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Posted on: November 7, 2017 4:24 pm

Alban CAT Compact Wheel LoaderA Wheel Loader is a common piece of construction equipment, is basically a specialized tractor with a bucket attached to the front end, the Wheel Loader is also known as a scoop loader, front end loader, skip loader and bucket loader.

The Wheel Loader is a common piece of equipment on most construction sites and is used in landscaping, forestry, industrial sites and in agriculture. It is primarily used to move and load material, and is a useful machine to have on hand because you can also fit multiple work tool attachments to it, depending of course on the application you need the Wheel Loader to fulfill.

To help you get the most out of your equipment we have put together these handy wheel loader video guides for your equipment operators to get the most out of their Wheel Loaders.

Operator Station

Tips & Tricks To Operating A Wheel Loader

How to Operate a Wheel Loader

Becoming informed in wheel loader operation is crucial to maximizing productivity and safety and extending the life of your machines. Consider the following tips and techniques outlined in the wheel loader videos on this page to increase or refresh your knowledge as an operator.

Wheel Loader Safety Start-Up Procedure

Your first duty when starting a shift is to perform an inspection as you enter the wheel loader. Begin by circling the machines to spot any signs of damage or potential nearby obstacles. Climb into the operator’s compartment using the angled steps and maintain three points of contact at all times. Inspect the external mirrors, cleaning and adjusting as necessary. Next, check the window glass, floor and interior, removing any dirt or debris that can get in the way or cause a distraction.

Cat® wheel loaders provide adjustable seats. Raise or lower to a position you are comfortable and can apply the full pedal while seated upright position with your back against the seat. Make sure you can view the surrounding work environment from the compartment. The optimal seat position is forward and elevated, so adjust the height accordingly.

Knowing Your Operator Station Controls

Next, it’s time to check the gauges and electronic controls. To the left of the steering wheel, you will see a console with controls for lights, transmission neutralizer, auto shift switch and transmission control. At the right of the front panel are switches for the front and rear windshield wipers and additional steering mode controls depending on your model.

The gear runout controls are on the left of the shifter. The speed is adjustable by rotating the dial. To the right is the electrical control panel. On the first row, you’ll find the implement disable, throttle lock, speed set resume and coupler control switches. The second row is the defrost, fork or bucket kick out controls and optional ride control and reversing fan. The third row is the climate controls.

Starting up Your Wheel Loader

Securely fasten your seat belt.To start your machine, insert the key on the right side of the steering column and turn to the first position. You will hear a noise that indicates the auto diagnostic system is cycling. Once that process is complete, start the machine. While allowing the wheel loader to warm up, cycle through the controls, watching the gauge to confirm everything is operating correctly. This is also an optimal time to check for any warning indicator lights.

How to Operate a Wheel Loader Programmable Transmission Neutralizer Switch

Cat H Series small wheel loaders feature an operator programmable transmission neutralizer switch that puts the transmission in neutral. This allows the wheel loader’s engine to operate at a faster speed for more responsive hydraulic controls. To use this feature, depress the brake pedal to neutralize the transmission. Select the brake pressure using the switch on the left-hand console and apply the amount of pressure you require on the pedal. Once set, release the switch.

Using the Electronic Clutch Pressure Control (ECPC)

ECPC on Cat wheel loaders allow for smooth transitioning between lower gears and increased bucket fill. Set the gear speed to the second position and make sure you’re in auto shift mode. Press the downshift switch on the lift lever to set the transmission to the next lower gear. When you change direction backing out of the pile, the transmission will automatically shift back to second gear.

For more on wheel loader operation and safety, contact Alban Cat online or give us a call at 888.492.6337


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