Monday, December 11, 2023

Safety in the use of the brushcutter

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The brushcutter is used to cut and maintain green areas. Is a tool of great utility that, like any cutting machine, must be used with the respective care and prevention.

Due to its design and function, this machine involves certain risks during its use, which must be kept in mind at all times.

Implicit risks in the use of a brushcutter

  • Hearing injuries due to high noise levels.
  • Injuries due to projections of objects or particles.
  • Cuts or punctures.
  • Joint discomfort or extreme vibration exhaustion.
  • Allergies or bites.
  • Respiratory problems caused by fuel vapors.
  • overexertion
  • Same level falls.
  • Burns or fires.


General safety recommendations

  • Read the safety instructions in the manual of the brushcutter.
  • The tool should only be used by competent persons.
  • While you use the machine, you must not be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any medication that decreases your attention.
  • Any person, animal, or property must remain at least 15 meters out of reach of the machine while it is in use.
  • Use the brushcutter only under good lighting or under natural daylight.
  • Always use original spare parts.
  • Do not remove safety devices from the machine.
  • Use blades in good condition. Never use broken, cracked, or worn blades.
  • Do not turn on or use the machine in a closed space or inside a building.
  • Handle fuel outdoors away from sources of heat, sparks or flames and with the engine off.
  • Don’t smoke or use your phone while handling fuel.
  • Make sure all protection and safety devices are in good condition.
  • To carry out maintenance, repairs or replacement of parts you must turn off the engine and verify that the cutting device is stopped.
  • Take short breaks during work.
  • Keep hands or feet away from rotating parts of the brushcutter.
  • Some parts of the machine may become hot during use. Be careful not to touch them.

Safety before starting work

  • Make sure to position the brushcutter in a clear, flat area free of obstacles.
  • Place the machine in a horizontal position in such a way that the head does not touch the ground or another object.
  • Validate that all nuts and bolts are properly tightened.
  • Check that the blade protector and the head are perfectly assembled.
  • Take preventive measures if you are cutting toxic weeds. Use a protective mask.
  • You should use only fresh, unleaded gasoline.
  • Use recognized brand oil.
  • Dispose of the fuel once it has reached its lifespan (usually 2 weeks).
  • Fill the tank using a funnel. Do not spill the mixture, in case it happens, clean the area immediately.
  • It is recommended to start the engine away from the area where gasoline was handled.
  • Do not fill the fuel tank if the engine is hot.
  • Never fill the fuel tank to overflowing.


Safety while using the brushcutter

  • Use personal protection equipment such as: high anti-slip boots or closed shoes, protective helmet, glasses, mask, safety gloves, and ear muffs.
  • Hold up your hair if it is long.
  • Use the brushcutter only for the intended purposes.
  • Get into a balanced and stable position on your feet.
  • Check that the weight of the machine is balanced between the motor and the head.
  • Only when the cutting devices have come to a complete stop can you load the machine with the head below your waist and away from your body.
  • Avoid contact with stones, piles of earth or any solid object during weed cutting.
  • If you hit an object or if you lock the header due to brush overload, reduce the engine speed to disengage the clutch. Check that the cutting head is not damaged. If necessary, change the blade.
  • The safety devices of brushcutter, they must remain in good condition during use.
  • Use the harness (some models of brushcutter have one) and adjust it following the instructions to suit your height.
  • When using blades to cut grass or nylon line, steer the machine like a scythe by making sideways motions.
  • If you work with a shredding blade, make a vertical movement and do not lift the machine above your waist.
  • If you use serrated serrated blades you should cut with the left side of the blade, never the front or right side. This way you avoid the risk of rebound.

Maintenance and storage

  • After work, thoroughly clean the brushcutter, check that there is no residue on the head and store the machine in its packaging.
  • Be careful not to hit or break the fuel tank while transporting or storing the machine.
  • If you’re not going to use the tool for a long time, validate that the gas tank is empty before storing it.
  • Clean or change the fuel tank fuel filter as needed.
  • Turn off the engine of the machine for transport.
  • It is convenient to check the air filter after 10 hours of work. You can clean the filter with pressurized air or with soapy water. You can clean the spark plug with fine sandpaper at the ends and at the point where the spark occurs.
  • Lubricate the axle frequently or when you think it is necessary.

Keeping these recommendations in mind, you will be able to carry out a weeding job without problems. Remember that the brushcutterLike other cutting tools, it must be used safely.

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