Vac Safety Guidelines

Safety Notice – Important – Read This!

grain vac safety guidelinesBefore using your vac, it is your responsibility to read, understand and follow all of the safety instructions in your operator’s manual. Also make sure that EVERYONE operating or near your vac understands and follows all of the safety instructions in the manual.

Remember, a safety-minded, informed operator is the most important safety aspect of your vac. Accidents can be avoided. Do not risk injury or death — be certain that every operator of your vac is well acquainted with all the safety recommendations and operating instructions in the manual.

Safety Alert Symbol

grain vac safety guidelinesThis symbol means ATTENTION! BE ALERT! YOUR SAFETY IS AT STAKE!

The Safety Alert Symbol identifies important safety messages in this document and on your vac. Make yourself familiar with the messages identified for you with the Safety Alert Symbol. When you see this symbol, be alert to the possibility of serious injury or death. Follow the safety instructions given in this manual and on your vac.

 

 

Safety Decals

READ AND BE CERTAIN THAT YOU FULLY UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF ALL SAFETY DECALS BEFORE OPERATING YOUR VAC. Keep safety decals clean and readable at all times. Replace any safety decals that become unreadable or are missing. If a part with an attached safety decal is replaced, make sure the proper safety decal is attached in the proper location on the replacement part. You may obtain new decals from your local vac dealer or from the manufacturer.

The following are representative of the safety decals on your vac:

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Read and follow the safety instructions below before starting your vac:


Starting Up

grain vac, PTO safety guidelines, dangerPTO:

grain vac, PTO safety guidelines, dangerSecure tractor draw-bar in center position.

If you have a 1000 RPM PTO, set tractor draw-bar so that hitch pin is 16″ behind end of PTO shaft.
If you have a 540 RPM PTO, set tractor draw-bar so that hitch pin is 14″ behind end of PTO shaft. 

CAUTION: Do not set draw bar to a shorter length than recommended as this could cause telescoping members of PTO shaft to exert excessive pressure on gearbox.

  • Securely attach PTO shaft to 1000 or 540 RPM shaft on your tractor, whichever is applicable.
  • Be sure tractor and vac drawbar are parallel to PTO shaft.
  • Fasten jack in horizontal position.
  • Set open/close center hydraulic valve for open or closed center hydraulics to correspond to the hydraulic system on your tractor. FAILURE TO PROPERLY SET THIS VALVE COULD RESULT IN DAMAGE TO YOUR TRACTOR.

Self-powered and PTO:

  • Be sure all shields are in place.
  • Check for high voltage power lines before raising truck loading kit.
  • Remove transport pin from truck loading kit before raising upper elbow.
  • Securely connect safety latch for truck loading kit before loading trucks.
  • Wear suitable ear protection.
  • Be sure all people are clear of vac before starting up.

Operation

  • grain vac, PTO safety guidelines, dangerKeep hands, feet and loose clothing away from the PTO or drive shafts, intake nozzles, machine discharge, air pump, machine cyclone access door and airlock discharge.
  • Keep hands and all parts of body away from nozzle intake.
  • Keep away from discharge side of air pump.
  • Never operate your vac without all shields in place.
  • Never open the machine cyclone access door while your tractor is running.
  • Never remove the lower elbow from the truck loading kit while your tractor is running.
  • Never operate your vac inside a building.
  • Never inspect or service your vac without SHUTTING OFF THE TRACTOR OR ENGINE AND WAITING FOR ALL MOTION TO STOP.
  • Never allow children to be near your vac.
  • Wear suitable ear protection.
  • Never leave your vac running unattended.

Shutdown

  • grain vac, PTO safety guidelines, dangerWait for all motion to stop before leaving operator’s position.
  • Never stand under the truck loading kit while it is being lowered.
  • Never inspect your vac without SHUTTING OFF THE TRACTOR OR ENGINE, WAITING FOR ALL MOTION TO STOP, AND DISCONNECTING THE PTO SHAFT.

 

 

Service your vac safely

  • grain vac, PTO safety guidelines, dangerDo not service the vac, including its hydraulic system, while it is running, while the tractor or engine is running, or with the PTO shaft connected.
  • Never service your vac without SHUTTING OFF THE TRACTOR OR ENGINE, WAITING FOR ALL MOTION TO STOP, AND DISCONNECTING THE PTO SHAFT.
  • Do not move any chain by hand.
  • Remember, always shut off the tractor or engine and disconnect the PTO shaft before adjusting or repairing the conveyor.
  • Do not insert your hand through the cyclone door or work on the airlock without first shutting off the tractor or engine, disconnecting the PTO shaft and removing the airlock drive chain.
  • Wait for the air pump to cool before servicing.

Protect against noise

  • grain vac, PTO safety guidelines, dangerProlonged exposure to loud noise can cause impairment or loss of hearing.
  • Wear a suitable protection device such as earmuffs or earplugs to protect against objectionable or damaging loud noises.

 

 

 

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