The new Pettibone Traverse T944Xis the industry’s only telehandler with an extendable, traversing boom that moves loads by traveling horizontally. Up to 70 inches of horizontal boom transfer allows users to precisely and safely place loads at full lift height through tight openings without having to coordinate multiple boom functions.
With the Traverse, the specified lift height of 44 feet, 6 inches is the same as the landing height. This stands in contrast to a traditional fixed boom pivot, where the true landing height is generally several feet less than advertised lift height, as operators must account for withdrawing the forks out of the load with enough rearward travel for the fork tips to clear the landing zone.
The T944Xbuilds upon Pettibone’s traditional rock-solid design, delivering the same ruggedness and dependability while providing several new design enhancements.
The telehandler is powered by a 74-horsepower Cummins QSF 3.8 Tier 4 Final diesel engine that features a DOC muffler and requires no diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). The side pod engine offers easy service access while allowing excellent curbside visibility and ground clearance of 18 inches. A 117-horsepower option is also available.
Drivetrain and axles have been optimized to provide greater tractive effort with minimal tradeoff on top end speed. A pintle hitch mount adds versatility for towing trailers. Built for use on rough terrain, the unit offers full-time 4-wheel-drive with limited-slip front axle differential. The Dana VDT12000 Powershift transmission offers three speeds, forward and reverse.
Pettibone’s leading hydraulics continue to deliver exceptional controllability and overall operating feel, while enhancing efficiency and cycle speeds. Cylinder cushioning has been introduced to dampen the end of strokes – both extending and retracting – to avoid the wear-and-tear of hard, jarring stops, while also helping prevent the potential spilling of a load. The telehandler also uses a single lift cylinder that improves operator sight lines.
The T944Xoffers maximum lift capacity of 9,000 pounds with its newly designed boom. Featuring formed boom plates and less welding, the structure offers greater strength while reducing weight. The design also minimizes boom deflection for better control and accuracy when placing loads.
Boom overlap has been nearly doubled from previous models to provide smoother operation and reduce contact forces on wear pads, thereby extending service life. A bottom-mounted external extend cylinder further reduces the load on wear pads by up to 50-percent. This cylinder location also provides greatly improved service access to internal boom components. A single extension chain eliminates the needs to balance dual chains. Another new introduction is fastener-less wear pads for simplified service.
The operator cab maintains Pettibone’s ergonomic seat, pedal, joystick and steering wheel positions. A new analog/LCD gauge cluster comes standard. An optional 7-inch digital display with integrated back-up camera is also available. The cab also offers enhanced climate control, flat bolt-in glass, split door design, openable rear window, lockable storage under the seat, and wash down-resistant interior. Other features include all-steel fuel and hydraulic tanks, split-system electrical circuit panels, and bright LED lighting.