7 NTo return the cap to the open
position for installation, turn the cap
(with the grip up) until it drops fully
into the tank opening. Next, twist the
cap counterclockwise as far as it will
go (approx. 1/4 turn) – this will twist
the base of the cap into the correct
position. Then, twist the cap
clockwise, closing it normally.
NIf your cap still does not tighten
properly, it may be damaged or
broken; immediately stop use of the
unit and take it to your authorized
STIHL dealer for repair.
See also the "Fueling" chapter in your
Instruction Manual for additional
Always check your power tool for proper
condition and operation before starting,
particularly the throttle trigger, throttle
trigger lockout, stop switch and cutting
tool. The throttle trigger (if applicable)
must move freely and always spring
back to the idle position. Never attempt
to modify the controls or safety devices.
Check fuel system for leaks, especially
the visible parts, e.g., filler cap, hose
connections, manual fuel pump (only for
power tools equipped with a manual fuel
pump). Do not start the engine if there
are leaks or damage – risk of fire! Have
the machine repaired by a servicing
dealer before using it.
Never use a power tool that is damaged
or not properly maintained.
Check that the spark plug boot is
securely mounted on the spark plug – a
loose boot may cause arcing that could
ignite combustible fumes and cause a
Keep the handles clean and dry at all
times; it is particularly important to keep
them free of moisture, pitch, oil, fuel mix,
grease or resin in order for you to
maintain a firm grip and properly control
your power tool.
The cutting tool must be properly
tightened and in safe operating
condition. Inspect for loose parts (nuts,
screws, etc.) and for cracked, bent,
warped or damaged blades. Regularly
check the condition and tightness of the
cutter blades – with the engine stopped!
Replace damaged cutter blades before
using the power tool. Always keep
STIHL recommends that you always
spray the cutter blades with STIHL resin
solvent before starting work – with the
engine stopped! You can obtain this
protective spray from your dealer. Apply
Start the engine at least 10 feet (3 m)
from the fueling spot, outdoors only.
For specific starting instructions, see the
appropriate section of your manual.
Place the power tool on firm ground or
other solid surface in an open area.
Maintain good balance and secure
To reduce the risk of injury from blade
contact, be absolutely sure that the
cutting tool is clear of you and all other
obstructions and objects, including the
ground, because when the engine starts
at starting-throttle, engine speed will be
fast enough for the clutch to engage and
move the blades on the cutting tool. Unit vibrations can cause
an improperly tightened
fuel filler cap to loosen or
come off and spill quanti-
ties of fuel. In order to
reduce the risk of fuel
spillage and fire, tighten
the fuel filler cap by hand
as securely as possible.