An    controls differ depending on the brand and model of machine. A certain brand of can have distinct operational controls from others.

This is the main reason why bee a beginner can operate a , it is extremely important to have an of the owner’s manual where the operator can familiarize first with the location of the controls and know how each controls works.
Now let’s go dive into the different controls you can find in a standard :

  • Safety Lock Lever – almost all models have this. It is located beside the door, operator has this on his left hand, and this lever is commonly red in color, and this is the big arm goes all the way down that’s going to block the door. When it is down that means the machine is engaged and ready to go. Almost all brands have safely lock lever.

  • Right Joystick – if pulled back, it is going to raise the main boom up; and if pushed ward, it going to lower the boom down; if moved to the right, it is going to open the bucket to dump the materials; and if moved to the left, it is going to close the bucket.

    Left Joystick – If pushed ward, the stick boom is going to move away; and if pulled back, is going to bring the stick boom back. It also controls the swing. If the joystick is moved to the right, it is going to swing the entire cabin to the right, if moved the left, it is going to swing the cabin to the left. These directional controls are basically the same with its bigger cousins.

  • Stabilizer Bar Lever – this lever usually only be found in s, those bigger ones don’t have this; is it located beside the right joystick. What it does basically control the blade or the stabilizer bar in front of the equipment. The blade serves as a base and gives downward pressure when engaged to make the equipment more stable during operation. If this lever is pulled, it raises the blade, if pushed, it lowers the blade.



  • Left Foot Pedal – if the is equipped with a hydraulic thumb, the left foot pedal controls the retracting (opening and closing) of the hydraulic thumb. When the thumb is not in use, you need to retract it.

  • Right Foot Pedal – This pedal controls the swing of the arm (boom and stick) left or right; the swinging motion only includes the arm and not together with the entire cabin. This swing is handy a , especially when operating in a tight place.

  • Track Pedals or Foot Driving Controls – These pedals control the tracks. Similar to a big , in order to drive the equipment, there is either a track pedal or foot driving controls. But in exactors, you usually drive with foot controls. The left pedal controls the left track and the right controls the right track. So, if one pedal is pushed ward, it moves the vehicle ward and if pushed back, it reverses the vehicle.

  • Display – if there are indicator warning lights which mean there’s something problem with the equipment shows in the display. It also shows the fuel level, and everything else an operator wants to know will be shown in the display.


usually runs in ISO, what the basically means is that the boom and bucket controls are controlled by the right hand and stick boom and swing are controlled by the left hand just like in bigger s. ISO is the commonly used control pattern in the industry.

This Video to See How a Beginner Does the Operation

There is no denying that ing is the best way to learn how to operate the , so here’s a video to how a beginner does it:




Now That You Know the Different Controls and How to Operate It, It’s Time to Take the Formal Training

I assume that you’re wanting to become a operator that’s probably why you want to learn the different controls. If that’s the direction you want to be, we highly recommend taking the formal training.

  • The traditional method to learn to operate heavy equipment, which I myself gone through this when I was starting, is attending a training school. You won’t have a hard time finding one. There are a number of these schools in every state in the country. Just a simple Google search, well, you can find one very easily in your location. Contact them and inquire about your requirement, they usually have a representative to attend to the client’s concerns.

  • The formal training can now be done online. There are a few online training providers that you can find on the internet. What I like about this is that the theoretical part can be done at your own pace at your most convenient time. However, a student has to perm the hands-on training in actual equipment – this is where the operator most likely gain the practical skills needed to operate the equipment safely.

Proper training is important as the safety of the operator and people around is the priority. The operator could make a mistake that can endanger other workers and cause serious damage to property.



Helpful Tips on How to Use the Safely

  • Bee anything else, an operator must be trained in the use of a prior to commencement of work. Not because it is doesn’t mean there’s no risk involved in the operation. An operator must have practical skills to make the operation safe. Spend a little time to take the training.

  • The operator must wear proper PPE. High visibility vest, hard hat, eye protection (e.g: clear safety googles), steel-toed boots at the construction site. Follow the safety protocols of the company with regard to working at the site.

  • Pre-operational checks and walk-around inspection must be conducted to endure the equipment is in good operating condition. The operator or the person in charge of this must have a checklist so that nothing is missed. Inspection records and checklists must be kept recording, that way anything repair or maintenance can be tracked and permed.

  • Read the Instruction manual. There you can find the capacity and other technical details of the equipment. If you’re new to the equipment and you have no idea what it is capable of, consult the instruction manual. A good operator takes time to browse through the manual to learn the basics of the equipment.

  • Take time to practice driving. Are you familiar with driving s with wheeled axles and it is your first time driving the equipment with rubber tracks? If so, practice first bee driving because the equipment that drives on tracks is considerably different from the one with wheeled axles.

  • Bee the operation, pay attention to the surroundings and familiarize yourself with the excavation area. There are overlooked obstacles that could snag the arm of the equipment or pipes buried beneath the ground that can be damaged if hit by the bucket. Also, be aware of the ground the is operating in, it can be loose and might unable to support the weight of the equipment.

  • Know the weight limit the equipment can handle. You can know this by referring to the data plate or the instruction manual. If you overload the machine, tip over is the most possible situation that can happen and you don’t want that to happen as it can severely damage this pricey equipment.