The range of Kubota excavators for sale at Supergroups can be used on a range of worksites including those with slopes. Operating an excavator is already a task that requires a trained operator as it can be considered a dangerous activity. Adding slopes and inclines into that operation can significantly increase the difficulty. The following are our tips for the safe operation of your Kubota excavator when working on slopes and inclines.
Safety Tips for Operating Your Excavator on Slopes
Tip 1: Use Trained Operators and Read the Operator’s Manual
The safest approach to any excavating job is to use a trained operator who is experienced with excavating and earthmoving operations.
In addition to this, ensure that you read the operator’s manual before completing any excavator work on slopes as it will identify the abilities and limitations of your excavator, therefore outlining your safe working capabilities. Going beyond your excavator’s safe working capabilities could put you at risk of injury or damaging your machine.
Make sure you check the maximum slope degree recommendation for your excavator. Operating on severe slopes can make it difficult for the engine to pump oil to the top of your motor and can impact the motor health.
Tip 2: Check Your Tracks
Firstly, you will need to choose the right track that will ensure your excavator keeps traction when manoeuvring and working on slopes. The tracks you choose should penetrate the ground, giving you that extra grip on slopes.
Secondly, when operating your excavator on a slope you want to ensure that your excavator’s tracks are pointed up and down the slope, not sideways. Avoid having the excavator parallel to the slope as you run the risk of sliding downwards. Position drive motors at the rear as you will want the heavier weight behind you. The correct orientation of your tracks is vital for working safely on slopes. Also, remember that idlers should be pointed forward for uphill work and pointing down the slope for downhill work.
Tip 3: Ensure the Boom/Arm Are in Appropriate Positions for Slope Work
The operator needs to make sure that the boom and arm are in the correct position for uphill and downhill travel, allowing for maximum visibility and safe movement. Remember to bring the excavator to a halt before repositioning the boom and arm.
For uphill travel, it is recommended the operator stretch the arm out and keep the boom low, as this keeps the weight of the bucket and boom ahead of the machine.
Tip 4: Be Careful When Slewing
Slewing on a slope requires extra thought due to the varying ground levels. It is a general rule that you want to keep the boom and arm close to the machine and as low as possible.
Speak to your Kubota dealer at Supergroups and find out about our range of new or used Kubota excavators for sale for your next construction project. Our friendly team is waiting to hear from you so give us a call at (03) 9702 3999 for more information.