JLG Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, announces its 1644 and 1732 high capacity telehandlers and 315G and 615G utility vehicles are winners of Construction Equipment magazine’s Top 100 New Products of 2017 awards.
Selected based on editors' reviews and nominations, the Top 100 awards recognize the most significant new products of the year. These products emphasize innovation and highlight manufacturers invested in research and development. These investments pay off for equipment users in the form of greater productivity, efficiency and safety.
JLG 1644 and 1732 high capacity telehandlers offer 15,600 and 16,750 pounds of lift capacity, respectively. These machines are the first telehandlers in North America with SmartLoad Technology, an advanced bundle of three integrated technologies—attachment recognition, load management information system and load stability indicator. They are also the first telehandlers equipped with the JLG precision gravity lowering system, relying on hydraulic power to raise the boom but using gravity to lower it. Like other JLG telehandlers, the 1644 and 1732 include easily accessible components and a built-in analyzer display to ensure ease of serviceability, contributing to a low total cost of ownership.
“These machines represent the perfect blend of strength, versatility and smart technology,” said John Boehme, JLG’s senior product manager of telehandlers. “Their higher lift capacity and enhanced versatility cut down on the time it takes to complete a task, ultimately saving time, money and labor on the job site.”
JLG introduced its utility vehicles in March 2017. The three-seat 315G and six-seat 615G gas-powered vehicles are manufactured through a partnership agreement with Arctic Cat and feature a 10-inch ground clearance with four-wheel drive. An independent suspension keeps all four wheels on the ground during travel for superior traction and balance. The vehicles boast class-leading cargo capacities with a 1,000-pound capacity cargo box and 1,500-pound towing capacity.
“It’s definitely exciting to have entered a new equipment category this year and receive this kind of recognition,” said Jeff Ford, JLG Industries global strategy and business development director. “We saw a need and seized the opportunity to introduce these vehicles as a convenient means of moving people and materials around large construction sites, convention centers, event venues, and commercial business parks. The response of our customers affirms our decision to move into this category of equipment.”