Electric Hedge Trimmers – Safety Features

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    In this video, Black & Decker product development manager, Joe Newland, describes various safety features. This video series includes an overview of the differences between electric and gas trimmers. Also, it describes various tasks that can be performed with your hedge electric trimmer and covers additional features to look for when purchasing your next hedge trimmer.

    Joe Newland: Hi, I'm Joe Newland, Product Development Manager for Black & Decker's Outdoor Products Division. I'm showing you how to select an electric hedge trimmer, and now I want to cover some of the safety features you should look for it. Safety is very important when operating your hedge trimmer. You should always familiarize yourself with the tool before using it. It's important to read the instruction manual thoroughly for all warning equipment before use, and follow all warnings and safety instructions. Always wear eye protection and gloves, always dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. Keep your hair, clothing, and gloves away from moving parts. Another safety feature to consider is the lock button, when this is in lock-up position the trimmer cannot be started, so actually the starts are prevented. Before use make sure the blade guard and auxiliary handle are properly installed. When working with a quartered hedge trimmer, be aware of the power supply. Most models that have some kind of cord retainer feature that prevents the cord from coming unplugged. When using an extension cord, be sure to use one heavy enough to carry the current your product will draw and is rated for outdoor use. An undersized cord will cause a drop in the line voltage, resulting in a loss of power and overheating. So, those are some of the safety features to consider when selecting your electric hedge trimmer.