Pettibone introduces next generation T944X
By Lindsey Anderson30 January 2018
The company used World of Concrete 2018 to debut its revamped traversing-boom teleahndler
Pettibone debuted its T994X at World of Concrete 2018. The telehandler features an extendable, traversing boom that moves loads by traveling horizontally. Up to 70 inches of horizontal boom transfer allows users to place loads at full lift height through tight openings without having to coordinate multiple boom functions, the company said.
The traversing boom allows for maximum forward reach of 35 feet, 10 inches and has a maximum lift capacity of 9,000 pounds. The T944X features several new design enhancements.
The telehandler is powered by a 74 hp Cummins QSF 3.8 Tier 4 Final diesel engine that features a DOC muffler and requires no diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). The side pod engine offers easy service access while allowing curbside visibility and ground clearance of 18 inches. A 117 hp option is also available.
”Drivetrain and axles have been optimized to provide greater tractive effort with minimal tradeoff on top end speed,” the company said. ”A pintle hitch mount adds versatility for towing trailers. Built for use on rough terrain, the unit offers full-time 4-wheel-drive with limited-slip front axle differential. Tight steer angle capability provides an efficient turning radius of 14 feet, 1 inch. The Dana VDT12000 Powershift transmission offers three speeds, forward and reverse.”
Cylinder cushioning has been introduced 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 has twin hydraulic lines for tilt and auxiliary plumbing.
The T944X features formed boom plates and less welding,allowing the structure greater strength while reducing weight. The design also minimizes boom deflection for better control and accuracy when placing loads, Pettibone said.
“Boom overlap has been nearly doubled from previous models to provide smoother operation and reduce contact forces on wear pads, thereby extending service life,” the company added. “A bottom-mounted external extend cylinder further reduces the load on wear pads by up to 50-percent. This cylinder location also provides greatly improved service access to internal boom components. A single extension chain eliminates the needs to balance dual chains. Another new introduction is fastener-less wear pads for simplified service.”
The operator cab features an ergonomic seat, pedal, joystick and steering wheel positions. A new analog/LCD gauge cluster comes standard. An optional 7-inch 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.
Lastly, all-steel fuel and hydraulic tanks are built to resist damage. ”The 30-gallon fuel tank offers ample volume for a full day’s work at 100-percent load, and the lockable fuel-fill is in a clean, accessible location,” Pettibone said.
Other features include non-tensioned 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.