There is probably no piece of heavy equipment with more names than the front end loader. Here are a few of its many names known by:
- Bucket loader
- Front laoder
- Scoop loader
- Wheel loader
To top it off, there are also different types of loaders. Here are a few variations: Skid steer loader, track loader, swingloader, compact utility tractor, and that’s just to name a few.
So now, how do you operate one? Well, that’s a different story.
A front end loader is a machine with a wide bucket on the end of two booms. It is used to scoop up material to be dumped elsewhere. The first thing to keep in mind when operating a front end loader, as with any heavy equipment, is safety. Be mindful of obstacles on the work site and always wear your safety equipment.
When operating a front end loader, be sure that you raise and lower the bucket slowly. Don’t jerk it. And when you turn, make sure you allow for some extra space because it doesn’t turn on a dime.
If you see people nearby, don’t swing or dump your load. Remember, safety is the most important thing to keep in mind.
When you carry a load in the bucket, keep your bucket low to the ground, but don’t scrape the ground with it. And, finally, never carry a person in the bucket. That’s a good way to get someone injured.
These are just a few of the safety tips you should keep in mind when operating a front end loader. You can learn more front end loader safety tips in the Heavy Construction Academy front end loader course.