Genie SLC 24 Superlift Contractor, and friends
Life has become so much easier since machines were developed to help us in almost every facet of our existence. The Genie SLC-24 is one machine that has quite literally taken the burden of our backs. It is a Material lift and comes under the classification of Superlift contractors.
Before we understand how the Genie SLC-24 Superlift Contractor works, a quick glance at Genie as a company would be appropriate.
Specs | Genie-SLC-24 / Genie-SLC-12 / Genie-SLC-18
View the specs for the Genie Suplerlift Contractor series. There are 3 models which are all very similar except for their material handling height and capability.
- Genie SLC-12 : Stowed: 2 ft .75″ | 650 lbs | Lifting Height: 12 ft 11“
- Genie SLC-18 : Stowed: 2 ft .75” | 650 lbs | Lifting Height: 18 ft 6″
- Genie SLC-24 : Stowed: 2 ft .75″ | 650 lbs | Lifting Height: 24 ft.
View the chart below to get an overview of the differences. We’ll get to the details for each model in the 2nd half of the article.
Genie Industries — The Company
Genie is the company that started its research on work-site related problems. Some of their earliest technologies were released as early as 1966. Needs however kept changing and research needed to keep being done. Research is something that Genie has never compromised on. That is how the company has been able to consistently develop newer products with newer technologies. Genie SLC 24 is one such product which we will be talking about a little later in the article.
The stringent standards which are laid down by Genie are designed to ensure that quality is maintained. Genie also works to ensure that their equipment is provided to the public at reasonable prices. Unlike many companies whose commitments are restricted just to the sales department, Genie ensures that you are provided with customer support throughout the year. Since parts tend to be a problem during machine breakdowns, Genie has also developed an extensive parts network. This network helps ensure that the part you need is shipped in under 24 hours.
Material Lifts | What Are They & How Do They Work?
The Genie material lifts started out as a pneumatic lift that was released in 1966. This is considered to be the original Genie hoist. Ever since the success of the hoist, Genie has started producing and improving technologies that would help people lift heavy items easily. The products that they designed were called the ‘Material Lifts’. While there are many products that are available under this umbrella, the Genie Superlift Contractor is one interesting subcategory that caught our attention.
The Superlift Contractor has been designed to suit the needs of all kinds of contractors and even construction firms. That isn’t the only thing that stands out about these devices. Superlift Contractors like the Genie SLC-24 can handle almost anything. They are popularly used for HVAC installations and for industrial applications. In simple words, Superlift Contractors are used to lift heavy objects.
Another factor that makes this product so popular is the legs of the machine. These legs fold up and improve the ease at which the Superlift contractor can be stored. Even the attachments are easily removable. This further aids in transport. In fact, it is said that a single person can handle the loading and unloading of this device from a pickup!
Advantages Of Using A Genie Superlift Contractor
There are several advantages that make Genie Superlift Contractors like the Genie SLC-24 highly attractive. Let’s take a look at some of the most prominent ones.
- Portability and the compact design: We have already discussed how the folding legs and removal of the accessories makes these devices extremely portable. The lightweight aluminum structure is another added bonus where portability is concerned.
- Single door access: The Superlift Contractors are designed to be able to fit through single doors. This means that the operator does not have to worry about narrow passageways and narrow doorways.
- Durability: The body of the machine is made up of aluminum which is highly durable. In addition to this, Genie has also ensures that the standard steel forks are durable too.
- Straddle base: This base has been designed to be used for situations where there are narrow doorways and wide loads. The loads that it can handle vary from 31.5 inches to 50 inches in width. The best part about this base is the fact that it allows loading when it is on the ground level.
- Standard base: The welded steel base is designed to provide extra support.
- Loading handles: The Superlift Contractor models have six types of loading handles. Each loading handle serves a different purpose.
- The choice: The Superlift Contractors like the Genie SLC-24 give you a choice. You will find that you can choose the base that you need and combine it with the appropriate load handling and the winch speed. This helps you customize the Superlift Contractor according to your needs.
- Assembly: You do not need any tools when setting this machine up. In fact, the assembly is so quick and easy, you will find that the Superlift Contractor can be assembled in a matter of seconds.
Load Handling Attachments
As discussed earlier, the Superlift Contractors have different types of load handling attachments. Let’s take a look at them before we discuss the Genie SLC-24 in detail.
- Standard fork: This fork has been designed to handle general loads. It is meant for variety and not specificity. If you turn the fork over and re-pin it, you will find that you get an extra 20 inches of lift.
- Adjustable fork: Just as the name suggests, this fork is adjustable. It can widen from as little 11.5 inches to as much as 30 inches. This helps to accommodate diverse types of loads.
- Flat fork: Like the Adjustable forks, the flat fork can widen. The difference lies in the amount of width it can provide. Flat forks can widen from a mere 16 inches to 31 inches. This design aids in an increase in the amount of support that can be provided when the item is being picked up. It also helps to lift articles of a flat surface.
- Load platform: This platform is fitted over the already existing fork. It is designed to help carry odd shaped items. Heavy items are also easier to carry using this attachment. An added bonus is the fact that it does not require any tools to install it.
- Fork extensions: Like the load platform, the fork extensions are add-ons to the already existing fork. These extensions are inserted on the prongs of a standard fork. It helps by adding an extra 25 inches of length to the fork.
- Boom: The boom does not use the fork. It however changes the lift into a crane. The mobile and vertical crane can then be used to hold fixtures in place during installation. It can help hoist engines, circuit breakers and a lot of other heavy machinery.
In addition to all these accessories, there are two more products that are designed for safety and strength.
- Patented telescoping mast system: This system has a heavy duty design. It aids in providing the Superlift Contractor with strength, rigidity and even compactness.
- Support for heavy loads: The job of the Superlift Contractor is to carry heavy loads. The captive stabilizer comes with an inbuilt locking system. This helps by providing lateral support.
Width – stowed: 2 ft .75″ | Load Capacity: 650 lbs | Lifting Height: 24 feet
The Genie SLC-24 is one of the prime examples of the Superlift Contractors that are supplied by the company Genie.
- Designed specifically for the construction industry.
- Great for industrial applications and HVAC installations.
- Can be transported in a pickup truck.
- Legs fold up and attachments are removable for easy storage.
- Quiet, two-speed winch option — shift gears on the fly.
- Non-marking front casters and rear casters with side brakes.
Documents for the Genie SLC-24:
Measurements | Genie SLC-24
Understanding the dimensions of any device is important. That is why we are going to start with the measurements of the Genie SLC-24.
The working height can be measured based on the type of fork that is used and whether the fork is down or up. If the standard fork is being used, the Genie SLC-24 measures 6.78 meters when the fork is down and 7.32 meters when the fork is up. The adjustable fork gives us the same measurements in both the fork positions.
The boom however is a different ball game all together. The position of the Boom is irrelevant because it is always placed on the top. (Remember the boom serves to convert the Genie SLC-24 into a portable crane!). The height of the machine when the Boom is attached is 7.1 meters.
Since the accessories are removable and the legs are foldable, you will find that the stowed dimensions are very different. When stowed, the height, length and width of the Genie SLC-24 are 2.18 meters, 0.86 meters and 0.80 meters respectively.
The total weight of the machine is 157 kg.
The productivity can be defined by load capacity. The load capacity is in turn defined by the load center. Before we go into the details of the productivity of the Genie SLC-24, let’s take a brief look at what does the term ‘load center’ mean when we are referring to a Superlift Contractor.
The load center refers to the distance between the face of the forks (of the Superlift contractor) to the loads actual center of gravity. That is why load center is measured in units of distance.
The load capacity of the Genie SLC-24 with load centers of 14 inches, 24 inches and 42 inches is 295 kg, 193 kg and 73 kg respectively.
An important point to note is that as the load center increases, the load capacity decreases.
The ground clearance of the machine is 0.05 meters. While this may seem like an insignificant detail, it is very important when moving the machine around.
Other Important Points To Note
The Genie SLC-24 has a rather heavy duty design. It has a lightweight telescoping mast which is made of aluminum. Like all the Superlift Contractors, the Genie SLC-24 has a quick set up (without tools) and uses an array of interchangeable load handling accessories.
The design has incorporated the use of 4 inch non marking canisters in the front and 5 inch rear canisters in the rear. The side breaks are an important safety feature. The ease of loading and unloading of the machine for transport has been made easier with the use of guide rails. These help load the Genie SLC either on or off the vehicle. Transport has been made a breeze with the help of the ‘hold-down bar’ that helps secure the mast in place.
Additional Models in the Genie Superlift Contractor Series
The Genie SLC-24 is the high case scenario among the range of Superlift Contractors that Genie provides. That however does not mean that the others aren’t good products. Let’s take a look at the differences between the Genie SLC-24 and the other Superlift Contractors.
Genie SLC-12 vs Genie SLC -18 | Superlift Contractor
The main differences between the Genie SLC-24, the Genie SLC-12 and the Genie SLC-18 lie in the dimensions and the productivity. The working mechanism and the basic structural design remains the same.
Genie SLC-12 | Superlift Contractor
Width – stowed: 2 ft .75″ | Load Capacity: 650 lbs | Lifting Height: 12 ft 11“
Documents for the Genie SLC-12 & Genie SLC-18:
Genie SLC-18 | Superlift Contractor
Width – stowed: 2 ft .75“ | Load Capacity: 650 lbs | Lifting Height: 18 ft 6″
We have seen that the height measurements depend largely on whether the fork is up or down. The Genie SLC-12 is the smallest of the lot. When the standard fork is down, the height measures in at 3.4 meters. When the fork is up the height is 3.94 meters. The same holds true when the adjustable fork is being used. When the boom is used, the Genie SLC-12 measures 3.7 meters in height.
The Genie SLC-18 on the other hand is the mid-sized model. When the standard fork is down, the machine has a height of 5.1 meters. The height of the machine is 5.64 meters when the fork is up. Like the other two Superlift Contractors, you will find that the measurements are the same if the adjustable fork is used. The stowed height, length and width of all three models are the same.
The Genie SLC-12 weighs in at 102 kg while the Genie SLC-18 is heavier and weighs 139 kg. The Genie SLC-24 is the heaviest and weighs 157 kg as mentioned before.
A load center of 14 inches gives a load capacity of 295 kg in all three models. A 24 inch load center also has the same effect on all three models and gives a load capacity of 193 kgs. The big difference is felt when the load center is shifted to 42 inches. That’s when the Genie SLC-12 gives a load capacity of 82 kg. Both the Genie SLC-18 and the Genie SLC-24 have a load capacity of 73 kg.
The choice between the three different models (i.e. Genie SLC-24, Genie SLC-18 and Genie SLC-12) is a difficult one. Since the technologies are similar, one may be tempted to go for the lower model (namely the Genie SLC-12). The real choice should be based on need. The needs in question would be the weight of the articles that one needs to carry and the height to which it needs to be raised.
The price difference between each product isn’t really much. That makes the selection of a Superlift Contractors does not require much of cost consideration. Once you have chosen your Superlift Contractor, don’t forget to give due consideration to the load handling attachments. Selecting the right attachments is important. Ensuring that you have the right combination will ensure that using the machine is both productive and easy.
✓ Read our guide on Genie hoists and lifts to learn about different types of material lifts available.