Pettibone debuts 15k telehandler
By Lindsey Anderson03 April 2023
Pettibone used ConExpo 2023 to debut its first 15,000-pound capacity telehandler, the Extendo1544X.
The 1544X is powered by a 117-hp Cummins QSF 3.8 Tier 4 Final turbo diesel engine. Mounted onto a side pod, the engine offers easy accessibility to components and for daily service checks, alongside a ground clearance of 19 inches. A 30-gallon fuel tank provides volume for a full day’s work at 100% load, the company said, and the unit also comes standard with foam-filled tires.
Built on Pettibone’s next-gen X-Series platform and featuring an advanced boom design, the 1544X offers a maximum lift height of 44 feet, a maximum forward reach of 29 feet, and a maximum load capacity of 15,000 pounds. Formed boom plates provide the boom structure with greater strength while reducing weight. The design also minimizes boom deflection for better control and accuracy when placing loads.
Significant boom overlap provides smoother operation and reduces the contact forces on wear pads, thereby extending service life. An external, bottom-mounted extend cylinder further reduces the load on wear pads by up to 50 percent. The cylinder location provides improved service access to internal boom components. Fastener-less wear pads also simplify service, and heavy-duty extension chains help to ensure stable boom functions.
Pettibone’s tried-and-true hydraulic circuit delivers exceptional controllability and operating feel, while enhancing efficiency and cycle speeds. Cylinder cushioning dampens the end of strokes—both extending and retracting—to avoid the wear and tear of hard, jarring stops, while also helping to prevent the potential spilling of a load. The 1544X uses a single lift cylinder that improves operator sight lines and has twin hydraulic lines for tilt and auxiliary plumbing.
The new Extendo 1544X comes standard with X-Command, a Pettibone telematics program that offers real-time access to machine data, saving time and money for equipment owners and service technicians.
The drivetrain and axles are optimized to provide greater tractive effort with minimal tradeoff on top-end speed. A pintle-hitch mount adds versatility for towing. Built for use on rough terrain, the machine offers full-time 4-wheel-drive with a limited-slip front-axle differential. Tight-steer-angle capability provides an efficient turning radius. The Dana VDT12000 Powershift transmission offers three speeds, forward and reverse.
The X-Series operator cab maintains Pettibone’s standard features, including ergonomic seat, pedal, joystick, and steering-wheel positions, while optimizing lines of sight in all directions. An analog/LCD gauge cluster comes standard, and an optional 7-inch digital display with an integrated backup camera is also available. The cab also offers enhanced climate control, flat bolt-in glass, a split-door design, an openable rear window, lockable storage under the seat, and water-resistant components for easy interior washdown.
All-steel fuel and hydraulic tanks are built to resist damage, and the lockable fuel-fill is in a clean, accessible location. Other built-in features include split-system electrical circuit panels and heavy-duty bright LED lighting. Additional options include solid tires, a sling hook for additional load security, a high-output LED lighting package, and a wide variety of attachments.
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