Originally Posted by ksss
Pick ISO and this is coming from an SAE operator. Learn this from the start, and it might make life easier later on.
Why ISO over SAE in an ex?
I switched from H-pattern to ISO in skid steers 2 years ago and could never go back because of how touchy and quick newer machines are but with excavators it's a completely different story with having movement on the foot pedals.
Also just get used to using the foot pedals for moving the ex around. Nothing makes me more uncomfortable/nervous than a guy using the hand levers to move an excavator around because they always just watch the left track and never the boom/stick/attachment and where it is.
Jump-turns are your friend, especially on bigger machines with wider pads.