If you are planning to become a heavy equipment operator, you should get to know loaders.
Unlike bulldozers, loaders are wheeled and normally not tracked. They are successful where sharp edged materials in work debris would damage rubber wheels, or where the ground is unusually soft and muddy. Wheels provide better mobility and speed and do not damage paved roads but provide less traction.
When working on construction areas, loaders are also used to transport building materials. Front loaders are often times used to remove snow, especially from sidewalks and parking lots and commonly have a bucket or snow basket, which can also be used to load snow into the rear compartment a dump truck.
Unlike backhoes or standard tractors fitted with a front bucket, many large loaders do not use automotive steering but use a hydraulically actuated pivot point set exactly between the front and rear axles. This machine gained popularity during the last two decades, especially in urban engineering projects and small earthmoving works. Heavy equipment manufacturers offer a wide range of loader sizes and duties.
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