to Easier, Safer Cutting
a. When heavy
cutting is involved, it is less strenuous to hold one handle
of the tool on the ground using foot pressure. This permits the cutting force to be applied
to the upper handle, makes the cutting position less awkward, and utilizes body weight. This allows
more power to be transferred to the cutting edges.
b. Use the correct cutting tool
for the type, size, and hardness of the metal to be cut.
c. Keep cutter jaws at right
angles to piece being cut. Cutting diagonally may twist jaws
d. Do not twist or pry with
tool while cutting.
e. Do not exceed the full cut
on a material whose hardness is unknown. Test hardness with
slow pressure to see if material is being cut. The size of the metal you
are cutting is not as important as its hardness.
f. Do not exceed the cutter
capacity that is marked on the jaw of the tool or its rating
capacity in this catalog.
g. Keep jaw bolts tight and
joints oiled at all times.
h. Maintain the original jaw
bevel angles when sharpening out of line or chip cutting edges.