Skyjack shifts to AC electric drive motors in new scissor lift range
Skyjack has launched a new range of DC electric scissors, featuring AC brushless electric drive motors and other design changes. The electric range will be launched globally with availability in all regions throughout 2024, replacing the current hydraulic drive models.
The electric drive system provides ideal duty cycles and fully proportional controls. The new range utilizes improved efficiency, controllability, and torque. This means that productivity is boosted with an improvement of up to 20 percent in runtime per charge. E-Drive provides consistent power, traction, and torque, with over 25 percent grade ability, so that climbing loading ramps is easy.
During the development of the new E-Drive DC scissors, Skyjack focused on increasing operational uptime. This has resulted in a range that provides users with more while also significantly reducing the cost of ownership and improving resale value.
"A longer run time per charge and fewer lifetime charge cycles mean our customers will find they spend less on batteries over the life of the machine and that is just one of many benefits," says Corey Connolly, senior product manager at Skyjack.
To achieve these improvements, all major service points are easily accessible, enabling straightforward troubleshooting and repair. Skyjack says that the sealed drive motor is maintenance-free. The motors' improved efficiency reduces charge time and power consumption, which saves costs and reduces battery maintenance. The drive motors have no oil leakage potential, and an optimized hydraulic lift and steer manifold reduces hydraulic connections by 70 percent, reducing the potential for ground contamination and associated clean-up costs. An optional leak containment system is available
Skyjack's new models will feature a new designation carrying "E" to signify E-Drive, for example, "SJ3219 E". In addition, the new range will carry Skyjack's ECO mark.