Regarding "WARNING: Some dust created by power cutting contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer..."

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Hi,

In the manual for the mower and other equipment I purchased it states, "WARNING: Some dust created by power cutting contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Some examples of these chemicals are:

- Lead from lead-base paints
- Crystalline silca bricks and cement and other masonry products, and
- Arsenic and chromium from chemically-treated lumber."

One of the primary reasons I purchased these products was their environmentally friendliness. When I hear wording like this it makes me think that when I use the product I am sending toxic dust into the air. Is this accurate? Can you explain exactly what is in EGO products that's considered toxic? If it is as bad as it sounds, is there anything you can do to prevent sending this kind of dust into the air?

Thank you for your help.
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That sounds like a catch-all warning that is probably required on all motorized equipment sold in CA. Let's not forget that just being outside is also known to CA to cause cancer, as it involves sun exposure, breathing air, etc.

If they haven't already, at some point CA birth certificates will probably require a disclaimer that being alive is known to cause cancer.
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Having lived in California for a few years Ibefore moving back to Texas, I fully understand.......
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The warning isn't really about EGO tools specifically. It's a warning that any power tool can potentially kick up dust you might not want to inhale.
I actually went with Ego because I didn't see the prop 65 warning on the box, whereas other brands had it all over the boxes. I know this is an old thread, and I am buying right now. Any update to this? My daughter has pulmonary hypertension, so we move pretty conservatively in the realm of warning labels, etc.
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John, it would seem that label has less to do with the tools and more to to with what you're doing with them.
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Everything in California causes cancer.....extreme views...
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How long have you been cutting your yard?  Are you dead yet?  I would not loose any sleep over this.  Just enjoy life.

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It's not so much about mowing the lawn as it is, for example, using the chainsaw to cut up chemically treated lumber or wood that has been painted with lead-based paint. In those cases it's not an entirely bad idea to wear a face mask.
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I hope you're right Ken. I thought perhaps the equipment contained lead or some kind of toxic chemical. It would be good to hear from EGO regarding this. Is this a warning label you see on any type of powered lawn equipment? I hope it is a catch-all warning not specific to equipment.
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I am right. I've been seeing these California-mandated health warnings show up on lots of products recently. I don't know why the increase because it's from a law passed in 1986.

You can read more here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=3234041
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Brushed motors create graphite dust which can cause lung cancer in super high quantities. (think stuck in a closet with a motor running 24/7 for the next 30 years type of quantities)
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There could be a warning label of some sort on everything.. It's not the equipment, it's about the dust that may be potentially caused by using the equipment....any equipment.
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Hi Tim, thanks for the question. This warning is required on every lawnmower that is sold in California, regardless of brand, type, power source, etc. It has nothing at all to do with the EGO product, specifically. You will see the same warning in user manuals for power drills and saws, just to name two more. I hope this information is helpful.
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Thanks. That is helpful, but still curious. The blower from Ryobi seemed pretty specific to the unit itself creating health hazards, but I could be wrong.
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Paint containers always warn about the risks involved with removing old paint. It's got little to do with the product itself, just a CYA statement from the lawyers
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You can't buy donuts in California without seeing those stupid warnings.  I know.  I live in CA.

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