Skyjack announced at The Rental Show that it will build its 250,000th unit in 2013. To celebrate this achievement, it is adopting the tagline, Simply Reliable, and launching Quest 2013, a program to find the oldest working Skyjack scissor lift. The company is asking customers to search their fleets and upload details and images of their oldest models to dedicated pages on Facebook and Twitter.
"We want to celebrate our future by looking at the successes of our past," said Brad Boehler, president of Skyjack. "Our search for the oldest unit will not be easy. There are so many Skyjacks out there, the world over, offering reliable performance, day in and day out, even after decades in the field."
Users of Skyjack scissor lifts are invited to upload images of their working machines with the serial number, year of manufacture, and place of purchase to either: www.facebook.com/skyjackinc, twitter.com/skyjackinc, or www.skyjackquest2013.com. Use the hashtag #skyjackquest2013 when posting images to Facebook or Twitter. Quest 2013 applicants will be accepted until Dec. 31, 2013, or when verification of the oldest serial number has been identified. The company with the longest running Skyjack will be presented with a new Skyjack machine.
With this program, Skyjack hopes equipment owners will share experiences of their long-term ownership of Skyjack machines, as well as highlight the products' reliability, durability, and quality.
Skyjack built its first scissor lift 29 years ago, and at The Rental Show, the company's first employee--Sidney DeWay, son of Skyjack co-founder Sidney DeWay Sr. and co-owner of its predecessor, Haessler-DeWay, spoke about his experience working at Skyjack. DeWay was part of the company when it switched from a packaging machinery business before converting to an aerial lift manufacturing company.
According to DeWay, who currently works in IT support, the company has the same philosophy today as it did in 1984. "The best part about working at Skyjack is the people," he said. "As a group, we get things done."
Skyjack also displayed the full production model of the SJ 63AJ articulating boom lift, which was first shown in 2012 at The Rental Show in New Orleans. The machine has a 63'7" maximum platform height and 40-ft. horizontal reach. The riser design allows for below-ground reach capabilities, and the boom geometry allows the operator to position the unit at full height and using only the single main boom control function, lower the platform all the way to ground level to restock on material or supplies then return to full height. Like the SJ 46AJ, the unit has True Vertical Rise function, meaning when the operator uses the boom's riser control function, the boom arm will move in a true vertical manner without drifting forward or back. This reduces the amount of repositioning when working close to a building facade at different heights. Other features include the axle-based 4WD system, operator-controlled rear-axle differential lock, driction sensing drive and steer controls, low gross weight that enables two machines to be loaded together on a truck, Skyajcks's standard color-coded and numbered wiring system, and the hard-wired, relay-based control system.