Genie makes Trax

  • 04-Oct-2011 10:19 EDT

Genie's four-point track system allows the tracks to drive softer over sensitive surfaces while also reducing the platform movement.

Genie's S-40 and S-45 telescopic booms now feature the “four-point” Trax track drive system. Due to their track-style wheels, the new booms are described by the Terex-owned company as offering "improved terrainability and reduced damage to sensitive ground surfaces giving them the ability to drive on almost any surface."

The track design allows for an independent triangular track at each corner of the unit in comparison to the traditional “skid steer” design that has a full length track on each side. With patented active oscillating axles, the tracks maintain contact with the ground on uneven and undulating surfaces to retain maximum power and torque.

Because the tracks are encased in rubber, they do less damage to sensitive ground surfaces such as turf while still remaining rigid. Reduced ground pressure provides a high level of floatation in terrains such as sand, mud, and compact snow.

The Genie Trax booms offer traditional front wheel steering with a 30° steer angle. The triangular shaped tracks can swivel 22° up and down to easily follow undulating terrain and sharp changes in slope such as the break-over angle found on many transport trailers.

With a maximum drive speed of 2.5 mph (4 km/h), the booms are able to navigate around job sites relatively quickly. Because the tracks are independent, the booms steer like a wheeled machine, allowing for maneuvering close to walls and foundations.

Genie says the narrow width of the machines allows them to be trailered without the need for over-width permits. The narrow chassis and front wheel steering allow the Trax booms to fit into narrow locations and tight job sites with ease.

The Trax booms share a common chassis with the standard wheeled Genie S-40 and S-45 machines, resulting in service parts commonality.

In terms of specs, the S-40 Trax has a lift height of 40 ft (12.2 m), a vertical reach of 31 ft (9.7 m), and a gross weight of 14,440 lb (6564 kg). The S-45 Trax has a lift height of 46 ft (14.2 m), a vertical reach of 36 ft (11.2 m), and a gross weight of 17,440 lb (7927 kg).

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