Operating construction equipment is quite intimidating if you don’t have experience or training. A Bobcat skid steer loader is one of the most popular types of construction equipment. So popular in fact that most people just call it a Bobcat and the image of a skid steer loader immediately comes to mind. Bobcat steer skid loaders can be rented to assist with projects as needed. Once you’ve mastered the art of driving a Bobcat skid steer loader, you’ll be wishing you had rented one sooner!
Turning On Your Skid Steer
Get into the Bobcat using the handles located at the front of the driver’s cabin. Once you’re in, close the rolling cage. This is an added safety feature that you should never skip. Next, put the key in the ignition and turn it on position until you hear a beep. Disengage the parking brake using the toggle switch. Finally, turn the key to the on position. You should hear the Bobcat turn on. The green button inside the driver’s cabin has to be pressed to release before the machine can actually be driven.
Once the machine is turned on and ready for use, you’ll need to steer the skid steer loader and maneuver the bucket on the front. You steer using two control arms on either side of you. Each control arm controls the tires on that given side. If you want to move forward or backward, move both control arms at the same time.
There will be two pedals by your feet. These pedals are used to control the bucket on the front of the skid steer loader. Get comfortable with the pedals and control arms before you start using the Bobcat on an actual project. Starting in a wide-open space with nothing that can be damaged is a great idea!
Bobcat Skid Steer Loader Safety Tips
Operating a Bobcat should be taken seriously. Always remain aware of your surroundings so you don’t cause damage to anyone or anything. Take it slow and avoid overloading the bucket. Moving too quickly or trying to do too much at once creates a major safety hazard. Safety gear including a hard hat, goggles, and steel-toed shoes are recommended. Never attempt to drive a Bobcat sideways across an incline. The weight of the machine at that angle could make you tip right over!
Turning Off Your Skid Steer Loader
Once you’re done with the Bobcat, turn the key to the off position and engage the parking brake. Lift the safety cage and use the handles at the front of the machine to step down.
If you’d like to learn more about renting, operating, or maintaining a Bobcat skid steer loader, contact Ciano Development Corporation today!