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"Some contractors overlook the operator's manual," says Dave Pooley, Hyundai, "but that's a mistake. The operator's manual is a great source of reference. If you don't consult the manual, you can miss out on changes that have been made to the maintenance schedule since the last time you purchased a new machine."
Wheel I Loaders Check the operator’s manual to determine the appropriate service intervals for filters and fluids. Adhering to these intervals will keep the loader more productive and increase component longevity. By Kim Berndtson perators know they’re sup- operator’s manual for your specific When approaching a pile, adjust your approach based on the type of posed to do preventive main- machine since slight variations may material to be moved to minimize the impact on the machine. tenance (PM) every day to exist. Many manufacturers also may keep a wheel loader in peak post service intervals on stickers operating condition. Yet, how will they affixed directly to the machine and get all that dirt moved by the end of located in an easily identifiable spot, the day if they take extra time to check such as the door. fluid levels, tires, grease points, etc.? “Some contractors overlook the It can be tempting to skimp on operator’s manual,” says Dave Pooley, these tasks to gain a few extra min- Hyundai, “but that’s a mistake. The utes and stay on schedule. But if you operator’s manual is a great source give in to that temptation and bypass of reference. If you don’t consult the daily service checks, you could end manual, you can miss out on changes up short-changing the performance that have been made to the mainte- of your machine and, in the end, you nance schedule since the last time may actually get less done. you purchased a new machine.” “Use of recommended mainte- For example, with the move to nance practices is paramount to the Tier III engines, many manufacturers well being of the product,” says Frank upped some fluid change intervals. Hepner, senior product service engi- “If you haven’t read the manual, you neer, Caterpillar. “Extensive testing might not be aware of that change,” has been performed on various com- Pooley says. “That means you could ponents to determine maintenance be missing out on some big savings. intervals and filter requirements.” Since you don’t need to change the fluids as often, you won’t need to purchase as much product.” As with other earthmoving While this scenario isn’t harmful machines, wheel loaders call for a to the machine’s operation, other simple daily maintenance routine to items that you miss could be. “It is be set up and implemented. “Ideally, extremely important to read and fol- it should be performed by the opera- low the manufacturer’s recommended tor at the start of the day,” says Nick maintenance intervals,” says Rogers. Rogers, product specialist, Liebherr. “These intervals have been designed “This should begin with a check of to provide the most productive and the fluid levels (hydraulic oil, engine efficient longevity of the machine.” oil and fuel) and end with a walk-
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