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Jekko launches more compact crawler crane

A year after debuting its JF545 articulated crawler crane model, Italian crane manufacturer Jekko has launched its lighter and more compact model, the JF365.

The JF365 comes with a maximum lift capacity of 11.5 tonnes, a maximum height of 29m – with a capacity is 550kg, and a maximum outreach of 26.5m – with a capacity of 365kg.

Jekko ensures a more a more competitive machine in terms of compactness and performance, due to the absence of a counterweight. It is 1.8m wide, 5.5m long, 2.7m high and weighs 12,300kg.

“Following the success of the JF545, we decided to maintain the same format and the same configuration, substituting the crane element with one of Fassi’s best sellers,” said Alberto Franceschini, sales manager at Jekko.

“The F365 operates in the same way as the 545, but without a removable counterweight, resulting in a more compact and lighter crane, while offering the same performance.”

The reduced weight and dimensions allow the JF365 to operate in tight spaces such as town centres, in the industrial sector, for fitting in restricted work-site areas, or in particular lifting situations close to walls, as rotation is confined to the area of the machine, without the bulk of the counterweight.

The JF365 has a fixed base with a load capacity of three tonnes and offers the same options as the JF545 – proportional radio controller, hydraulic activation for accessories, stability control with infinite possibilities for stabilisation, and one smaller and lighter jib, which allows the installation of a platform on the main arm.

“We will be launching this crane on the German, Scandinavian and central European markets, naturally without neglecting Italy,” Franceschini said.

“The JF365, and the JF545 before it, are cranes that are a great source of pride for us, as on an industrial level we were the first to introduce this revolution to the market and now many brands in the crawler market are following in our wake.

“This means that we have chosen the right direction, obviously following the philosophy of Made in Italy.”

The JF365 will be presented at the IAA 2018 Commercial Vehicles trade fair in Hannover, Germany on September 20-27.

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