Self Propelled Lawn Mower Using the Lawn Mower Before Starting

WORK AREA
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Make sure the area you are about to cut
is free of large stones, pieces of wood,
lengths of wire or anything else that may
fly out or damage the machine. Wear
your gloves while you do this.
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Do not use this mower on steep slopes.
Contact the hire company if you need a
machine to do this.
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Protect other people from the noise and
from injury. Keep other people at least
10metres (33 feet) away.
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Make sure that the area is clear and safe
and that no-one is near to you or could
distract you.
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To reduce the risk of serious or fatal
injury from breathing toxic fumes, do not
run or test the engine indoors unless you
have good ventilation.
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Do not use this lawn mower where there
is a danger of explosion. It will ignite
fumes from petrol, or gas cylinders.
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You will need to wear strong shoes or
boots giving good foot protection.
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This equipment is likely to cause noise
levels up to 96 dB(A) - wear appropriate
ear muffs or plugs giving hearing
protection for this level.
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The following items of personal
protective equipment (ppe) are the
minimum that should be worn whenever
you use this lawn mower. Particular jobs
or environments may require a higher
level of protection.
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Check your machine, engine, guards
and grass box, and all equipment. If
anything is found damaged, do not use
the lawn mower - contact the hire
company.
Make sure that the guard over the grass
outlet is securely fixed to the mower, but
free to move when attaching and
removing the grassbox.
If you plan to cut long grass, set the cut
high to start with. This will avoid
damaging the grass and overloading the
mower. You can then go back over the
grass with a lower cut setting.
On some mowers, drive is not
transmitted to the wheels until you
squeeze the clutch lever in.
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Always hold the lawn mower correctly
with both hands when cutting the grass.
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If you spill any fuel on your clothes,
change them straight away.
Put all fuel caps back on properly, and
move your fuel can to a safe, cool place.
STARTING THE ENGINE
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Anybody who is working near to you will
also need to wear appropriate personal
protective equipment.
LAWN MOWER
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OPERATORS
You will need strong gloves to handle
any rubbish or debris in the grass.
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On other mowers, drive is not
transmitted to the wheels until you
release the clutch lever. These models
also have an emergency stop lever,
which stops the mower if the lever is
released.
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In either case the self propelled mower
will stop moving if you release the control
levers.
If the lawn mower gets out of control
while working, do not fight to regain
control. Release the control levers and
the mower will immediately stop.
On some mowers, the driving wheels
can be engaged without having the
blades rotating, to enable you to position
the machine ready to start.
10. Make sure you understand all of the
controls. Before you start the lawn
mower, you must know how to control it
and stop it safely.
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No smoking.
Stop the engine and let it cool down.
Move the machine away from your work
area. Spilt petrol will kill grass.
Clean the filler cap and the area around
it to prevent dirt falling into the fuel tank.
Use a funnel and clean petrol when
refuelling. Do not spill any fuel on
yourself or the machine.
Wipe any fuel off the machine. Dispose
of fuel soaked cloth carefully.
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If you spill any fuel on the ground, wipe it
up or cover it with soil.
This section describes the starting
procedure for most lawn mowers. Some
lawn mowers have a blade brake that
needs to be held in during starting and
while the engine is running. Larger lawn
mowers may have an electric starter
motor. If the hire company has given you
special instructions for your mower,
follow them. Otherwise, follow the
instructions given below.
Check that there is no obstruction,
including long grass, under the mower.
Open the fuel valve by the fuel tank.
Check that the throttle lever is in the
START position.
Hold the machine firmly with your left
hand, so that it will not move when you
pull the starting cord.
With your right hand, pullout the starting
cord handle slowly until you can feel that
the starter has engaged with the engine,
then pull it quickly and strongly. Don’t
pull it too far, or the cord may break.
Guide the cord back into place so that it
recoils correctly.
If the engine did not start, check that
there is sufficient petrol, and that the
throttle lever is in the correct position.
Pull the starting cord again.
In cold weather, you may need to let the
engine warm up by gently opening the
throttle, before starting work.
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Wear your protective equipment including ear defenders and strong footwear.
If your mower has a grassbox, do not run it without the grassbox correctly fitted. Stop the
engine before you empty the grassbox.
Always hold the mower handle firmly with both hands while working.
Keep your hands and feet clear of the blades at all times.
Do not let the blades rotate when moving over paving or hard ground, or when first
positioning the mower to start work.
Do not tilt the mower to expose the blades when they are still rotating. You might
accidentally put your foot into the danger area. The blades may also throw out stones and
other debris.
While working, keep a lookout for any stones or other objects in your path. Stop the engine
and clear them out of the way.
Stop work and stop the engine if someone approaches you.
If the mower starts to labour and slow down, raise the cutting height so you are removing
less grass. Make a second pass later, with a deeper setting.
Stop the engine every time you empty the grassbox.
Stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug lead before making any adjustments other
than height of cut.
Stop the engine before leaving the machine unattended.
If debris or rubbish gets tangled in the blades, stop the engine and disconnect the spark
plug lead before clearing the blockage or working on the mower.
Clean the machine at the end of each day, and before you return it to the hire company.
Make sure that there are no grass cuttings near the exhaust. Wear your gloves - the
exhaust will be hot.
Let the exhaust and engine cool down before you put it into store.
If your equipment does not work properly, do not attempt to repair it. Contact the hire
company.
You may want to read this leaflet again. Please keep it until you finish work.
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This leaflet gives instructions for self-propelled petrol lawn
mowers. It is not to be used with ride-on mowers.
2.
Petrol is highly flammable. Take care not to cause a fire or
explosion.
3.
This lawn mower is designed for cutting grass on flat and level
surfaces. It should not be used on wet, thick or overgrown
grass, or on steep slopes.
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The action of this lawn mower can cause injury or damage if the equipment is not used in
a careful and controlled way.
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If you have not used a self-propelled lawn mower before, practise in the middle of your lawn
until you are confident about using it.
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Plan your work and think ahead to make sure you will always be working safely.
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You should have at least the following items of personal protective equipment. ear muffs or
plugs giving protection for levels up to 96 dB(A); strong boots or shoes giving good foot
protection; strong gloves.
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This equipment must not be used by minors, or by anyone under the influence of drugs or
alcohol.
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This lawn mower is designed for operation by an able bodied adult. Anyone with either
temporary or permanent disability must seek expert advice before using it.
It is important to read this entire leaflet
BEFORE using the Lawn Mower
The rules and procedures in force where people are at work
may require the person responsible for this equipment to
carry out a specific risk assessment.
Using the Lawn Mower
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