“Super Long Front excavators have the digging forces turned down so they won’t damage the boom and arm by applying heavy forces through the structures,” Hendry adds. “Even the heaviest duty Long Fronts have reduced digging forces.”
Also essential to long-reach operation is patience. “SLF excavator operation is patient, deliberate, methodical and planned. Use pull and push movements only and absolutely no side sweeping of the bucket,” Hendry states.
“SLFs can be used for slope grading,” he adds, “if the machine is sitting flat on the ground and the operator can pull the grade to him.”