Check the travel route for adequate overpass clearances. Block the trailer or flat car wheels before loading the machine. Remove ice, snow or slippery material from the loading dock and trailer, or flat car before loading.
Loading on a Lowboy Trailer
- 1. Position the machine with the front facing the trailer. With the boom over the trailer, apply down pressure to raise the front of the machine.
- 2. Move the stick in and move the machine forward at the same time.
- 3. Raise the boom and swing the upper structure 180°. Apply down pressure to raise the rear of the machine.
- 4. Move the stick out while traveling onto the trailer.
- 5. Position the machine parallel to the bed.
Loading a Clamshell Machine
Always use a ramp. Never apply down pressure, through the boom and clamshell linkage, to raise the machine onto a trailer.
When laying the clamshell on its side, be sure hoses are not trapped between the fork bracket and the trailer or flat car bed.
Tie hoses to the fork to prevent damage.
Securing the Machine
Comply with regulations governing length, height, width and weight of the load.
Lower all equipment.
Align the upper structure with the track and engage the swing lock pin (forward position).
Inspect to be sure the pin is engaged.
Move the hydraulic and directional lock lever down to the locked (inoperable) position.
Stop the engine. Turn the disconnect and start switch key off and remove the keys.
Cover the exhaust opening.
Close and lock all cab door and windows.
Install and secure all vandalism covers, caps and guards. Close and lock all access doors.
Block the tracks. Secure the machine with tie downs.
Fasten all loose or removed parts securely to the trailer or flat car.
Remove the starting aid (ether) bottle before shipping.
In freezing weather, protect the cooling system with antifreeze, to the lowest outside expected temperature on the travel route. Or, drain the cooling system completely.
Lifting the Machine
Make sure the lifting cables and other lifting devices are strong enough to support the machine.
Consult your AVSpare dealer for the proper size and type of cables and lifting devices.
Use guide or tag lines to prevent the machine from swinging or turning.
- 1. Position the cab over the sprockets. Install the swing lock pin.
- 2. Fully retract the stick and bucket cylinders and lower the boom.
- 3. Sling the rear cables through the slots in the counterweight.
- 4. Attach them to the outer towing eyes on the car body frame.
- 5. Attach the cables, at the front of the machine, to the lifting eyes in the upper structure frame.