Genie redesigns S-80 and S-85 booms

By Lindsey Anderson19 September 2008

Genie's virtual pivot boom assembly

Genie's virtual pivot boom assembly

Genie Industries gave two of its popular booms makeovers and introduced the units at APEX this week. Major overhauls on the S-80 and S-85 telescopic booms include virtual pivot boom assembly, improved software and much-touted about fixed width axles.

The fixed axles give the units an 8 ft 2 inch total width, slimming down both machines’ footprints. “Stability on the old machine required a wider footprint with extendable axles,” said Karel Verheul, European service manager for Genie.

An added benefit of fixed axles is that they require fewer hydraulic components and moving parts. Also featured on the S-80 and S-85 is a virtual pivot boom design which keeps the weight of the boom over the chassis’ center of gravity as it raises.

The weight’s a little higher than the old (S-80) but (it is) less complex with setup,” Mr Verheul said.

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