JLG debuts world's largest boom

By Lindsey Anderson28 February 2014

JLG's new 185-foot booms on display at ConExpo.

JLG's new 185-foot booms on display at ConExpo.

JLG Industries, Inc. launched the world’s largest self-propelled boom lift at ConExpo today. The 185-foot platform height 1850SJ offers almost 3 million cubic feet of reachable space, 19 stories of working height and an 80-foot outreach.

The JLG 1850SJ offers a maximum capacity of 1,000 pounds and extends to full height in less than 5 minutes. The unit weighs a total of 60,300 pounds requiring it to have a special over-weight permit, but it does not require an over-size transportation permit.

The 1850SJ includes a telescopic jib that extends and retracts to provide additional reach, up-and-over capability and the ability to telescope into and around structures in a variety of applications, including steel erection; energy-related construction such as petrochemical, power generation and wind plants; stadium, convention center and theater construction; and entertainment and studio-related applications.

The unit also features a platform LCD display that provides even more information to optimize service and operator productivity. A graphic display of the operator’s position in the work envelope aids in positioning, and the communication of service codes, engine status, fuel levels, and other messages assists the operator and service provider with operation, diagnosis, and troubleshooting.

“We are excited to introduce the world’s largest boom to the industry,” said Jeff Ford, JLG Industries global product director, aerial work platforms. “This one-of-a-kind machine represents the latest example of JLG’s long and well-documented history of innovation in boom lift design and manufacturing.”

The lift further enhances productivity with a powerful turbo diesel engine that provides 99.8 horsepower to optimize drive and lift performance. In addition, standard four-wheel drive and four-wheel steer maximize jobsite maneuverability.

“From the larger work envelope and unprecedented access, to the fastest lift speeds, telescopic jib and LCD displays, the JLG 1850SJ boom can allow customers to work more effectively and productively on the jobsite,” Ford added. “It’s a true industry-leading innovation for the lift and access, construction, and maintenance industries.”

The boom lift is able to climb grades of up to 40 percent, features a 2.8 mph drive speed, has an inside turning radius of 7 feet, 7 inches with its axles extended, a 52.8-gallon fuel tank and a 75.1 gallon hydraulic tank.

The 1850SJ is already in pre-production and units will be ready to ship this spring.

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