Genie has updated its ZX 135/70 articulating boom with the new mini XChassis axle design, a platform load-sensing system with a two-point calibration process to set up the primary boom, secondary boom and jib bell crank and jib bell crank in as little as 15 minutes. The mini-Xchassis axle design extends and retracts the axles to and from the stowed position with a more compact footprint – 8 feet, 2 inches by 13 feet, 6 inches extended -- to provide stability on the job and narrow profile for transport.

Similar in design to full-size X-Chassis expanding axle on the previous generations of this machine, the mini XChassis system has two-thirds the footprint of the full-size version for to enhance maneuverability on and around confined jobsites.

The boom has also been engineered to meet the overload restriction guidelines in the proposed ANSI A92 and CSA B354 industry standards in North America, as well as the current European EN280 and Australian AS 1418.10 standards. To comply, all new Genie ZX-135/70 booms come standard with new low-maintenance load sense cell technology, which monitors the weight in the platform and disables drive, steer and certain boom functions if the load exceeds the platform load limit. Also, the updated Genie ZX-135/70 can be customized to meet customers’ jobsite needs with one of three hydraulically driven generator options: A 12 kW welder-ready package, 7.5 kW welder-ready package or 3 kW AC generator for general needs. In addition, the Genie ZX-135/70 boom is updated to reflect the latest Genie design language of an all-black chassis and an updated blue and gray color scheme.

Replacing the previous generation’s 6-point process, the 4.11 software on these newly redesigned Genie ZX-135/70 envelope-controlled machines now only need two calibration points: 1) When the boom is lowered to the stowed position, and 2) when the boom is fully raised, without the use of an inclinometer. Calibrations can now be done in as little as 15 minutes, saving customers up to an hour or more of set-up time each time they are ready to use this articulating boom.

With the secondary boom fully lowered to the stowed position, the operator will input “secondary boom fully lowered” into the software. Then, the operator will fully raise the secondary boom until it stops at the end of the cylinder stroke, at approximately 76°, and input into the software “secondary boom fully raised.” Pressing and holding the engine start button for approximately five seconds will shut off the engine and save the calibration settings.

To achieve a 2-point calibration process, the 4.11 software works with the boom’s angle sensors to ensure that the boom is fully elevated. The machine’s angle sensors provide input to the control system, and the control system determines the appropriate boom angle for safe operation.

The Genie ZX-135/70 lift still features a maximum platform height of 135 feet, 69 feet, 9 inches of horizontal outreach and 75 feet of up-and-over clearance — all accessible with a 600-pound platform capacity. The Telescoping Jib-Extend jib on the boom extends from a retracted length of 12 feet to an extended length of 20 feet.

The updated Genie ZX-135/70 boom is engineered with four-wheel drive with full-time positive traction to handle rough ground conditions. Four-wheel steer with front-wheel, rear-wheel, crab- and coordinated- steer options are available to provide additional maneuverability.