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Start-Up & Shut Down Procedure: Hydraulic Excavators

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You can conduct this checklist for free on the Checkbuster platform. You can use a lap-top, PC or the free inspection App

Starting The Machine

  • Perform walk around inspection
  • Mount the machine using 3 points of contact
  • Turn the battery disconnect switch to ON
  • Ensure circuit breaker reset button remains depressed
  • Adjust seat, adjust mirrors, fasten seat belt
  • Move hydraulic lockout control to the LOCKED position
  • Move the joysticks to HOLD position
  • Make sure all personnel are clear of machine and sound horn
  • Use ether start aid switch if necessary (per OMM)
  • Turn the key start switch to ON
  • Observe monitoring system self-test and add fluids if necessary
  • Ensure that ‘Intake Air Heater On” is not shown on the message display
  • Turn engine speed dial to “Medium” position
  • Turn the key start switch to START and crank engine

Machine Warm-Up

  • Allow machine to warm up (per required time in OMM)
  • Engage and disengage attachment controls to help speed warm-up of hydraulic components
  • Turn engine speed dial to medium…run engine for 5 minutes. Continuously move joystick from BUCKET DUMP to HOLD
  • Cycle all controls to allow warm oil to circulate through all hydraulic cylinders and lines
  • Check gauges, indicators and action light frequently

Moving The Machine

  • Make sure area is clear
  • Turn the engine speed dial to the operating range
  • Move hydraulic lockout control to UNLOCKED position
  • Raise boom
  • Select desired travel speed
  • Ensure the position of the upper structure and undercarriage is known. The drive sprockets should be at the rear of the machine
  • Turn engine speed dial to desired speed
  • Push both travel levers forward at the same time to travel forward

Machine Shut Down

  • Park machine on smooth, level area
  • Reduce engine speed
  • Lower all hydraulic implements
  • Move hydraulic lockout control to the LOCKED position
  • Run engine at low idle for 5 minutes to allow engine to cool
  • Turn key start switch to OFF and remove key
  • Dismount machine using 3-point contact.
  • If parking for extended period: Block tracks, remove disconnect switch key and install vandalism guards
  • Conduct post-operation walkaround inspection