JLG showcases SmartLoad technology

JLG telehandler smartload

The JLG 1644 high capacity telehandler is the company’s first machine to feature SmartLoad Technology.

The telehandler, which offers 7,206 kg of lift capacity, was introduced to North America at World of Concrete, held in Las Vegas on Jan. 22 to 26.

SmartLoad Technology is a bundle of three integrated technologies that work together to deliver a greater level of operator comfort.

The first component of the SmartLoad Technology bundle is attachment recognition, which allows a telehandler to identify an attachment and display the appropriate load chart to the operator. The second feature is a load management information system (LMIS) that depicts the location of the load within the load chart, provides the operator with an indication of compliance and prevents the operator from violating boundaries of the chart. The third feature is a load stability indicator (LSI). It works in conjunction with the LMIS to limit operation when a load is nearing the maximum capacity indicated on the load chart.

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“The 1644 is also among the first equipped with JLG’s precision gravity lowering system,” said John Boehme, JLG senior product manager, telehandlers. “This system enables the telehandler to rely on hydraulic power to raise the boom, but uses gravity to lower it. The result is better, more precise operator control.”

According to Boehme, the telehandler also features a soft stop boom control that slows boom functions at the end of the cylinder stroke, an optional reverse camera and reverse sensing system and an integrated tow hitch. In addition, operators will appreciate a spacious cab with enhanced visibility, two-speed hydrostatic transmission, an optional boom float and ride control for enhanced load stability when travelling on uneven terrain.

At world of Concrete, JLG also displayed its SkyTrak 8042 telehandler, which offers a maximum lift capacity of 3,629 kg, maximum lift height of 12.8 metres, and maximum reach of 8.1 metres. The telehandler features an intuitive single joystick that controls all functions and improved boom.

The telehandler is available with an optional 74 hp engine that does not require Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) and meets Tier 4 Final regulations. In addition, operator confidence increases when placing a load thanks to the Stabil-Trak rear axle stabilization system, while a rear counterweight includes an integrated tow hitch as standard.

The JLG 400S telescopic boom lift was also displayed at World of Concrete. The lift offers a platform height of 12.2 metres, a restricted platform capacity of 453 kg, unrestricted platform capacity of 272 kg, and a horizontal outreach of 10.1 metres, allowing operators to carry more tools and materials. In addition, the machine is equipped with DuraTough hoods. DuraTough is a stout, yet flexible, polymer that offers heat, impact and corrosion resistance, along with sound and vibration insulation.