US undercarriage specialist Loegering is selling a modified, tracked version of Genie's S-60 and S-65 booms. The unit pictured here at ICUEE has been sold to Art's Rental, a rental company based in Newport, Kentucky with 11 branches in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.
Loegering's president, Kurt Bollman, tells IRN that no modifications to the basic model are required, and that the big benefit is “high-flotation and stability. It reduces the [ground pressures] from 40-48 psi to less than 10 psi”.
He says around a dozen of the modified booms have been sold since the company started offering it early in 2007, most in North America, but also two to a UK company using them for exploration work in the Antarctic.
Mike Davis, Genie Industries' senior director of engineering, tells IRN that another benefit of the unit is the improved stability compared to more conventional crawler models; “Having it on a four point system makes it a lot more stable and comfortable for the operator.”
The Loegering version allows a user to swap between the tracks and tyres. However, the width of the unit with the tracks sometimes requires a travel permit in the US, so Genie is looking into developing a shortened axle version of the S-60 to make it narrower. That would be a dedicated model without the capability to swap between tracks and tyres.
Loegering's Mr Bollman says that the two companies are looking into the possibility of offering the tracks on other Genie models.