Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

OCT 2018

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

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The Cab Is Key When the job entails sitting in an enclosure for hours at a time, it is important to help ensure the operator's body is not unduly strained, and manufacturers are putting a lot of focus on developing features and innovations towards that end. When purchasing or renting machinery, items to investigate include the entryway – size, location, opening type and access to – head, foot and legroom, arm and wrist rests, type of seat, heating and cooling options and sightlines to the bucket corners, the edge of the tracks, and the jobsite ahead and behind. Some machines offer a choice of controls on the same model so that you can select the type your operators prefer. The op - tions include different patterns on the joysticks (ISO, H, SAE, Backhoe, ISO with programmable detents) mechanical hand and foot controls. Easing Operations Convenience features include a pressurized cab, keyless start, the ability to store different operator codes and sets of preferenc - es (including boom/bucket and propel speeds, creep modes, and control pattern), rearview camera, heated seat, courtesy lighting that stays on after machine shutdown and then automatically turns itself off. And don't forget about the operator's safety. An ROPS (roll- over protective structure) cab complies with ISO3471, and an FOPS (falling object protective structure cab) complies with ISO3449. More Considerations Caterpillar recently put out a list of machine features that their experts say can help an employer attract and keep employees. These include more glass to improve views overhead, to at- tachments and to the ground, along with sloped hoods, addition- al mirrors and cameras to give operators line of sight to other equipment and workers even in tight quarters. "Operators who aren't constantly bending and straining to see, experience less fatigue and stress, with greater efficiency and productivity as a result," the guide states. "When they can continuously upgrade their performance and feel good about their work, they're more likely to stay in your employ." 54 LCDBM Continued on page 56 Left The sliding front door on the SSV skid steers can be opened regardless of the loader position. A pressurized cab is designed to keep out dust, flying debris, and insects, and reduce noise levels. The front sections of both side windows slide open towards the back of the cab. Their grilles are installed on the inside to allow easier cleaning of the outer glass surfaces. Left The sculpted mechanical-suspension, high-back seat on the John Deere 130G excavator has 12.5" of travel, sliding with or independent of the joystick console. An air suspension heated seat is optional. A multi-language, LCD monitor and a rotary dial lets you select work mode, access operating info, check maintenance intervals, source diagnostic codes, adjust cab temperature, and tune the radio. Short-throw pilot joysticks are designed to be ergonomically correct. Control mode is selectable between backhoe- and SAE-style. Push buttons in the right-side lever allow predictable control of auxiliary hydrau- lic flow for operating attachments. An optional sliding switch provides proportional speed control. Above For increased visibility, the Hita- chi ZW80 wheel loader features a pillar- less design, front floor-to-ceiling windows and a lower window. If the forward/ reverse lever is not in neutral, the engine cannot start.

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