Rick Dahl left of Metrolift is honored for buying the 100000th SJIII 3219 scissorlift manufactured by Skyjack At right is Skyjack president Brad Boehler Photo by Michael Roth RER

Skyjack Finds its Oldest Working Lift in its Hometown

Feb. 16, 2014
Aerial work platform manufacturer Skyjack found the oldest working Skyjack lift in a surprising place after a year-long search.

Aerial work platform manufacturer Skyjack found the oldest working Skyjack lift in a surprising place after a year-long search. After launching Quest2013, the company received entries from places as far away as Latvia, India, Argentina, Germany and other countries from around the world. To its surprise, the oldest working unit was found less than four kilometers from Skyjack’s factory in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Skyjack president Brad Boehler with the oldest working Skyjack lift, still used daily by Kraner Electric in Guelph, Ontario. (Photo by Michael Roth, RER)

Not only was the unit – an SJ006-10 scissorlift – still in use at Kraner Electrical, but the machine is the third Skyjack scissorlift ever manufactured. Co-owner Matthew Kraner came to the Rental Show and, as promised, was presented with a new SJIII 3219, a 32-foot scissor lift. Skyjack also presented the owners with vintage jackets featuring the serial number of their machines. The 29-year-old scissorlift is generally used for installing conduit or fixtures, running pipes or hooking up equipment for Kraner Electrical customers.

Kraner Electrical, based in Guelph, provides electrical maintenance and installation for heavy industries. Kraner acquired the machine at an auction in May 1996, but the unit was manufactured in 1985. Matthew Kraner said the company still uses the lift on a daily basis.

Skyjack last year celebrated the sale of the 250,000th aerial work platform unit. This year it is celebrating the 100,000th SJIII 3219, which the company sold to Chicago-based aerial work platform rental specialist Metrolift.

Skyjack also showed its new Tier 4 Final SJ66T, a telescopic boomlift, as well as the dual fuel SJ63AJ, the company’s recently introduced articulating boomlift with a working height of more than 69 feet, 7 inches, with a 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.

“Between our year-long contest to find the world’s oldest Skyjack lift still in use and enhancing our product through Tier 4 Final compliance, we expect a big year for Skyjack and the rental industry overall,” said Skyjack president Brad Boehler.