You may have heard the words “circular economy” mentioned recently and wondered why?

It’s a phrase being used in the equipment industry right now to promote the idea of manufacturing or producing machinery in a sustainable or environmentally friendly way. 

It is also the terminology being applied to the concept of recycling or reusing construction machinery to promote ongoing sustainability. Some OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), like JLG, have implemented reconditioning programs, which repair, restore and recirculate existing machines into the market, to meet sustainability targets in the circular economy. 

Equipment reconditioning programs are not new to the industry. In fact, JLG launched its program more than 25 years ago. Yet, there still is a lot of confusion about what it is, and what it is not. 

Let’s take a look at eight frequently asked questions about reconditioned equipment and how JLG’s program benefits the circular economy...

1. What is reconditioned equipment?

To best understand what reconditioned equipment is, it’s important to understand exactly what reconditioning entails. And, that definition differs among OEMs. For some, reconditioning is simply putting new paint and tires on a machine. 

For others, including JLG, reconditioning programs follow strict guidelines to rebuild machines to like-new condition.

2. What is included in the reconditioning process?

The JLG reconditioning program is designed to adhere to the same guidelines as new equipment manufacturing. It is more than just a paint job because repairing and restoring reconditioned machines to their original specifications must be a complete process to give them new life, inside and out.  

To bring back JLG equipment to the initial machine specifications of the model from its original manufacture date, our extensive reconditioning process includes:

  • Units are completely torn down and inspected
  • Major sub-assemblies are verified for structural integrity
  • All components are tagged and re-associated with the original serial-numbered machine
  • Powertrain is inspected and resealed or rebuilt, as needed
  • All wiring harnesses and hydraulic hoses are replaced
  • New wire rope kit is installed

Once a machine is returned to “like new” condition through the reconditioning process, JLG requires that it be able to pass the required ANSI annual machine inspection, which includes a thorough evaluation of four major components (as applicable by model): 1) Electrical system, 2) Hydraulic system, 3) Drive train and 4) Structural components, as well as meet other applicable ANSI standards.  All of JLG’s reconditioned machines come with a standard 3-yr warranty. This commitment to detail ensures that JLG reconditioned units are ready to go straight from the facility to the job site.

3. How long does it take to do a complete machine reconditioning? 

JLG’s reconditioning process and facility are extremely efficient, and a machine can usually be reconditioned in 2-3 weeks. The exact amount of time to recondition a machine depends on the machine itself. Factors that influence this include its size, the condition of the machine and the availability of parts needed to return the equipment to the original specifications of its manufacture date.

4. Does JLG recondition all of its machines?

JLG’s program is currently available on 40 ft and above IC (internal combustion) boom lifts.

5. Is there a limit as to how many times a machine can be rebuilt?

There is no limit to how many times a machine can be reconditioned. That said, over time a machine’s technology and components will become outdated, even obsolete, and at that point, either JLG or our customers may decide that it is no longer feasible to continue to invest in reconditioning the machine. 

6. Who buys reconditioned equipment?

Customers who purchase JLG reconditioned machines are often looking to grow and manage their fleets with lower-cost equipment investments in higher-quality, higher-value products. 

7. How much money can customers save with a reconditioned unit compared with buying a new machine?

Cost savings vary by machine, but it is estimated that a reconditioned machine offers 25-35% cost savings over purchasing new.  

8. Why does JLG offer a reconditioning program?

From new production through reconditioning, JLG is able to deliver the whole spectrum of equipment, helping customers expand their fleets to include the products they want and need — meeting their business goals in every way possible. 

Since its launch in 1997, JLG’s reconditioning program has grown through all economic conditions, regardless of the market conditions (supply chain constraints, looming recession, etc). The JLG reconditioning program, in addition to helping the circular economy by giving second life to JLG machines, is about flexibility. It offers customers many options to create the right fleet mix to meet their specific business needs, particularly in fluctuating market conditions. 

Simply put: It gives customers the opportunity to invest in high-quality reconditioned, like-new JLG stock machines for less than the cost of a new equipment purchase. 

Interested in learning more about how JLG factory-trained experts restore its machines to like-new condition to offer help the environment and offer customers a great alternative to buying new? Get more details about the program by clicking here. 

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ClearSky Smart Fleet - ACTIONABLE DATA FOR REAL-WORLD ROI - by Ara Eckel, Director of Product Management, JLG


ClearSky Smart Fleet

When I explain how and why we developed ClearSky Smart Fleet™, I always mention the need for it to provide actionable data. But what exactly is “actionable data?” And why is it so important?

Actionable data is information that you can easily and effectively use. Throughout our development process, we learned that everybody views actionable data differently. What's actionable for me might not be actionable for you.

That’s why everything on the ClearSky Smart Fleet portal is completely customizable. You can change your entire layout to match your preferences. You can save dashboards in different views. That makes it simple to save a sales dashboard or service dashboard, for example, to see the most relevant data for various elements of fleet management.

And, with the help of ClearSky Fleet Smart’s mobile app, you can directly interact with the machines near you to get that data. Because we’ve standardized connectivity hardware with your new machine purchase, you can simply use your mobile device’s Bluetooth capability to accomplish so many tasks. Here are just a few examples:

Finding the Right Machine. To locate a particular machine, you can simply use the “Detect” feature on the app and light up the machine you’re looking for or beep its horn or both, with the option of an added audio cue. At JLG, we use this capability just like our customers do. We need to account for a specific machine on a lot where hundreds of identical models are stored. Instead of walking from unit to unit and looking at every single serial number, we can use the ClearSky Smart Fleet app to honk the machine’s horn or turn on its lights within seconds.

Machine Status. With the embedded IoT system now integrated into the standard machine control system, insights can be quickly and directly delivered to many more groups across a rental organization than telematics has ever done.  

Say I’m a fuel truck driver, and I show up at a site where I’m supposed to “refuel the telehandler.” But there are 20 of them, and I don’t know which one needs fuel. Another simple yet highly impactful status is if you’ve plugged in your scissor lifts. This quick status check can make or break the productivity of tomorrow for the expensive workforce relying on delivering rent-ready equipment to their customers. This technology tells you within seconds with a visual status color indication. The same goes for a service tech or a branch manager. It’s an example of how we’ve expanded the concept of telematics into real-world applications that provide greater ROI.

Coming Soon: Next-level Fleet Information & Interactivity. Traditional telematics has geofencing capabilities, and typically, those geofences are all shapes and sizes because no two job sites are identical. To geofence multiple machines on a job site, you must first assign a location to each machine individually when it arrives and remove it when it leaves, which is tedious. People tend not to use the geofencing feature simply because of that fact.

To make geofencing easier with ClearSky Smart Fleet, JLG leverages an automated Bluetooth mesh network of interactivity between all units that are present. As machines are delivered, move around a job site and come into contact with each other, they automatically create or join an existing site network which is now filterable. That means our customers can get job-site-level interactions, branch-level interactions and more. The machines create their own site network geofence border that changes from moment to moment as they move around, basically automating the geofencing process.

Online Express. If you’re a JLG owner or operator, you may already be familiar with our Online Express aftermarket e-commerce site. It’s where you go if you want to purchase a part, learn about your machine’s service needs, find parts manuals and so on. Now, we’ve integrated that functionality into ClearSky Smart Fleet.

Say you’re a service technician and you get a diagnostic trouble code of 2634, which refers to issues with a foot switch. What do you do with that info? With ClearSky Smart Fleet, you can click on the knowledge article that accompanies that trouble code. You’ll also get links to the recommended parts to fix the foot switch. You can click on those links and add the parts to your shopping cart right there in the app. This type of intuitive, integrated experience is what ClearSky Smart Fleet is all about. 


Presenting ClearSky Smart Fleet™, a bold, new frontier in fleet management from JLG

Standard on most JLG equipment, ClearSky Smart Fleet™ pushes the industry into a bold, new frontier in fleet management and communication. Industry-first, two-way data transmission evolves one-way connectivity into true fleet interactivity, helping you unlock record-breaking levels of productivity and profitability from the office to the job site. More than a single piece of fleet management software, ClearSky Smart Fleet is a robust, evolving platform capable of supporting and introducing a multitude of new functionalities, new insights and new ways to run efficient, more cost-effective operations no matter if you work within the intuitive web portal or the dedicated mobile app. JLG Industries, Inc. is the world's leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of access equipment. The Company's diverse product portfolio includes leading brands such as JLG® mobile elevating work platforms; JLG and SkyTrak® telehandlers; and an array of complementary accessories that increase the versatility and efficiency of these products. JLG is an Oshkosh Corporation Company [NYSE: OSK]. Learn more at https://www.jlg.com/en. Sign up for JLG product updates and news: www.jlg.com/en/direct-access Facebook: www.facebook.com/JLGindustries Twitter: www.twitter.com/jlg_industries Instagram: www.instagram.com/jlgindustries LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/jlg-industries Watch the on-demand demo of ClearSky Smart Fleet: www.smartfleet.jlg.com


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Why is that important? Because well-maintained equipment will have a longer lifespan overall, as will its different components.

Equipment care involves several to-do’s, including preventive and predictive maintenance, equipment inspections and replacing parts.

In this whitepaper, we highlight six frequently asked questions about equipment maintenance, parts and service.

The answers to these questions can help you increase the lifecycle of your machines, reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) and maximize your investments.

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