The Knuckle Boom Lifts manufactured by Genie are rather strong four wheel steering and four wheel drive capable machinery. These models allow for work to be performed effectively, even on rough terrains. The menu based ALC 1000 electronic controls help to allow the user to make easy calibrations to the machine and its parts. System diagnostics are available in multiple languages. On the Z-80/60 model, there are dual fuel options available. The optional Deutz diesel powered engine is turbocharged, but quiet. It allows for better performance at higher altitudes. Also, it carries more than enough torque for better terrain- and grade-ability.
Improved traction for tough terrain is due to full-time positive traction and four-wheel drive. The Z-135/70 comes standard with four-wheel steering. Optional features on this model include coordinated, crab, front wheel, and rear wheel steering to give the machine added agility. The full-time active oscillating axle helps improve wheel contact on irregular ground. All of these features make Genie Knuckle Boom lifts smoother and easier to use on uneven terrain.
Though these models are bigger than other Genie engine-powered articulating Z-booms, they have features like continuous 360 degree turntable rotation and telescoping jibs to provide the user with incredible range of motion and reach. The design of the Z-boom gives the models exceptional over and up positioning capability which ranges from 8.83 meters on the Z-80/60 unit to 23.01 meters on the Z-135/70 model. The XChassis expanding axle is an innovatively engineered device utilized for retracting and extending axles in and out of stowed position. When the axle is stowed the width of the Z-135/70 unit machinery is just 2.46 meters. The Z-80/60 has fixed width axles for easier transport.