Safety practices begin before you even start your engine.
Park your dozer on a smooth, level area. Ground your implements and run your engine at low idle for five minutes to allow it to cool. Make sure to observe correct delayed engine shutdown procedure; do not turn off the battery disconnect switch until the wait-to-disconnect lamp has turned off.
Cat dozers have been designed enhanced operator safety and comfort features.
The cab of your Cat dozer features large, single-pane windows, tapered hoods and notched fuel tanks to increase visibility. The cabs are also rollover protective structure/falling object protective structure (ROPS/FOPS) structures designed to protect the operator from rolling over or from falling hazards.
Comfort features include air vents with an advanced cabin filtration system and a suspension seat with adjustable arm rests. Bolsters restrain side-to-side movement, and steep-slope footpads ensure a comfortable position when working on inclines. Make sure to always wear your seat belt when operating the dozer. Regardless of its appearance, replace the seat belt after three years of use.
All tractors include an isolation-mounted pressurized cab to reduce vibration, dust entry and noise. Some models feature further sound suppression packages.
To help operators focus their attention on the worksite, dashboard and instrumentation are designed to quickly give them the information they need. Gauges are easy to read. Warning lamps and messages provide alerts in the operators’ own language.
Working after sunset? Cat High Intensity Gas Discharge work lights produce a daylight color that consumes less power, generates less heat and lasts longer than traditional halogen lighting. Some models offer further enhanced visibility with a rear-view camera that provides a 115-degree panoramic viewing angle visible on a 7-inch (17.78-cm) LCD color monitor. Talk to your Cat dealer for more information.
Cat dozers have also been equipped with an Operator Not Present Monitoring System, which keeps the parking brake engaged and the hydraulic implements disabled until the operator is seated and the machine is ready for operation. When the operator leaves the seat, the parking brake is activated if necessary and the transmission and implement controls are made inactive.
Proper, regular machine maintenance is crucial for optimizing performance and extending the life and usability of your machine.
Make sure you relieve your dozer’s hydraulic pressure before maintenance. Cat dozers come equipped with ports for fluids like engine coolant, hydraulic, powertrain and engine oils, which assist in monitoring the quality of the fluids being used in the machine. Quick oil change and fast-fill fuel options reduce the amount of time needed to service your machines. Quick-connect couplings make those rapid fluid fills possible. And the pressurized single-point fill nozzle at ground level limits the need for technicians to climb on and off the machine, improving safety.
Learn more about dozer safety by consulting your Cat dealer or refer to your Operation and Maintenance Manual.
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