Cutting methods and Cutter guides for Brush Cutter

Trimming
This is feeding the trimmer carefully into the material you wish to cut. Tilt the head slowly to direct debris away from you. lf cutting up to a barrier such as fence, wallor tree, approach from an angle where any debris ricocheting off the barrier will fly away from you. Move the line head slowly until the grass is cut right up the barrier, but do not jam(overfeed )the line into the barrier.

lf trimming up to a wire mesh or chain linked fence be careful to feed only up to wire. lf you go to far the line will snap off around the wire. Trimming can be done to cut through weed stems one at a time. Place the trimmer line head near the bottom of the weed—never high up which could cause the weed to chatter and catch the line. Rather than cut the weed right through, just use the very end of the line to wear through the stem slowly.

Warning!
Do not use a steel blade for edging or scalping.

SCALPING AND ENGING:
Both of these are done with the line head tilted at a steep angle Scalping is removing top growth leaving the earth bear. Edging is trimming the grass back where it has spread over a sidewalk or drive way. During both edging and scalping, hold the unit a steep angle and in a position where the debris, and any dislodging din and stones,
will not come back towards you even if it ricochets off the hard surface. Although the picture shows how to edge and scalp every operator must find for himself the angles which suits his body size and cutting situation.

Warning!

Do not trim in any area where there are strands of fencing wire. Wear protective safety protecting, Do not cut where you cannot see what the cutting device is cutting.

CUTTING WITH A BLADE
There are many different types of blades, however the two most commonly used are the following.
BRUSHBLADE is used for cutting brush and weeds up to 3/4″ in diameter.

SAWBLADE is used for cutting growth from 3/4″ to 3″ in diameter.

Caution!

Use the shoulder harness at all times . Adjust both harness and harness clamp on the unit so that the unit hangs a few inches above ground level. The cutting head and the metal debris shield should be level in all directions. Harness the unit on the right side of your body.

Do not cut with dull, cracked or damaged metal blade. Before cutting growth, inspect for obstructions such as boulders, metal stakes or strands of wire from broken fences. lf an obstruction
cannot be removed, mark its location so that you can avoid it with the blade. Rocks and metal will dull or damage a blade. Wires can catch on the blade head and flap around or be thrown into the air.

SCYTHING WEED

This is cutting by swinging the blade in a level arc. lt can quickly clear areas of field grass and Weeds. Scything should not be used to cut large, tough weeds or woody growths.

NOTE
Do not a brush blade to cut trees which exceed a diameter of 1/2 to 3/4 inches.

Scything can be done in both directions, or just in one way which results in the debris being thrown away from you.

That is using the side of the blade that it is rotating away from you. Tilt down the blade slightly on this same side .You will be hit by some debris if you scythe in both directions.

SAWING

This must be done with a saw blade when the weeds are too thick and strong for scything.

lf kickback occurs, the blade may be dull, or the material so thick and hard that you should use a saw blade instead of the brush blade.
Growth up to 3-inches in diameter, which is too thick for scything, may be cut by sawing. Sawing requires judgement on your part whether to cut on the side where the blade pulls away from you but throws back the debris ,or on the side where the
debris is thrown away from you but the reaction is push which could become a kick0ut(blade thrust).
Always cut on the side of the tree which will cause the tree to fall away from the unit. A kickout or bind may result if the tree falls toward the unit and
pinches the blade.

Do not force the blade to cut. Do not change the angle of cut after into the wood. Avoid using any
pressure or leverage.

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