Skyjack's 12k telehandler makes debut

By Lindsey Anderson18 January 2017

Skyjack SJ1256

Skyjack SJ1256

Skyjack has officially taken the wraps off its newest member of the telehandler family: the 12,000-pound capacity SJ1256 TH.

The company used World of Concrete, Jan. 17-20, to debut the unit, which will be available for purchasing in the second quarter of 2017.

“The SJ1256 TH is based heavily on our class-leading SJ1056 TH,” said Barry Greenaway, senior product manager, Skyjack. “Most telehandlers in the 12K category lift 12,000 pounds to just over 20 feet. The SJ1256 TH can lift 12,000 pounds to 35 feet. Another outstanding feature, is that it can lift 1,000 pounds at maximum forward reach of 42.6 feet without deploying outriggers, whereas most similar machines can only lift up to 500 pounds, or even no load at all, in the same circumstance.”

Ideal for heavier-duty applications, the SJ1256 TH features 12,000-pounds (5,443 kg) maximum lift capacity, 56.3 feet (17.1 m) maximum lift height, 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) lift capacity at maximum lift height without deploy- ing outriggers and 7,000 pounds (3,175 kg) lift capacity at maximum lift height with outriggers deployed, 42.6 feet (12.95m) maximum forward reach and a Tier-4 final 107hp Deutz TCD3.6L engine that uses Diesel Exhaust Fluid but requires no regeneration.


“By introducing the SJ1256 TH, we can now supply telehandlers to operators and rental branches that cater to heavier duty applications, such as the energy sector,” Greenaway said. “We want to be able to service those sectors as part of our pursuit of becoming a full-line manufacturer and supplier of mobile elevating work platforms and telehandlers.”

The SJ1256 TH holds on to Skyjack features: Skycoded control system; Flexcab conversion system; Readyhook yoke-mounted rigging hook and shares the same control systems, mechanical, electrical and hydraulic layout with the TH range, ensuring familiarization for operators of other TH units.

Based on customer feedback to the TH series, Skyjack made numersou changes to the SJ1256 TH including integrating a heavy duty cab door so there’s less chance of customer damage and offering hybrid hard surface/grip lug style tires as standard to provide significantly longer wear life and to help customers reduce operating costs. These improvements were also rolled out to the rest of the TH range with no increase to acquisition costs, the company said.

“When we launched the new TH-series, we knew we wanted to address the fact that Skyjack doesn’t play in the 12,000-pound lifting capacity market; one of the biggest value segments in the telehandler market,” Greenaway said. “We built the SJ1056 TH to be easy to expand into the 12K market and the new SJ1256 TH shares 70 percent commonality of parts, as well as the layout and easy maintenance features with the TH series that our customers love.”

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