Dual articulated/telescopic boom launch from MEC
05 February 2024
US-based MEC has launched its latest innovation, the DualReach 85-J Boom, with the ability to switch between telescopic and articulated mode.
The patent pending design, allows users to choose telescopic mode for maximum outreach or articulated mode for up-and-over tasks by turning a switch while the machine is stowed.
The company said the DualReach 85-J represents a paradigm shift in how job sites operate. The flexibility to adapt to different needs without the need for two different machines provides enhanced productivity, especially in complex environments, added MEC.
It will be shown for the fisrst time at the ARA Show, taking place in New Orleans, US, this month (17-21 February), along with a couple of other models, which have not yet been announced.
“The two-in-one machine functionality is a game-changer, particularly in projects with different work-at-height needs, where traditionally, both a telescopic boom and an articulated boom may have to be sent to a jobsite,” said MEC,
Rental equipment dealers stand to benefit with the ability to meet the request of various application uses in one machine and cutting down on logistical costs and hassles, said MEC.
Featuring a working height of 91 feet, in telescopic mode, it offers a maximum outreach of 70 feet, and in articulated mode maximum up-and-over height is 21 feet, allowing easy access to challenging environments.
One of the key features of the 85-J is its enhanced articulation and capacity. The boom has an articulated jib capable of up to 135 degrees of movement. This, along with a 600 pound unrestricted/900 pounds restricted platform capacity at maximum outreach in both telescopic and articulated modes, is designed to provide flexibility and efficiency.
Gary Crook, Vice President of Engineering at MEC, said, “There has long been this challenge of carrying both telescopic and articulated booms to meet all customer needs.
With the MEC DualReach 85-J Boom design we were able to offer the ability to switch between the two and enable one machine to work around the construction structures that change as the project progresses. One machine that covers the reach envelope of both types ensures you always have the right tool for the job.”