Pettibone reaches new market with the Traverse T1258X

Pettibone Traverse

The introduction of Pettibone’s new Traverse T1258X telehandler also marks the company’s entrance into the 12,000-pound (5,443 kg) capacity market. 

The new Traverse model becomes part of the industry’s only new telehandler product line with a traversing boom carriage that is capable of moving loads by travelling horizontally. 

By providing up to 178 cm of horizontal boom transfer, the Traverse allows operators to place loads at full lift height without needing to coordinate multiple boom functions.

The T1258X has a specified lift height of 17.8 metres with an identical landing height. By contrast, traditional fixed boom pivots typically have a true landing height that is less than the promoted lift height, as users must account for withdrawing the forks out of the load with enough rearward travel for the fork tips to clear the landing zone. The traversing boom allows for maximum forward reach of 14.6 metres.

The new telehandler is powered by a 117-hp Cummins QSF 3.8 Tier 4 Final diesel engine that helps the machine achieve its maximum load capacity of 5,443 kg. 

The engine is mounted on a side pod for easy service access, while allowing excellent curbside visibility and ground clearance of 48 cm.

Pettibone X-Series platform

The T1258X is built on Pettibone’s next gen X-Series platform. Drivetrain and axles are optimized to provide greater tractive effort with minimal tradeoff on top end speed. 

A pintle hitch mount adds versatility for towing. Built for use on rough terrain, the unit offers full-time four-wheel-drive with limited-slip front axle differential. Tight steer angle capability provides an efficient turning radius of 4.36 metres. The Dana VDT12000 Powershift transmission offers three speeds, forward and reverse. 

Pettibone’s hydraulics deliver controllability and an overall comfortable operating feel, while enhancing efficiency and cycle speeds. 

Cylinder cushioning dampens the end of strokes — both extending and retracting — to avoid the wear-and-tear of hard, jarring stops, while also helping prevent the potential spilling of a load. 

The telehandler also uses a single lift cylinder that improves operator sight-lines, and has twin hydraulic lines for tilt and auxiliary plumbing.

Formed boom plates

Featuring formed boom plates and less welding, the machine’s 4-section boom offers greater strength while reducing weight. The design also minimizes boom deflection for better control and accuracy when placing loads.

Boom overlap has been nearly doubled from previous models to provide smoother operation and reduce contact forces on wear pads, thereby extending service life. A bottom-mounted external extend cylinder further reduces the load on wear pads by up to 50 per cent. This cylinder location also provides greatly improved service access to internal boom components. Heavy-duty extension chains help ensure stable boom functions and longevity. Service is further simplified by fastener-less wear pads.

The operator cab maintains Pettibone’s ergonomic seat, pedal, joystick and steering wheel positions. 

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An optional 18 cm digital display with integrated back-up camera is also available. As well, the cab offers enhanced climate control, flat bolt-in glass, split door design, openable rear window, USB accessory plug, lockable storage under the seat and water-resistant components for easy interior washdown.

All-steel fuel and hydraulic tanks are built to resist damage. The 113.5 litre fuel tank offers ample volume for a full day’s work at 100 per cent load, and the lockable fuel-fill is in a clean, accessible location. 

Other features include non-tensioned boom hoses, split-system electrical circuit panels, a 12-volt accessory plug in the engine bay and heavy-duty LED lighting. 

Additional options include a sling hook for additional load security, solid or foam-filled tires, and a wide variety of attachments, including a 3 metre tower that can extend the machine’s lift height beyond 20.7 metres.