Compact Equipment

JUN 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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www.compactequip.com 35 Uncover the Awesomeness Behind the Crawler Boom Category of Equipment I dig the option of operating remotely. OPERATION JLG MISSION C ompact crawler booms just have a cool look — like some mechanized arachnid — its knuckling boom craning like a scorpion. Despite their awesome ap- pearance, I was impressed by how safe, slow and evasive a compact crawler boom really is. It's a category of aerial lift machinery that's only recently been showing up on American jobsites, in warehouses, on tree trimming projects and in places where pros need to lift people and tools both up and over safely without moving the unit. The JLG compact crawler boom I had the opportunity to operate also had a ton of impressive features that went way beyond its articulating boom and jib, including low- pressure, non-marking tracks that expand in and out, a sturdy set of auto-level outriggers that can work on un- even surfaces, green operation and power options, super easy drivability and the amazing ability to fold up and fit through a frickin' doorway. I've concluded that a compact crawler boom has a high cool factor for aerial lift machin- ery, and I'm not alone. "I always like to call it the sports car of machines that we make here at JLG. It's different enough that is has an appeal all its own. Very specialized, very unique and sells at a premium compared to a lot of machines," said Randy Marzicola, director of business development at JLG. "But it's also very versatile. It can be used indoors or out on sensitive flooring and is easily transportable to and from various work locations." I can definitely see the potential after visiting JLG in Mc- Connellsburg, Pa., this past May to test operate its small- est compact crawler boom — the X430AJ — along with a ton of other cool equipment from UTVs to telehandlers (which I won't even discuss in this feature). JLG Industries Inc., an Oshkosh Corp. company and a global manufac- turer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, expanded its line of compact crawler booms with the X430AJ at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017. It's one of five units that will include the X1000AJ compact crawler boom this fall, of- fering machines with platform heights of 43, 49, 59, 77 and soon 100 ft.

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