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  1. Check the area for the location of underground cables, water and gas lines.If unsure, check with your local rental center to obtain your local underground alert contact information. They can usually give the locations ofcables etc.NOTE: Sometimes two working days are required before they may be able to give exact locations.
  2. Check the clearance of overhead power and telephone lines.
  3. Inspect any new work area for hidden holes, drop-offs or obstacles that could be dangerous.


  1. Always use the hand rail and steps when mounting your machine. Never mountunit unless the arms are lowered or restrained. Never use the control levers as hand holds when climbing on or off.
  2. Always fasten your seat belt and adjust the seat for the most comfortable position.
  3. Controls should be in neutral or park position and parking brake SET before starting.
  4. Start the engine from the operators seat only. TURN THE KEY COUNTERCLOCKWISE AND HOLD FOR 20 SECONDS (this will preheat the glowplugs, and allow for easier starts) THEN TURN THE KEY CLOCKWISE TO START THE UNIT. Warn people in the area that you are starting up. Once the unit is started, allow the engine to warmup for 30 seconds before moving.
  5. Run through a complete check of all equipment controls.If the "feel" of the levers or response of attachments is unsatisfactory, don't operate the machine. Move slowly until you are certain everything is operating properly.BE SAFE NOT SORRY!!
  6. Check all lighting systems and safety devices (if provided) such as headlights,horn, wheel lugs tight, etc., to be sure that they are functioning properly.


  1. This is a one person machine, NO RIDERS ALLOWED!!
  2. NEVER SPEED!! Operate at a ground speed consistant with working conditions and terrain.
  3. Avoid crossing exposed railroad tracks, ditches, ridges or curbs if possible. If crossing cannot be avoided, reduce speed and cross at an angle.
  4. NEVER allow un-qualified people to operate your machine. Handled improperly, this machine could cause severe injury or fatality.
  5. NEVER move or swing loads above the heads of other workmen.
  6. Avoid slopes with steep or unstable surfaces, do not drive across slopes. Go directly up and down a slope or ramp with the heavy end of the machine uphill.
  7. When operating the loader, ALWAYS carry the bucket low for maximum visibilityand stability. Be sure your vision isn't obstructed when traveling or working. Never attempt to make sharp turns or travel on steep slopes with a raised load.
  8. Extreme caution is required when back filling, as the weight of the loader could cause new construction to fail.
  9. When under-cutting high banks, watch for dangers such as falling rocks, overhanging trees or a cave-in.


  1. Park the machine on level ground, if possible. (If parking on a grade, position the loader so that it is at a right angle to the slope, follow the shut down procedure then block the wheels.)
  2. Place the controls in neutral or the park position.
  3. Set the parking brake.
  4. ALWAYS lower the bucket to the ground.
  5. Idle the engine for gradual cooling, (30 seconds) then stop engine.
  6. Remove the key to prevent unauthorized starting and movement.