Why choose a Pettibone Extendo?
At a quick glance, all telescopic handlers seem to look alike. Obviously they’re all designed to perform a similar function, reaching outward and upward to lift and place loads into positions that aren’t possible with a straight mast forklift or other material handling solution.
But a closer examination of the Pettibone Extendo, in comparison to competitive telehandlers, shows that superior engineering and features can make a big difference in jobsite safety and productivity.
When lifting thousands of pounds of material, it’s vital that the telehandler has the required strength and stability to do the job safely. Like every Pettibone machine, Extendo telehandlers are robustly built with a heavy-duty steel frame that is thicker and stronger than most competitive units.
Operators who use Extendo can quickly perceive a more stable feel, adding confidence that they can focus on their job without worrying if the machine is up to the task.
Stability of the boom is obviously critical as well. Pettibone offers two wide-stance, heavy-duty lift cylinders that are slightly angled toward the center line of the chassis, which triangulates the overall alignment and gives added stability to the boom. Competitors typically have more of a rectangle design with two cylinders or have gone to a single center lift cylinder, neither of which can match the Extendo’s stability.
Pettibone also offers a rear axle stabilization system that slows and locks the rear axle oscillation, enhancing stability as the boom is raised. The design ensures stability without limiting the operator’s capabilities.
The Extendo lineup is among the industry leaders in lift capacity and forward reach, lifting loads up to 15,000 pounds and offering a maximum lift height of 57’ and forward reach up to 42’ 1”.
Boom extension is smooth and controlled, with four telescoping boom sections riding on steel rollers. And responsive operator controls make it easy to safely and precisely manipulate the boom from the ergonomic cab.
Pettibone telehandlers are engineered to simply run more efficiently as well. A variable displacement piston pump only delivers hydraulic oil when you need it, thereby providing more overall hydraulic system efficiency than a conventional gear pump, which always pumps oil whether needed or not. This reduces the overall horsepower draw and provides exceptional hydraulic control of the system. Extendo’s fully modulated powershift transmission is also extremely efficient in transferring horsepower and torque with minimal energy losses.
Another advantage of the Extendo is a sway cylinder that provides 24 degrees of combined frame leveling – 12 degrees right and left of center – which is 20-percent more chassis sway than is typical with other telehandlers on the market. Pettibone machines provide automatic fork leveling without slave cylinders, a feature that is particularly advantageous for cold weather performance, where some competitors’ leveling circuits are hampered by winter conditions.
A standard quick attach system turns the Extendo into an all-in-one machine, capable of operating with forks, buckets, balers, truss booms and side-tilt carriages. For whatever load handling application you encounter, rely on Pettibone to deliver the productivity you demand.
The design of the Extendo provides ample visibility advantages over other telehandlers. While many like to tout great visibility from the cab, that “visibility” often disappears quickly once the machine is actually put into a working condition.
Pettibone features a high pin-on boom, so when the boom is slightly elevated to transport or carry a load, the operator can easily see under the boom. With other brands that use a low pin design, visibility to the right side of the machine is severely diminished when raised to a carry and travel position, making it hazardous to travel around a jobsite.
Another sight line issue comes about because most telehandlers have an extra set of slave cylinders near the pin where the boom is hinged, which provide an obstacle to rear visibility. Because the Extendo’s design doesn’t require slave cylinders, the view to the rear of the machine is much more open.
Pettibone telehandlers offer exceptional ground clearance and a tight turning radius for easier load movement and placement on the job.
Most telehandlers are equipped with four-wheel drive and three steering modes to provide agility in tight spaces. But other design factors can impact maneuverability. For example, some manufacturers have a side engine pod mounted on the right side of the telehandler, usually to enhance maintenance access.
However, the downside of this engine placement is that it sticks out from the machine, making it cumbersome to maneuver in certain situations. Operators must constantly be mindful not to let the engine strike any objects and become damaged while turning the machine. It’s also possible that the engine pod could drag on the ground when driving on rough terrain, or that it could adversely affect visibility. With Extendo, the engine is center mounted in the frame, safely out of the way.
Additionally, all but the largest Extendo models are compact enough to fit under a standard, eight-foot doorway, which makes it an ideal telehandler for applications inside structures.
Easy maintenance and ruggedly built components are staples of Pettibone telehandler design.
With no slave cylinders, Extendo instead features very stout, oversize lift cylinders. Hydraulic and fuel tanks feature all-steel construction, versus molded plastic tanks that could be punctured on a jobsite.
Pettibone incorporates a dual, high-capacity 10 micron hydraulic filtration system – where competitive units get by with lower capacity filters – to eliminate hydraulic contamination at the source. And easy-access, removable lightweight covers make it simple to access service maintenance points.