Before turning the machine on:
The following checks need to be made while the engine is off and we recommend that they are done in the following order.
After these steps there are then a bunch of machine specific steps that are unique to each class of machine that you will need to visually inspect prior to turning the machine on. This involves things like the tracks, booms, arms and ground engaging tools.
Safety Fittings and Features
Coolant, Oil & Fuel Levels
At the end of these basic checks, plus the visual inspections you make that are specific to the machine you are checking, then it’s time to turn the key. Make note of how smoothly it started and whether it’s running well at the point of start.
After turning the machine on:
General Functions (common to all machines)
After these general checks, we are going to run through a bunch of unique features with your machine - like operating the boom, bucket, rippers or GPS if these are fitted to the machine.
While driving the machine now:
To complete the final checks you need to drive the machine a small distance.
Additions - Visual inspections before forklift is started
Additions - Check while forklift engine is running
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