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chain is suddenly stopped. This sudden
stopping pulls the p r uner forward and away
from the operator and could easily cause the
operator to lose control of the pruner.
REDUCE THE CHANCE OF
Recognize that kickback can happen. With
a basic understanding of kickback, you can
reduce the element of surprise which
contributes to accidents.
Never let the moving chain contact any
object at the tip of the guide bar.
Keep the working area free from
obstructions suchas other trees, branches,
rocks, stumps, etc. Eliminate or avoid any
obstruction that your chain could hit while
you are cutting. When cutting a branch, do
not let the gui de barcontact branch or other
objects around it.
Keep your chain sharp and properly
tensioned. A loose or dull chain can
increase the chance of kickback occurring.
Follow manufacturer’s chain sharpening
and maintenance instructions. Check
tension at regular intervals with the engine
stopped, never with the engine running.
Make sure the bar clamp nut is securely
tightened after tensioning the chain.
Begin and continue cutting at full speed. If
the chain ismoving at aslower speed, there
is greater chance of kickback occurring.
Cut one branch at a time.
Use extreme caution when re-entering a
Do not attempt cuts starting with the tip of
the bar (plunge cuts).
Watch for shi fting of wood or ot her f orc esthat
could close a cut and pinch or fall into chain.
Use the Reduced--Kickback Guide Bar and
Low--Kickback Chain specified for your unit.
Keep a good, firm grip on the pruner with
both hands when the engine is running and
don’t let go. A firm grip will help you reduce
kickback and maintain control. Keep the
fingers of your left hand encircling and your
left thumb under the assist handle. Keep
your right hand completely around the
throttle handle whether your are right
handed or left handed.
Stand with your weight evenly balanced on
Stand slightly to the left side of t he pruner to
keep your body from being in a direct line
with the cutting chain.
KICKBACK SAFETY FEATURES
The following features are included on your
pruner to help reduce the hazard of kickback;
however, such features will not totally elimi-
nate this danger. As apruner user, donot rely
only on safety devices. You must follow all
safety precautions, instructions, and mainte-
nance in this manual to help avoid kickback
and other forces which can result in serious
Reduced--Kickback Guide Bar, designed
with a small radius tip which reduces the
size of t he kickback danger zone on the bar
Small Radius Tip
Reduced Kickback Symmetrical Guide Bar
Symmetrical Guide Bar
Large Radius Tip
Low--Kickback Chain, designed with a
contoured depth gauge and guard link
which deflect kickback force and allow
wood to gradually ride into the cutter.
Not a Low---Kickback Chain
Can Obstruct Material
Contoured Depth Gauge
Elongated Guard Link
and allows wood
to gradually ride
Exposure to vibrations
through prolonged use of gasoline powered
hand tools could cause blood vessel or nerve
damage in the fingers, hands, and joints of
people prone to circulation disorders or ab-
normal swellings. Prolonged use in cold
weather has beenlinked toblood vessel dam-
age inotherwise healthy people. Ifsymptoms
occur such as numbness, pain, loss of
strength, change in skin color or texture, or
loss of feeling in the fingers, hands, or joints,
discontinue the use ofthis tool and seekmed-
ical attention. An anti --vibration system does
not guarantee the a voidance of these prob-
lems. Users who operate power tools on a
continual and regular basis must monitor
closely their physical condition and the condi-
tion of this tool.