Wheel Loader Care 101
Adjust seat to proper comfort. Allow feet to reach full extension of pedals and the operator to sit erect and alert. Adjust the steering wheel as well.
Check control lamps when starting up the machine. Make sure the machine is checking itself and that there aren’t any error codes, warning lights, or audible alarms alerting the operator. If so, advise management of any service required or active service codes and alarms.
When climbing onto or off the machine, always face the loader. Use the “three-point stance,” meaning if you have two feet on the ladder, then one hand should be on it as well. If you have two hands on the ladder, then one foot should be on the ladder as well — and never, ever jump off the machine. Always climb down safely.
Check to see if both the front and rear lights work. When checking the rear lights, have the operator safely place the machine in reverse while stepping on the service brake to check if the reverse lights and reverse audible alarm are properly functioning.
Operate safely! Enough said.
Loader operator dos and don’ts
For inexperienced operators, learn technique, consistency, and control first — not speed! Short term, this will reduce accidents, risk, and wear on the machine. Again, get the “seat time” and experience and learn to become an “operator.” Speed and expertise will come with time. Here are some tips:
Control spillage. This will allow you to work on clean floors, reduce fatigue from road input, and maintain higher productivity through faster speeds and minimum cleanup.
Clean and maintain a fairly level floor in the loading area. This will allow easier, more consistent loading. This also minimizes cutting of tires in the loading area for loaders and haul trucks.
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