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JLG telehandler remaster improves serviceability, transportation

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A JLG SkyTrak 8042 telehandler JLG

JLG Industries has remastered the SkyTrak 8042 telehandler. JLG says that the remaster includes improvements that help maintain the performance and reliability of SkyTrak telehandlers. This SkyTrak 8042 comes with updates that include a lightweight design, hydrostatic transmission, advanced control system, and electric-over-hydraulic joystick. With the relaunch of the 8042, JLG continues redesigning its SkyTrak telehandler line, which also includes the 6034 and 6042 models.

"JLG redeveloped this model from the ground up with enhanced technology and functionality to meet the needs of today's job sites and zero sacrifices," says John Boehme, senior product manager of telehandlers at JLG. "We listened closely to our customers' most requested features and capabilities to improve the efficiency and serviceability of the 8042, without any compromises. This model is designed to increase productivity and boost overall job performance in pick-and-place applications, such as handling, loading, and unloading bulk materials on demanding residential, commercial, urban, and suburban job sites across America." 

A redesigned build

Keeping job site efficiency in mind, the updated 8042 utilizes a lightweight design with a boom and frame structure that helps make transportation easier. Two JLG 8042 telehandlers can fit on a single flatbed trailer. The smaller size didn't change its performance. The machine still boasts the same capacity and construction it's known for.

The improved cab styling on the 8042 provides a larger LCD display and single-page load charts to deliver the data operators need, while allowing them to stay focused on the job.

The SkyTrak 8042 telehandler offers a maximum lift height of 42 feet 4 inches, a maximum reach of 29 feet 6 inches, and a 21,200-pound operating weight. The enclosed cab on this model is available with optional air conditioning.

Reworked functionality

The hydrostatic transmission on the 8042 provides operators with control and ease of operation while allowing for inching – the ability to run the boom at high speeds without shifting into neutral – for faster delivery of materials at height.

A multifunctional, electric-over-hydraulic joystick includes auxiliary hydraulic functions and attachment tilt capabilities, increasing job site efficiency. 

Improved boom speed is complemented by auxiliary hydraulic connections on the side of the boom head for quick attachment changes. More than a dozen different attachments are offered for the 8042, including carriages, forks, buckets, hooks, and trusses.

New technology

A control system on the upgraded 8042 provides more options like load stability indication (LSI), which senses forward load capacity and displays colour-coded visuals to help operators work with higher confidence. Seatbelt engagement and operator presence (SEOP) technology is also available, which combines a high visibility orange seatbelt and visual and audible alarms, as well as limiting machine functions, to increase safe operation.

Other optional essentials on this model include:

  • Multi-reverse camera system which displays left, right, and rear views from behind the machine during day or night operation on a single, tri-view monitor. 
  • Reverse sensing system that provides an audible in-cab alarm to alert the operator of any rear obstructions when driving in reverse. 
  • White noise back-up alarm that emits a directional alarm when driving in reverse.


The 8042 has a 74-hp, 2.9L Deutz diesel engine which does not require diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), reducing maintenance costs. The single compensation and lift cylinder boom design relies on fewer components while the top-mounted telescope cylinder makes the boom more accessible to maintain. A 30 percent reduction in hydraulic hoses and connections results in fewer potential leak points. 

Company info

1 JLG Drive
McConnellsburg, PA
US, 17233-9533


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