JLG Introduces New Telehandlers with SmartLoad Technology at CONEXPO 2017

JLG's new 1644 and 1732 telehandlers include the company's SmartLoad Technology which offers attachment recognition, load management information and a load stability indicator.

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JLG Industries Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and a leading global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, launched two new high-capacity telehandlers at Gold Lot booth #G3946 during CONEXPO 2017. These new machines will be available to North and Latin America customers in May.

The JLG 1644 and 1732 telehandlers offer 15,600 and 16,750 lbs. of lift capacity. “Not only are these machines the first JLG telehandlers in the high-capacity category, but they are also the first telehandlers in North America with SmartLoad Technology,” says John Boehme, JLG Industries Product Manager, Telehandlers. “SmartLoad is an advanced bundle of three integrated technologies that work together to deliver a greater level of operator confidence. It will be offered as optional equipment on the 1644 and 1732 telehandlers.”

The first component of the SmartLoad Technology bundle is attachment recognition, which allows a telehandler to identify an attachment and display the appropriate load chart to the operator. The second, a load management information system (LMIS) graphically depicts the location of the load within the load chart, provides the operator with an indication of compliance, and prevents the operator from violating the boundaries of the chart; and the third, a load stability indicator (LSI) works in conjunction with the LMIS to limit operation when a load becomes non-compliant. 

“Armed with the real-time load data this package provides, operators will work with increased confidence, while fleet owners avoid the costly repairs that may result from overloading a machine.”

Additionally, the JLG 1644 and 1732 are among the first equipped with JLG’s precision gravity lowering system. Equipped with this system, the telehandlers rely on hydraulic power to raise the boom, but use gravity to lower it, providing the operator with better, more precise control. According to Boehme, JLG plans to incorporate this new technology throughout its entire line of JLG telehandlers later this year.

Both SmartLoad Technology and the precision gravity lowering system contribute to greater operator confidence, as does a soft stop boom control that slows boom functions at the end of the cylinder stroke, a reverse camera and optional reverse sensing feature. Operator comfort is also enhanced, thanks to a spacious cab with enhanced visibility, two-speed hydrostatic transmission, an optional boom float, and ride control for enhanced load stability when travelling on uneven terrain.

These versatile, new telehandler models feature an integrated tow hitch and are compatible with a wide range of standard and specialty attachments, providing the operator with more options on the worksite. The units can take the place of wheel loaders in certain applications where greater reach is desired. The high capacity of the 1644 and 1732 make them ideal for use in wind farm, industrial construction, and energy (oil and gas) extraction applications.

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.