The V-Max builds on the features of the standard JF545 model—compact size, 15.5t lifting capacity, 28m reach, 30m maximum operating height, triple articulated boom and removable counterweight—adding dedicated hydraulic lines and jib allow for the use of more tools such as auger, grapple saw or clamshell bucket. An additional and independent hydraulic circuit with cooling radiator prevents the oil from overheating during operation and keeps a constant temperature even during intensive hydraulic use.

“The JF545 V-Max has a huge potential and we believe it will be a very catchy solution for both our established customers and new buyers. We’re already receiving many requests,” said Alberto Franceschini, Jekko’s export manager. “While developing this version, we’ve been inspired by the concept of multi-tool machine, extremely versatile, professional and suitable to be used with many different tools still being user-friendly. In short, a perfect mate for no matter what daily challenge!”

Preview test

Bologna-based Bendini Autotrasporti, carried out a preview test of the new JF545 V-Max model fitted with a grapple saw for pruning activities and for cleaning up a riverbed from a log jam. One of the new tools for the JF545 V-Max is the felling head made of a saw and a grabber.

“Pruning can be usually made in two ways. The first mode calls for the use of a self-levelling platform or a crane with basket to lift the operator at the required height. He will then use a chainsaw but a second crane will grab the cut branch or log and will rest it on the ground. This procedure needs two machines. On the other hand, tree climbing is also viable despite the possible hazards for the operator’s safety: a harnessed operator ascends the tree and carries out the cuts with a chainsaw. A crane is still needed to handle the cut pieces,” said Emanuele Bendini, Bendini Autotrasporti.

Jekko says other machines used for these jobs—usually crane trucks or truck-mounted platforms—are bulky, difficult to control, heavy and often cannot get near enough the places where the intervention is needed, especially in urban environment, requiring for this reason a very wide reach.

The new Jekko JF545 V-Max offers the ability to cut, pile and sort branches or trunks using a single tool, a single machine and a single operator. If required, the operator can also control both the crane and the grapple saw remotely from a safe distance. Compact dimensions enable it to access confined and narrow spaces: “We can work with even higher safety and precision margins because the boom reach isn’t exploited in full,” added Bendini.

“This version is an evolution of the multiple functions featured by the JF545. In addition to the grapple saw for controlled felling, the crane can fit a man basket or a self-levelling platform, can work in traditional mode with a hook or winch, both with the main boom or the jib. A single machine will carry out many different types of interventions in endless application fields. Once the pruning/felling work is done, the grapple saw can be easily detached and a regular JF545 will be ready for industrial and civilian works all year round. Versatility is no doubt the strength point of this machine!”

“The JF545 V-Max with grapple saw is ideal for those operators who’ve so far carried out green area management works in a traditional way, running unnecessary risks in the use of machines, people and tree climbing activities. Several markets have already expressed their interest for this new solution: the United States and Canada as well as European countries such as Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Finland, Norway.” concluded Franceschini.