Avoid extra maintenance and keep Excavators in production longer by training operators on proper use, including conducting a pre-operation walkaround inspection before every shift. Beyond the walkaround inspection and regularly scheduled maintenance checks, follow these tips to get maximum uptime from your Excavator.

  • Properly use the travel function to prevent premature track wear and damage to the undercarriage.
  • Know the location of underground services and cables and the meaning of signs, flags and markings before digging.
  • Be aware of overhead lines when lifting the bucket and avoid any contact with lines.
  • Do not swing the Excavator with the bucket teeth in the ground. Damage will occur to the bucket, stick and boom, and reduce machine life.
  • Do not use the force of the bucket, stick or boom to assist in turning the machine. Damage will occur to the swing motor and swing brake.
  • Replace loose, worn or missing teeth before commencing operations. Missing bucket teeth can stop production and shut down crushing plants.
  • To avoid machine damage, the load must never exceed the lifting capacity of the machine. Check the lifting charts and Operation and Maintenance Manual before beginning a lift.
  • Do not use the swing force of the Excavator to hit or compact material. Damage will occur to the bucket, stick and boom, and reduce machine life.
  • Do not slam the bucket into the side of stockpiled material when backfilling. This may cause premature machine and cylinder damage.
  • Avoid operating on slopes in the same direction as it can accelerate wear on one side of the machine.

Cat® Simulators is an option to train operators correctly and consistently. Teach operators how to perform a machine inspection and machine applications found on real-world worksites. Save costs by learning in a virtual environment and teaching operators how to be maintenance minded. Keep Excavators up and running by practicing preventative maintenance.