One of the most visually impressive units on the stand was the prototype of the new 1,250-pound capacity S6090RT rough-terrain scissors lift. The model will finish testing and go into production by the third quarter of this year, “but we’ll take orders now,” says David Smith, president of Snorkel North America. Other models with platform heights of 32 feet, 43 feet, and 52 feet will round out the family. Though testing is still under way, Snorkel expects the S6090RT to provide a maximum platform height of 60 feet and be drivable with the platform elevated at 43 feet. The platform measures 6 feet wide by 14 feet long, with 59-inch roll-out decks at each end providing a total platform length of nearly 24 feet when extended. A 44-horsepower diesel engine powers the unit, which features four-wheel hydrostatic drive and 14 inches of ground clearance. “It’ll provide a great work station for two to three people with tools,” says Smith.
Snorkel also displayed its brand new A62JRT rough-terrain articulating boom lift, which will go into production by the third quarter of the year. It is expected to deliver 62 feet of platform height, 35’ 1” of horizontal reach, 30 feet of up-and-over clearance, and an unrestricted lifting capacity of 500 pounds. Its 6’2”, 136° jib helps position the platform easily. The unit has an overall working width of 96 inches and “significantly less tailswing than previous models,” says David Smith. The unit will be drivable at its full 62-foot extended height. The A62JT is the first articulated boom lift built on Snorkel’s new common Polaris chassis, which uses many common parts between several models.
MEC Aerial Work Platforms, Kerman, Calif., showed off its new 2659RT scissor lift, a crossover unit combining rough-terrain capability with on-slab size and features. “It’s a competent slab machine that can go anywhere,” says Gary Crook, MEC director of new product development. “It’ll do 80% of the jobs a full RT scissor will do, so the 2659RT can be rented either as an RT or a slab scissor,” he says. The 2659RT offers 26-foot maximum platform height and is drivable with the platform at 20 feet. It measures 59 inches wide, has a 5-foot inside turning radius, offers 4-wheel drive with 36-volt DC power, and 1,000-pound maximum lift capacity. The platform measures 91 inches long, or 133½ inches with the roll-out deck extended. Along with the 2659RT, MEC introduced a side-mounted material rack that holds 250-pounds of drywall, plywood, or other material. “Customers asked for it, so we as the OEM designed and tested it,” says Crook.
|Enlarge ImageManitex SC130|
One of the key new products displayed on the stand of Manitex International, Georgetown, Texas, was the brand new SC130, a truck-mounted sign crane offering 130-foot platform height and 4,000-pound capacity. The unit has an overall length 36’ 11¾” for road travel, and a gross vehicle weight of just less than 44,000 pounds with payload. Its four-section boom measures 34’ 3¼” retracted, and 121’ 3¼” fully extended. The 36-inch by 48-inch work basket is permanently mounted and rotates for easy positioning. Radio-remote controls in the basket are standard.
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John Patterson, Deputy Chairman of JCB. The unit will lift 5,000 pounds to its 56-foot maximum height, and can lift 3,500 pounds at 42 feet of outreach. It features a 114-horsepower EPA- and CARB-compliant Tier 3 Dieselmax engine. An open cab is standard, but the frame is prepped for easy installation of full enclosures. All standard checks and servicing can be done easily from the ground, says Jim Blower, senior product marketing manager. Blower also notes that the 512-56 offers three modes of rear-axle stabilization: when the machine is stopped, the rear cylinders lock out for stability; when it’s moving three miles per hour or less they cushion; and when it’s traveling more than three miles per hour, the cylinders open to let the axles pivot.
JLG says its new 1500SJ telescopic boom lift is the largest self-propelled straight-boom lift available. The unit offers a 150-foot maximum working height, 80-foot maximum outreach, and the ability to reach up 120 feet with 25 feet of outreach from its telescoping jib. Its maximum capacity is 1,000 pounds, with 500-pound capacity at the outer edges of the work envelope. The work platform measures 3 feet by 8 feet. Although the largest straight-boom lift on the market, it needs only a weight permit for transportation says Jeff Ford, JLG’s global product director for AWPs.
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JLG’s display also featured the X550AJ track-mounted specialty articulating boom lift, one of three slim, lightweight models that Italian manufacturer Hinowa is manufacturing for JLG. These units are just 31 inches wide in order to fit through doors, but use X-shaped outriggers for stability during operation. They offer maximum platform heights from 39 feet to 70 feet and have a 440-pound platform capacity. Buyers have the option of diesel, gas, or lithium-ion-battery power, and the diesel and gas models include an electric motor to enable working inside without running an internal-combustion engine.