How to start up and shut down the engine on a Vermeer compact articulated loader

If you own a Vermeer compact articulated loader, or are considering buying one, and are curious about how to properly start it up or shut it down, this is the spot for you. Be sure to read your machine’s operator’s manual for more machine-specific information and safety messages. Read the steps below or watch the video to help get an understanding of what you need to do to start or shut down the engine. 

How to start up the engine

  1. Before starting the engine, move the joystick for hydraulic control forward and backward or side to side and then release the control.
  2. Make sure that the joystick control automatically returns to the neutral position.
  3. Press and release the forward and reverse travel control pedals on the operator’s station floor.
  4. Make sure these controls return to the neutral position and that dirt, mud, snow or any other foreign objects do not interfere with the operation of these controls.
  5. If any of the hydraulic controls do not automatically return to the neutral position, do not use the machine until repairs have been completed.
  6. Turn on the master power switch. This switch is located on the rear section of the machine, directly behind the right rear wheel.
  7. Remove protective cover from the master switch.
  8. Insert master power key.
  9. Rotate the master power key to the “on” position and leave key in the switch.
  10. Sit in the operator’s seat. Turn the key to the “run” position, and then fasten the seatbelt to the buckle and close the left protection bar.
  11. Make sure that the pedals are in neutral position.
  12. Make sure that the hydraulic outlets lever is in the center position.
  13. Move the throttle lever to about halfway between fast and idle engine speeds.
  14. Rotate the ignition key switch to the “heat” position for about 10 seconds.
  15. Rotate and hold the ignition keyswitch in the “start” position until the engine starts.
  16. As soon as the engine starts, release the starter key. The key will automatically return to the run position.
  17. Leave the throttle setting at about the halfway position and allow the engine to idle. This will begin warming the engine coolant and hydraulic oil.
  18. If the engine does not start, repeat steps two through seven.
  19. If the engine does not start after several tries, contact your local authorized Vermeer dealer.
  20. In cold weather, after about five minutes of engine idling, slowly operate all of the main hydraulic controls to cycle warm hydraulic oil through the hydraulic lines into the cylinders and hydraulic motors.
  21. Allow the engine to idle for another five minutes before beginning any machine operations.

How to shut down the engine

  1. Park the machine on a solid, level area and set the parking brake.
  2. Lower the loader arm and attachment to the ground.
  3. Idle the engine for several minutes to allow the machine to cool down.
  4. Rotate the ignition key switch to the “0” position and remove the key.
  5. In case of storage or prolonged stop, remove the master power key.
  6. Clean off any accumulated mud and/or dirt from the machine’s operating surfaces.

If you have any questions about Vermeer compact articulated loaders or want to learn more, contact your local Vermeer dealer.

Always refer to the product’s operator’s and/or maintenance manual for safety messages and further instructions.

MultiOne SRL Corporation reserves the right to make changes in engineering, design and specifications; add improvements; or discontinue manufacturing at any time without notice or obligation.

Equipment shown is for illustrative purposes only and may display optional accessories or components specific to their global region. Please contact your local Vermeer dealer for more information on machine specifications.

Vermeer, the Vermeer logo and Equipped to Do More are trademarks of Vermeer Manufacturing Company in the U.S. and/or other countries. © 2022 Vermeer Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

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