Other than digging, one of the most frequent jobs performed by hydraulic excavators is lifting. Understanding your machine’s lifting capacity helps you to lift and move loads safely, and knowing what to check before you lift can help prevent injuries and downtime.
Manufacturers determine how much weight a particular model and configuration of an excavator can safely lift at various heights and distances from the centerline of the machine. Based on this information, they create lift charts, which are printed in the machine’s Operation and Maintenance Manual or posted within sight of the operator, such as on the canopy, cab roof, hood or window of the excavator. Need a manual? It is extremely important to understand the excavator lift chart before getting behind the controls.