On-Site Magazine

JLG SkyTrak telehandler

By Adam Freill   

Construction Equipment

(Photo courtesy of JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh company)

The all-new SkyTrak 8042 telehandler from JLG Industries is a next-generation model that comes with such innovative updates as a hydrostatic transmission, advanced control system, electric-over-hydraulic joystick and data at-a-glance. Remastered to maintain the performance and reliability the company says customers expect from the SkyTrak brand, the relaunch of the 8042 follows the redesign path that is underway for the SkyTrak telehandler line, which also includes the all-new 6034 and 6042 models introduced in 2023.

“JLG redeveloped this model from the ground up with enhanced technology and functionality to meet the needs of today’s job sites and zero sacrifices,” says John Boehme, senior product manager for telehandlers at JLG. “We listened closely to our customers’ most requested features and capabilities to improve the efficiency and serviceability of the 8042, without any compromises. This model is designed to increase productivity and boost overall job performance in pick-and-place applications, such as handling, loading and unloading bulk materials on demanding residential, commercial, urban and suburban job sites.”

The manufacturer says the updated 8042 features a lightweight design with an optimized boom and frame structure to make transportation much easier, explaining that two JLG 8042 telehandlers can fit on a single flatbed trailer. The updated cab styling on the machine provides a larger LCD display and single-page load charts to deliver the data operators need, while allowing them to stay focused on the job at hand.

The 8042 offers a maximum lift height of 42 feet and four inches, a maximum reach of 29 feet and six inches, and a 21,200-lb. operating weight. The enclosed cab is available with optional air conditioning for comfortable operation on hot or humid job sites. More than a dozen different attachments are offered for the 8042, including a variety of carriages, forks, buckets, hooks and trusses.

A new, advanced control system provides more options like load stability indication (LSI), which senses forward load capacity and displays colour-coded visuals to help operators work with higher confidence. Seatbelt engagement and operator presence (SEOP) technology is also available, which combines a high visibility orange seatbelt and visual and audible alarms, as well as limiting machine functions, to enhance safe machine operation.




Stories continue below