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Genie Updates S-80 and S-85 Telescopic Boom Lifts

Genie Industries, Redmond, Wash., announces it has redesigned its S-80 and S-85 telescopic boom lifts. Significant changes on these units include fixed width axles, an exclusive virtual pivot boom assembly, faster elevation time, improved software design for smoother, more comfortable operation, and more intuitive operator and serviceability features.

According to Phil Harvey, booms product manager, the changes in the S-80 and S-85 changes reflect the design of Genie's S-60 and S-65 boom lifts. One feature carried over to the S-80 and S-85 from the S-60 models is the exclusive virtual pivot boom, which was introduced on the S-60 in 2003. The primary benefit of a virtual pivot boom is its ability to keep the weight of the boom over the chassis' center of gravity as it elevates. This eliminates the need for extra counterweight and keeps the overall weight of the machine down for use in more sensitive terrains.

To help enhance operator efficiency, the S-80 and S-85's elevation time from fully stowed to fully elevated has been decreased to 68 seconds. An improved control system with boom angle sensors gives operators a comfortable feel with smooth action, especially at the top height of elevation. As the only 80-foot boom in the industry featuring a patented active oscillating axle, it provides better traction in rough terrain for a smoother ride for the operator. Redesigned control box labels on both the top and bottom panels of the boom provide a more intuitive interface for operators.

Fixed width axles give the S-80 and S-85 an 8'2” total width both on the trailer and the jobsite. They can be easily transported over the road without a special permit on a standard equipment trailer, and because the axles are fixed, the boom is ready to go right off the trailer, maximizing productivity at the jobsite. The fixed axle system improves the machine's durability and efficiency, as its serviceability is easier and less costly by having fewer hydraulic components and moving parts.

Other significant updates on the S-80 and S-85 further enhance the machine's serviceability and maintenance. The former shotgun style cylinder boom assembly has been replaced with a single cylinder and sequencing cable system • the same assembly on the S-60 and S-65 booms. This design is lighter weight and less costly to repair. Additionally, many of the hydraulic hoses on the swing chassis have been replaced with hard lines that provide consistent routing, longer life, and easier maintenance.

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