Manitou hosted a flashy presentation this evening to announce several all new telehandler product ranges.
The first two new products are the MT compact telehandlers - the seven metre/3,000kg MT 730H and nine metre/3,000kg MT 930H. Both have an overall width and an overall height of just under two metres, with an overall length to the carriage of 4.68 metres. Forward reach is four metres on the MT730 with up to 950kg, and 2,500kg to full height, while the MT930 has just over six metres forward reach with 450kg and can take 2,000kg to full height.
The units weigh 5,880kg and 6,550kg respectively, offer a ground clearance of almost 350mm, while standard equipment includes hydrostatic transmissions, Stage V diesels, a new cab with improved visibility including large information screen, a sensor type joystick controller, auto stop, auto parking brake, longer service intervals and easy oil sampling. They come with a number of new attachments including a fold back fork to reduce the overall length of the machine for easy transport.
The video shows the new MT compacts in action
All new MRT telehandler range
The second and perhaps most significant range is an all new 360 degree MRT product line, which will be available in two formats - ‘Vision’ and ‘Vision +’ - with lift heights up to 35 metres and lift capacities to seven tonnes. The Vision + line up includes five base models – three with six tonnes maximum capacities – the MRT 2260, MRT 2660 and 3060 with lift heights of 22, 26 and 30 metres, plus two with seven tonnes capacity, the 25 metre MRT 2570 and 35 metre 3570.
The simpler more basic Vision line includes four 4,500kg models - the 16 metre MRT1645, 18 metre MRT 1845, 21 metre MRT 2145 and 25 metre MRT 2545 - with a choice of engine power offered plus the simpler versions of the units in the Vision+ range.
The new models do look quite different and feature an all new high vision cab with no structural bars from the front to the back of the roof to restrict the view.
The cab also features an extra large touch screen and pop up informatics and hot water heater. The new machines are said to be up to five percent lighter, and yet offer increased capacities of up to 15 percent. They also feature automatic transmissions with a road speed of up to 40kph. Access to the deck is available on both sides and at both ends of the chassis making it easy to climb down regardless of the superstructure slew position.
Power comes from a Yanmar Stage V/Tier 4 diesel coupled with a new hydraulic system, which is said to offer smoother function speeds up to 30 percent faster. The company claims a five percent reduction in cost of ownership and improved paint quality. Initially two of the models – the 22 and 26 metre lift height units – will be available as all electric or hybrid/bi-energy versions, with the first deliveries of these scheduled for the first quarter 2022.
The company also said that it is working on converting its entire telehandler range to electric or hybrid power, but don’t expect too much before the end of 2022. It is also testing out hydrogen based power sources.
Finally, it will also introduce an all new ULM - Ultra Light Manitou – light weight ultra compact telehandler range with overall weights of no more than 2,600kg. They will offer an overall width of 1.5 metres and an overall height of 1.9 metres, making them ideal machines to tow on a 3.5 tonne gross two axle trailer. They will retain all of the usual features, including four wheel drive and steer, and will be available to order by the end of the year, with delivery in 2022.
It looks as though Manitou has some really exciting new products lined up for launch over the next two years. Sadly, the presentation, while very theatrical was a little short on detailed content.
We will though learn more on the specifications later in the week, when we will hopefully be in a position to provide a more detailed overview of the new products. In particular, the new MRT range is clearly aimed at tempering Magni's rapid growth with its high tech high visibility cabs and larger machines. While it might not quite achieve that - the two companies between them will certainly put the squeeze on others - 'when elephants fight its the grass that gets trampled'.
We will also upload any more information when we receive it. In the meantime, Manitou is clearly excited about its plans and you can be sure that they will almost certainly be well executed. Watch this space.