Need to learn how to run a trackhoe

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by OKSooner, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. OKSooner

    OKSooner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    In a couple of weeks I'm going to need to know how to run a small (Yanmar) trackhoe.

    I can go rent one, and, if... I can find a place to practice I plan on doing that.

    Lots of youtube videos out there, but not many that show how the controls work and stuff like that.

    Anybody got any advice? How about links to some instructional videos, etc?

  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,565

    Simple as cake. What are you going to be doing with it
    Posted via Mobile Device
  3. DavidsonLandscaping

    DavidsonLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    Best thing to do is rent the machine of choice and learn it. Every machine will handle differently, practice before doing the job. Also call digsafe before digging for markings and look into getting your hoisting license.
    Posted via Mobile Device
  4. OKSooner

    OKSooner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    Planting a few trees.
  5. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,170

    If your just digging tree holes, plan on an extra hour on the day your going to do the work and find a place (with no underground utilities) to practice. Its nothing you can read about, you just have to do it. If you are just starting out, the best piece of advice is start out learning ISO or CAT pattern. SAE or Deere pattern is the other option. Both of these will be on the pattern changer on the machine. Pick ISO and this is coming from an SAE operator. Learn this from the start, and it might make life easier later on.
  6. OKSooner

    OKSooner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    Cool. Thanks for the tip.
  7. TomG

    TomG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 674

  8. Cornell

    Cornell LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 544

    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.
  9. 20/20

    20/20 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    I've run many different types of excavators including the old heinwerner(sp) Those machines would wear a person out, feet and hands are constantly going. No matter the setup you just have to learn to coordinate your moves. Once your brain gets all your limbs working on the same level you won't even realize what's happening. I'm with Ksss just try to get the machine an hr or so before you need it and learn "the moves". When ever I run my machine I go through all the motions to help warm up the machine plus it gets my mind set on what I'll be doing.
  10. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,170

    ISO because when you move to bigger iron most machines that dont have a pattern changer are ISO. So if your familiar with ISO from the start its never an issue. That is not the case with SAE. You can change the hyd lines on the valve bank but its a pain and you have to know the machine to pull that off without experimenting. If I could do it again I would have learned ISO, since I went from wobble sticks on a backhoe, it became second nature to run SAE in an excavator. It has bitten me numerous times, but I am not interested in learning to run ISO at this point.

Share This Page