Figure 11-36.Finishing a side slope by working parallel to the right-of-way.
Figure 11-37.Finishing a side slope by working diagonally.
Always cut the shelf wide enough to provide solid
support for equipment that will be used later. If possible,
move the material downhill to gain the advantage of
gravity, to reduce effort, and to increase the stability of
On shallow slopes or in soft soil, the sidehill cut can
the time required to complete the cut. Do not push the
material beyond the point required to retain firm track
support. When you are backing up, do not raise the
blade, as this puts extra weight on the front idlers,
causing greater track penetration. Let the blade float as
you back away from the edge of soft fills.
be made, as shown in figure 11-35, cuts 1 and 2.
Stability is increased by running the uphill track
Finishing Side Slopes
inside the ridge left by the first cut. Cuts 3, 4, and 5 show
the completion of the shelf. Pushing the loosened
Two commonly used methods for finishing side
material to the lower side of the slope normally reduces
slopes with dozers are shown in figures 11-36 and 11-37.