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New Holland’s Tips for Using a Loader

Nov 01, 2012

 Here are the top tips from New Holland for becoming a better loader operator.

To Spread and Level Material

If you want to cover a large area with dirt, mulch or gravel…

  • Fill the bucket with the material you want to spread.
  • Hold the bucket about 2’ above the ground and then slowly tilt the bucket to dump the material while driving at a slow, steady speed in forward or reverse.
  • With practice, you can determine bucket tilt and ground speed to obtain the desired thickness of material.
  • You won’t get a level surface with this, but it will provide a fairly even spread.

If you cannot dump the material driving, here’s what you should do…

  • Dump a small amount of the material, then move forward or in reverse a short distance and dump another small amount.
  • Repeat until the bucket is empty.
  • Driving forward to the end of the area where you dumped the material, and tilt the bucket down to about 30° then lower the boom to just lightly contact the material.
  • Drive in reverse to spread and level the dumped material.
  • Repeat as necessary to level the material.
  • Do not attempt to drive in reverse with the bucket in the completely dumped position because the bucket could dig into the ground–and this would place severe loads on the bucket cylinders and can cause damage.


How to Dig a Hole

  • Tilt the bucket cutting edge down.
  • The level indicator will help determine the angle of the bucket.
  • Select a low gear or speed range. In slippery or other difficult conditions, also engage the front-wheel drive.
  • Lower the boom and use the joystick to apply slight down-pressure on the bucket.
  • Drive forward to allow the bucket to enter the ground and then return the joystick to the neutral position.
  • Drive forward the length of the bucket to dig into the ground.
  • Tilt the bucket so the cutting edge is level and lower the boom until the rear of the bucket just contacts the ground.
  • Continue to drive forward until the bucket is full or the tractor loses traction or power.
  • Use the joystick to tilt the bucket back and then lift the boom.


This information was published in the Acres magazine.

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