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Pettibone Extendo 944B Telehandler
Pettibone Extendo 944B Telehandler
April 19, 2016 2:50 PM CDT

Pettibone Extendo 944B Telehandler

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Pettibone’s Extendo 944B is the first model in its new generation of telescopic handlers. Designed for efficient operation and simplified serviceability, the 944B offers considerable lift capacity and reach for a wide array of material handling applications.

The Extendo 944B is powered by a fuel-efficient, 117-horsepower Cummins QSF 3.8 Tier 4 Final turbo diesel engine, featuring electronic control and protection with SCR aftertreatment. A Parker IQAN-MD3 display has been added to provide instant engine and aftertreatment diagnostics. The unit’s market-proven Dana T12000 Powershift series transmission offers three speeds, forward, and reverse, and is complemented by a heavy-duty transmission cooler.

Delivering a maximum load capacity of 9,000 pounds, the 944B offers forward reach up to 30 feet, three inches, and a maximum lift height of 44 feet, four inches. Single joystick, pilot-operated controls allow for smooth control of all the Extendo’s boom and auxiliary hydraulics. For operation in tight areas, the 944B offers four-wheel, two-wheel and crab steering modes and has a turning radius of just 12 feet, four inches. The unit is powerful, yet compact enough to fit under an eight-foot doorway.

The robust design of the Extendo features two wide-stance, heavy-duty lift cylinders with an automatic fork and load leveling that eliminates the need for slave cylinders. To further improve load stability, the 944B offers 24 degrees of frame sway (12 degrees left and right of center) and is equipped with a rear axle stabilization system.

New service access doors allow users to remove only the front half of the enclosure to perform daily engine and transmission fluid checks, rather than the entire cover. A battery disconnect switch is now standard and accessible from the cab. Formerly an option, a cab step has been added as a standard feature, allowing the operator to more easily climb into and out of the machine. The cab itself is built to provide outstanding visibility at any boom position. Engineered with comfort in mind, the Extendo also comes with an adjustable suspension seat and adjustable right-side armrest.

The 944B features standard upgraded tires that have demonstrated increased longevity in the field. The telehandler comes with a variety of standard fixed and side-tilt carriages from 48 to 72 inches, and several optional attachments are available, including utility buckets and pallet, lumber and block forks. Other optional equipment includes foam-filled tires, light packages, an enclosed, climate-controlled cab, and several others.

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Originally published in Masonry magazine.

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