Wed Nov 22, 2017
Author: Scott Hansen
Stromberg Carlson Products Inc. will debut a new line of electronic tongue jacks for the OEM and aftermarket trade at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky Nov. 27-30.
Stromberg Carlson president Bob Brammer says the company saw a need in the market for a tongue jack that offers both a quieter, faster performance, as well as a heavy-duty weight value.
“Stromberg Carlson believes there is a really good place for this type of tongue jack,” Brammer says. “We are bringing in a new line of electric tongue jacks. If you spend a few extra dollars on better hardware and switches and lights, you get a much quieter, tighter-feeling jack and that’s what we’ve one.”
The new line of jacks delivers a much quieter performance, which could prove to be a great benefit when breaking camp early in the morning near sleeping neighbors. The jacks are dual coated with electrodeposition paints and a powder-coat top layer. This results in greater rust resistance and a more environmentally friendly product.
“This coating improves on zinc-plated coatings, which have presented environmental challenges for the industry,” Brammer says. “Now it’s not an issue.”
The JET-4000 tongue jack, with a 4,000-pound weight limit, will be on display at the company’s booth in Louisville, along with its older 3,500-pound version.
“Our old line of jacks are a little less money, but for 12 percent more, this new jack is a lot nicer and we think there’s a place for both in the industry,” Brammer says. “Some people just want the best. We spent a little more money on the motor and a little more on the plating.”
In addition, the company has upgraded its system to include a ball screw rather than the standard screw system. In the new system, the ball screws act as a brushing when the rod goes up and down, creating much less friction than the standard screw systems, Brammer says.
“We’re excited to bring this to market,” Brammer says. “Customers want a jack that performs better at increased speeds, is quieter, and is also environmentally friendly. These jacks deliver on all fronts.”
The JET-4000 will be available for sale in January 2018. By the spring 2018, Stromberg will also add a 3,000-pound and a 5,000-pound ball-screw version.