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    Posted on May 13th, 2009 admin No comments

    Weight balance is an important key to the turning capability and stability of a skid steer loader. About two-thirds of a skid steers weight is placed on the rear wheels with no load in the skid steer bucket. When the bucket is loaded the weight is shifted to the front axles.

    Exceeding the rated operating capacity of a loader can make the skid steer excessively front heavy. This should never be done as it greatly reduces the stability and handling.

    Many skid steers have Hydrostatic drive which means that if the levers are engaged the skid steer will instantly respond. Thus you should never try to operate the hydraulic controls or steering levers while outside of the cab.

    While experienced skid steer drivers can almost instinctively operate a skid steer, it is very easy for a beginner to become confused from trying to multi-task numerous functions. The best thing to do if this happens is to completely let go of all controls, when pressure on the controls is released all of the machines functions will stop.

    You should never remove the protective rollover structure or side screens from a skid steer. There are several instances of individuals being crushed between the frame and the loader arms on machines without screens.

    Always used the seat bar and seat belt when operating a skid steer.

    Always ensure that the attachment is locked in place with the locking devices. Even when only using an attachment for a minute or two, if not secure an attachment can break off and fall onto a bystander or back down the arms.

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