Operators, it’s no secret that M400W compact-skid loaders have an ongoing problem with battery drain.
Most of these vehicles use the yellow-top Optima batteries. Even though they’re high quality batteries, they can’t stand the constant drain by the loader’s electrical system. The constant discharge leads to sulfated plates. Over time, the Optima battery can no longer be charged and has to be replaced. The end result is way too many dead batteries in these skid loaders. And the cycle continues.
Here are four ways to stop needless battery replacement:
o Start the skid loader weekly and run it for an hour.
o Every other week, plug a charger into the vehicle’s NATO receptacle and fully charge the battery set. The ProHD, NSN 6130-01-500-3401, is an approved charger that comes with the SATS.
o For long-term storage, make sure you disconnect the skid steer loader’s batteries.
o For skid loaders stored outdoors in the motor pool, use a solar charging system, like the Solar Pulse Monitor System, NSN 6130-01-558-5371. It simply plugs into the NATO receptacle and no modifications are needed.
If your unit uses the M151 spotting scope, NSN 6650-01-504-8456, NSN 6650-01-557-7444 or NSN 6650-01-549-5838, good news! The scope is being upgraded to improve its performance when used with a night vision device. The upgrade includes a grid-based reticle and night vision adapter.
The upgrade will be done by MWO 9-6650-238-50-1. The old spotting scopes will be swapped out at Camp Robinson, Eglin Air Force Base, Ft Benning, Ft Bliss, Ft Bragg, Ft Campbell, Ft Carson, Ft Drum, Ft Hood, Ft Lewis, Ft Polk and Ft Stewart. The swaps will be scheduled through FORSCOM in accordance with AR 750-10. TACOM is managing the MWO.
If your unit isn’t located at one of these posts, the swap will be handled by mail. Contact your local MWO coordinator for instructions. It will take roughly a month for the mail-in swap.
Whether your M151 is being swapped out locally or mailed in, it should be stripped down and contain no down parts. Any parts turned in other than the scope won’t be returned and it will be the unit’s responsibility to replace them.
Questions? Contact Buck Sewell at (586) 282-1333 or email:
or Christopher Kline at (586) 282-1357 or email:
The KGV-72 programmable in-line encryption device (PIED), NSN 5810-01-564-3364 (LIN E05008), is designed to encrypt Blue Force Tracking (BFT) message traffic. But when it’s time to turn in the PIED, here’s a message that really needs to get through:
Don’t damage the locking block!
Too many units are losing or misplacing the padlock key. So when it’s time to turn in the PIED, they use tools to remove the lock. Unfortunately, that almost always breaks the locking block.
A broken block can’t be repaired. Even worse, you can be held financially liable for replacing the $2,565.58 PIED per AR 735-5, Property Accountability Procedures and Financial Liability Officer’s Guide. A DD Form 200, Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss (FLIPL), along with a property book officer document number must be submitted at the time of the request to the item manager before an operational PIED can be issued.
So don’t lose the key to your lock. And if you do, check with the item manager for instructions on what to do next.
Watch Out for Bulging Tubes
Crewmen, it’s bad enough when explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) has to remove a stuck round from your 155mm howitzer. It’s a lot worse if you’re left with a bulging cannon tube!
That’s what could happen to your howitzer if EOD uses the water blast method to remove a stuck round. The 155mm cannon tubes most at risk are the M7776 and M284 steel and M7776 and M284A2 chrome barrels.
If EOD uses the water blast method to extract a stuck round from your howitzer, inspect the cannon tube with a borescope. A bulge means the tube has to be condemned. If you suspect a bulge but can’t see one, use a pullover gage to measure the area where you suspect damage.
You’ll find the full scoop on inspecting for damage in TM 9-1000-202-14, Evaluation of Cannon Tubes. Appendix T covers the M7776 tube and Appendix U covers the M284 tube. EM 0065, which covers most small arms, has the TM, as does LOGSA’s ETM website:
Be sure to immediately notify your logistics assistance representative (LAR) or field service representative (FSR) if EOD removes a stuck round from your howitzer.
You are also required to report EOD round removal and any damage on DA Form 2408-4, Weapons Record Data Card, in the remarks column. You can access it at:
On Page 43 of PS 760 (Mar 16) we told you the good news that the M205 tripod is replacing the M3 tripod.
It’s good news because the M205 is 32 percent lighter than the M3 and also includes an integral traverse and elevating mechanism.
But some units are jumping the gun and turning in their M3s before they get the M205. Not a good idea! They could be without tripods for a long time until they do get the M205. So keep using your M3s until you get the M205.
But once you get the M205, it’s important you turn in your M3s within 30 days. The Army will continue to use M3s for 3-4 years, so they need your M3s for other units. If any M3s aren’t usable, turn them in for local disposal.
Do not try to order the M205. If will be fielded through total package fielding (TPF).
Questions? Contact Grant Baker at DSN 786-1238, (586) 282-1238, or email:
If your AN/PSQ-20, NSN 5855-01-534-6449, or AN/PSQ-20A, NSN 5855-01-603-0489, night vision goggles aren’t working, there’s good news. You can get them fixed if they qualify.
The fix doesn’t cover ancillary items or components of end item for the goggles and is available only if the goggles fail after a thorough inspection following TM 11-5855-322-10 or TM 11-5855-335-10 or their -23&Ps. Your 94F repairman does that.
To get your goggles fixed, you’ll need a return authorization from the manufacturer. Get it by logging into the warranty repair portal:
New users will need to register by clicking on the HERE button on the left side of the web page. Returning users can log on with their email address, password and DODAAC.
Once you receive a return authorization, fill out a DD Form 1348-1A and ship the goggles to:
Warranty/Customer Repair Service
7635 Plantation Road
Attention: Marketing Department RA#____
Roanoke, VA 24019
If you have questions, call Harris at (800) 533-5502 or (540) 563-0371.
Many arms rooms already have a device that makes sure night vision devices, weapon sights, and driver’s viewers work properly.
The TS-4348/UV provides a near- infrared uniformly illuminated target that shows if night vision goggles meet the high and low light resolution requirements called for in the TMs.
Unfortunately, most TS-4348/UVs sit because no one knows how to use them. As a result, night vision or sight problems aren’t spotted until Soldiers go to the field.
To learn how to use the TS-4348/UV, see TM 11-5855-299-12&P.
If your unit doesn’t have a TS-4348/UV, order it with NSN 6625-01-323-9584 for around $1,700.
Remember, to be accurate, the TS-4348/UV must be calibrated. Check its TMDE calibration label to see when it’s due. No label? Send it to TMDE for calibration.