This strong, but lightweight unit is capable of loading, unloading, and dumping various truck bodies. - Photo: Stellar Industries

This strong, but lightweight unit is capable of loading, unloading, and dumping various truck bodies.

Photo: Stellar Industries

Stellar, a manufacturer of mechanic trucks and cranes, tire service trucks, hooklifts, roll-off cable hoists, trailers, and service truck and van accessories, has announced its new NXT series telescopic hooklifts.

This strong, but lightweight unit is capable of loading, unloading, and dumping various truck bodies. The NXT18 is the first telescopic hooklift in the new NXT Series and features a Z channel base design and a universal body latching system.

Completely manufactured in the U.S., the NXT18 is an 18,000 lb. capacity hoist, built for a Class 4 through 7 chassis. The unit has a 35.63/54-in. hook height and rectangular style secondary jib. With approximately a 7.5-in. lost load height, Stellar offers a low profile, providing a lower vertical center of gravity and the ability to accommodate down to 4-in. sub-frame heights.

The universal body latching system is completely flexible with inside and outside locks that can be moved by unbolting, repositioning, and bolting back down. This allows the user to position the body locks in specific locations to accommodate body locks that may not be in the correct spot. The versatility of this system eliminates the need to cut locks off, re-weld, or repaint.

Not only does the NXT18 have a universal latching system, but also a universal hydraulic reservoir. The reservoir can be mounted in four different places: bulkhead mount or chassis frame mount on either the street side or curbside of the unit. This removes any workaround needs if there are chassis items that could interfere with the reservoir mounting.

The NXT18 will be the first in the new series to come equipped with electronic controls for more efficient operation of the hooklift. The new system offers two-speed operation to allow for slowing the unit down for precise control in various situations. The new series will be introduced with a radio remote control to allow for unit operation in either the chassis cab or standing outside of the chassis cab.

Originally posted on Work Truck Online