Ozito OCS-018 18V 254mm Cordless Chainsaw Kit Product Manual
WHAT’S IN THE BOX CORDLESS CHAINSAW Chainsaw 18V Lithium Ion Guide Bar Cover SPECIFICATIONS Chain INSTRUCTION MANUAL Voltage: 18V Battery: 1.5Ah Li-ion Charging time: 3 Hours Bar length: 254mm (10”) Chain pitch: 9.53mm (3/8”) Chain speed: 4.3m/s Oil tank capacity: 220ml Weight with battery: 3.3kg ozito.com.au P O W V 18 PO 18V M HIU LIT WE RE D UM HI LIT E R E D B N IO Guide Bar Y Battery Pack BY ION IUM 18V LITH Suits: ION OCS-018 Battery Charger OCS-018 WARRANTY IN ORDER TO MAKE A CLAIM UNDER THIS WARRANTY YOU MUST RETURN THE PRODUCT TO YOUR NEAREST BUNNINGS WAREHOUSE WITH YOUR BUNNINGS REGISTER RECEIPT. PRIOR TO RETURNING YOUR PRODUCT FOR WARRANTY PLEASE TELEPHONE OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE HELPLINE: Australia 1800 069 486 New Zealand 0508 069 486 TO ENSURE A SPEEDY RESPONSE PLEASE HAVE THE MODEL NUMBER AND DATE OF PURCHASE AVAILABLE. A CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE WILL TAKE YOUR CALL AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE RELATING TO THE WARRANTY POLICY OR PROCEDURE. The benefits provided under this warranty are in addition to other rights and remedies which are available to you at law. Our goods come with guarantees that cannot be excluded at law. You are entitled to a replacement or refund for a major failure and for compensation for any other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage. You are also entitled to have the goods repaired or replaced if the goods fail to be of acceptable quality and the failure does not amount to a major failure. Generally you will be responsible for all costs associated with a claim under this warranty, however, where you have suffered any additional direct loss as a result of a defective product you may be able to claim such expenses by contacting our customer service helpline above. 3 YEAR REPLACEMENT WARRANTY Your product is guaranteed for a period of 36 months from the original date of purchase and is intended for DIY (Do It Yourself) use only. If a product is defective it will be replaced in accordance with the terms of this warranty. Lithium Ion batteries are covered by a 12 month warranty. Warranty excludes consumable parts, for example: guide bar and chain. WARNING The following actions will result in the warranty being void. • If the tool has been operated on a supply voltage other than that specified on the tool. • If the tool shows signs of damage or defects caused by or resulting from abuse, accidents or alterations. • Failure to perform maintenance as set out within the instruction manual. • If the tool is disassembled or tampered with in any way. • Professional, industrial or high frequency use. OZITO Australia/New Zealand (Head Office) 1-23 Letcon Drive, Bangholme, Victoria, Australia 3175. 1117 KNOW YOUR PRODUCT 3 SETUP & PREPARATION CORDLESS CHAINSAW 1. ASSEMBLY 1. Battery seating 8. Guide bar 2. Rear handle 9. Bucking spikes 3. Trigger switch 10.Safety chain brake 4. Oil level window 11. Front handle 5. Side cover 12.Chain oil tank cap 6. Guide bar locking knob 13.Motor cover 7. Chain 14.Lock-off button 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Fitting the chain and bar CAUTION! ALWAYS BE SURE THAT THE TOOL IS SWITCHED OFF AND THE BATTERY PACK IS REMOVED BEFORE CARRYING OUT ANY WORK ON THE TOOL. 8 CAUTION! ALWAYS WEAR GLOVES WHEN HANDLING THE CHAIN AS IT IS VERY SHARP AND CAN CUT YOU WHEN IT IS NOT MOVING. 2.Remove the guide bar cover. 1. C ompletely unscrew the guide bar locking knob, in a counter clockwise direction. 3mm gap is the ideal tension N M IO ITHIU 18V L POWE 9 10 RED BY 11 12 13 t 14 3mm gap is the ideal tension 3.Fit the chain over the guide bar, making sure that the cutters are facing in the direction of rotation. 3mm gap is the ideal tension ACCESSORIES 15.Guide bar cover 18.Battery charger 16.Battery 19.Battery charger cradle 17.Battery release tab ION HIUM 18 V LIT Suits: 18 OCS-0 4.Place the guide bar and chain in position, ensuring that the chain is around sprocket wheel (A). Also ensure that the chain tension pin (B) fits into the guide bar. If it does not fit, it can be adjusted slightly with the chain tensioning screw. The chain must not slip off the bar when you do this. A 3mm gap is the ideal tension 15 16 17 18 19 ONLINE MANUAL Scan this QR Code with your mobile device to take you to the online manual. 5.Pull the guide bar forward until the chain is closely seated. Make sure that all the drive links are in the groove of the bar. 6.Attach the side cover and secure it with the side cover lock. Do not fully tighten the side cover lock until after adjusting the chain tension. B 2. OIL N M IO ITHIU 18V L POW ERE D BY POWERED BY Adjusting the chain tension 18V LITHIUM ION IMPORTANT: ONLY USE OIL THAT IS EXPRESSLY LABELLED “CHAIN BAR OIL”. 1. Loosen the guide bar locking knob slightly, by rotating it in an anti 3mm gap is clockwise direction. the ideal tension 1.Remove the chain oil tank cap 2.Fill the tank with chain bar oil. The capacity of the chain oil tank is 220ml. Do not over fill. 3mm gap is the ideal tension 2. Adjustment chain tension screw CLOCKWISE to increase chain tension. Turning screw COUNTERCLOCKWISE will decrease amount of tension on the chain. Adjust the chain tension screw for the correct tension. 3.Always fill the oil tank when the oil level is below the minimum mark on the oil level window. N M IO ITHIU 18V L POW For the correct chain tension, pull up on the chain from the top and middle of the exposed guide bar. The bottom tip of the links should only just stay in the track. POWERED BY 18V LITHIUM ION ERED BY M ITHIU 18V L POW 4. Refit cap and clean any oil spillage. POWERED BY 18V LITHIUM ION N M IO ITHIU 18V L POW ERE 18 V D BY LIT HIU M N IO POWERED BY 18V LITHIUM ION 3mm gap is the ideal tension 3. After the chain has been accurately tensioned, lock the guide bar in place with the side cover lock. IMPORTANT: THE CHAIN SHOULD BE ADJUSTED BEFORE FIRST USE, AGAIN AFTER 2-3 MINUTES OF OPERATION AND RECHECKED AND ADJUSTED IF NECESSARY AFTER EACH 30 MINUTES OF USE. TAKE CARE NOT TO OVER TENSION THE CHAIN. IMPORTANT: IT IS VITAL FOR THE PROPER AND SAFE OPERATION OF THE CHAINSAW THAT THE CHAIN IS TENSIONED CORRECTLY. PO W ER WARNING!: NEVER START WORK UNLESS THE CHAIN AND BAR ARE LUBRICATED. ED BY 18V LIT HIU M PO WE RE D BY IO N 5. To check the lubricating system, switch on the chainsaw and hold it with the guide bar and chain above some light coloured paper such as newspaper. A steadily increasing stain caused by oil spray shows the lubricating system is working. NOTE: Chain bar oil may leak if the tool is left for long periods. This is normal. If the tool is to be left unused for an extended time, drain the oil from the tool. Refill before use. ERED BY 3. BATTERY FITTING & CHARGING Charging your lithium ion battery Battery Charge Indicator Allow at least 3 hours of charge time before initial use of the chain saw. Charge the battery pack only with the charger provided. The battery should be charged in a cool, dry place. It will take 2 to 3 charging/discharging cycles before the battery achieves maximum run time/capacity. The chainsaw battery is equipped with a battery charge indicator to show the state of the battery charge. Press the charge indicator button and look to see how many green LED’s illuminate. NOTE: The battery will not develop a memory, it does not have to be fully discharged before recharging. 1.Connect the charger into a mains power outlet. 2.Align the recess of the cradle and the raised section of the battery and slide the cradle onto the battery until it locks into place. 1 GREEN LED indicates that the battery requires immediate charging. 2 - 3 GREEN LEDs indicate that the battery has only a low charge and requires charging soon. 4 GREEN LEDs indicate that the battery is fully charged. NOTE: T he battery needs to be removed from the tool to check the state of charge. Inserting the battery pack 3.Refer to the LED’s on the battery for the state of charge. 1.Align the ribs of the battery with the recess below the handle. 1 GREEN LED (Flashing) - Battery is charging (low charge). M THIU 18V LI ERED POW 2 - 3 GREEN LED (1 Flashing) - Battery is charging (mid charge). 4 GREEN LED (1 Flashing) - Battery is charging (charging almost completed). 4 GREEN LED (Illuminated) - Battery is fully charged. 2.Slide the battery onto the chainsaw. Ensure the battery release tab on clicks into place and that it is fully seated and secure. POWERED BY 18V LITHIUM ION N M IO THIU 18V LI POW ERED BY N M IO THIU 18V LI POWERED BY POW 18V LITHIUM ION ERE D BY POWERED BY 18V LITHIUM ION 4. Disconnect the charger from the mains power outlet. 5. Disconnect the charger from the mains power outlet. When removing the cradle from the battery, first press the battery release button, then slide the cradle from its position. Removing the battery pack 1.Push and hold in the battery release tab to release the battery. N M IO THIU 18V LI POW ERED BY POWERED BY 18V LITHIUM ION N M IO THIU 18V LI POW ERE D BY POWERED BY 18V LITHIUM ION POWERED BY 18V LITHIUM ION 2. Slide the battery from its position. N M IO THIU 18V LI POW POWERED BY 18V LITHIUM ION ERE D BY BY OPERATION N M IO THIU 18V LI POW 4. SWITCHING ON/OFF ERE D BY 5. CUTTING POWERED BY 18V LITHIUM ION Switching on CAUTION: FIRST TIME USERS SHOULD, AS A MINIMUM PRACTISE, CUT LOGS ON A SAW-HORSE OR CRADLE 1.Pull the chain brake towards you. 1. Press the bucking spikes against the timber ensuring the chain is not making contact with the material being cut. N M IO THIU 18V LI POW 2.Hold the front handle with your left hand and the rear handle with your right hand. ERE D BY POWERED BY 18V LITHIUM ION 2. Start cutting by holding the chainsaw by the front handle and raising the rear handle. ION HIUM 18V LIT POWER ED BY POWERED BY 18V LITHIUM ION 3. P ress the lock-off button with your thumb, then squeeze the trigger switch. The chainsaw starts immediately. IUM ION 18V LITH POWERED 18V LITHIUM ION 4. The chain will now be running, ready to make a cut. The lockoff switch can now be released. IUM ION 18V LITH POWERED 18V LITHIUM ION 3. If you cannot cut the timber in a single stroke, apply light pressure to the front handle and continue sawing, draw the chainsaw back a little then apply the bucking spikes a little lower and finish the cut by raising the rear handle. ION HIUM 18V LIT POWER ED BY POWERED BY BY POWERED BY 18V LITHIUM ION Switching off 18V LIT HIU M ION POW ERE BY POWERED BY D BY 18V LIT HIUM ION POWERE 18V LIT HIU M ION POW ERE D BY D BY 18V LIT HIUM ION POWERE D BY 4. Withdraw the chainsaw from the cut while the chain is still running. IUM ION 18V LITH POWERED 1. Release the trigger switch. The chain coasts for a short time before stopping. 18V LITHIUM ION POWERED BY BY IUM LITH 18V POW POWER ERE D BY ION ED BY M ION 18V LITHIU Hints and tips Chain brake The chainsaw is fitted with a chain brake which when operated brings the chain to a stop within a tenth of a second. 18V LITHIUM ION BRAKE OFF BRAKE ON IUM ION 18V LITH POWERED BY POWERED BY 18V LIT HIU M ION POW ERE D BY RUN •Do not force the saw into the cut. Apply only light pressure whilst running the chain. •If the saw chain gets caught in the cut, do not tryCHAIN to remove it by LINE STRAIGHT twisting the guide bar or pulling forcibly. Use a lever or wedgeARM to POSITION open up the cut so that the saw chain is freed. •Keep your left arm with elbow locked in a “straight arm” position to withstand any kickback force. • While cutting, always: – Run the chainsaw motor at full speed. This makes the job safer, as there is less chance of pull-in or kick-back. – Position your body to the left of the chainsaw so if it kicks back CHAIN uncontrollably, it goes over your right LINE STRAIGHT shoulder, never stand in the cutting ARM POSITION line of the saw. – Keep a firm grip with your left hand on the front handle, with your thumb securely below the handle. 18V LIT HIUM ION POWERE D BY M HIU LIT 18V POW POWE ION HIUM 18V LIT POWER 18V LITHIUM ION ED BY RED ERE D BY ION BY UM ION 18V LITHI STOP ION HIUM 18V LIT POWER ED BY POWERED BY 18V LITHIUM ION POWERED BY The chain brake can be operated manually by pushing it forward or automatically as a result of kickback. Kickback occurs if the chain catches on the wood being cut and the chainsaw recoils back suddenly. 18V LIT HIU M ION PO WE RED BY 18V LIT HIUM ION POWER In the event of kickback, your hand (which is on the front handle during operation) jerks forward causing the back on your hand to push the guard forward, engaging the chain brake and quickly stopping the chain. ED BY OCS-018 APPLICATIONS MAINTENANCE 6. CUTTING APPLICATIONS 7. GENERAL MAINTENANCE Felling a tree WARNING!: FELLING A TREE SHOULD ONLY BE DONE BY TRAINED OPERATORS. Decide the direction in which you wish the tree to fall, taking into account the direction of the wind, the position of branches, lean of the tree, ease of subsequent limbing and bucking and other factors prevalent at the time. WARNING: BEFORE CLEANING YOUR CHAINSAW OR CARRYING OUT ANY MAINTENANCE PROCEDURE, MAKE SURE THAT THE MOTOR IS OFF AND THE BATTERY REMOVED TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL STARTING. Adjusting the chain tension 1. Loosen the guide bar locking knob slightly, by rotating it in an anti clockwise direction. 3mm gap is the ideal tension 2. Adjust the tension of the chain using the chain tensioning adjustment screw. Turn clockwise to tighten, anti-clockwise to loosen. Limbing WARNING!: ALWAYS KEEP A BALANCED STANCE. DO NOT STAND ON THE LOG. BE ALERT TO THE FACT THAT THE LOG MAY ROLL OVER. WHEN WORKING ON A SLOPE, ALWAYS STAND ON THE UP HILL SIDE OF THE LOG. Limbing is the process of removing the 1 branches from a fallen tree. Check the direction in which a branch will bend before cutting it. Always cut on the opposite side to the bending direction so that the guide bar is not pinched in 2 the cut. For large limbs that cannot be removed in one cut, make an initial cut from the bent side and finish by sawing from the opposite direction. Do not remove limbs that are supporting the fallen tree on the ground until the tree has been cut into lengths. Bucking Bucking is cutting a log into lengths for easier handling. To saw a log lying on the ground, first saw halfway, then roll the log over and cut from the opposite side. 2 1 To saw the end of a log supported off the ground, first saw up from the bottom one1 2 third through the log then finish by sawing down from the top. To saw a log in the middle of two supports holding it off the ground, first saw down from the top one-third through the log then finish by sawing up from the bottom. CAUTION!: AVOID CUTTING INTO THE GROUND AS THIS WILL VERY QUICKLY DULL THE SAW CHAIN. Pruning WARNING!: DO NOT USE AN UNSTABLE FOOTHOLD OR LADDER. DO NOT OVERREACH. DO NOT SAW ABOVE SHOULDER HEIGHT. ALWAYS USE BOTH HANDS TO HOLD THE SAW. FIRST CUT UP FROM THE BOTTOM AND FINISH DOWN FROM THE TOP. Pruning is the removal of a limb or branch from a standing tree. 2 1 NOTE: The tension is correct when the chain can be pulled 3mm away from the guide bar when using your finger and thumb. Do not over-tighten as this will reduce the life of the chain and 3mm gap is guide bar. the ideal tension 3.After the chain has been accurately tensioned, lock the guide bar in place with the guide bar locking knob. Maintaining the guide bar 1. Remove any sawdust from the guide bar, including the groove. Oil and sawdust combine and emit a burning smell during operation if the blade is not regularly cleaned. 2. Make sure that the oil port is not clogged. Grease the nose sprocket at the tip of the guide bar. 3. Check for oil leakage and loose fastenings, especially those securing the handles and the guide bar. 4. Reverse the guide bar every 8 working hours to ensure uniform wear. Check the guide rails frequently and if necessary remove burrs and squareCHAIN up the rails using a flat file. LINE STRAIGHT ARM POSITION Chain Sharpening Chain File: 3.96mm (5/32”) 30° 30° Chain Pitch: 9.53mm (3/8”) LEFT HAND CUTTERS Chain Gauge: 1.1mm (0.043”) Sharpen the chain regularly to RIGHT HAND maintain optimum performance of the CUTTERS saw. Signs of a dull chain are: • The sawdust becomes powder-like •Extra force is required to execute a cut • The cut does not track in a straight line • Increased vibration Sharpen each cutter using a round 3.96mm (5/32”) chain file. Keep the file level with the top plate of the tooth. Always use outward strokes and maintain a 30° angle between the chain and file. After sharpening, the cutters must all have the same width and length. After every 3–4 uses get an authorised repair centre to professionally sharpen your chain. They have the special tools necessary to ensure the correct cutting angles and depths. WARNING!: WEAR HEAVY GLOVES WHEN HANDLING THE CHAIN. HOLD THE GUIDE BAR SECURELY IN A VICE. DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS Cleaning and storing • Keep the handles free of grease so that you can maintain a firm grip. • Clean the device as required with a damp cloth and, if necessary, mild washing up liquid. • If the chainsaw is not to be used for an extended period of time then you should remove the chain oil from the tank. Briefly immerse the chain and the cutter rail in an oil bath and then wrap them in oil paper. • Ensure that the guide bar cover is in place when storing. Wear safety gloves Regulator compliance mark Read instruction manual Wear ear muffs & safety glasses 97 Decibel level CAUTION! ALWAYS DISCONNECT THE BATTERY BEFORE CLEANING THE CHAINSAW. CAUTION! NEVER IMMERSE THE UNIT IN WATER OR OTHER LIQUIDS IN ORDER TO CLEAN IT. Always hold the saw with both hands CAUTION! STORE THE CHAINSAW IN A SAFE AND DRY PLACE OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN. Keep bystanders away. Do not saw whilst people especially children or pets are in the area. Beware of kickback SPARE PARTS Blade continues to rotate after the machine is switched off. Wait until all machine components have completely stopped before touching them. Do not saw in the rain or leave the chainsaw outdoors while raining. Chain Replacement: The chain can be purchased through Ozito spare parts or from your local Bunnings Warehouse. The correct chain can be purchased by matching the pitch, gauge and number of links as shown below: BATTERY & CHARGER SAFETY WARNINGS THIS MANUAL CONTAINS IMPORTANT SAFETY AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR BATTERY CHARGER. 2 9.53mm(3/8) 1.1mm(.043”) 40 Links Spare parts can be ordered from the Special Orders Desk at your local Bunnings Warehouse. For further information, or any parts not listed here, visit www.ozito.com.au or contact Ozito Customer Service: Australia 1800 069 486 New Zealand 0508 069 486 E-mail: [email protected] CARING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT Power tools that are no longer usable should not be disposed of with household waste but in an environmentally friendly way. Please recycle where facilities exist. Check with your local council authority for recycling advice. Recycling packaging reduces the need for landfill and raw materials. Reuse of recycled material decreases pollution in the environment. Please recycle packaging where facilities exist. Check with your local council authority for recycling advice. 1.Before using the charger read all instructions and cautionary markings on the charger, battery pack and the product using the battery pack. 2.This charger is not intended for any uses other than charging rechargeable batteries, any other use may result in the risk of fire, electric shock or electrocution. 3.Do not place any object on top of the charger or place the charger on a soft surface that may result in excessive internal heat. Place the charger in a position away from any heat source. 4.To reduce risk of damage to the electric plug and cord, pull by the plug rather than the cord when disconnecting the charger. 5.Make sure the cord is located so that it will not be stepped on, tripped over, or otherwise subjected to damage or stress. 6.An extension cord should not be used unless absolutely necessary. Use of an improper extension cord could result in the risk of fire, electric shock or electrocution. 7.Do not operate the charger if it has received a sharp blow, been dropped or otherwise damaged in any way. Have it checked by an electrician or power tool repairer. 8.Do not disassemble charger. Take it to an electrician or power tool repairer when service or repair is required. Incorrect reassembly may result in a risk of fire, electric shock or electrocution. 9.To reduce risk of electric shock, unplug the charger from the outlet before attempting any cleaning. Removing the battery pack will not reduce this risk. 10. Never attempt to connect 2 chargers together. 11.DO NOT store or use the tool and battery pack in locations where the temperature may reach or exceed 40ºC (such as inside sheds or metal buildings in summer). 12.The charger is designed to operate on standard household electrical power (240 volts). Do not attempt to use it on any other voltage! 13.The battery pack is not fully charged out of the carton. First read the safety instructions and then follow the charging notes and procedures. 14.The longest life and best performance can be obtained if the battery pack is charged when the air temperature is between 18 - 24ºC. Do not charge the battery pack in an air temperature below 10ºC or above 40ºC. This is important and will prevent damage to the battery pack. 15.Do not incinerate the battery pack even if it is seriously damaged or is completely worn out. The battery can explode in a fire. 16.Never attempt to open the battery pack for any reason. If the plastic housing of the battery pack breaks or cracks, immediately discontinue use and do not recharge. 17. During charging, the battery must be placed in a well ventilated area. ELECTRICAL SAFETY WARNING! When using mains-powered tools, basic safety precautions, including the following, should always be followed to reduce risk of fire, electric shock, personal injury and material damage. Read the whole manual carefully and make sure you know how to switch the tool off in an emergency, before operating the tool. Save these instructions and other documents supplied with this tool for future reference. The electric motor has been designed for 230V and 240V only. Always check that the power supply corresponds to the voltage on the rating plate. Note: The supply of 230V and 240V on Ozito tools are interchangeable for Australia and New Zealand. This tools charger is double insulated in accordance with AS/NZS 60745-1; therefore no earth wire is required. If the supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by an electrician or a power tool repairer in order to avoid a hazard. Note: Double insulation does not take the place of normal safety precautions when operating this tool. The insulation system is for added protection against injury resulting from a possible electrical insulation failure within the tool. Using an Extension Lead Always use an approved extension lead suitable for the power input of this tool. Before use, inspect the extension lead for signs of damage, wear and ageing. Replace the extension lead if damaged or defective. When using an extension lead on a reel, always unwind the lead completely. Use of an extension lead not suitable for the power input of the tool or which is damaged or defective may result in a risk of fire and electric shock. To reduce the risk of electric shock, we recommend the use of a residual current device (rated 30mA or less). GENERAL POWER TOOL SAFETY WARNINGS WARNING! Read all safety warnings and all instructions. Failure to follow the warnings and instructions may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious injury. Save all warnings and instructions for future reference. The term “power tool” in the warnings refers to your mains-operated (corded) power tool or battery-operated (cordless) power tool. 1. Work area safety a. Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered or dark areas invite accidents. b. Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres, such as in the presence of flammable liquids, gases or dust. Power tools create sparks which may ignite the dust or fumes. c. Keep children and bystanders away while operating a power tool. Distractions can cause you to lose control. 2. Electrical safety a. Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Never modify the plug in any way. Do not use any adapter plugs with earthed (grounded) power tools. Unmodified plugs and matching outlets will reduce risk of electric shock. b. Avoid body contact with earthed or grounded surfaces, such as pipes, radiators, ranges and refrigerators. There is an increased risk of electric shock if your body is earthed or grounded. c. Do not expose power tools to rain or wet conditions. Water entering a power tool will increase the risk of electric shock. d. Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord for carrying, pulling or unplugging the power tool. Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges or moving parts. Damaged or entangled cords increase the risk of electric shock. e. When operating a power tool outdoors, use an extension cord suitable for outdoor use. Use of a cord suitable for outdoor use reduces the risk of electric shock. f. If operating a power tool in a damp location is unavoidable, use a residual current device (RCD) protected supply. Use of an RCD reduces the risk of electric shock. 3. Personal safety a. Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common sense when operating a power tool. Do not use a power tool while you are tired or under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication. A moment of inattention while operating power tools may result in serious personal injury. b. Use personal protective equipment. Always wear eye protection. Protective equipment such as dust mask, non-skid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing protection used for appropriate conditions will reduce personal injuries. c. Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure the switch is in the off-position before connecting to power source and/or battery pack, picking up or carrying the tool. Carrying power tools with your finger on the switch or energising power tools that have the switch on invites accidents. d. Remove any adjusting key or wrench before turning the power tool on. A wrench or a key left attached to a rotating part of the power tool may result in personal injury. e. Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at all times. This enables better control of the power tool in unexpected situations. f. Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewellery. Keep your hair, clothing and gloves away from moving parts. Loose clothes, jewellery or long hair can be caught in moving parts. g. If devices are provided for the connection of dust extraction and collection facilities, ensure these are connected and properly used. Use of dust collection can reduce dust-related hazards. h.Do not let familiarity gained from frequent use of tools allow you to become complacent and ignore tool safety principles. A careless action can cause severe injury within a fraction of a second. 4. Power tool use and care a. Do not force the power tool. Use the correct power tool for your application. The correct power tool will do the job better and safer at the rate for which it was designed. b. Do not use the power tool if the switch does not turn it on and off. Any power tool that cannot be controlled with the switch is dangerous and must be repaired. c. Disconnect the plug from the power source and/or the battery pack from the power tool before making any adjustments, changing accessories, or storing power tools. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of starting the power tool accidentally. d. Store idle power tools out of the reach of children and do not allow persons unfamiliar with the power tool or these instructions to operate the power tool. Power tools are dangerous in the hands of untrained users. e. Maintain power tools. Check for misalignment or binding of moving parts, breakage of parts and any other condition that may affect the power tool’s operation. If damaged, have the power tool repaired before use. Many accidents are caused by poorly maintained power tools. f. Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly maintained cutting tools with sharp cutting edges are less likely to bind and are easier to control. g. Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits etc. in accordance with these instructions, taking into account the working conditions and the work to be performed. Use of the power tool for operations different from those intended could result in a hazardous situation. h.Keep handles and grasping surfaces dry, clean and free from oil and grease. Slippery handles and grasping surfaces do not allow for safe handling and control of the tool in unexpected situations. 5. Battery tool use and care a. Recharge only with the charger specified by the manufacturer. A charger that is suitable for one type of battery pack may create a risk of fire when used with another battery pack. b. Use power tools only with specifically designated battery packs. Use of any other battery packs may create a risk of injury and fire. c. When battery pack is not in use, keep it away from other metal objects, like paper clips, coins, keys, nails, screws or other small metal objects, that can make a connection from one terminal to another. Shorting the battery terminals together may cause burns or a fire. d. Under abusive conditions, liquid may be ejected from the battery; avoid contact. If contact accidentally occurs, flush with water. If liquid contacts eyes, additionally seek medical help. Liquid ejected from the battery may cause irritation or burns. 6. Service a. Have your power tool serviced by a qualified repair person using only identical replacement parts. This will ensure that the safety of the power tool is maintained. ADDITIONAL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHAINSAWS • 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 chain saws may cause entanglement of your clothing or body with the saw chain. • Always hold the chain saw with your right hand on the rear handle and you left hand on the front handle. Hold the chain saw with a reversed hand configuration increases the risk of personal injury and should never be done. • Hold the power tool by insulated gripping surfaces only, because the chain may contact hidden wiring. Saw chains contacting a “live” wire may make exposed metal parts of the power tool “live” and could give the operator an electric shock. • Wear safety glasses and hearing protection. 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. • Do not operate a chainsaw in a tree. Operation of a chainsaw while up in a tree may result in personal injury • Always keep proper footing and operate the chainsaw only when standing on fixed, secure and level surface. Slippery or unstable surfaces such as ladders may cause a loss of balance or control of the chain saw. • When cutting a limb that is under tension be alert for spring back. When the tension in the wood fibres is released the spring loaded limb may strike the operator and/or throw the chain saw out of control. • Use extreme caution when cutting brush and saplings. The slender material may catch the saw chain and be whipped towards you or pill you off balance. • 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. • Follow instructions for lubricating, chain tensioning and changing accessories. Improperly tensioned or lubricated chain may either break or increase the chance for kickback • Keep handles dry, clean, and free from oil and grease. Greasy, oily handles are slippery causing loss of control. • Cut wood only. Do not use chain saw for purposes not intended. For example: do not use chain saw for cutting plastic, masonry or non-wood building materials. Use of the chain saw for operations different than intended could result in a hazardous situation. Causes and operator prevention of kickback 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. Tip contact in some cases may cause a sudden reverse reaction, kicking the guide bar up and back towards the operator. Pinching the saw chain along the top of the guide bar may 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. Do not rely exclusively upon the safety devices built into your saw. As a chain saw user, you should take several steps to keep your cutting jobs free from accident or injury. Kickback is the result of tool misuse and/or incorrect operating procedures or conditions and can be avoided by taking proper precautions as given below: • Maintain a firm grip, with thumbs and fingers encircling the chain saw handles, with both hands on the saw and position your body and arm 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. • Do not overreach and do not cut above shoulder height. This helps prevent unintended tip contact and enables better control of the chain saw in unexpected situations. • Only use replacement bars and chains specified by the manufacturer. Incorrect replacement bars and chains may cause chain breakage and/or kickback. • Follow the manufacturer’s sharpening and maintenance instructions for the saw chain. Decreasing the depth gauge height can lead to increased kickback. This appliance is not intended for use by persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, unless they have been given supervision or instruction concerning use of the appliance by a person responsible for their safety.
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