Battery or cordless brush cutters are tools very useful for the maintenance of green areas and gardens. They are easy to use, but given the nature of the work they do, you must have certain safety considerations to do the job properly.
In this note we will be indicating the aspects to consider before, during and after the use of a cordless brush cutter.
General safety considerations for brushcutters
- Read carefully the user manual of the brush cutter.
- Do not charge the battery in the rain or in a humid environment.
- Disconnect and remove the battery from the tool before starting maintenance.
- To dispose of the battery, follow the corresponding instructions, indicated by the manufacturer.
- Pay close attention while handling the battery in the brush cutter. Avoid causing a short by means of conductive materials such as keys, bracelets, or rings.
- Recharge the battery in the tool, solely and exclusively with the charger indicated by the manufacturer.
- Do not use a deteriorated battery, it could cause accidents.
- Do not expose the battery or brush cutter at high temperatures or fire.
- Do not use accessories that are not specified by the manufacturer of the cordless brush cutter.
- Store the battery away from metal objects and in a moisture-free environment.
Before you start weeding
- Check the work area and remove any objects that represent an obstacle, such as rocks, branches, nails, glass, wire or rope that could be wrapped around the machine.
- Avoid dangerous work environments. Do not expose the cordless brush cutter to rain or wet conditions.
- Keep third parties, children or pets at least 15 meters away from the work area.
- Verify that there are no damaged parts or parts in the tool. It is very important that each component is in excellent condition to perform the job. Also validate the alignment of the moving elements, the union of the pieces, the assembly and any factor that may affect the operation of the brushcutter.
- Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. These could become entangled in the moving parts of the tool.
- It is recommended that you wear rubber gloves and solid shoes as well as a protector to cover and hold your hair.
- You must use safety glasses with side shields. In case the work generates dust, wear a mask.
- Before installing the battery to the cordless brush cutter, check that the appliance switch is off.
During weeding work
- Do not use the tool if you feel tired, ill or under the influence of medicines, alcohol or drugs.
- Do not turn on the equipment if you are barefoot, wearing inappropriate sandals or footwear.
- Do not use the tool for a job other than the one for which it was designed.
- Keep your body balanced and balanced while using the brush cutter. Don’t over exert yourself.
- Always keep your focus on weeding work.
- Do not overload the tool, using it at an adequate speed will allow you to perform a safe and effective job.
- Hold the brush cutter firmly with both hands and keep it away from the body.
- It is recommended that you hold the tool comfortably, with the handle approximately hip level.
- Some models of weed trimmer incorporate a belt that allows the device to be attached to the body for greater ergonomics and comfort. Use it.
- Cut the grass from the top down. This prevents grass from getting caught in the axle housing and the head of the brush cutter.
- In case the grass becomes entangled in the tool, turn it off, wait for it to come to a complete stop, and proceed to remove the grass from the weed trimmer.
After weeding work
- Turn off the appliance and wait for the thread or cutting blades to come to a complete stop.
- Follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning the cordless brush cutter.
- Store the tool completely switched off in a place protected from the elements, dry and out of the reach of children.
- Carry out proper and frequent maintenance, especially before using it again.
By following these indications, you will be able to make proper and safe use of your cordless brush cutter.