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OPERATOR’S MANUAL
A Division of Snow Joe®, LLC
ELECTRIC POLE + CHAIN SAW
8-INCH | 8-AMP
Model SWJ806E
Form No. SJ-SWJ806E-880E-MR3
IMPORTANT!
9.Wear proper apparel – Do not wear loose articles of
clothing or jewelry since such items may get caught
in moving parts. Use of heavy-duty rubber gloves,
substantial non-skid footwear, and close-fitting clothing is
recommended when working outdoors with power tools.
Safety Instructions
All Operators Must Read These
Instructions Before Use
10. Wear protective hair coverings to contain long hair.
11. Always wear safety glasses and ear defenders to
provide eye and ear protection – Everyday eyeglasses
only have impact resistant lenses and do not provide the
same protection as safety glasses.
Always follow these safety guidelines. Failure to do so may
result in serious bodily injury or death.
mDANGER! This indicates a hazardous situation, which,
12. Wear face or dust masks – If the cutting operation is
dusty, the use of a face or dust mask specially designed
to filter out microscopic particles is recommended.
if not followed, will result in serious injury or death.
mWARNING! This indicates a hazardous situation, which,
13. Do not overreach – Keep proper footing and balance
at all times.
if not avoided, could result in serious injury or death.
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CAUTION! This indicates a hazardous situation, which,
if not avoided, could result in minor or moderate injury.
14. Maintain tools with care – Keep tools sharp and clean
for best and safest performance. Follow instructions for
lubricating and changing accessories.
General Safety
mWARNING! When using electric yard tools, basic safety
15. Disconnect tool – Disconnect the electric pole + chain
saw from the power supply when not in use, before
servicing, when transporting, or when changing the chain
or other accessories.
precautions should always be followed to reduce the risk of
fire, electric shock, and personal injury, including the following:
16. Reduce the risk of unintentional starting – Make sure
the switch is in the OFF position before plugging the tool
into a power source.
1.Keep guards in place – Protective guards should be
checked periodically to ensure they are properly fitted and
in correct working order.
17.Use recommended accessories – Consult the owner’s
manual for recommended accessories. The use of
improper accessories may cause risk of injury.
2.Remove adjusting keys and wrenches – Check that
adjusting wrenches are removed from the saw before
turning it on.
18. Check for damaged parts – Before each use, repair, or
replace any guard or part that is damaged. In addition,
check for alignment of moving parts, binding of moving
parts, breakage of parts, and any other conditions that
may affect the tool's operation.
3.Keep work area clean and well-lit – Clear work area of
branches and limbs after each cutting session. Cluttered
areas invite accidents.
4. Do not use in dangerous environments – Do not use
power tools in damp or wet locations.
19. Never leave tool unattended while it is running – Turn
the power OFF by removing the power cord directly from
its socket. Do not leave the saw until the cutting bar
comes to a complete stop.
5. Do not use the electric pole + chain saw in the rain.
6. Keep bystanders and children away – All bystanders,
including children and pets, should be kept a safe
distance away from the work area.
20. Avoid unintentional starting – Do not carry the electric
pole + chain saw with your finger on the switch.
7. Do not force the tool – It will do the job effectively and
safely if it is used at the rate for which it was designed.
21. Do not grasp the exposed cutting blade or cutting
edges when picking up or holding the saw – Be sure to
encase the cutting bar in its protective sheath when not
in use.
8. Use the right tool – Do not force the tool or any
attachment on the tool to do a job for which they were
not designed.
© 2017 by Snow Joe®, LLC
All rights reserved. Original instructions.
22. Stay alert – Watch what you are doing. Use common
sense. Do not operate the electric pole + chain saw when
you are tired.
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SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
23. Store idle tool indoors – When not in use, appliances
should be stored indoors in a dry and high or locked-up
place out of the reach of children.
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mWARNING! Some dust and debris created by the
• Do not allow any part of the electric pole + chain saw
to make contact with water while it is in operation. If
the appliance becomes wet while turned off, wipe dry
before starting.
• Chemicals in fertilizers
• Compounds in insecticides, herbicides, and pesticides
• Use only a UL-, CSA-, or ETL-rated extension cord
for outdoor, all-weather use.
• Arsenic and chromium from chemically treated lumber
Your risk from exposure to these chemicals varies, and
depends on how often you do this type of work. To reduce
your exposure, work in a well-ventilated area and with
approved safety equipment, such as dust masks that are
specially designed to filter out microscopic particles.
• Do not use an extension cord over 100 ft (30 m).
• Do not touch the appliance or its plug with wet hands
or while standing in water. Wearing rubber boots
offers some protection.
EXTENSION CORD CHART
Electrical Safety
1. Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection should
be provided on the circuit(s) or outlet(s) to be used for
the electric pole + chain saw. Receptacles are available
having built-in GFCI protection and may be used for this
measure of safety.
Cord Length:
Up to 50 ft
(15 m)
+50 ft - 100 ft
(+15 m - 30 m)
Min. Wire Gauge (A.W.G.):
16
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4. To prevent the appliance cord from disconnecting from the
extension cord during operation, make a knot with the two
cords as shown in Table 1.
2. To prevent electric shock, use only with an extension cord
suitable for outdoor use, such as SW-A, SOW-A, STW-A,
STOW-A, SJW-A, SJOW-A, SJTW-A, or SJTOW-A.
Table 1. Method of Securing Extension Cord
Before use, check that the extension cord is in good
condition. When using an extension cord, make sure to
use one heavy enough to carry the current your product
will draw. For lengths less than 50 ft (15 m), a No.16 AWG
(or greater) extension cord should be used. An undersized
cord will cause a drop in line voltage resulting in loss of
power and overheating.
Cord set
Appliance cord
(A) Tie cord as shown
3. To reduce the risk of electric shock, this appliance has
a polarized plug (i.e. one blade is wider than the other).
Use this appliance only with a polarized UL-, CSA-, or
ETL-rated extension cord for outdoor, all-weather use.
The appliance plug will fit into a polarized extension
cord only one way.
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Electric shock may cause SEVERE INJURY or
DEATH. Heed these warnings:
use of the tool could contain chemicals known to the State
of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other
reproductive harm. Some examples of these chemicals are:
WARNING! If the appliance plug does not fit fully into the extension
cord, reverse the plug. If the plug still does not fit, obtain
a correct polarized extension cord. A polarized extension
cord will require the use of a polarized wall outlet. The
extension cord plug will fit into the polarized wall outlet
only one way. If the plug does not fit fully into the wall
outlet, reverse the plug. If the plug still does not fit,
contact a qualified electrician to install the proper wall
outlet. Do not modify the appliance plug, extension cord
receptacle, or extension cord plug in any way.
(B) Connect plug and receptacle
5. Do not abuse the cord. Never pull the electric pole + chain
saw by the cord or yank the cord to disconnect it from the
receptacle. Keep the cord away from heat, oil, and
sharp edges.
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Specific Safety Rules
Operating Tips for Chain Saws
• Keep all parts of the body away from the saw chain when
the chain saw is operating. Before you start the chain saw,
make sure the saw chain is not contacting anything. A
moment of inattention while operating the chain saw may
cause entanglement of your clothing or body with the saw
chain.
mWARNING! SHOCK HAZARD! – To protect yourself
from electrocution, do not operate the electric pole + chain
saw within 50 ft (15 m) of overhead wires. Failure to follow this
instruction could result in severe personal injury.
Operating Tips for Pole Chain Saws
• Always hold the chain saw with your right hand on the rear
handle and your left hand on the front handle. Holding the
chain saw with a reversed hand configuration increases
the risk of personal injury and should never be done.
• Note the extension cord's location relative to the tool.
While operating the pole chain saw, be careful not to trip
over the cord.
• Keep the cord away from the chain and the operator at
all times.
• Wear safety glasses and hearing protection. If you are
using the chain saw every day under normal conditions,
you can be exposed to a noise level of 85 dB (A) or higher.
Further protective equipment for head, hands, legs and
feet is recommended. Adequate protective clothing will
reduce personal injury by flying debris or accidental
contact with the saw chain.
• Keep children, animals, and bystanders a safe distance
away from the pole chain saw and extension cord.
• Only the pole chain saw operator should be in the
work area.
• Do not use the pole chain saw to cut down trees.
• Do not operate the chain saw in a tree. Operation of a
chain saw while up in a tree may result in personal injury.
• Always use two hands when operating the pole chain saw.
Grip the pole chain saw securely with one hand on the
trigger and the other hand on the pole.
• Always keep proper footing and operate the chain saw
only when standing on a fixed, secure and level surface.
Slippery or unstable surfaces such as ladders may cause
a loss of balance or control of the chain saw.
• Before starting the pole chain saw, make sure that the saw
chain is not in contact with any object.
• When cutting a limb that is under tension, be cautious
of spring back. When the tension in the wood fibers is
released, the spring-loaded limb may strike the operator
and/or throw the chain saw out of control.
• Do not allow the pole chain saw to make contact with
grounded objects such as pipes, fences, and metal posts.
• Do not force the pole chain saw while cutting. Apply light
pressure. It will perform more effectively and safely if it is
used at the rate for which it was designed.
• Use extreme caution when cutting brush and saplings.
The slender material may catch the saw chain and be
whipped toward you or pull you off balance.
• Use extreme caution when cutting a limb that is under
tension. When wood tension is released, the limb could
spring back and strike the operator, causing severe injury
or death.
• Carry the chain saw by the front handle with the chain saw
switched off and away from your body. When transporting
or storing the chain saw, always fit the guide bar cover.
Proper handling of the chain saw will reduce the likelihood
of accidental contact with the moving saw chain.
• Do not carry a plugged-in unit. Carry the pole chain saw
from one place to another with the unit unplugged. During
transport, hold the pole at its balance point (close to the
saw end), with the guide bar and chain facing to the rear.
When transporting or storing the pole chain saw, always fit
the guide bar cover.
• Follow instructions for lubricating, chain tensioning and
changing accessories. An improperly tensioned or poorly
lubricated chain may either break or increase the chance
for kickback.
• Do not cut small brush and saplings with the pole chain
saw. Small branches may catch in the chain and be
whipped towards the operator, which could pull the
operator off balance.
• Keep handles dry, clean and free from oil and grease.
Greasy, oily handles are slippery and can cause loss of
control.
• Cut wood only. Do not use the chain saw for any other
purpose. For example, do not use the chain saw to cut
plastic, masonry or non-wood building materials. Using
the chain saw in these incorrect ways could result in
serious damage to you and your tool.
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Kickback
• Do not bury the guide bar nose or try to cut by boring the
guide bar nose into the wood.
KICKBACK
DANGER ZONE
• Watch for shifting of wood or other forces that may pinch
the chain.
• Use extreme caution when re-entering a previous cut.
• Use the low-kickback chain and guide bar supplied with
this electric pole + chain saw. Only use genuine
Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® replacement parts designed
specifically for use with this electric pole + chain saw.
• Never use a dull or loose chain. Keep the chain sharp and
properly tensioned.
• Follow the manufacturer’s sharpening and maintenance
instructions for the saw chain. Decreasing the depth
gauge height can lead to increased kickback.
mWARNING! Kickback may occur when the nose or tip of
the guide bar touches an object, or when the wood closes in
and pinches the saw chain in the cut.
• Always observe the safety regulations and follow the
correct sawing techniques.
AVOID CONTACTING THE GUIDE BAR TIP WITH ANY
OBJECT. In some cases, when the tip makes contact with an
object, it may cause a fast reverse reaction, kicking the guide
bar up and back towards the operator. Pinching the saw chain
along the top of the guide bar may also push the guide bar
rapidly back towards the operator. Either of these reactions
may cause you to lose control of the saw, which could result in
serious personal injury.
• Ensure safe carrying of the unit. Whenever the machine is
to be handled or transported, you must:
– Switch off the motor and wait for the chain to come to a complete stop;
– Mount the guide bar cover;
• When using as a pole chain saw, always use two hands
when operating the pole chain saw, one hand gripping the
trigger and the other hand gripping the pole. Use a firm
grip. Thumbs and fingers must wrap around the trigger
and the pole. When using as a chain saw, maintain a
firm grip (right hand on the rear handle and left hand on
the front handle with thumbs and fingers encircling the
respective handles) and position your body and arms to
allow you to resist kickback forces. Kickback forces can
be controlled by the operator if proper precautions are
taken. Do not let go of the chain saw.
– Hold the machine using the hand grips and
position the bar in the opposite direction to that used
during operation.
When using a vehicle to transport the machine, fasten the
tool firmly and position it so that it is not a danger to any
passengers.
• Before cutting, pruning, or delimbing for the first time,
make sure:
• Keep all guards in place on the machine. Make sure they
are in proper working order.
• Do not overreach. Do not extend arms above shoulder
height when using as a pole chain saw or cut above
shoulder height when using as a chain saw. This helps
prevent unintended tip contact and enables better control
of the unit in unexpected situations.
• Keep solid footing and balance at all times.
• Never try cutting through two branches at the same time.
Only cut one at a time.
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– You have been specifically trained to use this type
of equipment;
– You have carefully read the safety regulations and
user instructions contained in this manual;
– You practice first on logs on the ground or attached
to trestles/saw horses, in order to get familiar with the machine and the proper cutting techniques.
Safety Symbols
The following table depicts and describes safety symbols that may appear on this product. Read, understand, and follow all
instructions on the machine before attempting to assemble and operate.
Symbols
Descriptions
Symbols
Descriptions
READ THE OPERATOR'S
MANUAL(S) – Read, understand,
and follow all instructions in the
user manual(s) before attempting
to assemble and operate.
Keep bystanders and children
a safe distance away.
SAFETY ALERT – Indicates
a precaution, a warning or
a danger.
WARNING! Do not expose the unit
to rain or wet conditions.
Wear personal protective
equipment, including
close-fitting clothing.
WEAR EYE AND HEARING
PROTECTION – For protection
against injury, wear ear defenders
and safety goggles.
50 ft
(15 m)
CAUTION! Avoid contacting the
guide bar tip with any object. Tip
contact may cause the guide bar
to move suddenly upward and
backwards, which may cause
serious injury to the user.
WARNING! SHOCK HAZARD
– Keep at least 50 ft (15 m)
away from power lines. Do not
overreach. Keep proper footing and
balance at all times.
DANGER! ROTATING BLADES
– Keep hands and feet away from
openings while the saw is running.
Wear protective gloves and nonslip footwear when using the
machine and handling debris.
SWITCH OFF! Remove plug from
outlet before cleaning or conducting
maintenance checks.
SWITCH OFF! Remove plug from
outlet immediately if the cord is
damaged or cut.
The rotating part will continuously
run for several seconds after you
turn off the machine.
Double Insulation.
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Know Your Electric Pole + Chain Saw
Read the owner’s manual and safety instructions carefully before operating the electric pole + chain saw. Compare the illustration
below to the electric pole + chain saw in order to familiarize yourself with the location of the various controls and adjustments.
Save this manual for future reference.
Back of the cutting head
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11
9
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7
17
1
8
14
13
15
4
2
12
16
6
5 3
19
20
Back of the removable handle
21
18
1. 8 in. cutting chain
12. Soft grip
2. 8 in. guide bar
13. Telescoping pole
3. End cover nut
14. Handle lock
4. Front hand guard
15. Trigger switch
5. Chain/sprocket end cover
16. Removable handle
6. Front hand grip
17. Appliance cord
7. Removable cutting head
18. Safety lock button
8. Cutting head lock
19. Cutting bar sheath
9. Cam-lock for telescopic pole
20. Hex key wrench/blade screwdriver
10. Oil tank cap
21. Extension cord restraint hook
11. Oil level indicator window
Technical Data
Rated Voltage
120 V ~ 60 Hz
Telescopic Shaft
6.3 ft to 8.6 ft (1.93 m to 2.63 m)
Power
8A
Overhead Reach
15 ft (4.6 m)
No Load Speed
5500 ± 10% rpm
Oil Tank Capacity
2 fl oz (60 ml)
Bar/Chain Length
8 in. (20.3 cm)
Weight
8.4 lbs (3.8 kg)
Cutting Thickness
Recommended: 6.5 in. (16.5 cm)
Max: 7.5 in. (19 cm)
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mWARNING! Before performing any maintenance, make
Unpacking
sure the tool is unplugged from the power supply. Failure to
heed this warning could result in serious personal injury.
Carton Contents
Installing/Replacing the
Guide Bar and Chain
• Electric chain saw
• Telescoping pole
• 8 in. (20.3 cm) guide bar
Tools and supplies required:
• 8 in. (20.3 cm) cutting chain
• Dual-tipped hex key wrench/blade screwdriver (supplied)
• Hex key wrench/blade screwdriver
• Heavy-duty work gloves
• Extension cord restraint hook
NOTE: When replacing the guide bar and chain, use only
identical replacement parts. Make sure the electric pole +
chain saw is disconnected from the power supply before
proceeding with installation.
• Cutting bar sheath
• Manual with registration card
1. Using the supplied hex key wrench, unscrew the end
cover nut and remove the chain/sprocket end cover
(Figs. 1 & 2).
1. Carefully remove the electric pole + chain saw and check
to see that all of the above items are supplied.
2. Inspect the product carefully to make sure no breakage or
damage occurred during shipping. If you find damaged or
missing parts, DO NOT return the unit to the store. Please
call the Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® customer service center at
1-866-SNOWJOE (1-866-766-9563).
Fig. 1
End cover nut
NOTE: Do not discard the shipping carton and packaging
material until you are ready to use your new electric pole +
chain saw. The packaging is made of recyclable materials.
Properly dispose of these materials in accordance with
local regulations.
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IMPORTANT! The equipment and packaging material are
not toys. Do not let children play with plastic bags, foils,
or small parts. These items can be swallowed and pose a
suffocation risk!
Hex key wrench
Assembly
mWARNING! Always wear heavy-duty gloves when
Fig. 2
handling the bar and chain. Mount the bar and chain very
carefully so as not to impair the safety and efficiency of the
machine. If in doubt, contact an authorized Snow Joe® +
Sun Joe® dealer or call the Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® customer
service center at 1-866-SNOWJOE (1-866-766-9563).
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Chain/sprocket end
cover
mWARNING! Unpacking and assembly should be
completed on a flat and stable surface, with adequate space
for moving the machine and its packaging.
mDANGER! Never start the motor before installing the
2. Remove the cutting bar and chain from the mounting
surface (Fig. 3).
guide bar, chain, and chain cover. Without all these parts in
place, the clutch can fly off or explode, exposing the user to
potentially serious injuries.
mWARNING! To avoid serious personal injury, read and
understand all safety instructions provided.
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Fig. 6
Fig. 3
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Cutting bar
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Chain
Loop
6. Hold the chain in position on the bar and place the loop
around the sprocket. Fit the bar flush against the mounting
surface so that the bar studs are in the long slot of the bar
and the adjusting pin is in the chain tension pin hole
(Fig. 7).
3. Remove the old chain from the bar.
4. Lay out the new saw chain in a loop and straighten
any kinks. THE SHARP SIDE OF THE TEETH MUST
FACE AWAY FROM YOU IN THE DIRECTION OF THE
CHAIN ROTATION INDICATED ON THE GUIDE BAR
. If the teeth face backwards,
turn the loop over (Fig. 4).
Fig. 7
Chain tension pin hole
(with adjusting pin)
Fig. 4
Sharp cutting edge
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Chain drive link
Chain rotation
Sprocket
7. Adjust the chain tension as needed by adjusting the
chain tensioner screw with the supplied flat-tip blade
screwdriver. Make sure to align the chain tensioner screw
with the pin hole (Fig. 8).
5. Starting at the tip, mount the chain drive links into the
bar groove, leaving a loop at the back of the bar. The
chain will loosely fit until it is placed on the sprocket
(Figs. 5 & 6).
Bar studs
Fig. 8
NOTE: Make certain of the direction of the chain
.If the chain is mounted
backwards, the saw will vibrate abnormally and will not
cut.
Chain tensioner
Fig. 5
Blade screwdriver
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8. Replace the chain/sprocket end cover. Tighten the end
cover nut, but leave the bar free to move for tension
adjustment.
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9. Remove all slack from the chain by turning the chain
tensioner screw clockwise until the chain seats snugly
against the bar with the drive links in the bar groove
(Fig. 9).
2. While pulling the handle lock, use the other hand to grasp
the front hand grip and slide the removable cutting head
up to remove it (Fig. 11).
NOTE: The chain is correctly tensioned when there is no
sag on the underside of the guide bar; the chain is snug,
but can be rotated by hand without binding. For more
information on chain tensioning, see the maintenance
section beginning on pg. 15.
Fig. 11
Front hand grip
Fig. 9
Handle lock
Removable cutting head
Chain tensioner
3. Connect the removable cutting head and the telescoping
pole by aligning their ends together and sliding the
removable cutting head downwards until it clicks into
position (Fig. 12).
Blade screwdriver
Fig. 12
10. Tighten the end cover nut using the hex key wrench.
NOTE: If the chain is too tight, it will not rotate. Loosen the
end cover nut slightly and turn the chain tensioner 1/4 turn
counterclockwise. Lift the tip of the guide bar up and retighten
the end cover nut. Ensure that the chain can be rotated by
hand without binding.
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NOTE: A new chain tends to stretch; check the chain tension
frequently, and adjust tension as required.
Telescoping
pole
Removable cutting head
Pole Chain Saw Assembly
4. Connect the removable handle and the telescoping
pole by aligning the their ends together and sliding the
removable handle upward until it clicks into position
(Fig. 13).
The machine comes in the chain saw mode. To convert it to a
pole chain saw, follow the instructions below.
1. Pull the handle lock toward you (Fig. 10).
Fig. 10
Fig. 13
Removable handle
Handle lock
Telescoping pole
Removable handle
mWARNING! Always make sure that both the cutting
head lock and the handle lock are locked securely before
using the pole chain saw.
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Operation
Chain Saw Assembly
1. To remove the cutting head from the telescoping pole,
PULL the cutting head lock back to release, and grasping
the front hand grip, SLIDE UP to remove the cutting head
(Fig. 14).
Starting and Stopping
mCAUTION!
• Before starting the saw, remove the oil tank cap and add
bar & chain oil to the top of the oil level window
(Fig. 17). One minute of use will consume approximately
0.15 fl oz (4 ml) of oil. Refill when the oil level drops to
1/4 of a tank.
Fig. 14
Front hand grip
Cutting
head lock
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Removable cutting head
Fig. 17
Oil tank cap
2. To remove the handle from the telescoping pole, pull the
handle lock back to release, and SLIDE DOWN to remove
the handle (Fig. 15).
Fig. 15
NOTE: Your electric pole + chain saw is equipped with an
automatic oil pump for bar and chain oiling. You must add
bar and chain oil or your electric pole + chain saw will not
function.
Oil level
window
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Handle lock
Minimum level mark
Telescoping pole
• Starting, stopping, and restarting an electric motor
repeatedly within a few seconds can generate a great deal
of heat and damage the motor. To protect the life of your
electric pole + chain saw, always wait at least five seconds
after stopping before restarting the saw.
Removable handle
3. Connect the cutting head with the removable handle by
aligning their ends together and slide the cutting head
downward until it clicks into position (Fig. 16).
mWARNING! Be sure that the chain is not in contact with
any object when you start the motor.
mWARNING! Keep hands away from chain. Keep hands
Fig. 16
on handles. Do not overreach.
Removable
handle
A good, firm grip on the tool using both hands will help you
maintain control. When using as a pole chain saw, place one
hand on the soft grip and the other hand on the removable
handle with your thumbs and fingers encircling the pole and
handle. When using as a chain saw, maintain a firm grip by
placing your right hand on the rear handle and left hand on the
front handle with thumbs and fingers encircling the respective
handles. A firm grip combined with proper positioning of the
handle against your body will help you maintain control of the
saw. Do not let go of the saw while it is in operation.
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Removable cutting head
mWARNING! Always make sure that the handle lock is
locked securely before using the chain saw.
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mWARNING! Do not operate the electric pole + chain
Fig. 18
saw in a tree, on a ladder, or on a scaffold. Using the tool
under such circumstances is extremely dangerous.
Extension cord
restraint hook
mCAUTION! The chain will continue to run for several
seconds after turning off the tool.
Appliance cord
Do not use the electric pole + chain saw under wet conditions.
Use extreme caution when cutting small brush, saplings,
or limbs under tension because slender and tense material
may catch the saw and be whipped toward you, pull you off
balance, or spring back.
Extension cord
4. To turn the tool ON, push and hold the safety lock button
(located on the removable handle) with your thumb and
then squeeze the trigger with your fingers. Once the tool is
running, you can release the safety lock button (Fig. 19).
Do not use the electric pole + chain saw to cut vines and/or
small underbrush.
mWARNING! Do not let familiarity with this type of tool
prevent you from taking all necessary precautions. Remember
that a careless fraction of a second is sufficient to inflict
serious injury.
Fig. 19
mWARNING! Do not cut trees near electrical wires.
mWARNING! Failure to lubricate the chain will cause
Trigger
switch
damage to the bar and chain. Use only a good quality bar
and chain oil designed specifically for use with chain saws.
One minute of use will consume approximately 0.15 fl oz.
(4 ml) of oil.
NOTE: It is normal for oil to seep from the saw when not in
use. To prevent seepage, empty the oil tank after each use.
When storing the unit for a long period of time (3 months or
longer), be sure the chain is lightly lubricated; this will prevent
rust on the chain and bar sprocket.
mWARNING! Be aware of the cord while operating the
saw. Keep the cord away from the chain. Be careful not to trip
over the extension cord.
1. Prior to each cutting session, run through the daily
checklist (see pg. 17).
Safety lock
button
5. To turn the tool OFF, release the trigger switch (Fig. 16).
NOTE: Do not press the trigger switch until you are ready
to make a cut.
Adjusting the Telescoping Pole
(Optional)
When being used as the pole chain saw, the machine is
equipped with a telescoping pole which provides up to
15.1 ft (4.6 m) of overhead reach. To adjust the telescoping
pole, follow the instructions below.
1. Disconnect the saw from the power supply.
2. Connect the electric pole + chain saw to a working 120 V
outlet using a heavy-duty outdoor extension power cord.
2. Unclip the cam-lock to release the pole (Fig. 20).
3. Push the appliance cord through the first two slots of
the extension cord restraint hook, push the extension
cord through the remain two slots of the extension cord
restraint hook (Fig. 18). Then connect the cords.
Fig. 20
Cam-lock
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3. Extend the pole to the desired length (Fig. 21).
Fig. 23
NOTE: Push poles toward each other to shorten the pole
or pull them away from each other to lengthen the pole.
Only extend the pole to the minimum length required to
reach the limb to be cut.
Fig. 21
Hex key wrench
Cam-lock nut
Telescoping pole
4. Lock the pole in position by closing the cam-lock (Fig. 22),
and ensure that the pole is secure. If the pole telescopes
when the cam-lock is closed, the nut may need tightening.
Cutting Tips for Pole Chain
Saw
Proper Cutting Stance
• Balance your weight with both feet on solid ground.
• Your body should always be to the left of the chain line.
• The most typical cutting application is to position the
unit at an angle of 60° or less depending on the specific
situation (Fig. 24). As the angle of the pole chain saw shaft
to the ground increases, the difficulty of making the first
cut (from the underside of limb) increases.
Fig. 22
R
Fig. 24
Cam-lock
mWARNING! Failure to lock the telescopic pole cam-lock
as directed could result in personal injury.
Tightening the Bolt (Optional)
The retaining bolt may need tightening to secure the
telescoping pole in place.
To tighten the bolt, unclip the cam-lock. Using the hex key
wrench, tighten the cam-lock nut, then close the cam-lock.
Ensure that the pole is secure. The wrench may be required
to loosen the cam-lock nut if you need to adjust the pole to a
different height (Fig. 23).
60º MAXIMUM
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Basic Cutting Procedure
• Release the trigger ON/OFF switch as soon as the cut is
completed. Failure to follow proper cutting procedures will
result in the bar and chain binding and becoming pinched
or trapped in the limb.
This unit is designed for trimming small branches and limbs up
to recommended 6.5 in. (16.5 cm), not to exceed a max cut of
7.5 in. (19 cm) in diameter depending on type of wood.
Practice cutting a few small limbs using the following
technique to get the “feel” of using the saw before you begin a
major sawing operation.
Limbing
Limbing is the process of removing branches from a fallen tree.
• Take the proper stance in front of the tree with the
saw OFF (Fig. 24).
• You should cut limbs one at a time. Remove the cut limbs
from the work area often to help keep the work area clean
and safe.
• Squeeze the trigger and let the chain accelerate to full
speed before entering the cut.
• Cut branches under tension from the bottom up to avoid
binding the bar and chain.
• Keep the saw running the entire time you are cutting;
maintain a steady speed.
• Keep the tree between you and the pole chain saw while
limbing. Cut from the side of the tree opposite the branch
you are cutting.
• Allow the chain to cut for you; exert only light downward
pressure. If you force the cut, damage to the bar, chain, or
unit can result.
If the Saw Becomes Pinched or Trapped
1. Wait for the blade to stop, wait five minutes for the saw to
cool, unplug the power cord, and wear gloves to protect
your hands from the chain teeth.
• PUSH and PULL – This reaction force is always opposite
to the direction the chain is moving when it is in contact
with the wood. Thus, the operator must be ready to
control the PULL when cutting on the bottom edge of the
bar, and PUSH when cutting along the top edge.
2. If you can reach the limb from the ground, lift the limb
while holding the saw. This should release the “pinch” and
free the saw.
• Do not put pressure on the saw at the end of the cut.
3. If the saw is still trapped, call a professional for assistance.
Pruning
Cutting Tips for Chain Saw
Pruning is the process of trimming limbs from a live tree.
• Remove long branches in several stages.
Proper Cutting Stance
• Cut lower branches first to allow the top branches more
room to fall.
• Weight should be balanced with both feet on solid
ground.
• When pruning trees, it is important not to make the
finishing cut next to the main limb or trunk until you have
cut off the farthest lying limb. This will reduce the weight
and prevent stripping the bark from the main member.
• Keep your left arm and elbow locked in a "straight arm"
position to withstand any kickback force (Fig. 26).
Fig. 26
• Under cut the branch 1/3 through for your first cut.
Your second cut should over cut to drop the branch off
(Fig. 25). Be prepared to balance the weight of the pole
chain saw when the limb falls.
Chain line
Straight arm
Load
Second Cut
First Cut 1/3 Diameter
Finishing Cut
Fig. 25
• Now make your finishing cut from the topside of the
branch smoothly and neatly against the main member so
the bark will grow back to seal the wound.
• Your body should always be to the left of the chain line.
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Basic Cutting Procedures
Bucking a Log
than the maximum cutting thickness.
maximum cutting thickness.
mWARNING! Do not cut limbs or trees that are larger
mWARNING! Do not buck logs that are larger than the
• Practice cutting a few small logs using the following
techniques to get the feel of using the saw before you
begin a major sawing operation.
Bucking is the process in which a log is cut into lengths. It is
important to make sure your footing is firm and your weight is
evenly distributed on both feet. When possible, the log should
be raised and supported by the use of limbs, logs, or chocks.
Follow these simple directions for easy cutting:
• Take the proper stance in front of the wood with the saw
turned off (Fig. 15).
• Squeeze the trigger and let the chain accelerate to full
speed before entering the cut.
• When the log is supported along its entire length as
illustrated (Fig. 28A), cut from the top (overbuck).
• Hold the saw with both hands firmly. Always keep your
left hand on the front handle and your right hand on the
rear handle so that your body is to the left of the chain
line.
Fig. 28A
1
• Keep the unit running the entire time you are cutting,
maintaining a steady speed.
• Let the chain do the work; exert only light downward
pressure. If you force the cut, damage to the bar, chain,
or unit can result.
• Do not put the pressure on the saw at the end of the cut.
• Always cut with both feet on solid ground to prevent
falling.
• When the log is supported on one end (Fig. 28B), cut 1/3
the diameter from the underside (underbuck). Then make
the finishing cut by overbucking to meet the first cut.
• Do not cut above chest height since it is difficult to
control kickback forces with a saw held high.
Limbing
Fig. 28B
Limbing is the process in which branches are removed from a
fallen tree. When limbing, leave larger lower limbs to support
the log off the ground. Remove the small limbs in one cut as
illustrated (Fig. 27). Branches under tension should be cut from
the bottom up to avoid binding the chain saw.
2
Fig. 27
1
1
1
• When the log is supported on both ends (Fig. 28C), cut
1/3 the diameter from the top (overbuck). Then make the
finishing cut by underbucking the lower 2/3 to meet the
first cut.
2
mWARNING! Pay special attention to where the
branches are lying on the ground and recognize the following
risks:
1). the branches may be under tension; 2). the direction in
which the branch will fall may differ from that anticipated; 3).
the tree may be unstable after the branch has been cut.
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mWARNING! For your safety and that of others:
Fig. 28C
• Correct maintenance is essential to maintain the original
efficiency and safety of the machine over time.
1
• Keep all nuts, bolts, and screws tight to be sure the
equipment is in safe working condition.
• Never use the machine with worn or damaged parts.
Damaged parts are to be replaced and never repaired.
• Only use original Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® replacement
parts. Parts that are not of the same quality can seriously
damage the equipment, compromise safety, and invalidate
the warranty.
2
mWARNING! Always unplug the power cord before
• It is easier to saw a log using the spiked bumper
(Fig. 28D).
– Dig the spiked bumper into the log and use it as a
pivot. Cut with an arched motion to make the bar
penetrate the wood.
– Repeat several times if necessary, changing the point
where you plant the spiked bumper.
performing any adjustments, maintenance, or repairs to your
electric pole + chain saw.
• Use protective gloves when handling the bar and chain.
• Keep the bar encased in its sheath, except when working
directly on the bar or the chain.
• Never dispose of oils or other polluting materials in
unauthorized places.
Motor Cooling
Fig. 28D
To avoid overheating and damage to the motor, always keep
the cooling air vents clean and free of sawdust and debris.
Spiked bumper
Chain Tension
Check the chain tension before using the saw when the chain
is cold. The correct tension of a cold chain is when there is no
slack on the underside of the guide bar; the chain is snug, but
you can rotate it by hand without binding.
Spiked bumper
During normal saw operation, the temperature of the chain
will increase. The drive links of a correctly tensioned warm
chain will hang approximately 0.050 in. (1.25 mm) out of the
bar groove (Fig. 29). Be aware that a chain tensioned while
warm, may be too tight upon cooling. Check the “cold tension”
before next use. The chain must be re-tensioned whenever the
flats on the drive links hang out of the bar groove (Fig. 29).
– When bucking on a slope, always stand on the uphill
side of the log. When cutting through the log,
maintain control by releasing the cutting pressure
near the end of the cut without relaxing your grip on
the chain saw handles. Do not let the chain contact
the ground.
Fig. 29
After completing the cut, wait for the saw chain to stop before
you move the chain saw. Always stop the motor before moving
from tree to tree.
Maintenance
Properly Adjusted Warm Chain
Flats are not
visible here
Please contact an authorized Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® dealer
or call the Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® customer service center
at 1-866-SNOWJOE (1-866-766-9563) for all maintenance
operations not foreseen in this manual. Any operation
performed in an unauthorized service center or by unqualified
personnel will completely invalidate the warranty.
Approximately 0.050 in. (1.25 mm)
Flats are
visible here
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Chain Needs Tensioning
NOTE: A new chain tends to stretch. Check the chain tension
frequently and re-tension as needed.
• After sharpening, remove all traces of filing and dust
and lubricate the chain in an oil bath. Replace the chain
whenever:
Nuts and Screws
– The length of the cutting edges decreases to 5 mm
or less;
Periodically check that all the nuts and screws are tightened
securely. Check that the cam-lock that controls the telescoping
pole is intact and in proper working order.
– There is too much play between the links and the rivets.
Chain Sharpening
Fig. 30
mWARNING! To ensure that the saw works safely and
efficiently, it is essential that the cutting components are
well-sharpened. It is highly recommended to replace the
chain once it loses its ability to cut cleanly and safely.
It is possible, however, to sharpen the existing chain if the
sharpening is carefully performed. Any work on the chain
and bar requires specific experience and special tools. For
safety purposes, we recommend you contact an authorized
Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® dealer or call the Snow Joe® +
Sun Joe® customer service center at 1-866-SNOWJOE
(1-866-766-9563).
Inspection tool
Sharpening is necessary when:
Depth
limiter
tooth
• The sawdust looks like dust;
• Cutting becomes more difficult;
Cutting edge
• The cut is not straight;
• Vibrations increase.
Depth limiter tooth
An authorized service center will sharpen the chain using the
right tools to ensure minimum removal of material and even
sharpness on all the cutting edges.
If you sharpen the chain yourself, use special round-section
files with the right diameter depending on the type of chain
(see “Chain Maintenance Table” pg. 18). You need a certain
amount of skill and experience to avoid damaging the cutting
edges.
Guide Bar Maintenance
When the guide bar shows signs of wear, turn it over on the
saw to distribute the wear for maximum bar life. Feathering or
burring of the bar rails is a normal process of bar wear. You
should smooth such faults with a file as soon as they occur.
Sharpen the chain as follows (Fig. 30):
Replace a bar with any of the following faults:
• Secure the bar firmly, with the chain mounted, in a
suitable vise.
• Tighten the chain if it is loose.
• wear inside the bar rails permitting the chain to
lay over sideways
• Mount the file in the guide and then insert it in the tooth at
a constant angle from the cutting edge.
• bent guide bar
• Sharpen in a forward motion a few times and repeat this
on all the cutting edges facing the same way (right or left).
• cracked or broken rails
• spread rails
Turn the saw over, check the underside of the guide bar, and
make sure that the lubrication holes and chain groove are free
from impurities.
• To move the chain forward, use a screwdriver.
• Turn the bar over in the vise and repeat on all the other
cutting edges.
You can purchase replacement parts for your Sun Joe®
SWJ806E electric pole + chain saw by ordering online at
snowjoe.com or, to order by phone, contact Snow Joe® +
Sun Joe® customer service at 1-866-SNOWJOE
(1-866-766-9563).
• Check that the depth limiter tooth does not stick out
farther than the inspection tool and file any projecting
parts with a flat file, rounding off the edges (Fig. 30).
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Daily Checklist, Cleaning
and Storage
Chain Sprocket
Regularly check the condition of the sprocket and replace it
when wear exceeds 0.5 mm (Fig. 31).
Do not mount a new chain with a worn sprocket or vice-versa.
Fig. 31
Daily Checklist
To help maintain your electric pole + chain saw for optimum
performance, we recommend you complete this checklist prior
to each work session.
< 0.5 mm
mWARNING! Do not plug in the power cord until you
have completed all of the daily checks.
• Inspect for any visible damage to the chain, guide bar, or
motor housing.
• Inspect the oil port and guide bar rails and clean them to
remove any debris.
• Check the chain tension.
Troubleshooting
• Check the chain teeth for sharpness.
Troubleshooting Tips
• Check the bar and chain oil level; fill with only new chain
oil specifically formulated for chain saws.
Most difficulties are easy to fix. Consult the troubleshooting
table for common problems and their solutions. If you continue
to experience problems or need repairs beyond these minor
adjustments, please call 1-866-SNOWJOE (1-866-766-9563)
for assistance.
NOTE: If you notice anything unusual, such as a vibration or
or an odd sound, shut the saw OFF immediately. Remove the
power cord and check the saw for any damage.
If you cannot find the cause of the problem or are uncertain
what to do, then have the saw inspected by an authorized
Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® dealer or call the Snow Joe® +
Sun Joe® customer service center at 1-866-SNOWJOE
(1-866-766-9563) before using it.
mWARNING! Always unplug the power cord before
performing any adjustments, maintenance, or repairs to your
electric pole + chain saw.
Troubleshooting Table
Problems
Corrective Action
The saw
motor fails
to start
• Check that you installed the extension cord
mCAUTION!
• Remove the power cord and wait at least five minutes for
the saw to cool before servicing or storing your unit.
• If you drop the saw, carefully inspect it for damage. If the
guide bar is bent, the housing is cracked, the handle is
broken, or if you see any other condition that may affect
the saw’s operation, DO NOT USE the tool. Instead, have
it serviced at an authorized Snow Joe® + Sun Joe®
dealer or call the Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® customer service
center at 1-866-SNOWJOE (1-866-766-9563).
properly into the saw power cord receptacle and
that you plugged the extension cord into a live
120 V outlet.
• Make sure that you fully depress and hold the
safety lock button before squeezing the ON/OFF
trigger switch.
The saw
runs, but
the chain
speed is
low
Bar and
chain
running
hot and
smoking
The saw
motor
runs, but
the chain
is not
turning
Cleaning
• The chain is too tight; re-tension.
Use only mild soap and a damp cloth to clean the electric pole
+ chain saw. Never let any liquid get inside the motor housing
and NEVER immerse any part of the saw housing in liquid.
• The chain tension is too tight; re-tension.
Storage
• The chain oil tank is empty; refill.
• Ensure that the guide bar cover is in place when storing.
• The lubrication holes are plugged; clean them out.
• Do not store the electric pole + chain saw near chemicals,
such as fertilizers or other harsh solvents. Do not expose
the plastic parts of the unit to brake fluids, gasoline,
petroleum-based products, penetrating oils, or the like.
These products are often highly corrosive and may cause
permanent damage, weaken, or destroy the plastic parts
of your unit.
• The chain tension is too tight; re-tension.
• The guide bar or chain is damaged; inspect
and replace the damaged part.
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• When not in use, your machine should be stored indoors
in a dry and high or locked-up place, out of the reach of
children.
Support
If your Sun Joe® SWJ806E electric pole + chain saw requires
service or maintenance, please call 1-866-SNOWJOE
(1-866-766-9563) for assistance.
Model and Serial Numbers
When contacting the company, reordering parts, or arranging
service from an authorized dealer, you will need to provide the
model and serial numbers, which can be found on the decal
located on the housing of the unit. Copy these numbers into
the space provided below.
Record the following numbers from the housing or handle of your
new product:
Model #:
S W J 8 0 6 E
Serial #:
Chain Maintenance Table
Drive Links
33
Chain Pitch
Chain Gauge
File Diameter
inches
mm
inches
mm
inches
mm
3/8
9.5
0.050
1.3
5/32
4
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Optional Accessories
mWARNING! ALWAYS use only authorized Snow Joe
+ Sun Joe® replacement parts and accessories. NEVER use
replacement parts or accessories that are not intended for use with this saw. Contact Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® if you are unsure
whether it is safe to use a particular replacement part or accessory with your saw. The use of any other attachment or accessory
can be dangerous and could cause injury or mechanical damage.
®
Accessories
1
R
Item
Model
Sun Joe® 8-Inch replacement
chain saw bar
SWJ-8BAR
Sun Joe® 8-Inch replacement
chain saw chain
SWJ-8CHAIN
Hex key wrench/blade screwdriver
SWJ802E-TOOL
Bar and chain oil
SWJ-OIL sold at snowjoe.com
or you can purchase equivalent
bar and chain oil sold at your
local hardware store
2
3
4
NOTE: Accessories are subject to change without any obligation on the part of Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® to provide notice of such
changes. Accessories can be ordered online at snowjoe.com or via phone by contacting the Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® customer
service center at 1-866-SNOWJOE (1-866-766-9563).
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NOTES
20
NOTES
21
NOTES
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SNOW JOE® + SUN JOE® CUSTOMER PROMISE
ABOVE ALL ELSE, Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® are dedicated to you, our customer. We strive to make your experience as pleasant
as possible. Unfortunately, there are times when a product does not work or breaks under normal operating conditions. We
think it’s important that you know what you can expect from us. That’s why we created the Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® promise.
OUR PROMISE: Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® warrant new products for two years from the date of purchase. If your product does
not work, or there’s an issue with a specific part, we will fix this by either sending you a free replacement part or by sending
you a new or comparable product at no charge. How cool is that! Before you know it, you’ll be back in action cutting,
sawing, mowing, washing and…?
PRODUCT REGISTRATION:
WHAT IS NOT COVERED?
Snow Joe , LLC (“Snow Joe + Sun Joe ”) strongly encourages
you to register your purchase. You can register online at
snowjoe.com/ProductRegistration, or by printing and mailing
in a registration card available online from our website, or
calling our Customer Service Department at 1-866-SNOWJOE
(1-866-766-9563), or by e-mailing us at help@snowjoe.com.
Failure to register your product purchase will not diminish your
warranty rights. However, registering your purchase will allow
Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® to better serve you with any of your
customer service needs.
®
®
This Warranty does not apply to the Machines that have been used
commercially or in non-household applications. This Warranty
does not cover cosmetic changes that do not affect performance.
This Warranty is only valid if the Machine is used and maintained
in accordance with the instructions, warnings and safeguards
contained in the owner’s manual. Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® will not
be responsible for the cost of any unauthorized warranty repairs.
This warranty does not cover any cost or expense incurred by
the purchaser in providing substitute equipment or service during
reasonable periods of malfunction or non-use of this product
while waiting for a replacement part or unit under this warranty.
®
WHO CAN SEEK WARRANTY COVERAGE?
Wearing parts like belts, augers, chains and tines are not covered
under this warranty, and can be purchased at snowjoe.com or
by calling 1-866-SNOWJOE (1-866-766-9563). Batteries are
covered in full for 90-days from the date of purchase.
This Warranty is extended by Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® to the owner
of this Machine (a “Machine” consists of a product powered by
a motor) for residential and personal household use only. This
Warranty does not apply to products used for commercial, rental
or re-sale purposes. Should ownership of this machine change
during the 2-year period, please update the Machine’s owner
information at snowjoe.com/ProductRegistration.
Repair, replacement or refund of the purchase price are the
exclusive remedies of purchaser and the sole liability of Snow Joe®
+ Sun Joe® under this warranty. No employee or representative
of Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® is authorized to make any additional
warranty or any modification to this warranty which may be
binding upon Snow Joe® + Sun Joe®. Accordingly, purchaser
should not rely upon any additional statements made by any
employee or representative of Snow Joe® + Sun Joe®. In no event,
whether based on contract, indemnity, warranty, tort (including
negligence), strict liability or otherwise, shall Snow Joe® +
Sun Joe® be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or
consequential damages, including, without limitation, loss of
profit or revenue.
WHAT IS COVERED?
Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® warrants to the owner that if this Machine
fails within 2 years from the date of purchase due to a defect in
material or workmanship or as a result of normal wear and tear
from ordinary household use, Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® will send a
replacement part or product, as needed, free of charge and with
free shipping to the original purchaser.
If, in Snow Joe® + Sun Joe®’s sole discretion, the failed Machine
cannot be repaired with a part, Snow Joe® + Sun Joe® will elect to
either (A) send a new Machine at no charge and with free shipping
or (B) refund the full purchase price to the owner.
Some states do not allow limits on warranties. In such states, the
above limitations may not apply to you.
Outside the USA, other warranties may apply.
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mWARNING! This product or its power cord contains chemicals, including lead, known to the State
of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.
For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
mWARNING! Some dust created by power sanding, sawing, grinding, drilling, and other construction
activities contains chemicals known [to the State of California] to cause cancer, birth defects, or other
reproductive harm. Some examples of these chemicals are:
• lead from lead-based paints,
• crystalline silica from bricks and cement and other masonry products, and
• arsenic and chromium from chemically-treated lumber.
Your risk from these exposures varies, depending on how often you do this type of work. To reduce
your exposure to these chemicals: work in a well ventilated area, and work with approved safety
equipment, such as those dust masks that are specifically designed to filter out microscopic particles.
For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
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