Pettibone’s Extendo 1544X hits the 15,000 lbs benchmark

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The Pettibone Extendo 1544X telehandler. 

Pettibone’s X-Series telehandler lineup has reached the 15,000-pound lifting class (6,800 kg) — for the first time — with the introduction of the Extendo 1544X telehandler. 

The added load capacity makes the new Extendo ideal for material handling tasks in highway construction, pipe yard applications and for extended load requirements on traditional building sites.

The 1544X is powered by a 117 hp Tier 4 Final Cummins QSF 3.8 turbo diesel engine. The engine is mounted on a side pod allowing easy accessibility to components and daily service checks, while still allowing for curbside visibility and a ground clearance of 48 cm. The Dana VDT12000 Powershift transmission offers three speeds, forward and reverse. 

The 113-litre fuel tank provides volume for a full day’s work at 100 per cent load, and foam-filled tires are standard.

Next-gen X-Series platform 

Built on Pettibone’s next-gen X-Series platform, the Extendo 1544X offers a maximum lift height of 44 feet (13.4 metres), a maximum forward reach of 8.8 metres and a maximum load capacity of 6,800 kg. 

To improve boom strength while reducing weight, the X-Series platform is built with formed boom plates. The design also minimizes boom deflection for better control and accuracy when placing loads.

A significant boom overlap provides smoother operation and reduces the contact forces on wear pads to extend service life. An external, bottom-mounted extend cylinder further reduces the load on wear pads by up to 50 per cent. 

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Pettibone’s hydraulic circuit delivers controllability while enhancing efficiency and cycle speeds. Cylinder cushioning dampens the end of strokes, while both extending and retracting, to avoid the wear and tear of hard, jarring stops. The 1544X uses a single lift cylinder that improves operator sight lines and has twin hydraulic lines for tilt and auxiliary plumbing.

The drivetrain and axles are optimized to provide more tractive effort with minimal tradeoff on top-end speed. Built for use on rough terrain, the machine offers full-time four-wheel-drive with a limited-slip front-axle differential. Tight-steer-angle capability provides an efficient turning radius. 

Extendo cab 

The X-Series operator cab maintains Pettibone’s standard features, including ergonomic seat, pedal, joystick and steering-wheel positions, while optimizing lines of sight in all directions. 

An analog/LCD gauge cluster comes standard, and an optional 18-cm digital display with an integrated backup camera is also available. The cab also offers enhanced climate control, flat bolt-in glass, a split-door design, an openable rear window, lockable storage under the seat, and water-resistant components for easy interior washdown.

All-steel fuel and hydraulic tanks are built to resist damage, and the lockable fuel-fill is in a clean, accessible location. Other built-in features include split-system electrical circuit panels and heavy-duty bright LED lighting. 

The new Extendo 1544X comes standard with X-Command, a Pettibone telematics program that offers real-time access to machine data.