Updated Cable Replacement Protocol for Genie® Boom Lifts
by Bob Bartley - Sr. Director of Product Support and Service Solutions On Apr 6, 2017, 03:00 AM
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With rental equipment constantly going out and coming in, less time in the shop translates to more time out on rent. To help fleet owners save money and simplify maintenance procedures, Genie has revised its protocol for cable replacement on its cable-operated telescopic booms — the Genie® S™-60/S-65, S-80/S-85, S-100/S-125, SX-135 XC™, SX-150 and SX-180 models.
Moving from a required 10-year replacement cycle, our updated protocol calls for a mandatory 12-year inspection of the boom extend/retract cables, which are the main components responsible for the extension and retraction of the boom tubes. With this protocol, replacement is only required if the cables do not pass inspection.
Replacing the mandatory cable replacement process with an inspection-only procedure, reduces rental store’s maintenance time and costs. This change could significantly decrease fleet owners’ total cost of ownership, driving a higher rental return on invested capital (rROIC).
Inspection Not Replacement
On cable-operated booms, the boom extend/retract functions should operate smoothly and be free of hesitation, jerking and unusual noise under normal use and service. During the 12-year inspection, if the cables pass inspection, no replacement is necessary, and the machine can go back out on rent. Once the 12-year inspection is completed, the new protocol requires that the cables receive additional inspections every three years to monitor the wear.
At any time that the cables do not pass inspection, replacement is mandatory.
Keep Up with Preventive Maintenance Tasks
Regular inspections and proper adjustments of the boom extend/retract cables are important for reliable machine performance and safe operation. Rental stores and fleet owners are responsible for all preventive maintenance tasks outlined in the operator and service manuals provided with every piece of Genie equipment. This extended protocol does not replace the quarterly and annual procedures recommended by Genie.
Increase Your rROIC
The new cable replacement protocol applies to all current and previously produced versions of Genie S-60/S-65, S-80/S-85, S-100/S-125, SX-135 XC, SX-150 and SX-180 model families, offering more equipment uptime and a lower cost of ownership over the potential life of a cable-operated booms.