The Solis S26 Shuttle XL compact tractor is the middle of the range 26hp compact tractor made by Solis. It is designed as a small holding workhorse, especially when equipped with its 4-1 loader and a multitude of attachments. It boasts the trusted Solis 5 year warranty and a easy to operate shuttle transmission. In this guide, we will delve into harnessing the full potential of your new Solis S26 Shuttle XL, with a focus on its key attributes. These include the simple to use shuttle transmission, the rear hydraulics, the three-point linkage and more.
If your finding yourself asking the question, How do I use my Solis 26? then this guide is for you.
Safety and Pre-Operation Checklist for Your Solis S26 Shuttle XL Compact Tractor
When it comes to operating the Solis S26 Shuttle XL Compact Tractor, your safety is paramount. Ensuring a secure working environment involves adhering to PPE (personal protective equipment) recommendations and consistently fastening your seatbelt while using the equipment. With safety as our top concern, let’s now delve into the pre-operation checklist that should be completed before you embark on any tasks with your Solis S26 Shuttle XL Compact Tractor. This essential checklist not only bolsters safety measures but also guarantees the seamless operation of your Solis S26 Compact Tractor.
- Engine Oil Check: Begin by checking the engine oil level. Locate the dipstick on the right-hand side beneath the bonnet, adjacent to the engine oil filter. Make sure the machine is parked on a flat, level surface, then remove the dipstick. Confirm that the oil level falls within the designated range between the two lines on the dipstick.
- Visual Engine Check: While inspecting the engine compartment of your Solis S26, visually examine its components. Search for any visible damage or indications of leaks. Also, ensure that the radiator screen is free of debris. At the front of the engine, switch the isolator to the ON position if it’s not already there, and securely close the bonnet.
- Visual Machine Check: As you walk around the machine, meticulously inspect various components from the front to the rear, including the Front Axle, bonnet, and panels. Check for any apparent leaks or damages to the machine.
- Grease the Machine: Maintaining proper lubrication is essential for the tractor’s peak performance. It’s advisable to grease the machine approximately every 10 hours of operation or after extended periods of inactivity. For specific grease point locations, consult your operator’s manual.
By completing this pre-operation checklist, you’ll be well-prepared to carry out your tasks using the Solis S26 Compact tractor with confidence, ensuring not only your safety but also the machine’s optimal performance.
Lets get started!
Now that we’ve covered the essential pre-operation checks for your Solis S26 Shuttle XL, it’s time to get ready for the machine’s operation. Starting the Solis S26 Shuttle XL involves a sequence of crucial steps that must be followed in the correct order:
- Engage the Park Brake: Begin by engaging the tractor’s park brake if you haven’t already. Simply lift the park brake lever located between your legs.
- Place the Range Lever in Neutral: On the left-hand side of the operator’s station, you’ll find the range lever, marked with a distinctive orange handle. Ensure it’s in the neutral position, which is located in the middle.
- Place the Transmission Lever in Neutral: If the main transmission lever, situated on the right-hand side of the operator’s station with an orange handle, isn’t already in neutral, move it to the neutral position.
- Place the forward reverse lever in neutral: The forward reverse lever is the lever positioned to the Left hand side of the seat, place this in the Middle “N” Position.
- Place the PTO Selector in Neutral: Locate the PTO selector on the lower left-hand side of the footwell, identified by a yellow handle. Make sure it’s in the neutral position.
- Depress the Clutch Pedal: With your left foot, fully depress the clutch pedal.
- Heat Up the Glow Plugs: Turn the ignition switch one click to the right to activate the glow plugs. The heating duration depends on the outside ambient temperature, ranging from 3 seconds to 20 seconds.
- Bring It to Life: Continue turning the key further to the right and listen as the Mitsubishi 3-cylinder engine springs to life with a reassuring purr.
Congratulations! You’re now in a poised position to operate your Solis S26 Shuttle. These steps ensure a smooth and safe start for your machine, enabling you to operate it effectively and with confidence.
Its time to drive!
You have now successfully completed the pre-op checklist and the start procedure to get your new Solis S26 Shuttle XL started. Now the engine is running its time to take your first voyage in the Solis. The Solis S26 Shuttle XL features a 9 forward, 9 reverse shuttle transmission with a directional forward reverse control lever. To begin your first drive, follow the below procedure
- Disengage the park brake: Firstly, Place your Right foot firmly on the brake pedal and then using the park brake lever located between your legs pull the locking collar and lower the park brake lever towards the foot well
- Engage the Clutch: Fully depress the clutch lever to the floor using your Left Foot.
- Engage “A” Range: By using the range lever on the Left Hand side of the operator station, select the “A” Range, this is the slowest range.
- Engage First Gear: By using the main transmission lever on the Right hand Side of the operator station engage the First Gear.
- Engage the Forward Reverse Lever: By using the forward reverse lever on the left hand side of the operator station engage it into the Forward Position.
- Begin your drive; Slowly release the clutch and you will feel the machine moving forward.
Congratulations, you are now driving your new Solis S26 Shuttle XL.
Your brand-new Solis S26 Shuttle XL Compact Tractor is equipped with a shuttle transmission, which means you’ll need to change gears as you operate it. Shifting gears while in motion is possible, but it’s equally simple to bring the machine to a stop, engage the appropriate gear, and then resume your journey.
However, it’s important to note that when switching between forward and reverse, the S26 Shuttle XL must always be completely stationary and the clutch must always be used. This ensures safe and seamless transitions between these two essential modes of operation.
Throttle and Accelerator
The Solis S26 Shuttle makes it easy for users to control the engine’s speed with a convenient hand throttle located on the right side of the steering column. If you want to increase the Engine RPM (Revolutions Per Minute), simply push the hand throttle gently forward. Conversely, to decrease the RPM, pull it backward.
For everyday driving tasks with the Solis S26 Shuttle, it’s recommended to maintain an RPM of approximately 2000. However, when you need to engage the Power Take-Off (PTO), it’s best to operate at around 2600 RPM. When using the PTO, it’s crucial to ensure that the RPM stays within the range of 2500 to 2700 RPM to ensure that the PTO functions at the correct rotational speed. You can easily verify this by observing the yellow line that surrounds the RPM gauge.
Attaching Your Machine to an Implement Using the Three-Point Linkage
Working with Hydraulic Spool Valves: Safety and Proper Procedures
When you’re working with specific implements, like the hydraulic offset flail mower from Iron & Earth Equipment, utilizing the rear hydraulic spool valves is a necessity.
You’ll find the hydraulic quick couplers located at the rear of your machine. To attach a hydraulic coupler, follow these steps:
- Turn off the machine.
- Firmly push the hydraulic coupler into the quick coupler.
When it’s time to detach the coupler, do the following:
- Again, turn off the machine.
- When it’s safe to do so, move the hydraulic control lever forwards and backwards. This action releases all pressure from the hydraulic lines.
- Retract the quick coupler collar on the tractor, and use a “push and pull” motion to remove the quick coupler from the tractor.
Once you’ve securely attached the implement, you can manipulate the DCV (Directional Control Valve) control lever to regulate the hydraulic flow. The direction you move the lever depends on how the implement is plumbed.
A crucial reminder: when dealing with hydraulics, it’s absolutely essential to wear complete PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Mishandling hydraulic oil pressure can pose serious hazards, so make sure to take all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. Your well-being is paramount when working with hydraulic systems.
Ensuring Comfort in Your New Solis S26 Shuttle XL
The Solis S26 Shuttle is designed with your comfort in mind, ensuring that your workdays are not just productive but also enjoyable. Here’s how you can customize and maximize your comfort:
- Fore-aft Seat Adjustment: Tailor the driver’s seat to your liking with ease. To move it forward or backward, simply use the lever located on the lower left-hand side of the operator’s seat.
- Adjust the Spring tension: Fine-tune the spring tension of the seat to your preference by adjusting the dial positioned at the top of the seat’s back. Tighten the dial to increase tension, or loosen it to decrease tension.
- Vertical Height Adjustment: To find the perfect seating height, look to the lower right-hand side of the seat’s back. You’ll find the vertical height adjuster. Turn this mechanism to effortlessly raise or lower the seat to your desired height.
- Armrest Comfort: Your Solis S26 comes equipped with armrests for added comfort during those long work hours. These armrests can be customized to your preference. Adjust the inclination of each armrest using the dials located beneath them.
By making these ergonomic adjustments, you’ll ensure that your time spent operating the Solis S26 Shuttle is both productive and comfortable. This, in turn, enables you to work efficiently and with ease, making your daily tasks more enjoyable.
Seeking Further Information
While we’ve made every effort to provide comprehensive information in this guide, we strongly recommend reviewing the operator manual for your new Solis S26 Shuttle XL. If you find yourself with any lingering questions or uncertainties, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our approachable team at Iron & Earth Equipment. You can reach us at 01452 452 535.
Remember, there are no foolish questions when it comes to your equipment. Feel free to ask, and our team is here to provide the assistance you need.