Caterpillar is a leading manufacturer for heavy construction machines and equipment. The Cat bulldozers are some of the most popular machines from this American manufacturer. They are generally used for moving large amounts of soil and other types of materials. These large machines are designed with blades on the front end. The blades are used for cleaning up construction debris before a construction process begins. The Cat dozer is also capable to lift, dig and push heavy piles of rocks, dirt or other construction materials. Some Cat dozer models are equipped with tracks instead of wheels for moving over rough terrains.
Just like any other heavy-duty machine, the Cat dozer needs to be properly operated for safe and efficient operation. For that reason, the operators need to be properly trained. A proper training is required so that the basics can be learned. Beside training, there are other things that need to be considered for smooth and efficient operation.
Because the dozers are heavy and large machines, you should never enter a Cat dozer if you are not well-trained, because you would represent a threat for yourself and all other workers on the job site. Also, before entering the cab and turning on the machine, you must learn your Cat dozer in details, including specifications and capabilities.
Before any operation, take a walk around your Cat dozer to check if there are any visible problems. Look for damaged or missing parts, hydraulic leaks, broken lights, worn wheels (or tracks), engine performance, battery compartment and fuel level. By checking all these things, you can be sure that your Cat dozer is in good working condition. You must create a comfortable environment for yourself in order to be more productive.
As a Cat dozer operator, you need to develop ability to visualize mentally how the surrounding will look like after completing a specific task. This is very important for the ambitious operators to reach a high level of competency and also to increase the job satisfaction. A hand-eye coordination is also necessary for better control and increased stability.
During operation, you need to be able to maintain a total blade control, pivoting the load in front of the dozer blade and varying the blade pitch. This is not easy at all, and it takes some time to develop such skills.