When side slopes are finished by working parallel to the
(fig. 11-36), the dozer starts at the top.
from each pass falls to the lower side of the
succeeding passes, filling irregularities
in the terrain. Do
not allow the blade corner to dig, since this steepens the
slope beyond job specifications.
by working diagonally, start the dozer at the bottom and
up the slope (fig. 11-37). A windrow
formed and is continually
drifted to one side, tending to
fill low spots or irregularities.
l Navy safety regulations
require that all dozers be
crankcase guards, and radiator
purchased by the Navy are equipped with these devices.
Dozers must never be used without
these devices in
l Always wear a seat belt when dozing. A sudden
jolt from working
on uneven terrain
can possibly throw
you off the machine
causing serious injury
a side slope is one of
the few instances when a dozer maybe used efficiently
operations with a dozer.
in cutting upgrade.
l When using a dozer for demolition,
take care to
objects from striking
The push dozer in figure 11-38 is equipped with
push blade. However,
in most cases, a straight-blade
dozer that has a reinforced
block in the center of the
blade is used. Ensure the center lines of the pusher and
scraper are aligned. If alignment
is not centered, it is
hard to keep the pusher straight
of the steering clutch. When you are using the steering
power is taken away from one track, and the
other track is doing all the work. If the scraper starts to
l When felling trees with a dozer, take care to avoid
being struck by falling branches or by the backlash of a
branch or trunk.
l A dozer should never be used for clearing
being equipped with
an operators protective
cage (brush cage).
must never ride the dozer drawbar.
back up, and get repositioned
his dangerous practice has been the cause of numerous
straight with the scraper. Be sure the blade of the dozer
does not cut the rear tires of the scraper, resulting
and costly tire replacement.
of dozers and rippers
every effort to learn the locations of any underground
electric lines or gas lines that might be
contacted by their equipment.
that apply to dozer
are as follows:
l Operate the dozer from the sitting position, never
from a standing position.
l Only operate the dozer at speeds at which control
of the dozer can be maintained
at all times.
l A dozer must be operated
when near the edge of a cut; the edge may give way,
A steep incline
Gunning up a steep slope has often caused dozers to
may not appear to
on a steep slope. Sliding
be dangerous, but it can
easily become so if the low side of the dozer hits a solid
rock or a stump.
l Coupling trailing
ous; be especially
to a dozer is hazard-
Figure 11=38.-Push dozer.
Whenever possible, equipment
should be coupled with
the dozer stopped
and the clutch,
if so equipped,