The following are eight beneficial tips on how to become an excellent Skid steers are compact tools that can damage items around them if not operated properly.
1. Ensure all safety precautions are taken before operating the skid steer. These precautions include wearing all PPE and wearing your seatbelt and engaging your armbar if equipped. Many skid steers have an armbar designed to stop the loader if the armbar is not in place. Taking off your seatbelt while operating can also be dangerous. Always wear your seatbelt when using your loader. Most skid steers will stop if either the seatbelt or armbar is not engaged.
2. Be familiar with how to operate your skid steer before starting the engine. Read the operator’s manual and familiarize yourself with the controls in the cabin. Make sure you are at a safe distance from anyone else while checking your controls.
3. Always maintain control of direction and speed while operating your skid steer. You should be able to stop the skid steer in a controlled and safe way. Always start at a lower throttle but work your way up to half or full throttle to properly operate the machine. Driving at low throttle will cause jerkier movements and digging. Learning to use your skid steer properly is very important, especially when going over rough ground (correctly).
4. Always use the correct implement/attachment with your skid steer. Not using the appropriate implements or attachments can cause stability issues and an increased chance of accidents or tip-overs. You can easily overload your skid steer if the proper attachments are not being used.
5. Train operators on how to properly operate the skid steer before using it in a production setting. This creates efficiency because the operator knows what processes and tasks should be completed and can confidently move forward without supervision or instruction from another employee.
6. It would be best not to overpower your skid steer because it can result in dangerous operating conditions. For example, suppose you are digging with an auger. In that case, it is best to keep the torque setting below 25 percent of the maximum torque rating so that the machine doesn’t exceed its limitations and become unstable. The limits and capabilities of your skid steer will vary based on the model and attachments that you use
7. Call before you dig. You must know where power lines are located before you start digging. It’s also important to call local power providers so that they can mark the location of any buried power lines for you. This will go a long way in providing a safe working environment for you and your crew.
8. Keep your skid steer clean and in good condition. Regularly check fluids, hoses, lights, and filters to ensure that your skid steer is always working efficiently. Make sure they are clean and free of any debris or excessive mud and dirt if you have tracks.
In conclusion, the most effective skid steer operators are those who make safety a priority. They understand that tools and machinery can only work and the people operating them, so they take care to develop a safe working knowledge of their skid steer. Just these eight basic habits alone will put you ahead of the game and keep you working longer and safer.