The new multifaceted mini crane by Jekko has finally arrived and was officially presented on 30th July with a live streaming event.
Jekko has welcomed the latest addition to its range, SPX650, the 5 ton mini crane with a maximum reachable height of 23.5 m (with jib) which embodies many state-of-the-art innovations and promises to become a flagship model of the Treviso-based company. Thanks to the experience gained over the last two years with SPX532 and SPX1280, Jekko could concentrate in one machine the best features and the most advanced technical solutions already successfully applied in the two best-selling models.
SPX650 boasts cutting edge stabilisation and hydraulic systems, new hydraulic jib and runner jib (with plug & play attachment), a lithium battery power supply and a handy radio remote control. Besides that, the crane features other important functionalities such as the possibility of working either with hook or winch, the extendable tracks, the availability of pick & carry mode and the telemetry system J-Connect. And all this without neglecting the design and quality materials, with a close attention to detail.
“The idea behind new SPX650 comes from the market needs. – explains Mr. Alberto Franceschini, Jekko Export Sales Manager –
Our customers were looking for medium size mini crane, with a length of the boom over 20 m and a very good lifting capacity. Operators were asking for a crane that can work both indoor and outdoor, suitable in many job sites: glazing, curtain walls installation, steel erection, industrial maintenance. So we analysed both what the competition was offering and our own range, and the result is SPX650”.
A sophisticated hydraulic system
SPX650 can count on a 100% electronically-operated supply system with PVG 16 proportional bank valves by Danfoss, the same of SPX532 and SPX1280, which allows smooth and accurate crane movements and the possibility of working simultaneously with four functions.
“The heart of the hydraulic system is a load sensing piston pump, driven by our own power management control: this can guarantee the operator all the crane’s power, speed and control he needs, with the minimum consumption required”
clarifies Mr. Marco Zava, Jekko R&D Director.
New stabilisation system for endless operating configurations
From the bigger SPX1280, SPX650 inherits also the new stabilisation system, entirely and directly controlled by radio remote control. The crane is equipped with X-pattern outriggers with double extension (by cylinder and chains) to reduce the minimum stability area (2.9 x 2.9 m; 4.5 x 4.5 m the maximum area). Stabilisers feature also hydraulic rotation from 0° to 72° and a double regulation position of their height, for the maximum flexibility while operating in confined areas. The system considers several factors in order to determine the possible working conditions: depending on the opening angle and extension of the stabilisers, the software can define in real time the maximum safe working load in a specific point, with 5 total stability levels.
Greener and more efficient power supply by lithium batteries
SPX650 is equipped with a custom designed 48 V lithium battery pack with a capacity of 400 Ah, which powers a 16 kW three-phase electrical engine. Thanks to the 220 V single-phase charger on board the machine it is possible to work under charge; an external 400 V three-phase charger is also available as option. Lithium battery supply requires no maintenance and batteries can last for the whole crane’s life. Moreover, it allows unchanged and constant performance even in case of intense use with heavy loads, not to mention the possibility of operating indoor without any kind of emission.
“This testifies to Jekko’s attention towards the environmental issues”,
underlines Franceschini. In order to satisfy all market requirements, from next year SPX650 can also be configured with a diesel engine paired with three-phase electric motor.
New 1.2-tons hydraulic jib
The crane features a new 1.2 tons hydraulic jib with 3 extensions (1 hydraulic, 2 by chain) to achieve a maximum reachable height of 23.5 metres and a new 2-tons runner jib, ideal in glass installation. The jib can be stored in three ways, as in SPX532: at rest on the column, on the ground or under the main boom. Rest position under the main boom means significant reduction in jib installation and disassembly times. Last but not least, the jib can work with a negative angle up to 15°, for a greater application versatility.
Practical radio remote control
Everything is in the operator’s hands with the practical radio remote control, which is the same of SPX532 and SPX1280. It features LCD display and a software developed internally by Jekko; using selectors that link to intuitive screens it allows to directly activate or deactivate all crane functions: boom and winch speed, crane’s configuration selection (pick & carry, crane, outrigger ascent and descent, tracks) and manipulator.
SPX650 was designed to enter a market segment which is currently not covered, the one of 5 tons maximum lifting capacity cranes, bridging the gap between the SPX532 and SPX1280. The model stands out for the variety of applications it allows: glazing works, residential construction, civil engineering, industrial maintenance, maritime industry, aviation, oil and chemical industries, and many others.
“We believe that SPX650 will meet the needs of our customers thanks to all the cutting edge technical solutions it implements, combined with many important features such as versatility, high performances and compact size at the same time, small stabilisation area, ease of use, and last but not least the lithium battery power supply.
– adds Franceschini – Moreover, the standardisation of hydraulic, electronic and software components, which fit SPX532 and SPX180 models too, will make after sales service definitely easier. The first units of SPX650 will be available starting from the end of 2020 and for all of the abovementioned reasons we have high sales expectations”.
“We were supposed to present SPX650 at Apex exhibition last June but the fair was postponed to 2021 due to the current health emergency, so we had to find an alternative solution and we decided to organise a live streaming presentation. It was a natural choice: Jekko is a young company, with a fresh communication style and a strong presence on social media channels. Consistent with this image, SPX650 features also a gritty and eye-catching design, because we think that cranes can be not only useful, but also beautiful” ends Mrs. Chiara Bellina, Jekko Marketing Manager.