Operating a dozer is considered to be far simpler than perhaps operating any other form of heavy equipment. It is said that the number of applications you have inside the cabin are lesser comparatively other machines and this is why it is never a problem to learn to operate a dozer. On the contrary, first times users are recommended to first experience operating a dozer first than any other form of heavy equipment. Once you are able to achieve control over the different functions in the machine, life becomes simpler for you. Thereafter you can try out other form of heavy equipment and learn to operate them as well. There is specifically no ground rule to learn to operate a dozer. So if you ask for any sort of tips from a veteran who has been running a dozer for ages will not be able to say anything in particular. All he might say is that you got to concentrate on your work and understand the various functions of the machine.
To start with providing any tips that can be given on operating a dozer, one must begin with;
Knowing the various functions of the machine:-
You got to know your system well in order to work on it. As long as you are unaware of all the devices in there it will be rather difficult for you to manage the movement of the dozer. Once you are inside the cabin the movement of the dozer is your responsibility and you should understand that you are dealing with something very serious hence if anything goes wrong or a minor blunder form your end can cost the company in tons. Therefore it is crucial that you take your stuffs seriously and learn about the functions you have in the dozer, understanding the various utility of the functions and thereby work on it to access better control over it.
Proper maintenance in the key:-
Dozers are meant for rough working conditions but this does not mean that you can keep that going all along without giving proper break and not servicing it. The machine also needs rest like we do and timely maintenance is of utter importance. Failing which can lead to severe complications in the machine. Maintaining the machine also comes under the chapter of how to keep the dozer safe. This simply means that by changing the oil and properly greasing the machine you are lengthening its life and also ensuring that the machine performs safely without any hiccups at all times. If not done then there are high chances that its parts may start becoming rogue and you have to ultimately face the music of your boss?
Best way to learn to operate a dozer:-
There could be no other better way to learn to operate a dozer other than watching a veteran does it and you sit along with him and see him working. You got to make a note of his activities and understand how he is working with the machine. This will prove to be a useful tip for you going forward in your career.
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Proper maintenance of heavy equipment is considered to be highly important when it comes to increasing its overall lifespan. Big construction companies at times find it difficult to keep a check on the last time the machine was serviced. They depend more on the operators for this work. They feel that since the operator manages the machine for most of the time during the day, he is well known of the machine’s needs and therefore accordingly that can be met as and when it is requested.
This means that the entire onus of maintaining the heavy equipment falls on the shoulder of the poor chap who operates the machine all throughout the day and is also expected to know the date the machine was last serviced. The operator usually tends to forget the date is pretty obvious for so many reasons and carries on working with it till he realizes that it has been too long that the machine has been sent for maintenance. By that time there are chances that the equipment must have developed minor complications and if not addressed then can turn into a severe issue?
A good mechanic is the crux:-
You will find many mechanics who claim to be a champion when it comes to repairs and maintenance of heavy equipment. But that is certainly not the real picture. Many such mechanics take preliminary training in some heavy equipment school and then work as an apprentice for a year or so post which they start up their own workshop. They sincerely do not know much about machine and are learning while they are working. You got to give your machine to someone who knows the in and out of it and knows what to do under a given problem. A bulldozer is a strong machine but it still requires maintenance. It goes through a lot of dirt all throughout the day and most of the time has to work on extreme weather. This severely impacts the longevity of the bulldozer. It is therefore crucial that the machine is given to an experienced mechanic who has been repairing bulldozers since many years.
Maintenance of bulldozer should be monthly:-
Since people tend to lose the count of days when the last time they serviced their bulldozer, it is advised that they give their machine to be serviced on the first day of the month. Many workshops are open on Sundays as well so all you have to do is take the equipment to them and ask them to service it on the same day. Washing the machine, oiling, greasing changing the engine oil are stuffs that should be done. Other than that, if the operator experience some problem with the bulldozer that should be informed to the mechanic so that he can take a test drive and after understanding the issue work to fix it.
One must always remember that when they are dealing with a bulldozer, they are actually dealing with an expensive heavy equipment and no way should they take anything for granted especially not the maintenance part.
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