By: Courtney On: October 9, 2019 In: Blog Comments: 0

Backhoes from John Deere come with a wide array of features, including those specifically designed for safety.

When operating your backhoe, safety is a number one priority and should begin before the machine has even started.

Ignoring safety related precautions can be dangerous and expensive so it is important to minimise the risk of any harm before, during and after machine use.

Lets take a closer look at some of the precautionary measures you should take.

Backhoe safety tips before operation

  • Examine and check operational controls within the cab.
  • Put your seat belt on before starting the engine.
  • Keep the backup alert turned on when initially starting and maneuvering the machine.

Backhoe safety tips during operation

  • To prevent collisions, reduce your speed while working in congested areas or while travelling on rough terrain.
  • Keep your bucket low to maintain maximum visibility, especially on slopes.
  • Do not allow more than one person in the cab. The backhoe is only designed for one operator.
  • Instead of driving forwards, go backwards up slopes, as most of the backhoe’s weight is in the rear of the machine.
  • Avoid turning on slopes to prevent the machine from overturning.
  • When using the loader, keep the loading surface smooth and level to minimise the risk of the machine tipping over.
  • To prevent cave-ins near an excavation site, work perpendicular to it or at a slight angle. This keeps the extra weight away from the edge.
  • Plan ahead if you’re digging a trench and contact local utility companies to locate underground wiring for safety.
  • When setting up to dig, make sure your stabilisers have a solid base to rest on.
  • Always place your soil pile at least three feet away from your excavation site to prevent a cave-in.

Backhoe safety tips after operation

  • Park your machine on a level surface when preparing to shut it down.
  • Move the F and R lever to neutral, then set the parking brake.
  • Lower the front attachment of the backhoe to the ground.
  • Utilise the turbo cool down feature as it will help you slow down the engine before turning it off entirely. If this is not an option on your backhoe, operate the engine at half-speed without a load for a few minutes.
  • Once the engine is off, move the hydraulic levers to release pressure. This will ensure that the attachments are not in a movable position.
  • Lock up the machine to prevent vandalism.

For more advice on backhoe safety, contact your local John Deere dealer.

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