Genie Redesigns ZX-135/70 Articulating Boom Lift

Continuing to offer industry-leading versatility in the self-propelled 120- to 135-ft. articulated boom class, the Genie ZX-135/70 articulating boom lift has been updated to offer customers the latest advancements in engineering design and technology.

This new generation of the Genie ZX-135/70 includes the new Genie mini XChassis axle design, a platform load-sensing system, and a simple two-point calibration process to set up the primary boom, secondary boom, and jib bell crank in as little as 15 minutes.

New Features
Designed for easy transporting, the Genie ZX-135/70 boom now features the new Genie mini XChassis axle design, which extends and retracts the axles to and from the stowed position with a more compact footprint: 8'2" wide when retracted for transport, and 12'11" wide when extended to working footprint.

The new mini XChassis is similar in design to the full-size X-Chassis expanding axles on previous generations, but has just two-thirds the footprint of the full-size version so it can maneuver even more easily on confined jobsites.

This boom has also been engineered to meet the overload restriction guidelines in the proposed ANSI A92 and CSA B354 industry standards in North America, as well as the current European EN280 and Australian AS 1418.10 standards. To comply, all new Genie ZX-135/70 booms come standard with new low-maintenance load-sense technology that monitors the weight in the platform and disables drive, steer, and some boom functions if the platform load exceeds the limit.

Also, the updated ZX-135/70 can be customized to meet customers’ needs with one of three hydraulically driven generator options: A 12 kW welder-ready package, 7.5 kW welder-ready package, or 3 kW AC generator for general needs. In addition, the Genie ZX-135/70 boom lift is updated to reflect the latest Genie color scheme that combines an all-black chassis with blue and gray upper upperworks components.

Simplified calibration
The redesigned ZX-135/70's new 4.11 software cuts envelope calibration from  six points to just two: the boom in stowed position and the boom fully raised, both without the use of an inclinometer. Calibrations can now be done in as little as 15 minutes, saving up to an hour or more at each set-up.

Here’s an example of how it’s done: With the secondary boom fully stowed, the operator enters “secondary boom fully lowered” into the software. He or she then raises the secondary boom until it stops at the its maximum angle (about 76°), and enters into the software “secondary boom fully raised.” Pressing the engine start button for about five seconds shuts off the engine and saves the calibration settings.

During calibration, the 4.11 software works with the boom-angle sensors to ensure the boom is fully elevated, the machine’s angle sensors provide input to the control system, and the control system determines the appropriate boom angle for safe operation.

Generation to generation
Genie's ZX-135/70 still features 135-ft. maximum platform height, 69'9" maximum horizontal outreach, and up to 75 ft. of up-and-over clearance—all with 600-lb. platform capacity.

The telescoping jib extension continues to be distinctive. It extends from 12 ft. to 20 ft., and includes 360˚ continuous turntable rotation, 160˚ platform rotation, and 110˚ vertical motion for fast, easy positioning and access to “up, over, and in” applications that a traditional jib can't reach.

The updated Genie ZX-135/70 boom has four-wheel drive with full-time positive traction to handle rough ground and give a smooth ride. For maximum maneuverability in any situation, the operator can choose front-wheel, rear-wheel, crab-, or  coordinated steering.

This unit’s intuitive control system provides menu-based adjustments for machine and component calibration, as well as on-screen multi-language system diagnostics.

Platform controls feature toggle switches and a tactile membrane surface, as well as proportional Hall-effect joysticks for all major functions. Operators will find the control layouts on this model to be consistent and intuitive, making operation of the boom easy and straightforward.

To maximize customers’ rental return on invested capital, the revamped Genie ZX-135/70 boom shares commonality in design, parts, and accessories, as well as serviceability benefits, including easy access to crucial service points, with other Genie products.