Basic Excavator Controls
Operating an excavator is very much like controlling an extra appendage - like a hand or an arm. A skilled operator can make this appear seamless but coordinating this activity can be very complicated and can take years to master.
The true skill of an excavator operator is coordinating their hands, feet and brain to complete the desired action. The more this becomes second nature, the faster and more accurately the excavator operator can complete their task.
In this article, we explore the main excavator controls and what the different controls do.
1. Left Joystick
The left joystick controls the excavator's dipper arm and slew motor.
Left joystick actions:
Back - Brings the excavator's dipper arm in
Forward - Moves the excavator's dipper arm out
Left - Makes the excavator slew left
Right - Makes the excavator slew right
2. Right Joystick
The left joystick controls the excavator's boom and bucket.
Right joystick actions:
Back - Brings the excavator's boom up
Forward - Moves the excavator's boom down
Left - Crowds the excavator's bucket in
Right - Crowds the excavator's bucket out
3. Right Foot Peddle
The right foot peddle controls the hydrophilic piping at the end of the excavator's dipper arm. There are many different hydrophilic attachments - e.g. tilt buckets, breaker, augers
The leaver controls the excavator's blade.
Back - Brings the excavator's blade up
Forward - Brings the excavator's blade down
All of this might seem overwhelming but practice makes perfect! The more time you have in the seat, the more excavator operating will become second nature.