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 a telehandler has the required strength and stability to do the job safely. The Extendo lineup offers maximum lift heights of 58 feet and forward reaches up to 42 feet.
Extendo X-Series telehandlers have formed boom plates that provide greater strength while reducing weight. The 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 Extendo 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 Extendo 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 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.
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.
The Extendo’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 Extendo’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 staples of Pettibone telehandler design.
Built for longevity over the long haul, the Extendo 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.