A machine may shift if improper procedures or equipment are used for lifting and tying down for transport. Ensure that proper equipment and procedures are used for lifting and tying machines down for transport. If a machine shifts it could cause personal injury or death.
Improper lifting or tiedowns can allow load to shift and can cause injury and damage.
Note: The machine shipping weight that is listed is the weight of the most common configuration of the machine. If attachments have been installed on your machine, the weight of your machine and the center of gravity of your machine may vary.
See Operations and Maintenance Manual, "Specifications" for the weight of the machine.
Lifting Point - In order to lift the machine, attach the lifting devices to the lifting points.
Tie Down Point - In order to tie down the machine, attach the tie-downs to the tie down points.
Lifting the Machine
Use properly rated cables and properly rated slings to lift the machine.
Position the crane or the lifting device in order to lift the machine in a level position.
The width of the spreader bar must be sufficient to prevent the lifting cables or the lifting straps from contacting the machine.
- Engage the parking brake before you attach a lifting device to the machine.
- Install the frame lock pin prior to lifting the machine.
- Wrap two lifting cables around the lift arm of the machine. The lift arms are located near the blade lift cylinders. There is one arm on each side of the front of the machine. The lifting areas are identified by a label that shows a hook. Refer to illustration 2.
- Attach two lifting cables to the rear of the machine. There is one lifting eye on each side of the rear of the machine. The lifting eyes are identified by a label that shows a hook. Refer to illustration 3.
- Connect the four lifting cables to the spreader bars. The spreader bars must be centered over the machine.
- If equipped, secure any attachments.
- Lift the machine. Move the machine to the desired position.
- Secure the machine at the tie-down positions. The positions are identified on the machine by a label.
Refer to Operation and Maintenance Manual, "Shipping the Machine" for shipping instructions for your machine.
Tying Down the Machine
Use properly rated cables and properly rated slings to tie down the machine.
- Position the machine on the trailer.
- Install the frame lock pin.
- Engage the parking brake.
- Lower the blade to the floor of the transport machine. Lower all attachments to the floor of the transport machine.
- Turn the engine start switch to the OFF position.
- Turn the battery disconnect switch to the OFF position.
- Attach four tie-down cables to the front of the machine. The front axle tube is used as the front tie-down point. The tie-downs are identified by a label that shows a tie-down position. Refer to illustration 4.
Note: The four tie-down cables must secure the front of the machine.
- Attach four tie-down chains to the rear of the machine. There is one tie-down eye on each side of the rear of the machine. The tie-down eyes are identified by a label that shows a tie-down position. Refer to illustration 5.
Note: The four tie-down chains must secure the rear of the machine.
- Add additional tie-downs if necessary.
- Chock the wheels.
- Obey all laws that govern the characteristics of a load (height, weight, width, and length). Observe all regulations that govern wide loads.
Note: Consult your Cat dealer for shipping instructions for your machine.