JLG launch ‘reimagines’ SkyTrak telehandler

JLG has expanded its telehandler line with the SkyTrak 8042 - updating the previous version with a range of innovations, as it did with the 6034 and 6042 models introduced in 2023.

They include lightweight design, hydrostatic transmission, advanced control system, electric-over-hydraulic joystick and data at-a-glance.

“JLG redeveloped this model from the ground up with enhanced technology and functionality to meet the needs of today’s job sites,” said John Boehme, senior product manager – telehandlers, JLG. “We listened closely to our customers’ most requested features and capabilities to improve the efficiency and serviceability of the 8042, without any compromises.”

JLG SkyTrak 8042 telehandler JLG's new SkyTrak 8042 telehandler. (Photo: JLG).

The lightweight, optimized boom and frame are designed to make transportation much easier, while maximum capacity and structure. Now two JLG 8042 telehandlers can fit on a single flatbed trailer.

Maximum lift height of the new model is 42 feet, 4 inches, while maximum reach is 29 feet 6 inches, and operating weight is 21,200 pounds.

Renewed control 

The hydrostatic transmission provides operators greater control and allows for inching - the ability to run the boom at high speeds without shifting into neutral.

Equipped with a 74-hp, 2.9L Deutz diesel engine, which does not require diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), the 8042 has a single compensation and lift cylinder boom design, relying on fewer components. The top-mounted telescope cylinder makes the boom more accessible to maintain, and a 30% reduction in hydraulic hoses and connections results in fewer potential leak points for improved serviceability.

The improved enclosed cab on the 8042 provides a larger LCD display and single-page load charts and is available with optional air conditioning.

A multifunctional, electric-over-hydraulic joystick includes auxiliary hydraulic functions and attachment tilt capabilities, while the improved boom speed is complemented by auxiliary hydraulic connections on the side of the boom head for quick, efficient attachment changes.

More than a dozen different attachments are available for the 8042, including a variety of carriages, forks, buckets, hooks and trusses.

Reimagined Technology

A new, advanced control system provides more options like load stability indication (LSI) and displays color-coded visuals. Seatbelt engagement and operator presence (SEOP) technology is also available, which combines a high visibility orange seatbelt and visual and audible alarms, as well as limiting machine functions.

Other optional essentials on the model include:

  • Multi-reverse camera system which displays left, right and rear views from behind the machine during day or night operation on a single, tri-view monitor.
  • Reverse sensing system that provides an audible in-cab alarm to alert the operator of any rear obstructions when driving in reverse.
  • White noise back-up alarm that emits a directional alarm when driving in reverse

JLG’s ClearSky Smart Fleet data collection andtroubleshooting system is also available. 

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