February 27, 2008
REDMOND, WASH. (February 5, 2008) Genie unveils the latest addition to its telescopic boom family â€” S-60 and S-65 Trax models. The new Trax booms feature an innovative four-point track system that allows contractors to work any time of the year, enhancing traction for travel in many types of difficult terrain. This introduction expands Genie™s telescopic boom product offering to include the new Trax models as well as an aftermarket tracks option for wheeled units.
The new S-60 and S-65 Trax models from Genie are manufactured with a four-point track system permanently fixedâ€, or attached, on the machine. Genie™s fixed-track booms are designed with a narrower profile â€” 8 ft 6 in wide â€” to allow these booms to be easily transported anywhere within the U.S. without requiring special oversize load permits and the limitations on evening and weekend transport. The Trax models are designed with an inside turning radius of 11 ft and an outside turning radius of 21 ft, and because the Genie® Trax booms steer like a wheeled unit, operators can easily drive these machines on and off the delivery trailer, as well as maneuver in close proximity to walls and foundations. The Trax booms have a travel speed of 2.7 mph.
Track booms are ideal for working year-round by enhancing traction for travel in muddy, soft-soil, sandy, snowy and wet ground conditions,â€ says Phil Harvey, product manager, Genie Industries. And, they can also easily travel over harder surfaces like gravel, rock, concrete and asphalt, and sensitive turf. A four-point track system offers the increased traction and flotation as two-track units with excellent terrain tracking, machine handling and operator comfort. Our track booms can drive through many places previously inaccessible even with rough-terrain tires.â€
Each track in the four-point system is made of durable, steel-reinforced rubber and measures 17 in wide and 40 in long, with each carriage assembly weighing 1,100 lb. With a ground contact pressure of 9.2 psi for the S-60 and the 9.7 psi for the S-65, the four- point track system
leaves a minimal impression on sensitive surfaces. During travel, each track flexes 23° up and down to accommodate the contour of the landscape, for a smooth ride during operation and travel. The four-point track system works in conjunction with Genie™s active oscillation axle system, which senses the terrain and adjusts the axle position based on ground conditions, and positive traction drive system, which maintains equal power to all tracks even if one track loses traction. Combined, these features give Genie® track booms the ability to smoothly travel over difficult terrain conditions.
To maximize usage of its wheeled models, Genie continues to approve Loegering™s Quad Track System (QTS) as an aftermarket option for the S-60 and S-65 telescopic booms, as well as the Z-60/34 articulating model. This flexibleâ€, or interchangeable, track system is a set of four track undercarriages that fastens directly onto a boom™s standard wheel hubs in place of the tires. With this option, Genie customers have the flexibility to simply bolt on the tracks when needed and switch back to the traditional wheeled machine configuration when tracks are not needed. The entire system can be put on or taken off the booms in less than four hours. The addition of this option increases the machine width to 107 in, which may require special oversized load transport permits.
Both the S-60 fixed and flexible track models offer 500 lb lift capacity at the maximum horizontal outreach of 50 ft 10 in up to a working height of 66 ft. The S-65 models provide a 500-lb lift capacity at the maximum horizontal outreach of 56 ft 2 in to a working height of 71 ft.
The Genie® fixed and flexible track booms are designed for increased uptime. The undercarriages are constructed out of high-grade steel and feature fully-sealed, greaseless bearings for minimum maintenance. The four-point track system also features an easy-grease tensioning system for fast, reliable track adjustment. And, to limit the amount of debris buildup during operation, V-shaped, self-cleaning pads are incorporated into the track design.
Headquartered in Redmond, Wash., with branch offices worldwide, Genie Industries manufactures material lifts, aerial work platforms, trailer-mounted booms and light towers, scissor lifts, self-propelled telescopic and articulating booms and telehandlers. For more information, please visit www.genieindustries.com.
Genie Industries, Inc. is a subsidiary of TEREX Corporation (NYSE: TEX), a diversified global manufacturer based in Westport, Conn. For more information on TEREX, please visit www.terex.com.