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When it comes to maximizing fuel efficiency for your Cat® wheel loader, every movement counts.
The best operators make sure every turn of the wheel loader is deliberate and calculated when loading trucks. Your angle of approach is key when both digging into the face of the material you’re working on and unloading the material into a truck. And even small movements can add up, leading to slower cycle times and wasted fuel.
Here are a few operator tips for how to best load a truck.
Ideally, you’ll work left to right to give the truck space to approach you — but sometimes you can't. Parallel digs offer narrow dig faces, usually right to left advances. In these situations, spot the truck between 15-20 degrees from perpendicular. That will set up your V-pattern. Then all the basic rules apply: Keep tire rotation under 1 and 1½ revolutions, stay in first gear, approach the face straight but approach the truck with about 5 degrees articulation to dump your load, and make sure the load is centered in the truck.
Looking for more detail and operator tips? Cat® Equipment Training Solutions can help. Cat ETS offers operator tips and tricks that can maximize efficiency and save you time and money. Sign up for ETS operator training here.
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