Genie's Two New High-Float Boom Lifts Designed for Sand, Turf

Genie S-85 HF boom lift

Genie’s new S-80 high float (HF) and S-85 HF telescopic boom lifts are designed to perform heavy-lifting tasks on sensitive ground, such as sand and turf.

Engineered to “float” on soft or delicate surfaces, the Genie S-80 and S-85 HF boom lifts protect softer surfaces that could be damaged by the more aggressive tread of regular rough terrain tires.

The Genie S-80 HF and S-85 HF are currently available in North America. Genie plans to add more HF models in North America and plans to offer the HF line worldwide in the future.

“The new Genie HF models are based on the design and engineering of the Genie Xtra Capacity (XC) booms, complying with the overload restriction and terrain-sensing guidelines in the new ANSI A92 and CSA B354 industry standards in North America, as well as European EN280 and Australian AS 1418.10 standards,” said Corrado Gentile, Genie product manager, Terex AWP.

Gentile said the new HF booms deliver extra capacity and increased performance on sensitive ground. “That translates to fewer lift cycles, less equipment needed to get tools and materials to work areas at height, and the ability to work on jobsites where regular rough terrain machines do not perform,” he said.

The new Genie HF models’ dual lifting capacities of 600 lbs. unrestricted and 1,000 lbs. restricted let the lifts carry up to three people plus tools and materials.

Their automatic envelope control retracts the boom when it reaches its operating envelope. That simplifies platform positioning and enhances the operator’s experience. A load-sensing cell continuously checks the weight in the platform and limits the operating envelope to match the machine’s load chart. The load cell can be calibrated in the field.

Unique chassis-tilt-sensing technology expands the working zone by allowing different ranges of motion based on the chassis angle. The system automatically cuts out some lift and drive functions when the tilt activation setting is reached. Tilt sensing lets Genie HF boom lifts carry more load than ever before while also maximizing access to work areas on challenging jobsites.

Like Genie XC booms, the new HF models have CAN-based controls that incorporate the familiar Genie Smart Link system. The consistent and intuitive control layout makes operation easy. Onboard diagnostics can be viewed on the LCD display at the ground controls. That lets machine setup, calibration, and troubleshooting be done right on the machine, without a laptop or accessories.

For productivity on sensitive surfaces, both the Genie S-80 HF and S-85 HF have air-filled 41/18LL x 22.5 20 ply tires. For productivity in the air, the S-80 HF delivers up to 86 ft. of working height or 68’6” of outreach, and the S-85 HF provides up to 91 ft. of working height or 72’6” of outreach.

Both units are available with a 74-hp Tier 4F diesel engine. Either lift can be equipped with a 6-ft. dual-entry platform or with an 8-ft. tri-entry platform that has a side-swing gate that simplifies getting people, tools, and materials in and out.

This new generation of Genie HF booms also includes the following productivity features:

  • A virtual-pivot primary boom that aligns the machine’s center of gravity for lower machine weight: 35,500 lbs. on the S-80 HF; 38,000 lbs. on the S-85 HF
  • 4WD and positive traction
  • 45% gradeability (with boom stowed)
  • 160˚ platform rotation and 360˚ continuous-rotation turntable 

For additional productivity at height, Genie’s S-80 HF and S-85 HF can be equipped with the optional Genie Lift Power generator system, which includes a dedicated hydraulic circuit and a right-sized breaker, still allowing plenty of power to lift and drive while the generator is running. The system comes in 3 kW, 7 kW, and 12 kW output to meet any customer’s requirements.

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