RECOVERY (TOWING) REQUIREMENTS
The HMEE-I is designed so it can be towed by a recovery vehicle in the event of a catastrophic system failure.
The HMEE-I can be towed forwards with the front bucket removed. The backhoe should also be configured and locked in
the self-deployment position.
If the HMEE-I became immobilized with any other attachment fitted, then that attachment must be removed before the
machine is towed.
The HMEE-I has provisions, both front and rear, to allow the brake air system to be recharged from the assisting machine/
vehicle, and can be kept charged during towing operations to provide the HMEE-I with a means of independent braking.
If the vehicle is being moved with an air hose connected, secure the hose away from wheels and other moving parts, but
allow enough slack such that it does not pull tight when turning or moving over undulating terrain.
All hydraulic pressure should be vented from the systems before towing operations begin.
The HMEE-I is equipped with a battery-powered recovery hydraulic pump that can be used to power the hydraulic system
in the event of a dead engine to allow any bucket load to be dumped, for the stowage of the backhoe, removal of attach-
ment, and to set the loader in position so that a tow bar can be connected.
As long as the hydraulic system is not compromised, the recovery hydraulic system can also be used to provide steering
assistance when the machine is being towed at speed not exceeding 6 mph (9.7 kph), such that the operator can remain in
the machine, and/or during tight maneuvering (for example, when aligning and winching the machine onto a recovery
trailer). Even if the machine s electrical system is compromised, it may still be possible to power the pump from the
recovery vehicle by use of an intervehicular slave cable. If the machine is being moved with the slave cable connected,
secure the cable away from wheels and other moving parts, but allow enough slack such that it does not pull tight when
turning or moving over undulating terrain.