Today's dozers boast an array of features to improve machine efficiency and operator comfort.
More Advanced Diagnostics Onboard diagnostics in many newer dozers simplify troubleshooting should anything go wrong during operation. "Now you don't have to come to the jobsite with a laptop or have your mechanic show up with a set of pressure gauges to diagnose the problem," says Komatsu's Ed Warner. "The operator can go to the monitor panel, read the error code and pick up the phone to call his distributor. When the service truck heads out, the mechanic has a pretty good idea what to expect. Plus, he can make sure he has the right part and tools needed for the repair."
In many Komatsu machines, monitoring panels also contain information such as preventive maintenance countdown timers for oil changes, etc.
New Holland's diagnostic panel also gives operators the ability to adjust the sensitivity of the controls, with three settings for steering aggressiveness and shuttle speed. "Whether you're a novice or an expert, we have the right setting for you," says New Holland's Jorge DeHoyos.
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