This article initially appeared in PS 771 (FEB 17), p. 18-19.
Operators, here are a few reminders to keep in mind before the day’s run, especially you newbies!
You can grind the engine’s starter all day long, but it won’t start unless the parking brake is locked (engaged). So if the engine won’t start, make this your first check!
Lock parking brake to start engine
Winch Area Reminder
Don’t use the area behind the winch handle for storage. Sure, it’s an open area and your backpack fits perfectly. Problem is, anything placed there can move and activate the winch. Not good when you’re not expecting it!
Don't use the area behind the winch handle for storage
A Clean Cab
Dirt and sand on the dozer’s cab floor gets kicked around and sucked into the cab’s air filter. It’s a good idea to take a rag or whisk broom and brush the dirt out of the cab after each day’s run.
Keep dirt cleaned up to protect cab air filter