Can't wait to try it out when you have a machine to operate? Don't rush, here are some safety and maintenance-related tasks to keep in mind as you inspect your machine and use it on the job site.

Avoid operating the machine in extreme temperature conditions, do not operate your machine in high winds, rain, or when you hear thunder or see lightning. Check the radiator for blockages or leaks.

Check the machine for missing or missing nuts, bolts, guards and bumpers.

For the engine bay, it is recommended to check the swing gear oil level, engine oil, all belts and hoses for signs of wear, including leaks, cracks or other damage, and make sure the engine bay itself is free of any debris.

Operators are at risk of being hit by flying debris or handling hazardous objects, so be sure to wear appropriate clothing, goggles, gloves and boots.

Do not use the machine if you have any impairment or feel unwell.

Look out for downed power lines or utility signs indicating the presence of buried utilities.

If using under power lines, bridges, branches or other structures, make sure you have enough space.

The most reliable safety feature of a machine is the person operating it. If it is you, it is your responsibility to understand all aspects of how the machine works. You may not know how to build an engine, but you should at least know how to change the oil.

Take the time to follow all the safety and maintenance procedures recommended by the manufacturers. Achieving maximum oil and fuel levels will ensure that the excavator can operate efficiently when needed. Remember not to exceed the machine's maximum load capacity, thereby overworking it and reducing its lifespan.

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