Introducing the SANY SW405K Wheel Loader: A Comprehensive Pre-Shift Inspection Guide

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Are you in the market for high-quality, cost-effective heavy equipment?

Look no further than the SW405K, SANY America's largest wheel loader.

In this blog post, we'll explore the key features of this impressive machine and guide you through a thorough pre-shift inspection, ensuring both safety and optimal performance.

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Meet the SW405K

Before we dive into the inspection process, let's get acquainted with the SW405K. Designed for top-notch productivity, this wheel loader boasts exceptional build quality and reliability. Here's a quick overview:

  • Nomenclature: When deciphering the name, "SW" stands for SANY wheel loader, "405" represents the cubic yard bucket size, and the "K" denotes its series. It falls within the 41,000-pound weight range.
  • Powerful Performance: The SW405K is equipped with a robust Deutz engine generating 965 foot-pounds of torque and over 40,000 pounds of breakout force. Its four-yard bucket features an 18-foot dump height, and the top of the cab stands at 11’9”.

Now that you're acquainted with the basics, let's move on to the essential pre-shift inspection.

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A Step-by-Step Pre-Shift Inspection Guide

Performing a meticulous pre-shift inspection is crucial for the safety and longevity of your SW405K. The following steps will help you ensure the machine is in top-notch condition before you start your work:

  1. Begin with the Big Picture: As you walk to your machine, inspect the exterior from afar for broken mirrors, dangling lights, and visible damage. Check the tires for cuts, cords, and wire, ensuring no visible leaks or issues.
  2. Start on Level Ground: Always perform the inspection on flat, level ground to ensure consistency and accuracy in your tire inflation and oil level readings.
  3. Follow a Counterclockwise Pattern: Begin the inspection counterclockwise, systematically checking each component. Start at the quick coupler, inspecting flag-style pins and keeper bolts to prevent bucket pin mishaps, and move your way around the machine from that point.
  4. Inspect the Boom: Examine the boom for cracks, chipped paint, hydraulic leaks, and the overall integrity of the boom. Pay attention to the front differential, checking for leaks and debris buildup that could damage the machine.
  5. Greasing Matters: Ensure the machine receives proper greasing every 10 hours or per shift. Utilize the grease chart on the side of the cab for guidance and don’t forget to utilize your Owner's Manual as necessary. Early detection is essential; if you recognize an issue with your greasing, notify your supervisor promptly.
  6. Tire Check: Scrutinize the tires for cuts and leaks, ensure your lug nuts are properly tightened, and assess the valve stem cover to prevent air loss due to material buildup. Inflate an extra 10 PSI in the front tires to relieve squatting that can occur when carrying a full load. Tires are properly inflated when 1.5-2 tire lugs are on hard, level ground.
  7. Articulation Point Inspection: Examine flag-style pins, grease lines, hydraulic hoses, center pins, cab bolts, and the transmission sight glass. Ensure the wiring harness is intact on the right side of the machine.
  8. Battery and DEF Maintenance: Handle the batteries with care, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and check terminals in the battery box. Proper PPE includes eyewear, in case of the battery shorting out, gloves in case acid may be present, and proper clothing/shoes. Furthermore, be cautious with the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank, maintaining it above half capacity and following proper DEF handling practices. Resort to your Owner’s Manual for any questions you may have.
  9. Cooling Packages: Periodically inspect and clean radiator fins. On the SW405K, you can separate the cooling packages via a lever, making maintenance easier.
  10. Safety First: Don't forget safety features like the boom lockout, footstep, tie-down, and lift points.
  11. Understand the Monitor and Controls: Familiarize yourself with the machine's monitor and control buttons, understanding their functions and indicators.

Operating the Machine

Before you start the machine, ensure your seatbelt is fastened and your mirrors are adjusted correctly. Follow the correct procedure for turning on the machine and check important indicators like fuel levels, DEF fluid, and temperature gauges.

Safety Features and Final Checks

Be aware of safety features like the hydraulic lockout, ride control, and transmission neutralizer. Maintain a thorough understanding of your machine's operation, and don't hesitate to reach out to your supervisor for any questions or concerns.

360-Degree View Camera

The SW405K comes equipped with a 360-degree view camera. Familiarize yourself with its operation for added safety during operation.

Final Tips

The SANY SW405K is a powerful and reliable wheel loader, but proper maintenance and pre-shift inspections are vital to ensure its longevity, and more importantly, your safety. Follow these guidelines meticulously, and you'll be well-prepared to operate the SW405K efficiently and safely.

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At the end of the day, whether you buy used or new, or rent your heavy equipment, the most important piece is that you find a machine that fits your needs and sets you, your team, and your company up for success. At Newman Tractor, we are here to support you in your heavy equipment journey from search to service and everything in between.

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Date: 09.27.2023
Topics: Machine Walkarounds, Equipment Tutorials