Pettibone has introduced its newest telehandler, the Extendo 944X. The unit is powered by a 74-horsepower Cummins QSF 3.8 Tier 4 Final diesel engine that features a DOC muffler and requires no diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). Mounted on a side pod, the engine offers easy service access while allowing excellent curbside visibility and ground clearance of 18 inches. A 117hp option is also available.
With its newly design boom, the 944X offers maximum lift capacity of 9,000 pounds, max forward reach of 30 feet and max lift height of 44 feet, 6 inches. Featuring formed boom plates, the structure offers strength while reducing weight, Pettibone said. The design also minimizes boom deflection for better control and accuracy when placing loads.
Boom overlap has been nearly doubled from previous models to provide smoother operation and reduce contact forces on wear pads, thereby extending service life, according to the company. A bottom-mounted external extend cylinder further reduces the load on wear pads by up to 50 percent. This cylinder location also provides improved service access to internal boom components. A single extension chain eliminates the need to balance dual chains. Another new introduction is fastener-less wear pads for simplified service.
Cylinder cushioning has been introduced to dampen the end of strokes – both extending and retracting – to avoid the wear-and-tear of hard, jarring stops, while also helping prevent the potential spilling of a load. The telehandler also uses a single lift cylinder that improves operator sight lines, and has twin non-tensioned hydraulic lines for tilt and auxiliary plumbing.
Drivetrain and axles have been optimized to provide greater tractive effort with minimal tradeoff on top end speed. A pintle hitch mount adds versatility for towing. Built for use on rough terrain, the unit offers full-time 4-wheel-drive with limited-slip front axle differential. Tight steer angle capability provides an efficient turning radius of 14 feet, 1 inch. The Dana VDT12000 Powershift transmission offers three speeds, forward and reverse.
The Extendo operator cab maintains Pettibone’s ergonomic seat, pedal, joystick and steering wheel positions, while optimizing line of sight in all directions. A new analog/LCD gauge cluster comes standard. An optional 7-inch digital display with integrated back-up camera is also available. The cab also offers enhanced climate control, flat bolt-in glass, split door design, openable rear window, USB accessory plug, lockable storage under the seat, and water-resistant components for easy interior washdown.
All-steel fuel and hydraulic tanks are built to resist damage. The 30-gallon fuel tank offers ample volume for a full day’s work, and the lockable fuel-fill is in a clean, accessible location. Other features include non-tensioned boom hoses, split-system electrical circuit panels, a 12-volt accessory plug in the engine bay, and heavy-duty bright LED lighting. Additional options include a sling hook for additional load security and a wide variety of attachments.