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Global Launch For New Snorkel Mid-Size Telescopic Boom Lift Family At Bauma 2016


Munich, Germany (April 11, 2016) ‒ Snorkel will launch their new production-ready, mid-size telescopic boom lift family to the global market at Bauma 2016. 

Snorkel will display the largest model in the family, the Snorkel 660SJ at Bauma. The Snorkel 660SJ delivers a 20.3m (66-ft.) maximum platform height, with 18.0m (58-ft. 6-in.) maximum outreach, and it can lift up to 272kg (600 lbs). The new family also includes the 18.3m (60-ft.) Snorkel 600S, which is essentially the same as the Snorkel 660SJ, but without the jib boom.  The Snorkel 460SJ delivers a platform height of (46-ft.), and is available without a jib, as the Snorkel 400S.  The jib boom is the longest in class, and can articulate vertically from -65° to +70°.

All four lifts share a common chassis that is 2.38m (7-ft. 10-in.) wide.  The stowed length of the 660SJ can be reduced to 8.5m (28-ft.) for transport by stowing the jib underneath the boom.

Built to Last & Handle the Toughest Environments

Built to last and handle the toughest environments, the new Snorkel mid-size telescopic booms deliver excellent rough terrain performance thanks to a traction manifold that delivers oil to all four wheels at all times, providing constant 4-wheel drive.  The 400S and 460SJ are able to climb gradients of up to 50%, with the 600S and 660SJ able to tackle gradients of 45% and 43% respectively. The lifts have fixed axles as standard, reducing complexity and risk of downtime. Oscillating axles are available as an option.

Designed for a long working life, the new booms have an all steel construction, that includes a steel, 4-plate ‘top hat’ style boom weldment that is manufactured in Selma, California, durable steel cowling that has two individual steel doors on each side of the lift, in the traditional Snorkel-style.  The turret offers 360° continuous rotation, and delivers a constant 1.2m (47 in.) tailswing radius to prevent collisions when slewing the machine. 

All components are ‘in-board’, meaning that they are protected from the elements, yet easily accessible for maintenance.  A swing-out engine tray makes servicing easy, and steel fuel and hydraulic tanks provide additional durability in the field.  An on-board diagnostics display provides plain text messages to assist with troubleshooting the lift, without the need for additional diagnostic tools. 

Simplicity remains at the heart of Snorkel’s design philosophy, and the new booms have open-loop hydraulics and CAN-BUS controllers for easier maintenance, service and training. The operator benefits from all proportional functions, including drive, raise, slew and extend.  Jib and platform rotate are also proportional setting the standard in the AWP industry. 

Loaded with Innovative Features

Snorkel lifts are designed to deliver low total ownership costs, which is achieved by building in features that improve productivity, durability and maintenance.  The new Snorkel boom lifts are no exception and are loaded with innovative features to minimize downtime and improve efficiency on the job.

 A brand new quick-disconnect 2.4m x 0.91m (8-ft. x 3-ft.) tri-entry platform is standard on the new booms, with proportional platform rotation for precise positioning.  Saloon-door style entry gates provide easy access to the platform, even when carrying tools, and has a built-in lip on the platform edge to support the lifting of lightweight boards and signs.

To minimize downtime, the new Snorkel platform is designed to quickly disconnect from the machine, using just 6 bolts.  All electronics, hydraulics and the footswitch remain attached to the boom, meaning that a damaged platform can be replaced in minutes rather than hours.  In addition, the platform floor can be easily unbolted and replaced.

The new booms come equipped with Snorkel Guard™ secondary guarding system as standard. This simple, mechanical system features a spring-loaded rail that sits above the upper control panel that cuts out machine operations when compressed, for example, in the case of the operator being involuntarily pushed against the controls.  The operator can override Snorkel Guard using a switch in the platform, in the event that the system is activated in error.  Additionally, when Snorkel Guard is activated, the lift can be operated from the lower control panel.

Find Snorkel at stand FS.1103/2 in the outdoor arena at Bauma. For more information on Snorkel, visit

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