Pettibone Enhances Design With Extendo 944X Telehandler

BARAGA, Mich. — Pettibone’s next-generation Extendo 944X telehandler provides several new design updates.

With its newly designed boom, the 944X offers maximum lift capacity of 9,000 lbs., max forward reach of 30 ft., and max lift height of 44’6”. Its formed boom plates adds strength while reducing weight. The design also minimizes boom deflection for more control and accuracy when placing loads.

Boom overlap has been nearly doubled from previous models to provide smoother operation and reduce contact forces on wear pads, thereby extending service life. A bottom-mounted external extend cylinder further reduces the load on wear pads by up to 50%. This cylinder location also improves service access to internal boom components. A single extension chain eliminates the need to balance dual chains. Another new introduction is fastener-less wear pads for simplified service.

The 944X is powered by a 74-hp Cummins QSF 3.8 Tier 4 Final diesel engine that features a DOC muffler and requires no DEF. The engine is mounted on a side pod and offers easy service access with excellent curbside visibility and ground clearance of 18 in. A 117-hp option is also available.

Cylinder cushioning was introduced to the machine to dampen the end of strokes – both extending and retracting – to avoid the wear-and-tear of hard, jarring stops, while also helping prevent the potential spilling of a load. The telehandler also uses a single-lift cylinder that improves operator sight lines, and it has twin nontensioned hydraulic lines for tilt and auxiliary plumbing.

Drivetrain and axles have been optimized to provide greater tractive effort with minimal tradeoff on top end speed. A pintle hitch mount adds versatility for towing. Built for use on rough terrain, the unit offers full-time four-wheel-drive with limited-slip front axle differential. Tight steer angle capability provides a turning radius of 14’1”. The Dana VDT12000 Powershift transmission offers three speeds, forward, and reverse. 

The Extendo operator cab maintains Pettibone’s ergonomic seat, pedal, joystick, and steering wheel positions, while optimizing line of sight in all directions. A new analog/LCD gauge cluster comes standard. An optional 7-in. digital display with integrated back-up camera is also available. The cab also offers enhanced climate control, flat bolt-in glass, split-door design, openable rear window, USB accessory plug, lockable storage under the seat, and water-resistant components for easy interior washdown.

All-steel fuel and hydraulic tanks are built to resist damage. The 30-gal. fuel tank offers ample volume for a full day’s work, and the lockable fuel-fill is in a clean, accessible location. Other features include nontensioned boom hoses, split-system electrical circuit panels, a 12-volt accessory plug in the engine bay, and heavy-duty bright LED lighting. Additional options include a sling hook for additional load security and a wide variety of attachments.