In early years when the excavator was newly introduced in the construction arena, it was considered as a toy and can be used very easily to get the required work done. However, now the situation has changed completely and with the kind of changes the construction industry has seen during the last few decades, it has compelled the heavy equipment manufacturing companies to modify the machine and bring in technological advancements to meet the requirements of the end user. Therefore, what was once considered a toy perhaps no longer fall in that category. Having said that, it no where imply that learning to operate an excavator is a tough business. It is rather considered a simple task and operators master the art of playing with the system in no time.
We would be discussing how one can operate an excavator and what are the things that he needs to keep in mind before he starts off with the machine.
Nature of work:- The excavator is meant to dig deep in the earth but not all excavators have the potential to go that deep. That is why, excavators manufacturing company manufactures different models that are used for different purposes. They also vary in weights. Hence, it is important to know the kind of project you are in and then you can determine the type of excavator you would need for the project. Ideally, the rule is you can use a compact excavator to dig on a small plot. However, if you are working on a big project where you are given a big piece of land to excavate, the huge excavators are the one you’d be looking for.
Know your machine well:- Many a times we take the longer route to do a particular work which could have been done at a lesser duration. This happens due to lack of knowledge of the machine you are working on. An operator is supposed to know almost everything about the excavator (barring few technical things which are known by the mechanic). It helps to perform the work at a much faster pace and with great accuracy. Also, if you tend to know a bit of technical stuff, it comes handy in many ways. For instance, you see the excavator is not working at its full swing. You assume the problem is with a particular part of the machine which after doing a thorough check is found to be faulty. You immediately get that fixed and therefore save a good deal of time of your company by recognizing the problem in the first stance. This was only possible by someone who knew a lot about the machine.
Work under an expert:- Working under an expert fills you with a lot of positivity and helps you learn more from his experiences. You may not commit the mistake which was once done by your trainer/senior. If you have the urge to learn, they will be the best teacher for you.