Stay safe and smart during snow removal applications with a few common sense reminders.
Slow Down! Skid steers and multi terrain loaders (MTL) range in weight from 6,000 to 10,000 pounds, two to four times the weight of an average auto. Bringing a large machine to a stop requires a great deal of braking-power, and icy conditions, especially on slopes or inclines, can be very dangerous if you travel too fast. In icy, snowy or wet conditions, play it safe and take it easy on your brakes - slow down!
Steer Clear of Visibility Issues: Work safe on the job. Check the area for hazards including soft underfooting, steep grades, rocks, drain or manhole covers, concrete, rebar or steel stakes, and any item or refuse that can injure operator or the machine. Also, your line of sight is best when driving forward. When possible, turn the machine around instead of backing up.
Improve Traction: Lowered tire pressure allows more of the tire to contact more of the ground, improving skid steer traction. Reduce the pressure in the tires by 10 psi for better traction on most surfaces.
To get the best traction while operating an MTL, avoid using too much down pressure on the bucket. Raising greatly reduces your traction.
Keep ‘Em Clean: Both wheeled and tracked machines can freeze up completely if they are not cleaned after use in wet or snowy winter applications. Clean the machines to prevent ice-ups. If possible, store the equipment in a heated or protected shop or storage area instead of the cold.
Spray Off the Salt: If you work in an area that permits road salt to combat ice, spray the machine down to remove the salt buildup after use. Salt will eat away at the components of your machine. Lubricate the hydraulic cylinders to keep them from rusting.