Tips For First Time Bobcat Operators

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Just because you can rent a bobcat for work around your home with a regular driver's license does not mean that you have all the skills and knowledge necessary to operate a bobcat. If you are a little unsure of how to effectively operate a bobcat around your home to complete personal projects, here are a few tips for first time bobcat operators that should help you feel a little more confident about operating the bobcat that you rented today.

The Primary Uses Of A Bobcat

To start with, you need to know what the bobcat you rented should be used for. With the regular tools that a Bobcat is equipped with, they are used primarily for moving large loads of material, supplies and dirt. They are often used in move materials during demolition jobs.

You can also rent and attach different tools onto the Bobcat you rented. The most common tools to attach are a tooth scoop, generally for demolition projects, or a smooth scoop for moving dirt, mulch and gravel. Additional tools can be attached to allow for lifting extremely heavy objects that exceed the normal listed capacity of the Bobcat.

Turning On The Bobcat

To turn on the Bobcat, you will need to insert a key into the ignition, just like you would do with a car. When you turn on the Bobcat, you will see fuel reading as well as warning buttons. Before you can start to use the Bobcat, you will need to disengage its safety features, which generally include an emergency brake as well as a brake that prevents the bucket from moving on its own.

Moving The Machine

Instead of a steering wheel, there are two controls or levers that allow you to move the Bobcat. In order to move the Bobcat forward, you have to push both controls forward. In order to reverse the Bobcat, you have to pull back on both levers. If you want to turn the Bobcat to the left, you need to pull back on only the left lever. If you want to turn the Bobcat to the right, you need to pull back on only the right lever.

Moving The Bucket

There are two pedals inside of the Bobcat that allow you to move the bucket or tool that is attached to it. In order to move the tool up or down, you have to press on the left pedal. In order to tip the tool forward, you have to push the right pedal forward. In order to tip the toll back, you have to push the right back towards your body.

Additionally, you should try your best to keep the tool or bucket as low to the ground as possible, especially when it is full. This is the easiest way to ensure that the bucket and items inside of it stay level and balanced as you work.

If you have any additional questions about how to operate a Bobcat, make sure you ask the rental agency, such asSummit Tool Rentals Division Of Wirtz Rentals, before you take it home and get to work. Once you get the Bobcat home, take a few minutes to practice using the controls before you start moving material around. 


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