We basically believe that working on a heavy equipment is as simple as driving a vehicle. It may have the same feature as what we see in a car but the ones who actually operate heavy equipment beg to differ. One can simply not compare working on heavy equipment with driving one’s car as the former is lot more complex in nature and the person working on the machine has to be extra careful while he is on it. He got to check a lot of things before he begins with his work and needs to be sure that all the things that he needs during his work are working just fine. In case he notices any issue, he should be reporting it to the supervisor in charge or should take things in his control and ensure that the machine is in order before he kick starts with the job.
Not all the heavy equipment are tricky to work on but there are machines like excavators that can really takes its toll on the operator. Especially if the operator has to function in an extremely rough and rigid terrain, things may become all the more strenuous for him. Only with the help of experience will one be able to manage the machine smoothly or else things may go out of his control and the consequences can be intensely severe.
We would be discussing few important tips that one should be following while they work on an excavator.
Proper usage of the joystick:-
One needs to understand that the joystick in an excavator is the brain of the machine and the way you use the joystick, the machine will flow accordingly. The joystick is used extensively to keep a control on the movement of the cabin and the bucket attached to the machine. So if you are moving the joystick correctly, the excavator will move the way you want it to. By using the one to your right, you will control the scooping that will help the boom to move in the upwards and downwards position. The joystick to the left of the driver controls the cab. So if you use the one to your left correctly, it will move the machine to the place you want it to go. It also helps in enlarging and shortening the length of the boom.
Drive rods are equally important:-
If you want to increase or decrease the speed of the excavator, you can do it with the help of the drive rods that lies between the legs of the operator. Each rod has its own exclusive purpose. It works co-related with the tread and when pushed forward or backward will move the tread of that side. If you want to drive the excavator straight then you simply have to push both the sticks at the same time in the forward direction and it will speed up and if you pull them back will drive the machine backwards.
Alongside with lot of experience in operating an excavator, following these simple tips can be really useful to operate the machine.