Find the Safety Materials that Fit Your Operation:
Avoid farm accidents by educating your family and employees with our safety and operating-tips videos. Your local John Deere dealer can provide you with a variety of safety materials for your next 4-H club meeting, FFA function, or agriculture class.
Can Other Drivers See You Coming?
When you transport equipment, it's essential that other drivers see you coming and going. It's even more crucial during inclement weather, since visibility can become reduced at a moment's notice.Think about it. If others can't see you, how will they be able to accommodate your larger size and lower speed? Be safe by updating all your equipment with proper lighting and SMV signs. Stop by your John Deere dealer's parts department today.
STARTING AND TESTING:
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.
Always fasten your seat belt and adjust the seat for the most comfortable position.
Controls should be in neutral or park position and parking brake SET before starting.
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.
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!!
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.
GENERAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:
This is a one person machine, NO RIDERS ALLOWED!!
NEVER SPEED!! Operate at a ground speed consistant with working conditions and terrain.
Avoid crossing exposed railroad tracks, ditches, ridges or curbs if possible. If crossing cannot be avoided, reduce speed and cross at an angle.
NEVER allow un-qualified people to operate your machine. Handled improperly, this machine could cause severe injury or fatality.
NEVER move or swing loads above the heads of other workmen.
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.
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.
Extreme caution is required when back filling, as the weight of the loader could cause new construction to fail.
When under-cutting high banks, watch for dangers such as falling rocks, overhanging trees or a cave-in.
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.)
Place the controls in neutral or the park position.
Set the parking brake.
ALWAYS lower the bucket to the ground.
Idle the engine for gradual cooling, (30 seconds) then stop engine.
Remove the key to prevent unauthorized starting and movement.