Skyjack president Brad Boehler and the new SJ1256 TH
Aerial work platform Skyjack was displaying two new machines on its stand at CONEXPO/CON-AGG: the SJ1256 TH telehandler and the SJ85 AJ articulating boom.
Both machines are aimed at the rental market on which Skyjack focuses. “Over 90% of our sales are into the rental market,” said Skyjack president Brad Boehler.
“The rental model of being an asset manager is not as interesting to contractors - rental penetration is increasing because of that.”
The SJ1256 TH has been designed for heavier-duty applications with a maximum lift capacity of 12,000 lbs (5,443kg) and a maximum lift height of 56.3ft (17.1m). At maximum lift height and without deploying its outriggers, the machine can lift up to 6,000lbs (2,721kg) - and 7,000lbs (3,175kg) with outriggers. The telehandler has a Tier-IV final 107hp Deutz TCD3.6L engine that uses Diesel Exhaust Fluid but requires no regeneration.
The SJ85 AJ offers the highest platform height in its class, according to Skyjack: up to 85ft (25.91m). The boom has an up-and-over clearance of 34ft (10.36m) and a dual capacity rating of 750lbs (227kg) and 500lbs (340kg).
The US is Skyjack’s biggest market, accounting for 60% of sales. The manufacturer also has sales and support offices in the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Brazil, Australia and China. A new branch in Korea will open shortly - a team has been deployed although the building is yet to be found.
The European market is recovering, noted Boehler. “Europe seems finally to be breaking out of the recession,” he said. “People are confident, optimistic and looking for equipment.”
At the moment Skyjack manufactures all its machines at its headquarters in Guelph, Ontario. Within the next decade the company plans to add further manufacturing facilities in EMEA and Asia Pacific. “We are investigating a few options right now,” confirmed Boehler.