Wheel Loader Care 101
Other areas of concern to review are fire suppression systems, handrails and steps, loose hardware, cab windshield wipers and washers, and overall machine condition.
Cleanliness is a decisive factor for operational reliability of the machine’s systems. Therefore, keep the machine clean. Oil makes steps slippery and is also dangerous in combination with electrical systems or tools. Oily clothes or clothes drenched in grease constitute a serious fire hazard. Keep the machine especially clean when operating in environments with fire hazards, such as saw mills, transfer stations, etc. In such environments, suitable equipment to reduce the risk of accumulation of material and spontaneous combustion should be fitted (e.g muffler guard, radiator screen, heavy-duty pre-cleaner, etc.). Make certain that the windscreen, rear and side windows are kept clean in order to ensure proper visibility and adjust the mirrors accordingly.
Keep up to date with operator training manuals, service bulletins, service training courses, safety, and environmental issues. Perform a “walk-around” the machine to be sure nothing appears to be unsafe before operating or servicing machine. Always follow all instructions in the machine’s operator’s manual. Lastly, a safety-conscious person and a well-maintained machine make for a safe, effective, and profitable combination.
Michael Stec is a sales training specialist for compact road and GPPE products at Volvo Construction Equipment North America. Stec may be reached via phone at 828-65-2173 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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