Compact Equipment

JUN 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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Page 14 of 47 15 After properly fitting a bucket to a loader, manufacturers suggest operators follow some reasonable operating guidelines. Shelton observes that digging shot rock, loading out of a loose stockpile and dozing are different tasks calling for different techniques. "The main problem with dozing is that you cannot have the buck- et fully rolled forward, or you can damage the linkage." She also notes that a compact loader is designed for cycling operations, not constant load work such as "long dozing pushes. Care should be taken not to overheat the machine." The usual procedure of loading a trailer or truck from the middle out can cause problems for an operator because of sight limitations, especially when a bucket has a long floor. After dumping material, Coffey says an operator should consciously roll a long-floored buck- et back up into scooping position before starting to back away. If not, the still-vertical floor of the long bucket will bang into the side of the trailer or truck. That is, at the very least, embarrassing. Caution should be the watchword when scraping or dozing paved surfaces with a bucket, according to Coffey. This is espe- cially true in regard to speed. Low-profile obstructions in the path of a speeding bucket can rudely awaken an operator. "The general practice," says Coffey, "is to move along as quickly as possible to get the job done. There is no rule of thumb on appropriate speed, so people learn the hard way. You can tell something about an operator by how many grease spots are on the windshield where his forehead hit it." Giles Lambertson is a freelance writer for Compact Equipment . Caterpillar 's Performance Series wheel loader buckets feature flat floors, "open-throat" backs and rounded sides, designed to increase capac- ity and reduce spillage.

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