Posted February 22, 2021

Vertical mast MEWP

Skyjack builds on the success of its unique vertical mast range with its all-new SJ20.

With a 20-foot platform height, full electric drive, and an optional wind rating, the SJ20 offers a compelling ROI for rental companies.

Skyjack SJ20 vertical mast MEWP
Skyjack builds on the success of its unique vertical mast range with its all-new SJ20.

“The SJ20 lift features proportional lift and drive controls with full electric drive, the latter in response to the growing demand for vertical masts with increased duty cycle expectations,” says Kristopher Schmidt, product manager at Skyjack. “The higher height also meant a new five-section mast design with a closed multi-stage cylinder.”

The SJ20’s consistent torque provides up to 25 percent gradeability and has a 350-pound platform capacity. Its compact size has been achieved without compromising the work area. Its gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 2,440 pounds translates into low ground pressure, making this product ideal for standard elevator and mezzanine applications.

“Similar to our Next Generation DC scissor lifts, our new vertical masts also feature an onboard diagnostic system,” says Schmidt. “By providing operators or service technicians with real-time faults in plain and simple language, we’ve eliminated the need for plug-in calibration for day-to-day troubleshooting.”

The new SJ20 mast design minimizes site debris, buildup, damage to components and is free from any chains, sheaves, or bushings, which reduces maintenance. Skyjack’s existing SJ12 and SJ16 are the only masts in the market to keep the mast to the rear of the control position and the SJ20 is no exception. Other commonalities with its smaller counterparts include:

  • A traversing deck that provides up to 16 inches of up-and-over capability
  • Easy-access maintenance hatch, providing unrestricted access to all major components including batteries
  • Improved ground clearance for pothole protection without components to maintain or potentially snag on cords or debris

“While designing the SJ20, we kept customer demands in mind, specifically the demand for both indoor and outdoor applications,” Schmidt says. “The SJ20 is wind-rated for one person up to 13 feet, which increases the application possibilities and increases the rate of return for rental companies.”