Skyjack to highlight safety at Vertikal Days
By Euan Youdale03 May 2022
Skyjack has turned its focus to safety for this year’s Vertikal Days, taking place in the UK next week, with the addition of the manufacturer’s new XStep and its Secondary Guarding Lift Enable (SGLE) features, to the stand.
They will appear alongside the company’s latest SJ12 E/16 E vertical mast and the SJ45 AJ+ and SJ60 AJ+ articulating booms.
As a result of the commonplace practice of operators standing on railings to gain a little more height to access small areas, Skyjack introduced the XStep, which provides operators with increased and safer access into and around tight, restricted spaces and avoids.
The XStep consists of a swing down base with full height railings that in turn is securely mounted on the mid-rails of the scissor lift. The operator can step up (48cm) into the XStep, close the top rail and work safely gaining extra jobsite access. Important in the design has been the ability for one person to install the XStep using no special tools or lifting equipment and to do so in five minutes.
It is retrofittable to previous Skyjack DC scissor models and can easily be moved from one scissor to another, increasing a rental company’s fleet flexibility. It is suitable for the current generation of SJ3215 and SJ3219 DC scissors.
With secondary guarding increasingly requested on scissor and vertical mast lifts, Skyjack’s developed the Secondary Guarding Lift Enable (SGLE) system, which provides a robust control box with a shroud to provide additional guarding of controls, reducing the risk of unintended actuation. Two-handed operation is required to lift the machine, maintaining the operator’s body in an upright position and away from the railings, mitigating the risk of entrapment. Apart from the safety aspect, it promotes correct operator positioning. The SGLE is suitable for mast, DC, and RT scissors - old and new generations.
The new SJ12 E/16 E vertical masts feature working heights ranging from 5.65m to 6.75m, fully proportional drive and lift controls, direct AC variable speed electric drive which provides up to 30% duty cycle improvement, improved controllability, and consistent torque, with 70% less hydraulic connections.
In addition, the new inverted telescopic mast incorporates a multi-stage hydraulic cylinder which eliminates chains, cables, and rollers to reduce maintenance. Like the previous generation the mast is located at the rear to provide a totally unrestricted view and excellent maneuverability with a zero inside steering radius. The top of the mast is now in line with the platform rails, which when traversed, provides up to 0.41m up-and-over capability.
Booms on show
The low weight, SJ45 AJ+ and SJ60 AJ+ offer higher capacities up to 454kg with three persons. These machines feature Smartorque technology, which combines optimised gearing, Skyjack’s axldrive, 25hp Kubota engines, and simplified high efficiency hydraulics, to deliver the necessary torque and performance normally found in larger engines.
This eliminates Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), Oxidation Catalyst, and other active exhaust after treatments for Stage V regulations, reducing both maintenance costs and fuel consumption.
These booms also feature the Easydrive direction sensing drive and steer system and Axldrive for optimum traction with low maintenance and Skyriser for true vertical rise. The SJ60 AJ+ also includes Speedyreach which offers the speed of a straight boom with the flexibility of an articulating boom.