Skyjack recently sold three Skyjack Tier 4 Interim compliant ZB2044 telehandlers to Coastline Equipment.Â The California-based company purchased the three SkyjackÂ ZB2044Â in a move to win more government contracts. Coastline usedCONEXPO-CON/AGGÂ 2014 to showcase its orders for the newÂ telehandlers, which will boost the companyâ€™s rental fleet further still.
â€œThe order for 2014 was primarily for the Tier-4 Interim engines, thatâ€™s what we wanted,â€ said Terisa McConnell, branch manager, Coastline Equipment-Crane Division. â€œWe have a lot of government jobs we are bidding on that requires the Tier-4 engines and we needed the telehandlers for that.â€
The new Tier 4 Interim compliant ZB2044 telehandler has a maximum capacity of 20,000 Ibs, a three-section boom, a maximum lift height of 44 ft 11 inches and a maximum forward reach of 27 feet 5 inches. With the engine update, the telehandlers also received a facelift and now feature Skyjackâ€™s brand colors of orange and gray.
â€œThe order will keep our rental fleet young and reliable,â€ McConnell said. â€œMost of our rental fleet feature Tier 3 engines, so weâ€™ll phase out some of our older equipment as the new ones come in.â€
Skyjack delivered the first telehandler in March during CONEXPO in Las Vegas. The remaining two will be delivered during spring and summer. The telehandlers will be used in the California area.
Working wonders for construction and mining
When Coastline first added Skyjack equipment into its rental fleet, it was new for their customers, but now Coastline customers are also big fans.
â€œItâ€™s a very tough machine. We have very little downtime and when we do, usually thatâ€™s due to customer damage,â€ McConnell said. â€œOur customers have used equipment from other companies, but they prefer Skyjack equipment. Customers know it and like it â€” the ZB2044 is just a workhorse.â€
Craig Truscelli, Skyjack territory manager for Northern California and Nevada, worked with Coastline to determine the best machine for its rental fleet.
â€œFor Coastline, the ZB2044 is a perfect niche machine,â€ Truscelli said. â€œAlthough the 20,000 lb capacity and maximum height statistics are is noteworthy in them- selves the real strength of the machine is its strength throughout the load chart. So that with outriggers deployed it can lift 12, 000 lbs to max height; 10,000 lbs to 16 ft reach and 7,000 lbs to maximum reach. This is almost crane like performance. Coastline does a lot of crane work, but in many situations the telehandler is a more flexible solution.â€
In the past, Coastline used cranes to elevate workers so they could strip old wood from overhead bridge structures by hand, but now the company uses the ZB2044 to pull the wooden forms off and strip the bridge to the ground in a timely, safe and efficient fashion.
â€œThe ZB2044 is a robust machine that can handle significant weight loads whereas smaller machines donâ€™t have that capability,â€ Truscelli said.
Truscelli says the telehandlers complement Coastlineâ€™s rental fleet and will be a good asset for the company to meet increased demand in Californiaâ€™s construction industry. Apart from construction projects, the ZB2044 are also used as assist machines for mining jobs.
â€œWe work in the mines in northern Nevada and thatâ€™s where itâ€™s been of good use to us, as well,â€ McConnell said.
From dealer to loyal customer
â€œWeâ€™ve continued the relationship with Skyjack to keep the line for our customers,â€ McConnell said. â€œWe like working with Skyjack because the machines are simple to use and their support is always reliable.â€
Established in 1984, Coastline Equipment has seven branches offering new equipment, rentals and customer support on the west coast. The company has locations in Long Beach, Santa Ana, Oxnard, Sylmar, Santa Maria, Sacramento and Bakersfield.