Italian mini crane manufacturer Jekko has launched the SPX650, a medium-sized electric mini crane that the company claims to bridge the gap between the SPX532 and SPX1280. The crane uses the proven technology of these two cranes and introduces new functions.

The SPX650 has a maximum load capacity of 5.5 tons. The five-section main telescopic boom has a maximum working height of 54 feet and a maximum reach of 46 feet. The boom has 360 degrees of continuous rotation within a minimum stabilization area of ​​9.5 by 9.5 feet and can be used in either hook mode or winch mode.

With its hydraulic boom, the maximum reach is 65 feet and the attainable height is 77 feet. The hydraulic boom offers up to three extensions (one hydraulic, two per chain) and has a maximum capacity of 1.3 tons. A negative boom angle of 15 ° is possible for greater application versatility. A shorter two-ton rotor boom is also available. This rotor arm is particularly suitable for applications such as glazing, says Jekko.

The boom can be stored in three different ways: at rest on the column; on the ground; or under the main boom. When stored under the main boom, installation and disassembly time is only three minutes, says Jekko, aided by the plug-and-play design.

The SPX650 uses the proven X-Pattern boom system of the SPX1280, which can be expanded to provide a stabilization area of ​​up to 15 by 15 feet. The stabilizers can also be set with a swing of up to 72 degrees. The stabilization software ensures the maximum safe workload for any configuration.

According to Jekko, the SPX650 is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and is suitable for a variety of uses. The rails can extend outward, allowing the SPX650 to provide pick-and-carry capabilities for lighter loads.

The crane is operated using the same proprietary remote control as the SPX532 and SPX1280 and is supported by Jekko’s J-Connect remote monitoring and assistance technology.

The crane has a three-phase 16 kW motor that is powered by a 48 volt lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 400 Ah. With a 400-volt high-performance charger, the battery can be fully charged in three hours. Using a normal 220 volt household power source, this takes nine hours via the built-in charger, although the crane can be used while it is charging.

In 2021, the SPX650 will also be available with a diesel engine and a three-phase electric motor, says Jekko.

The crane’s hydraulics use the same PVG 16 proportional bank valves from Danish multinational Danfoss as the SPX532 and SPX1280. The hydraulic system has a load sensing piston pump powered by Jekko’s own energy management controller. The company claims this provides all of the power, speed, and control the operator needs with minimal power consumption.

“The idea behind the new SPX650 stems from market requirements,” comments Alberto Franceschini, Export Sales Manager at Jekko. “Our customers were looking for a medium-sized mini crane … that can be used both indoors and outdoors and is suitable for many different construction sites. We have analyzed both what our competitors have to offer and our own range. The result is SPX650. “

Jekko expects the new crane to account for between 15 and 20 percent of its total sales in the following year.