- Adjust the operator's seat.
- Fasten the seat belt.
- Lower the armrest.
- Start the engine and allow the machine to warm up. Refer to Operation and Maintenance Manual, "Engine Starting".
- Disengage the parking brake.
- Raise all lowered work tools and attachments in order to negotiate any obstacles.
- Smoothly move the speed and direction control for the desired direction and speed.
To prevent injury, make sure that no people are working on the machine or near the machine. To prevent injury, keep the machine under control at all times.
Do not allow the machine to overspeed when you go downhill. Move the speed control lever toward the HOLD position in order to reduce the speed of the machine when you are going downhill. For additional information, refer to "Operating on a Slope".
Always put the heaviest end of the machine uphill when you are working on an incline.
The loader arms of the machine should be fully lowered onto the stops when you are digging with the machine. Digging with the loader arms in the fully lowered position will transfer the stress that is placed on the loader arm into the frame.
Note: AVSpare does NOT recommend the use of steel tracks over tires on any model of skid steer loader. Work tools may not engage the work tool coupler properly. Work tools may not properly engage the ground. The loader arms may contact the steel tracks which will cause damage to the machine.
When it is possible, avoid operating the machine across a slope that is greater than 18 degrees. When it is possible, operate the machine up a slope and down a slope. Never exceed a slope that is greater than 25 degrees for continuous fore/aft slope operation and 35 degrees intermittent fore/aft operation. The 3044 engine has an intermittent rating of 2 minutes. Do not turn the machine while you are operating on a slope.
When it is necessary to travel across a slope, the following steps should always be followed:
- Stop the machine. Turn the machine slowly while you are backing down the slope.
Note: Do not back up a hill in order to turn.
- Position the machine so that the front of the machine faces the direction for travel that is desired.