Skyjack launches new electric RT scissor at ConExpo

By Lindsey Anderson05 March 2014

Skyjack debuted a new electrically powered rough terrain scissor lift at ConExpo today. The SJ6832 RTE is the “most compact machine on the market that is capable of lifting 1,000 pounds to 32 feet,” said Barry Greenaway, product manager for the SJ5832 RTE. “It is also the only machine in its category with four-wheel drive and 45 percent gradeability as standard design.”

The zero-emission scissor lift was built on the same chassis as the existing diesel and dual fuel 68RT units.

“This decision allows those already familiar with the highly popular traditionally-powered 68RT lifts to experience a seamless transition to the RTE,” said Brad Boehler, Skyjack president. The dual fuel units currently only have 40 percent gradeability, making the new electric scissor surpass its sibilings’ performance by 5 percent. It is the first Skyjack product to be completely AC powerd.

Maintenance costs and time are also reduced with the RTE due to the elimination of servicing air filters, fuel filters, oil filters, oil changes, belts, coolants, etc. 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 maintenance for the SJ6832 RTE, the company said.

“An electric version of one of Skyjack’s most popular machines is a great addition to the options we can offer our clients,” said Boehler. “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.”

Foam-filled non-marking tires, near-zero noise levels, zero emissions and the tightest turning radius in its class make the transition from outdoor to indoor jobs easier than ever, Skyjack said.

The SJ6832 RTE is designed with relay driven controls. 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 range-extending gasoline powered genset option adds versatility to the SJ6832 RTE, allowing it to be reliably 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 allows for easy oil, filter and spark plug changes, all without removing it from the machine.

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