are designed to shred, grind, tear and pulverize a wide
assortment of materials -- leaves, twigs, hedge clippings,
brush and branches. While some shredders are made to shred
and blow debris into a bag, heavier duty models produce
compost from damp debris and leaves. These models shred
the debris and force it through a screen back onto the ground.
Before Using Shredder-Grinders
properly for the job, wearing substantial shoes, work gloves,
hearing protection, approved safety glasses/goggles, long
pants and close-fitting clothes.
up and clear out the area of people, especially children,
and pets before you start your shredder-grinder. Keep bystanders
at least 25 feet away from equipment.
your gasoline tank only while the engine is cold. Don't
spill when you fill. If you need to refuel before completing
a job, turn off the machine and allow the engine to cool.
Never light a match or smoke around gasoline.
the operator's manual to find out where controls are and
what they do, and always check for additional safety instructions.
Know how to stop the machine quickly. Do not remove or disable
guards or other safety devices.
Operate Your Shredder-Grinder
your shredder-grinder on a level surface. Do not operate
the shredder-grinder on a paved or gravel surface. Discharged
material may bounce from a hard surface and cause personal
clear of the discharge area when operating your equipment.
not put face, hands, feet or any part of your body or clothing
near the chute, hopper or discharge area.
shredder-grinder becomes clogged, jammed or makes an unusual
noise, shut the engine off. To avoid injury, make sure
all moving parts have come to a complete stop. Rotating
blades take time to stop after the engine is off. Disconnect
the spark plug wire and inspect the hopper, chute, internal
chamber and discharge area. Use only a wooden stick to clear
away jammed material.
are made for use with organic materials only. When feeding
materials into the shredder-grinder, be extremely careful
not to put pieces of metal, rocks, bottles or nails inside
not allow shredded material to build up in or clog the discharge
area -- clogging prevents proper discharge of materials
and can result in kickback of material.
not overreach when feeding material into the shredder-grinder.
Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
not transport or move your equipment while engine is running.
Keep Your Shredder-Grinder
in Peak Operating Condition
the shredder-grinder periodically for potential hazards:
or damaged guards
of grass, leaves or excessive grease to reduce fire hazard
the professional advice and/or service of a qualified servicing
dealer for problems.
your shredder-grinder to an experienced servicing dealer
every year for a safety and maintenance inspection.
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