not in use.
Do not force the unit, especially near the end of a cut. It will do a
better, safer job when used at the intended rate.
Always turn the engine off when operation is delayed, when
setting the unit down or when carrying the unit from one location
to another. Make sure all moving parts come to a complete stop.
Carry the unit by the front handle with the muffler positioned
away from the body and the guide bar positioned to the rear.
Cover the guide bar and saw chain with the scabbard when
carrying the unit.
If you strike or become entangled with a foreign object, stop the
unit immediately and check for damage. Do not operate the unit
before repairing damage. Do not operate the unit with loose or
Use only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) replacement
parts and accessories for this unit. These are available from a
Sears or other qualified service dealer. Use of any other parts or
accessories could lead to serious injury to the user, or damage
to the unit, and void the warranty.
Keep the unit clean. Carefully remove vegetation and other
debris that could block moving parts.
To reduce fire hazard, replace a faulty muffler and spark arrestor.
Keep the engine and muffler free from grass, leaves, excessive
grease or carbon build up.
If the unit starts to vibrate abnormally, stop the unit immediately.
Inspect the unit for the cause of the vibration. Vibration is
generally an indicator of trouble.
Keep the work area clean. Cluttered areas invite injuries. Do not
start cutting until the work area is clear and free from
obstructions. Make sure there is secure footing and a planned
retreat path from falling trees or branches.
Do not cut near electrical cables or power lines. Keep at least 50
feet (15 m) away from all power lines.
For safer, more effective performance, make sure the guide bar
and chain are properly cleaned, lubricated, tightened and
sharpened. Check the guide bar and chain at frequent intervals
for proper adjustment.
When cutting a limb that is under tension, use extreme caution.
When the tension is released, the limb could spring back and
strike the operator, causing severe injury or death.