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JLG Upgrades Skytrak Telehandlers

One of the major upgrades is single joystick operation with pilot-operated hydraulics.

Thu June 05, 2014 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

JLG Industries Inc. has introduced technology and styling upgrades to its entire line of SkyTrak telehandlers.

All upgrades are designed to improve operator comfort and productivity on the job site. One of the major upgrades is single joystick operation with pilot-operated hydraulics. This contributes to enhanced multifunction capability and reduced operator fatigue. The intuitive, single joystick directs all functions of the main lift, telescope and fork tilt, and so increases ease of use and efficiency of the machines. In addition, the redesigned cabs include an added armrest, three-way adjustable suspension seat and optional air conditioning for improved comfort.

The upgraded JLG SkyTrak telehandlers also feature improved boom speeds for greater productivity. Additional performance benefits include a Cummins 3.8L Tier IVF engine, which provides plenty of horsepower while improving fuel efficiency and reducing the machine’s environmental impact. A redesign of the rear counterweight, which now includes a retrieval hitch as standard, increases the versatility of the SkyTrak telehandlers by enabling them to perform more functions on the job site, according to the manufacturer.

Operators also will appreciate an improved braking system that requires less effort and reduces fatigue, and a new dash panel that provides better visibility of the instrument cluster and dash controls. In addition, most models feature the Stabil-Trak system, which provides fully automatic, rear axle stabilization by transferring from a 3-point to a 4-point stance for increased stability and operator confidence.

"These refreshed telehandlers retain all of the benefits that our customers have come to expect and love about our products — reliability in the field, low cost of ownership, and simplicity. But they are updated with current technology, new graphics, and a redesigned cab for added operator productivity and comfort on the jobsite, making them very attractive for the rental market," said Brian Boeckman, JLG Industries global product director — telehandlers.

Operators also can expect enhanced durability and reliability from the telehandlers, due in part to Firestone DuraForce MH tires, which are less susceptible to sidewall damage and lasts up to three times longer than previous Firestone SGT tires. Stronger axles, drive shafts, and brakes also increase durability, while sealed bearings, conveniently located components, and a rear-mounted engine extend service intervals and increase machine uptime.

"What’s more, SkyTrak telehandlers offer lower total operating costs and higher resale values than other brands," said Boeckman. "And they allow operators to choose from a wide range of attachments, including a truss boom and fork-mounted work platform, for a variety of applications in the general construction, bridge construction, energy, steel erection and mining industries."

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