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Start-up & Shut Down Procedures: Backhoe Loaders

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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
  • Adjust seat
  • Adjust and fasten seat belt
  • Engage the parking brake
  • Ground all implements
  • Move attachment control levers into HOLD
  • Direction control lever to NEUTRAL
  • Make sure all personnel are clear of machine
  • Hold accelerator to HIGH IDLE position
  • Turn the key start switch to START, Crank engine

Machine Warm-Up

  • Allow engine to warm-up for 5 minutes at half throttle
  • Engage Boom Lock
  • Cycle all controls to circulate warm oil
  • Boom Down for 60 seconds, release
  • Engage and disengage attachment controls
  • Check gauges and action lights frequently

Moving The Machine

  • Make sure area is clear of personnel and obstructions
  • Raise all lowered implements
  • Depress service brake pedal
  • Release parking brake
  • Move transmission control to desired direction and gear
  • Release service brake pedal, check for proper operation
  • Push down on accelerator

Machine Shut Down

  • Park machine on smooth, level area
  • Set the parking brake
  • Lower and lock all hydraulic implements
  • Cycle all hydraulics to relieve pressure
  • Allow engine to run at LOW IDLE for 5 minutes
  • Turn key start switch to OFF and remove key
  • Dismount machine using 3-point contact
  • Conduct post-operation walk-around inspection