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Squirrel 708 SD

9m reach | 7m platform height

This model is ideal for low to high tree pruning. Standard features include side swing cage, hydraulic electric three speed, large drive wheels with planetary drive hubs with fail-safe brakes, allowing the operator to work at maximum capacity of 180KG SWL on steep slopes.

  • Genuine foot controls SD (Soft Drive)
  • Fully enclosed spacious engine compartment
  • Self lubricating replaceable bushes
  • Powerful three hydraulic pump system
  • Swing out drive wheels width 1.75-3m
  • Planetary wheel drive hubs
  • Best back up and spare parts
  • Electric hydraulic three speed
  • Towing & free wheeling standard
  • Diesel Kubota 3 cyl engine option
  • Two caster flotation wheels
  • Hydraulic wheel shift std
  • Safety throughout
  • Side swing cage
  • Electric throttle
  • Enclosed cage
  • Compact length

Compact length

The high king pin post allows the boom length to be significantly shorter and results in greater Squirrel mobility. With the SQUIRREL 708  the overall length with cage down is 4.9m with the king pin post height being 2.7m.

Swing out drive wheels width 1.75m - 3m

The 708 SQUIRREL have a quick adjustable drive wheel track. The wheels swing out to 3m outside for work and can easily swing in for transport. Safety switches prevent the boom raising above 4m if the wheels are not at 3m. The wide wheel base gives a very safe and smooth ride over rough terrain.
Adjusting the wheel track is very quick and foolproof: using a switch inside of the cage, just drive the Squirrel with the switch on and boom pedal operating the wheel width ram in or out. The 1.75m narrow setting enables easy transport on car trailers.



1.75m narrow setting

3m wide setting


Drive wheels Ø790mm x 340mm wide 10 ply (31x13.5x15) and Caster wheels Ø790mm x 250mm (31x10.5x15) (above left in each picture) are standard. On the right side of each picture is what most other makes of EWPs use.

With large drive & caster wheel, easer climbing kerbs smother ride = increasing productivity

 The larger wider wheels make driving over street kerbs large branches and soft ground a lot easier and smoother, enabling the operator to continue driving and pruning efficiently. 


SQUIRRELs are fitted with special valving that give a soft start and stop, greatly reducing the jerky effect that other cherry pickers have.

Planetary Drive Wheel Hubs

Drive wheel planetary hubs are specially made for Crendon Machinery and feature, large 8:1  reduction gearbox with an integrated hydraulic motor and incorporate fail safe multi-disc wet brakes as standard. These brakes work when driving down a slope and eliminates creep and overrun. Hubs have quick spring loaded disengage freewheeling as standard. large tapered wheel bearings & cogs; the hub is twice the weight of our competitors. Special seals on the brake piston for long life. This is the most powerful efficient drive giving maximum torque to the drive wheels. Hydraulic motors are "BMYS" high torque at low speed with 250 bar seals, case drain hoses are fitted.

90 lt fuel tank

The SQUIRREL engine is fitted with a mechanical fuel pump, fuel filter and has a 90 litre steel fuel tank to allow for up to 4-5 days use.

Powerful Triple Pump Hydraulic System

Hydraulics have the capacity to handle steep and adverse conditions. The system is protected by a very large fine 20 micron suction filter and smaller 5 micron return filter.

Both filters are fitted with glycerine pressure gauges to indicate when filters need changing.

Three hydraulic pumps are fitted - 1 pump for boom lift & side swing, 2 pumps for drive wheels. This 3 pump system keeps the pressure low. Three hydraulic oil tanks in the frame and an exhaust fan keep the oil cool.

All hydraulic rams are fitted with safety lock-out valves preventing any creep or movement when not operated.

Fully enclosed engine compartment

The bonnets are made from heavy steel and will not break with fallen or overhanging branches. For security, the bonnets are lockable and swing up with a gas strut to give easy access for servicing.

A Vanguard V-twin cylinder 23hp EFI engine is standard or optional extra or Kubota 3 cylinder water cooled 23hp diesel is available. The exhaust is extended and piped low down to the rear of the Squirrel away from workers. Engine auto stops when oil pressure is low.

Engine is mounted on springs to eliminate vibration in the cage

Sealed Enclosure

A sealed enclosure protects all the electrical components. All external electrical connections are rated at IP67. 3 resettable circuit breakers are fitted to protect the wiring.

Dual caster wheels

Two independent large diameter caster wheels with an additional horizontal pivot provide a very smooth ride over uneven terrain or street kerbs. As one wheel mounts a kerb the other stays at the original level. Effectively the height of the kerb is halved. This allows the operator to comfortably work safely and quickly.

Genuine Foot Controls

The SQUIRREL is a machine with unique foot controls, giving three dimensional movement without the operator shifting his feet. A wide seat belt holds the operator directly above the foot pedals giving a safe and comfortable working position. The fully adjustable spring centred foot pedals allow you to continue working with both hands free AT ALL TIMES. This proven feature alone makes the SQUIRREL the most efficient machine.

Safe in and out of Cage
The SQUIRRELs Cage: is safe and easy to enter and exit -   no bending and twisting under hand rails.  It is automatically closed and latched with 2 separate latches. As the rear seat belt is attached, getting in and out is safe and fast. To un-latch it requires 2 fingers to lift two latches, then push back. The latch handles are recessed in the back inside corner.
The Squirrel gate is fully OHS safety compliant providing the safest way to access the cage, no bending and twisting your back as in other EWPs.
Easy Adjust Foot Stops

New foot stops are larger and can now be adjusted without tools, rotate up 70º and slide to next hole then rotate down 70º. They cannot be removed from the pedal unless a nyloc nut is undone. New foot pedals are bigger with more gap around sides to allow small pieces of debris to fall through.


Cage bottom guard

Foot Controls are protected by a bottom guard, to clean just remove 2 clips and this will swing down cleaning itself. To remove fully un clip another 3 clips.

Hydraulic Three Speed

Three speed is a standard feature which operates independently from the variable engine rpm, enabling the operator to select a wide range of speeds for safe and faster operation. There is a toggle stick in the cage to change speeds, which can be done while driving.
A safety height sensor switches gear 3 off and reverts to gear 2 when the cage is raised above  1/3rd height.
Gear 1 slow speed steady work at heights.
Gear 2  steady to fast work speed.
Gear 3  travelling speed.


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Disclaimer: The pictures and information are a guide only.  Specifications are subject to change without notice and without liability expressed or implied.

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Disclaimer: The pictures and information are a guide only.  Specifications are subject to change without notice and without liability expressed or implied.