Will you be using a loader backhoe for the first time? Or do you just want a refresher on some of the best practices to operating one?
We recently asked a group of experienced equipment operators on our Facebook page to find out what some of their top tips were to operators using a loader backhoe for the first time.
Here are some of their answers:
1. Keep the bucket low
When carrying loads in the front bucket, be sure to keep the bucket low. This will help to prevent the machine from tipping if you hit a hole or obstacle.
2. Take your time
The best advice is always to take your time and take safety first. Always read the operating manual before using a machine and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
3. Check for fluid levels, leaks and damaged parts
Check your fluid levels before starting the machine. Fluids can leak between uses and lead to excess wear. Also check for any damage that could pose a safety hazard before using the machine.
4. Call before you dig
Whenever you dig underground you run the risk of damaging utility lines such as gas, electric, telephone, fiber optic, water, sewer, and more. Always call an agency such as “Blue Stake” before you dig as excavators can be liable for damages otherwise.
5. Make sure you are in neutral before you drop the machine down
Before you drop the machine down off its stabilizers to reposition it’s critical to be sure you are always in neutral first. If not, you could quickly find your machine moving forward or backward, creating a potentially dangerous situation.
Do you have a tip to add? Let us know in the comments!
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