As Snorkel heads into its 60th anniversary, the company launched two new telehandlers and two new narrow rough-terrain scissor lifts at the recent World of Concrete show in Las Vegas.
At its booth, Snorkel introduced its new SR9244 and SR1054 telehandlers, pictured above. The telehandlers feature full-time four-wheel drive, foam-filled tires for rough terrain and power-assisted steering. They are powered by a 100-horsepower Deutz Tier 4 Final engine.
The cabs are enclosed and equipped with an adjustable suspension seat, heating and air conditioning and proportional joystick controls. The telehandlers are designed for a variety of attachments, with their quick disconnect system and B-Class carriage adaptor.
They both are 7 feet 6 inches wide and have a stowed height of 8 feet 5 inches.
The SR1054Snor has a lift capacity of 10,000 pounds. It has a max lift height of 53 feet 9 inches and forward reach of 41 feet 4 inches.
The SR9244 has a 9,260-pound lifting capacity. It can lift to a height of 44 feet 4 inches and has a forward reach of 31 feet 2 inches.
Snorkel says its two new rough-terrain scissor lifts are designed for working in confined spaces due to their narrow width. Both are equipped with a chassis that is 4 feet, 9 inches wide. They can be towed by trailer by car or commercial vehicle.
They also feature automatic leveling for working on uneven ground, with four standard hydraulic outriggers. Other features include non-marking tires, proportional joystick, four-wheel drive and a roll-out deck extension of 3 feet 11 inches.
They can also switch from diesel to electric power. They run on a Kubota diesel engine and can switch to being powered by a 24-volt battery for working indoors when zero emissions is required.
The S2755RT weighs 6,062 pounds, has a platform capacity of 661 pounds and a working height of 32 feet 4 inches.
The S2255RT weighs 5,313 pounds, has a lift capacity of 926 pounds and a max working height of 27 feet 3 inches.
The scissor lifts have been sold in Australia, New Zealand and surrounding region and are making their North American debut at World of Concrete. They were introduced in Europe in 2017.
Art Moore started Snorkel in 1959 in Missouri to distribute Snorkel No. 1 fire trucks, which allowed firefighters to shoot water onto fire from as high as 85 feet. The early company manufactured aerial work platforms for firefighters and rescue workers.
Moore sold the company in 1971 to Figgie International and stayed as president.
The company began manufacturing telescopic boom lifts in 1977 for the construction industry. It introduced the first aluminum upper booms and platforms in the industry, the company says.
In 1986, it introduced the UNO articulated boom lift for plant maintenance. In 1988, it acquired Economy Engineering, manufacturer of self-propelled scissor lifts and ground-entry vertical lift platforms, and Snorkel launched its ATB-60, a 60-foot articulated boom that could be stowed to allow two booms to be loaded onto one truck.
The company acquired a manufacturing plant and sales and service offices in Australia, where it expanded its products to trailer-mounted machines.
Moore retired in 1991 and remains on the company’s board of directors. The company changed hands through acquisitions in the ensuing years. In 2013, Xtreme Manufacturing acquired 51 percent of the company’s stock from then owner The Tanfield Group, based in the United Kingdom.
Snorkel then moved its global headquarters to Henderson, Nevada, which it shares with Xtreme.
Moore was inducted into the American Rental Association’s Hall of Fame in 2017. He has also published a memoir called “My Story.”