Important Safety Instructions

When using electric tools, basic safety precautions, including the following, should always be followed to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock and personal injury. Read all these instructions before operating any power tools.

Work Area

KEEP WORK AREA CLEAN AND WELL LIT.
Cluttered areas and benches invite accidents and injuries.
CONSIDER WORK ENVIRONMENT.
Don’t use power tools in damp or wet conditions. Keep work area well lit. Don’t expose power tools to rain. Don’t use tools in the presence of flammable liquids or gases.
KEEP BYSTANDERS AWAY.
All visitors should be kept away from your work area. Distraction can cause a loss of control. Don’t let anyone have contact with the tool or electrical leads.

Electrical Safety

DON’T ABUSE CORD.
Never carry the tool by its cord or yank it to disconnect from power supply. Keep cord away from heat, oil, abrasive or sharp edges. Have damaged cords replaced immediately by a qualified service agent.
EXTENSION CORDS.
For outdoor use, use only extension cords intended and marked for outdoor applications.
GUARD AGAINST ELECTRIC SHOCK.
Prevent body contact with grounded surfaces such as pipes, radiators, stoves and refrigerators.
VOLTAGE WARNING.
Before connecting the tool to a power source, be sure the voltage supplied is the same as that specified on the nameplate of the tool. A power source with voltage greater than that specified for the tool can result in SERIOUS INJURY to the user as well as damage to the tool. If in doubt, do not plug in the tool. Using a power source with voltage less than the nameplate rating is harmful to the motor.

Personal Safety

STAY ALERT.
Watch what you are doing and use common sense when operating a power tool. Don’t operate tools when you are tired or affected by drugs, alcohol or medication.
DRESS PROPERLY.
Don’t wear loose fitting clothing or jewellery which can be caught in moving parts. Rubber gloves and non-slip footwear are recommended when working outdoors. Wear protective hair covering to contain long hair.
USE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT.
Safety glasses or face shields should be worn at all times. Ordinary eye or sunglasses are not protection. If you need to raise your voice to be heard over the machine, wear hearing protection. Dust masks should be worn when cutting masonry or manufactured timbers.
DON’T OVERREACH.
Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
AVOID UNINTENTIONAL STARTING.
Don’t carry tools with your finger on the switch. Be sure the switch is in the off position before plugging in to power source.

Tool Use and Care

USE THE RIGHT TOOL.
Don’t force a small tool or attachment to do the job of a heavier-duty tool. Don’t use tool for purposes it was not intended or designed.
SECURE YOUR WORK.
Use clamps or a vice to secure and support your workpiece to a stable platform. It is safer than using your hand and frees both hands to operate the machine.
REMOVE ADJUSTING TOOLS.
Make a habit of checking that all keys, wrenches, etc are removed from the tool before turning it on.
CHECK FOR DAMAGED PARTS.
Before further use of the tool, a guard or other part which has been damaged should be carefully checked to determine that it will operate properly and perform its intended function. Check for alignment of moving parts, binding of moving parts, breakage of parts, mounting and any other condition which may affect its operation. A guard or other part which is damaged should be properly repaired or replaced by an authorised service centre. Have defective switches replaced by an authorised service centre. Don’t use the tool if the switch does not turn it on and off.
CORRECT ACCESSORIES.
Use only the accessories that are recommended by the manufacturer for your model. Accessories suitable for one tool may become hazardous when used with another.
DON’T FORCE THE TOOL.
Use the correct tool for your application and it will do the job better and safer at the pace it was designed to work.
MAINTAIN TOOLS WELL.
Keep tools and accessories clean and sharp for better and safer performance. Follow instructions for lubricating and changing accessories. Inspect tool cords for damage periodically and replace if damaged. Keep handles dry, clean, and free from oil and grease.
DISCONNECT TOOLS.
When not in use, before servicing and when changing accessories such as blades, bits and cutters always disconnect the tool from the power source to reduce the risk of accidental starting.
STORE IDLE TOOLS.
When not in use tool should be stored in dry and high or locked places out of reach of children. Power tools are dangerous in the hands of untrained users.

Service

SERVICE AND REPLACEMENT PARTS.
Servicing of all tools should be done by an authorised Makita Service Agent. Service or maintenance performed by unqualified personnel may increase the risk of injury.