Why choose a Pettibone Traverse?
Some equipment manufacturers have a tough task in explaining what’s different about their products. With Pettibone Traverse telehandlers, no such challenge exists, because it really is one-of-a-kind machine.
TRAVERSING HORIZONTAL BOOM
A feature unique to Traverse telehandlers is a traversing boom carriage that moves loads by traveling horizontally. No other telehandler manufacturer has a current product line with this capability.
The Traverse offers up to 70 inches of horizontal boom transfer, allowing users to place loads precisely without having to drive the machine forward. Masonry and construction contractors are able to land loads onto scaffolding or rooftops without having to manipulate multiple boom functions to disengage forks from the load.
Additionally, the Traverse gives operators the ability to land a load at the machine’s specified lift height. With a fixed boom pivot, it’s a general rule that the true lift height is several feet lower than advertised, since operators must account for withdrawing the forks out of the load at the correct angle to avoid tipping. By simplifying the task of landing difficult loads, Traverse brings a whole new element of safety and efficiency to the jobsite.
When lifting thousands of pounds of material, it’s vital that a telehandler has the required strength and stability to do the job safely. Traverse X-Series telehandlers have formed boom plates that provide greater strength while reducing weight.
The X-Series design minimizes boom deflection to allow better control and accuracy when placing loads. Furthermore, the amount of boom overlap is nearly double that of past models – an upgrade that provides smoother operation and reduces contact forces on wear pads, thereby extending service life.
A bottom-mounted external extend cylinder further reduces the load on wear pads by up to 50-percent, and fastener-less wear pads simplify service. The cylinder location also provides greatly improved service access to internal boom components. Heavy-duty extension chains help ensure stable boom functions and longevity.
Pettibone Traverse has also long been recognized for a hydraulic circuit that delivers exceptional controllability and operating performance.
Pettibone’s tried-and-true hydraulics deliver highly efficient performance and fast cycle speeds while providing operators with a smooth, intuitive feel when handling loads. Single joystick, pilot operated controls cover all boom functions.
The Traverse offers cylinder cushioning to dampen the end of strokes – both extending and retracting – to prevent the wear-and-tear of hard, jarring stops, while also helping prevent the potential spilling of a load. It also has twin lines for tilt and auxiliary plumbing.
Another advantage 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 Traverse into an all-in-one machine, capable of operating with forks, buckets, balers, truss booms and side-tilt carriages.
Traverse’s design provides visibility advantages over other telehandlers as well. While many promote excellent visibility from the cab, that “visibility” doesn’t truly exist once the machine is put into a real working condition.
The Traverse’s chassis and boom structures are designed to improve operator visibility in all directions. The telehandler uses a single lift cylinder to improve sight lines to the rear. The side-mounted engine is positioned to allow excellent curbside visibility. Models equipped with outriggers still have good visibility to the fork tips. A rear-view camera system is optional.
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 Traverse’s design doesn’t require slave cylinders, the view to the rear of the machine is much more open.
Easy maintenance and ruggedly built components are hallmarks of Pettibone telehandler design.
Built for longevity over the long haul, the Traverse relies upon proven market components, such as a Cummins Tier 4 Final diesel engine – which is mounted a side pod to provide easy service access – Dana high steer axles and Dana Powershift transmission.
Hydraulic and fuel tanks feature all-steel construction, versus molded plastic tanks that could be punctured on a jobsite. A lockable fuel-fill is in a clean, accessible location. Users have easy access to all filters and fluid level indicators, and the inside of the boom is also easily accessible for service. Additionally, non-tensioned boom hoses offer longer service life.