Transporting compact loaders involves several steps that should not be overlooked. Selecting the right transport and towing vehicles, properly loading the machine and practicing proper fastening techniques are steps that should be followed by you and your employees when transporting your loader.
As spring begins, Bobcat® compact loader owners should start thinking about maintenance on their machines. A maintenance checklist — including testing the battery, checking tires, fluids, oils and fuels — and following attachment maintenance procedures should take place several weeks before you operate your loader on a jobsite.
Purchasing compact equipment didn’t make financial sense for many contractors during the recession – commercial and residential projects dried up, cash reserves were low and equipment loans were difficult to secure. But as the market improves, you may be ready to buy a compact machine. Before making the decision, weigh your options of renting versus buying by considering your jobsite needs, attachment versatility and capital resources.
We all know the revenue needle stops moving during unexpected downtime. That’s why preventive maintenance is so important to your business. Although wear issues develop with all equipment over time, you must answer one simple question about your maintenance plan: Do you want to be proactive or reactive?
Whether you’re operating equipment or in charge of training others to use it, understanding and practicing equipment safety helps everyone work safer, faster and more efficiently on the jobsite. Workplace safety can lead to better overall performance and project profitability, and most important, it reduces the risk of injury to you and other workers or damage to the equipment or other property. Building a safety mindset requires a shared responsibility at all levels of your company.