Stellar Introduces New Telescopic Hooklift at NTEA Work Truck Week®


Indianapolis, Indiana — Stellar, an employee-owned and operated manufacturer of high-quality mechanic trucks and cranes, tire service trucks, hooklift, roll-off & container trucks, utility and telecom trailers, fuel and lube trailers, combine head trailers, and service truck and van accessories, is excited to announce the next evolution of telescopic hooklifts with the NXT Series at NTEA Work Truck Week in Indianapolis, March 9-11.

This strong, but lightweight unit is capable of loading, unloading, and dumping various truck bodies. The NXT18 is the first telescopic hooklift in the new NXT Series and features a Z channel base design and an industry leading universal body latching system.

Completely manufactured in the U.S., the NXT18 is an 18,000 lb. capacity hoist, built for a class four through seven chassis. The unit has a 35.63/54-inch hook height and rectangular style secondary jib. With approximately a 7.5-inch lost load height, Stellar offers the lowest profile in the industry, providing a lower vertical center of gravity and the ability to accommodate down to 4-inch sub-frame heights.

The universal body latching system is completely flexible with inside and outside locks that can be moved by unbolting, repositioning, and bolting back down. This allows the user to position the body locks in specific locations to accommodate body locks that may not be in the correct spot. The versatility of this system eliminates the need to cut locks off, re-weld or repaint.

Not only does the NXT18 have a universal latching system, but also a universal hydraulic reservoir. The reservoir can be mounted in four different places: bulkhead mount or chassis frame mount on either the street side or curbside of the unit. This removes any workaround needs if there are chassis items that could interfere with the reservoir mounting.

“With a culture of innovation, our team has done it again. We are really excited about the prospects of the new NXT Series and how much this will evolve telescopic hooklifts now and into the future,” said Tim Worman, Senior Product Manager at Stellar. “Our telescopic jib and secondary design on the NXT series allows us to be more compact than ever before to accomplish our lost load height — we know our customers will be excited to see it launch at Work Truck Week.”

The NXT18 will be the first in the new series to come equipped with electronic controls for more efficient operation of the hooklift.  The new system offers two-speed operation to allow for slowing the unit down for precise control in various situations. The new series will be introduced with a radio remote control to allow for unit operation in either the chassis cab or standing outside of the chassis cab.

For more information, visit our NXT Series page or contact us.