Maximum Utilization is Just the Start
by Marie Engstrom - Product Manager On Jun 7, 2018, 03:00 AM
Subscribe To Aerial Pros
Filter by tags
What if I were to tell you that, with a single hybrid articulated boom, you could efficiently complete both inside and outdoor projects? This same boom can operate on one, 17-gal fuel tank for more than a week. It is also designed to be the first machine at the jobsite and the last one to leave, generating more rental revenue and reducing paperwork and processing. And its four-wheel drive system climbs 45% grades without breaking a sweat. Would you rent or buy it?
In 2016, Genie introduced the Z™-60/37 FE midsize “Fuel-Electric” hybrid articulating boom, offering the next generation of hybrid design and technology to the market. Today, rental companies and contractors alike continue to find new ways to complete their jobs more efficiently, with lower acquisition and operating costs, and maximum performance using this advanced hybrid boom.
Setting this model apart from others on the market, the Genie® Z-60/37 FE boom’s hybrid technology works by the engine-powered generator automatically charging the batteries when operating in “Hybrid” mode. The boom unit offers similar or slightly better drive performance than its diesel-hydraulic counterparts, so for outdoor applications this four-wheel drive unit can go anywhere and do any project that a diesel boom can do.
When switching over to “Full-electric” operation, the boom’s 48V battery power offers quiet and emissions-free operation for indoor projects. Boasting an efficient drive system, the articulating boom also delivers a full day of uninterrupted operation on a single charge of the standard batteries.
The combined engine-battery power of the Genie Z-60/37 FE boom expands the number of jobs where it can be used, maximizing revenue for the rental company. It is used on several construction and industrial applications, such as sports arenas, shopping malls and convention centers. The versatile hybrid design allows it to stay at the jobsite longer than diesel units, resulting in extended rental periods, more revenue, less paperwork processing and fewer machine rechecks. It also means not as many trips to the project site for machine delivery, but its compact size does allow for quick boom transport of up to two machines on a standard trailer.
Combine more rental opportunities with an acquisition price that is slightly less than that of the Genie diesel Z-62/40 unit and the Genie Z-60/37 FE boom increases rental return on invested capital. Plus, the Genie brand reputation and service support helps Genie equipment hold its residual value.
Contractors are drawn to this midsize hybrid boom due to its go-anywhere, do-anything-diesel-units-can-do performance. It provides a 65-ft 7-in working height, 36-ft 7-in horizontal outreach and 24-ft 3-in up-and-over clearance, making it adaptable for a wide range of projects.
With its true hybrid operation allowing the generator to provide a bulk battery charge in about four hours, the Genie Z-60/37 FE boom offers dependable operation before power gets to the jobsite. Even with the engine running in hybrid mode under the most extreme circumstances, this hybrid boom offers more than twice the run time (over a week) than a diesel boom, even though its fuel tank is about half the size. This saves contractors significantly on fuel costs over the long term.
With its efficient four-wheel drive, this hybrid boom travels around the jobsite about 25% faster than the Genie Z-62/40 boom and climbs just as steep grades, so jobs get done faster. The fully sealed AC motors deliver reliable operation, even when submerged under water. Boosting productivity, the Genie Z-60/37 FE boom features Genie’s FastMast™ system that reduces ground-to-top lifting time.
With no sacrifice in performance or productivity, indoor and outdoor operation and ability to work a full day on a single battery charge, contractors are finding more and more uses for the Genie hybrid model. And those longer rental term contracts keep rental costs down, helping the contractor’s bottom line.