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Stellar Introduces New Telescopic Hooklift at NTEA Work Truck Week

Stellar NXT18 Hooklift at WTW22

Stellar, an employee-owned and operated manufacturer of mechanic trucks and cranes, tire service trucks, hooklifts, roll-off cable hoists, trailers, and service truck and van accessories, announced 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. It features a Z channel base design and an industry leading universal body latching system.

Completely manufactured in the US, the NXT18 is an 18,000-lb capacity hoist built for a Class 4-7 chassis. The unit has a 35.63/54-inch hook height as well as rectangular style secondary jib. With approximately 7.5-inch lost load height, Stellar offers the lowest profile in the industry. This provides a lower vertical center of gravity and the ability to accommodate down to 4-inch sub-frame heights.


The flexible universal body latching system features inside and outside locks that users can unbolt, reposition, and bolt back down. Therefore, the user can 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 off locks, re-weld, or repaint.

Not only does the NXT18 have a universal latching system, but also a universal hydraulic reservoir. Mount the reservoir in four different places: bulkhead or chassis frame on 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,” says Tim Worman, senior product manager at Stellar. “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. 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 series to come equipped with electronic controls for more efficient hooklift operation. 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. The hooklift will be available at distributors later this year.

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