Tomahawk Wisdom: Top Tips from Tomahawk
With skid steers, this is one that comes up a lot, and ultimately it depends on the application. If you’re loading trucks all day, then a vertical lift machine is going to give you the extra height you need to clear the truck bed. If you’re mostly doing grading or general dirt work, then a radial lift machine would be best. Radial lift machines have fewer pins and lube points and are generally geared towards more heavy-duty applications.
Many of our Tier 4 Final models feature SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology. This system does not include a DPF or any other components that require intensive/long-term maintenance or manual regeneration. As long as you keep the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank topped off you won’t notice any additional regular maintenance with this type of solution. SCR is also a more efficient use of a machine’s fuel, as all the fuel is put towards productive work instead of burning off accumulated particulate in a DPF. It also helps lower exhaust temperatures compared to machines with a DPF.
We tell compact track loader owners that they’re going to wear out very quickly if they're spinning around on hard pavement or on concrete. They'll say, "Well I only get three, four hundred hours out of a set of tracks." That is typically an indication of an abusive or uninformed/untrained operator. Avoiding counter-rotation and highspeed operation on hard surfaces, and being mindful of curbs, debris and other obstacles on a job site can go a long way towards extending the life of the tracks.
There are a lot of things that an operator can do to make a machine more fuelefficient—minimizing idle time, etc.—but the biggest tip that comes up the most often here is to utilize any automation features on a machine. On our wheel loaders, features like return to dig, return to travel and height control immediately return the bucket to a desired position at the touch of a button. This ensures that the machine is spending more time being productive.
You might laugh, but this is one of the most frequently asked questions that we get up here. The Tomahawk Customer Center is a unique place—we offer housing accommodations and meals here on site. Our staff prepares amazing food. Other major manufacturers don't have the kind of all-inclusive experience that we offer. It’s a much more personal experience. That's a huge advantage for us, and for our customers.
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