Today we will learn how to:
-Start the skidloader
-Adjust the throttle
-Make left and right turns
-Drive forward and in reverse
-Raise and lower the lift arms
-Tilting/Scooping the bob-tach
-Attach/Detach rubber tire attachment
This process should only take about five to ten minutes, depending on your skill level. Move at a pace that makes you feel most comfortable.
• Close-toed shoes
• Work clothing – This line of work isn’t for the prim and proper
• If you have long hair – pull it up out of your face to prevent obstruction of vision
• Operator’s Manual – if needed for reference
No license is required to operate this piece of machinery.
Please note that certain physical limitations may inhibit the ability to operate this equipment.
Step 1: Starting the Skid Loader
Sit comfortably in the seat.
At this time, make any adjustments to the seat to ensure that all controls can be reached.
Start the skid loader by placing the keys into the ignition at the top right corner of the cab. (See picture above for ignition location.)
Proceed to turn the key one quarter of a turn until the machine starts.
Step 2: Buckling Up and Disengaging the Traction Lock Override
Proceed to disengage the traction lock override by pushing the green button located in the top left corner of the cab. (See the photo above for location of traction lock override.)
Tip: Once the lock has been disengaged, you will here a distinct click which indicates you are ready to proceed to the next step.
Step 3: Forward and Reverse
To propel the skid loader in reverse, pull back on the same levers simultaneously towards the abdomen.
Steering levers are shown within the red circles in the photo above.
Step 4: Adjusting the Throttle
To decrease the speed, pull down on the throttle lever.
Step 5: Turning Right and Turning Left
To turn left, push the right steering lever forward while pulling back on the left steering lever.
Step 6: Raising and Lowering the Lift Arms
The left pedal controls the raising and lowering of the lift arms.
Raising the lift arms:
Apply pressure to the heel of the left pedal with the left foot to raise the lift arms.
Lowering the lift arms:
Apply pressure to the toe-end of the left pedal using the left foot.
Step 7: "Dumping" and "Scooping"
Bringing the bob-tach up and back (i.e. the "scooping" motion) is done by applying pressure to the heel-end of the right pedal using the right foot.
Step 8: Unlocking the Wedges
Push upward on wedges button until the wedges are vertical. (Shown in picture on the bottom.) This button is located above the throttle. (Button shown in top picture.)
Step 9: Securing the Attachment
Once the bucket is square with the tire (Shown in top photo), lift up and scoop the bob-tach to connect the attachment.
To securely attach the tire to the skid loader, press down on the wedge button until the wedges move inward to secure the attachment. (Locked wedges are shown in bottom photo.)
Congrats! You have successfully attached the tire to the bob-tach, now you can complete whatever task needs attention.
Step 10: Removing the Attachment
1. Press forward on the wedge button to release the wedges.
2. Lower the lift arms while pulling back on the steering levers to move away from the attachment.
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Now you have successfully learned how to properly operate a skid loader!