Skyjack Keeps Simplicity in Mind With the Launch of Its New Range of Telehandlers

Designated the TH series, the four new telehandlers are engineered to extend the principle of simple reliability that has made Skyjack a world leader in aerial work platforms (AWPs). The TH series will replace the existing VR telehandler series.

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Skyjack is launching a new range of telehandlers. Designated the TH series, the four new telehandlers are engineered to extend the principle of simple reliability that has made Skyjack a world leader in aerial work platforms (AWPs). The TH series will replace the existing VR telehandler series.

“We are excited to offer Tier IV Final telehanders without the cost and complexity increase that normally accompanies a tier engine change,” said Brad Boehler, president of Skyjack. “In fact, new pricing and our ROI focused clean sheet design makes the range truly competitive and attractive to the rental industry.”

The four models in the new TH series includes:

Like other Skyjack telehandlers, the last two digits represent the maximum lift height in feet, while the number in front indicates maximum capacity in thousands of pounds.

Skyjack took the opportunity to completely reassess telehandler design while implementing the Tier IV Final engines. Compared with older models, the TH range offers simpler rear axle stabilization, hydraulics systems, outriggers, controls, engine servicing, electronics and option packages – staying true to Skyjack’s Simply Reliable philosophy.

“The new range can be seen as a true Skyjack product that offers simple reliability, while providing a leading return on investment without compromising serviceability or ease of maintenance,” Boehler said.

“To reflect these significant advances on this clean sheet design, we have changed the series name from VR to TH.”

Apart from the name change, the new telehandlers are also equipped with Skyjack’s simply reliable guarantee.

“We have offered an industry leading two-year warranty on our AWPs for many years and now we are making the telehandler a true Skyjack product by also offering our Gold Leaf Warranty as standard, which applies for 24 months or 3,000 hours, which over occurs first.”

Tier IV Final – Why costs do not have to rise

“When it comes to Tier IV Final regulations, we know rental rates don’t just go up to meet the increased costs of emissions compliance,” said Barry Greenaway, Skyjack’s product manager. “The TH range is engineered to require no diesel particulate filter (DPF), no diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) and no other active exhaust after treatment on standard engines for Tier IV Final.”

By using improved gearing, high torque engines and a simplified, high efficiency hydraulics package, Skyjack designed the TH series to employ 74-hp engines while delivering the same on-site job performance as higher power units.

“For example fully loaded potential grade-abilities on the SJ1056 TH is 50%, while on the SJ843 TH it’s 63%, all with 74 hp” Greenaway said. “This, and no increase in hydraulic function times, means that the SJ TH range delivers all the jobsite functionality expected of a rough-terrain telehandler with a minimal tradeoff in third gear travel performance on 10,000-lb. models. Those with a need for speed can select the optional 107-hp power plant for the SJ1044 TH and SJ1056 TH which uses only a DEF after treatment system with no DPF requirement.”

Lifting expectations

With the SJ1056 TH, Skyjack has redefined what a 10,000-lb. class machine is capable of by leveraging the strength and simplicity of the new TH series design. Current telehandlers in the 10,000- to 12,000-lb. range typically lift their 10,000-lb. load to a maximum height of about 33 ft. with outriggers deployed.

“With Skyjack’s SJ1056 TH, the telehandler has the ability to take the same 10,000-lb. load to 44 ft. – providing increased productivity and versatility over even most 12,000-lb. units,” Greenaway said.

The new TH series comes with 74-hp Deutz engines as standard and 107-hp Deutz engines as options on the SJ1044 TH and SJ1056 TH.

The TCD 2.9L 74-hp engine provides 221 lb/ft of torque and 18,000 lbs. of tractive effort on the SJ643 TH and SJ843 TH, while the 74-hp TCD 3.6L provides 287 lb/ft of torque and 20,000 lbs. of tractive effort (an increase of 5% over the 110-hp VR1056E) on the SJ1044 TH and SJ1056 TH.

Skyjack believes in simplifying products so that they are easier to operate and maintain from the inside out. The 74-hp engine does not require the same complicated engine programming or computer logic of DEF equipped units. It also allows enhanced access for service and maintenance and the low profile engine cowling offers operators better visibility.

“Using the 74-hp engine on the new TH series means there are no DEF requirements, no multiple extra engine and exhaust sensors, or selective catalytic reduction,” Greenaway said. “Decreased complexity means decreased downtime, decreased service calls and increased return on investment for rental companies and end users alike.”

Standard features

Other features standard on the TH series include:

  • External extension cylinder and top mounted extension chain
  • Oversized engine bay with full fiberglass cowling
  • Deutz engines, Dana powershift transmission and Dana axles
  • Modular cab that can be converted from open to closed at the rental yard
  • Simple control panel design consistent with other Skyjack product
  • Multi-function engine display
  • Cast counterweight with hitch pin incorporated
  • Yoke mounted lifting hook for under slung loads
  • Quick attach carriages shared with existing Skyjack VR telehandlers
  • Skyjack’s SkycodedTM relay based control system, free from computers and PLCs
  • Auxiliary hydraulics across the range
  • Engine block heater

Optional features

  • Rear axle stabilization (standard on 1044 and 1056 models)
  • Axle-mounted outriggers (standard on 1056 and optional on 1044)

The TH series is expected to make its first public appearances at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas and at The Rental Show 2016 in Atlanta. All models will be in production by the end of 2015.