Skyjack unveiled its new SJ85 AJ articulating boom at The Rental Show 2017 in Orlando, Fla. The boom is the largest of Skyjack’s articulating booms and features all of the same design elements as smaller boomlifts such as the SJ63 AJ.

“We’ve gone one step further with this new articulating boom,” said Corey Connolly, product manager at Skyjack. “Having a large unit with exceptional up-and-over clearance to complement the great working height and horizontal reach will allow operators the ability to complete many tasks across all kinds of applications.”

The new SJ85 AJ features a working height of 91 feet, horizontal outreach of 56 feet and an up-and-over clearance of 34 feet.

As with Skyjack’s other articulating booms, the SJ85 AJ riser design offers vertical rise without drifting. An open-center knuckle riser design provides SPEEDYREACH efficiency, enabling the lowering of the fly boom to ground level for re-stocking without lowering the riser; operators will be able to function between maximum platform height and ground level in 60-70 seconds.

“Operators will definitely notice how much easier it is to get to max height and back down with the SJ85 AJ,” Connolly said. “Skyjack’s riser design is what sets our new boom apart from similar machines in its class. There is no need to worry about performing multiple functions to lift the riser. The SJ85 AJ’s riser performs the same as all other Skyjack articulating booms – it goes straight up and down.”

The unit has dual platform capacities of 750/500 pounds and two/three personal rating. Another benefit of the SJ85 AJ’s open center knuckle design is its compact stowed dimensions; useful for transportation and reducing tailswing. The SJ85 AJ also features 360-degree continuous turret rotation, direction-sensing drive and steer controls regardless of turret position over chassis; and an axle-based drive system for rough terrain traction.

“We anticipate that the unit will redefine the 80-foot articulating boom class and are confident that it will offer a great return on investment for rental customers,” Connolly said.