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Crane mode for Jumbo class NX access platforms

PALFINGER Jumbo class NX access platforms are now even more versatile with innovative crane mode added to the range of services. The advantage: lifting capacity of up to 900 kg can also be conveniently performed using the access platform. This means one less piece of machinery is required at the construction site.

Access platform with crane mode – PALFINGER expands the functions of its Jumbo class NX access platforms


An access platform that can be used for both smaller lifting tasks and as a crane. This innovative solution helps PALFINGER save its customers time and money by combining construction site operations. For the first time, an access platform – specifically the Jumbo class NX – has been equipped with a practical crane mode. This new function allows loads of up to 900 kg to be lifted using the crane hook. The system's cable winch has a lifting capacity of up to 460 kg and measuring equipment prevents overloading. Crane mode makes the access platform more flexible and versatile. "This means that an additional crane is not required at the construction site for simple lifting tasks", says Dominic Ulrich, technical director at PALFINGER Platforms, explaining the benefit for users. For instance, crane mode can be used to lift tools up to the assembly site. Another typical use for crane mode is to transport air conditioning units or antennae onto the roof of a house for installation. However, for loads weighing more than one tonne or for more complex tasks, crane mode cannot be used in place of a PALFINGER loader crane. 

Simple to operate

Crane mode, which is available as an option with the access platform, is well thought out and simple to operate. The lifting capacity is fully utilised even when the access platform is extended to its maximum range. In concrete terms, with the P 570 access platform, loads of up to 900 kg can be transported up to 38.3 m. The cable winch is positioned on the loading surface underneath the platform and an automatic function moves it out of the transport position. Generally, crane mode is controlled via the access platform's cable-connected secondary controls. Wireless remote control is also available on request. As soon as crane mode is activated, a crane, which is in compliance with Standard EN 13000 for mobile cranes, emerges from the access platform. Please note that all persons are prohibited from entering the basket while crane mode is active.   

A high degree of flexibility meets outstanding performance

The Jumbo class NX is characterised by its high degree of flexibility combined with outstanding performance. With special profile structures and lightweight materials, the design ensures that this series has a low dead weight. This allows more tools, working accessories and material to be transported on the vehicle. The innovative Jumbo class NX has already received several awards, including being voted "Product of the Year 2015" by the jury of the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs).

Source: Palfinger