Aerial work manufacturer Skyjack introduced an electrically powered rough terrain scissorlift at ConExpo in Las Vegas this week. The brand new SJ6832 RTE is the only machine in its category with four-wheel drive and 45-percent gradability as standard design, Skyjack said.
To simplify operator and service training, the SJ6832 RTE was built on the same chassis as the existing diesel and dual fuel 68RT units. This decision allows those already familiar with the popular traditionally powered 68RT lifts to experience an easy transition to the RTE. Maintenance costs and time are also reduced with the RTE because of the elimination of servicing air filters, fuel filters, oil filters, oil changes, belts and coolants. Almost all non-power-plant-related parts are common with the internal combustion 6832RTs. The standard Skyjack color-coded and numbered wiring system, along with full access to all serviceable components and a tilt-out hydraulic manifold adds to the ease of user maintenance for the SJ6832 RTE.
“An electric version of one of Skyjack’s most popular machines is a great addition to the options we can offer our clients,” said Brad Boehler, president of Skyjack. “The SJ6832 RTE offers the best of both worlds with a zero emission machine that doesn’t require any special training to run because it’s built on the standard lift frame that many of our clients are accustomed to using. You can take this machine from rough terrain to indoor projects seamlessly without any extra noise, emissions or costs.”
Also crossover symmetrical four-wheel drive is standard. Foam-filled non-marking tires, near-zero noise levels, zero emissions and tight turning radius facilitates the transition from outdoor to indoor jobs. Preserving the Skyjack “simply reliable” methodology, the SJ6832 RTE is designed with relay-driven controls. Combined with the standard Skyjack colored and numbered wiring system, this allows service technicians to diagnose control system faults and rectify the problem with common automotive style relays that are readily available. The RTE is also equipped with optional auto-leveling outriggers to allow elevating on uneven grades and can be fitted with a range-extending external generator to recharge the batteries in the field.
The unit also has a gasoline-powered genset option, allowing it to be used at green field construction sites with no AC power, or when multiple shifts do not allow sufficient downtime to complete a standard charging cycle. The generator can either be manually controlled from the platform or set to come on automatically at 50-percent battery capacity. Mounted on a rotating and tilting table, the generator option packaging is designed for easy oil, filter and spark plug changes, all without removing it from the machine.