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The Pisten Bully is made by the German company Kässbohrer, the machines run on either a
Mercedes or Cummins diesel engines. These are widley used throught the ski and snowboard

Mercedes Benz OM 924 LA




4.8 l / 4,820 cc

Power output (ECE)

145 kW (197 hp)

max. torque

520 Nm at 1,200 – 1,600 rpm

Fuel consumption

from 8.5 l/h (2.24 gal/h)

Fuel tank capacity

150 l (40 gal)

Exhaust emission standard
Euro 3A EPA Tier 3
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Every ski resort in the world has that age old problem of grooming their runs as well as their
terrain parks. They have to groom their runs for safety reasons and to make riding them smooth
and enjoyable. The resorts are groomed by a team of groomers that work tirelessly day and
night to make for an enjoyable experience for resort goers. The groomers operate the ever
popular Pisten Bully made by the German company Kassbohrer Gelandefahrzeug. In the
proceeding instructional I will instruct you in the pre-operational check and basic operation of
the Pisten Bully Park Bully.

Materials needed:
-Heavy Equipment Operation Certificate
-Pisten Bully Park Bully
-Steel toed work boots
-Common sense
-Hand eye coordination
-Deasil fuel
-Hydraulic fluid
-Warm clothes

1. Before you get in the machine there is a bit of housekeeping that has to be done. First
you will do a walk around of your Pisten Bully machine checking your 8-waty blade for
any visible cracks or disconnected hydraulic hoses. All your hydraulic hoses shall be
inspected for leaks, these should be easy to spot as the red hydraulic fluid will be hard to
miss in the white snow. You will then move on to checking your tracks and track pads for
rips, breaks, loose bolts and bent out of shape tracks. Moving to the back of the machine
you will find the hydraulic reservoir which you will have to check using the sight glass.

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2. Now that the housekeeping has been taken care of we will move into the cockpit of the
machine to take care of a few more operational checks. No we will turn on the 4 cylinder
197hp Mercedes Benz OM 194 LA engine by turning the key. To get the implements to
move we will need to give it a little bit of throttle by turning the hand throttle located on
you right hand side when sitting in the operator’s seat. Also on your right side you will
find your control panel, function buttons and the joystick which controls your blade as
well as your tiller attachment which is located at the rear of the machine giving the snow
that pleasant corduroy effect. On the left side by the door you will find a palm pad that is
split in 2 parts that will control your left and right tracks as well as your forward an
reverse functions To get started and be functional inside the machine we have to be able
to do move the blade effectively, drive at constant speeds and not turn too sharply as to
get out of your tillers turning radius and leave messy track all over the resort.

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3. Blade/Tiller Operation:
To operate the blade you will use the joystick located on your right. To move the blade
up you will pull back on the joystick (towards you) and push it forward to lower the blade
(away from you). There are other complex functions on this 8-way blade but are not
needed to get the basics down at the moment. To operate the tiller (a hydraulically
controlled attachment located at the rear of the machine) you will also use the joystick,
located on the top of the joystick are 3 buttons and 2 toggle switches. The tiller is raised
by pushing the toggle switch away from you and lowered by pulling it towards you. To
operate the tiller you will push the third button located on the joystick. While in motion
you will use the toggle switch located on your thumb for cornering in the machine.

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4. Palm Pad Instructions:
Now to get you moving you will have to operate the split palm pad located on your left
side. The two pads control each track independently, the furthest left controls the left
track and the closest pad controls your right pad. When used together they effectively
propelled the machine in a forward motion or a reverse motion. These palm controls are
very sensitive and should be used in fluid motions so practice is a must.

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5. Moving Backwards, Forwards and Left and Right:
To go straight you will lift the blade up off the ground to stop it from impeding your
forward motion. Now using the palm pad on your left slow push it forward and your
tracks will begin to roll and you’re driving. With the manipulation of either the leftmost
pad or the rightmost pad you can maneuver the machine into a right turn or a left turn.
Moving the machine is the same procedure as moving forward with one important
condition, never move in reverse with the tiller engaged and on the ground. It must be
disengaged and lifted above the ground to reverse.

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6. Finishing:
Now that we have the basics down let's put this workhorse to work and do what it was
meant to do. We are not going to push out piles, reshape runs, fix terrain parks or cut the
half pipe in this introductory procedure, but we will groom runs and make them pristine
with our knowledge of controlling which direction we want the machine to move and how
to operate the tiller to leave fresh groomed runs at the ski resort.

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7. Tiller Operation:
On your journeys around the resort you will need to turn at some point and you are going
to want the tiller to follow you and not leave any track marks on the runs. This is done by
using the toggle switch located on your right thumb. To swing the tiller to the left while
turning left you hold down on the toggle switch and to swing the tiller right you will hold
up on the toggle switch.

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These are the basic instructions for anyone looking to get into the snow business and more
importantly operating snowcats. These instructions will have you well on your way to becoming
a skillful operator. With further experience you will be able to sculpt majestic runs with ease and,
maneuver and groom even the most technical of terrain parks.


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