Skyjack creates its largest articulating boom yet

Skyjack SJ85

Skyjack has launched its new SJ85 AJ, the largest articulating boom ever produced by the Guelph, Ontario-based company.

The new machine was unveiled at the JDL 2017 trade show in Beaune, France, in late September.

“Our SJ85 articulating boom is a great new product as it provides operators with exceptional functional capabilities across many different applications,” said Malcolm Early, Skyjack’s vice president of marketing.

The SJ85 AJ features a class-leading working height of 91.5 ft., horizontal reach of 56 ft. and a superior up-and-over clearance of 34 ft. It has dual platform capacities of 750 and 500 lbs., a two to three personnel rating, and 360-degree continuous turret rotation.

Skyjack’s design elements from its rough terrain booms are also included on the SJ85 AJ, including; Easydrive, a direction-sensing drive and steer controls regardless of turret position over chassis; Axledrive, an axle-based drive system for rough terrain traction; Skyriser, which offers true vertical rise without drifting; and Speedyreach, which enables the lowering of the fly boom to ground level for re-stocking without lowering the riser.

“Operators will definitely notice how much easier it is to get to max height and back down with the SJ85 AJ,” said Corey Connolly, Skyjack’s product manager.

“Skyjack’s riser design is what sets our new boom apart from similar machines in its class. There is no need to worry about performing multiple functions to lift the riser. The SJ85 AJ’s riser performs the same as all other Skyjack articulating booms – it goes straight up and down.”

More models in France

Also on display at JDL 2017, will be several other Skyjack mobile elevating work platforms, including the SJ30 ARJE articulating boom, SJ12 vertical mast lift, SJIII 3220 DC electric scissor, SJIII 4740 DC electric scissor and the SJ6832 RTE rough terrain scissor lift.

The SJ30 ARJE is the first electric boom in Skyjack’s product line-up, the first in the range to feature a rotating jib and the first to have a direct electric AC drive. It has a working height of 36 ft., a horizontal reach of 20.6 ft., and an up-and-over height of 13.1 ft.

Skyjack’s SJ12 vertical mast lift is the most compact machine in its range, with a working height of 18.5 ft., an overall length of 4.5 ft., and an overall width of 2.5 ft. The SJIII 3220 DC electric scissor has a working height of 26.5 ft., an overall length of 7.6 ft., and an overall width of 2.7 ft.

The SJIII 4740 is the tallest DC electric scissor in Skyjack’s range. It has a maximum working height of 45.3 ft. and maximum weight capacity of 771.6 lbs.

Skyjack’s SJ6832 RTE is the only electric model in its range of rough terrain scissors. The unit is ideal for indoor jobsites requiring machines with zero emissions. It has a maximum working platform height of 38.6 ft., an overall length of 8.9 ft. and an overall width of 5.8 ft.

“JDL 2017 is an ideal opportunity for us to engage with customers, to show exactly how our units can benefit rental companies and operators,” said Patrick Biasin, Skyjack’s sales manager for France.