Skyjack's Search for Oldest Working Scissor Lift Ends In Its Own Back Yard

Skyjack announced the winner of Quest 2013, a contest to find the oldest working scissor lift in the company’s 30-year history, at the Rental Show in Orlando.

“Based on our calculation, the SJ-006-10, still in use at Kraner Electrical Ltd., is the third Skyjack scissor lift ever manufactured,” Brad Boehler, president of Skyjack, said during a special ceremony at the show. 

While Quest 2013 was worldwide in scope, it ended in Skyjack's own backyard. Kraner Electrical Ltd. is a Guelph, Ontario, Canada-based company that provides electrical maintenance and installation for heavy industry. The Kraners purchased the used SJ-006-10 at Bolton Auction House in May 1996, but the machine dates back to 1985. 

Skyjack received entries from many different countries around the globe during the year-long campaign to find the oldest working Skyjack in existence. The search was kicked off at the 2013 Rental Show in Las Vegas. At this year's presentation in Orlando, Skyjack awarded co-owner Matthew Kraner with its prize of a new 19-foot working height SJIII 3219 scissor lift, painted in one of the orginal yelllow paint schemes found on early Skyjack models, and also presented him with a vintage jacket to commemorate the milestone. 

Kraner said the company still uses the 29-year-old lift on a daily basis, generally for installing conduit or fixtures, running pipes or hooking up equipment for Kraner Electrical customers.

Also in Orlando, Skyjack announced the sale of its 100,000th SJIII 3219 unit to Chicago-based Metrolift. The company has a fleet of 1,800 machines, with 1,000 of them being Skyjack scissors. Rick Dahl of Metrolift said he plans to donate the machine to a worthy non-profit organization.

In addition to celebrating these milestones, Skyjack highlighted its new Tier 4 Final SJ66T telescopic boom lift, as well as the dual fuel SJ63AJ, the company’s recently introduced articulating boom lift with a working height of more than 69 feet, 7 inches. The model has horizontal reach of 40 feet and up-and-over clearance of 27 feet, 6 inches.

Skyjack also exhibited its new Apple- and Android-based app that allows customers to choose the right Skyjack product for their particular application.