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JLG Redesigns SkyTrak 8042 Telehandler

JLG Redesigns SkyTrak 8042 Telehandler

JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh company, and a global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and telehandlers, has introduced the all-new SkyTrak 8042 telehandler. The remastered model maintains the high performance and reliability customers expect from the SkyTrak brand, while incorporating innovative updates inspired by customer feedback.

Key enhancements include a lightweight design, hydrostatic transmission, advanced control system, electric-over-hydraulic joystick, and at-a-glance data display. With the relaunch of the 8042, JLG continues the process of redesigning its popular SkyTrak telehandler line, which also includes the new 6034 and 6042 models introduced in 2023.

“JLG redeveloped this model from the ground up with enhanced technology and functionality to meet the needs of today’s job sites and zero sacrifices,” says John Boehme, senior product manager – telehandlers, JLG. “We listened closely to our customers’ most requested features and capabilities to improve the efficiency and serviceability of the 8042, without any compromises. This model is designed to increase productivity and boost overall job performance in pick-and-place applications, such as handling, loading and unloading bulk materials on demanding residential, commercial, urban and suburban job sites across America.”

Redesigned Build

The updated 8042 boasts a lightweight design with an optimized boom and frame structure, making transportation easier. Two JLG 8042 telehandlers can now fit on a single flatbed trailer. Despite these updates, the machine retains its maximum capacity and all-steel construction. The improved cab features a larger LCD display and single-page load charts, delivering the data operators need while allowing them to stay focused on the job at hand.

The SkyTrak 8042 telehandler offers a maximum lift height of 42 feet, 4 inches, a maximum reach of 29 feet, 6 inches, and a 21,200-pound operating weight. The enclosed cab is available with optional air conditioning for comfortable operation on hot or humid job sites.

Reworked Functionality

The hydrostatic transmission on the newly remodeled 8042 provides operators greater control and ease of operation while allowing for inching — the ability to run the boom at high speeds without shifting into neutral — for faster delivery of materials at height. A multifunctional, electric-over-hydraulic joystick includes auxiliary hydraulic functions and attachment tilt capabilities, enhancing job site efficiency. Improved boom speed is complemented by auxiliary hydraulic connections on the side of the boom head for quick, efficient attachment changes. Over a dozen attachments, including various carriages, forks, buckets, hooks, and trusses, are available for the 8042.

Reimagined Technology

The advanced control system on the upgraded 8042 provides more options like load stability indication (LSI), which senses forward load capacity and displays color-coded visuals to help operators work with higher confidence. Seatbelt engagement and operator presence (SEOP) technology is also available, combining a high-visibility orange seatbelt with visual and audible alarms, and limiting machine functions to enhance safe operation. Other optional features include a multi-reverse camera system displaying left, right, and rear views on a single tri-view monitor, a reverse sensing system with an audible in-cab alarm to alert the operator of rear obstructions, and a white noise back-up alarm that emits a directional sound when driving in reverse.

Remote diagnostics and enhanced telematics connectivity through JLG’s ClearSky Smart Fleet system improve data collection and streamline troubleshooting, helping maximize uptime and increase return on investment (ROI).

Refocused Serviceability

The 8042 is equipped with a 74-horsepower, 2.9-liter Deutz diesel engine that does not require diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), reducing maintenance costs. The single compensation and lift cylinder boom design relies on fewer components, streamlining maintenance. The top-mounted telescope cylinder makes the boom more accessible for maintenance. A 30% reduction in hydraulic hoses and connections results in fewer potential leak points, improving serviceability.


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