For its new range of telehandlers for the North American market, Manitou Group offers seven models, available under the Manitou (MTA range) and Gehl (TH range) brands. Manufactured at its Yankton, S.D., facility, and introduced at Conexpo, the new telehandler series is designed to meet the needs of the construction and rental markets in North America. This range offers a lifting height of 43 to 56 feet and lifting capacities of 6,000 to 12,000 pounds. The new design also offers improved visibility, enhanced comfort and performance, and a lower total cost of ownership, the manufacturer says. The design has been completely redesigned with a new cab, providing enhanced comfort and visibility around the machine and on the attachment. Noise pollution is reduced to 80 dBA inside the cab. In the driver’s cab, an intuitive dashboard provides operating and maintenance alerts, and the JSM (joystick switch and move) allows fingertip control of every function. This range also features an automatic parking brake.
“We have done a great deal of work on the comfort and performance of this new range,” says Steve Kiskunas, U.S. telehandler product line manager. “The new load-sensing hydraulic system improves smoothness and accuracy, and the combined hydraulic movements provide greater efficiency for increased productivity. The new transmission’s automatic mode offers greater flexibility and optimum torque with less operator fatigue, with the option to switch to standard powershift transmission at any time.”
Manitou Group has also worked on reducing total cost of ownership with more robust components for better residual value. Design innovations have also been introduced, including easier access to the engine, reducing preventive maintenance costs by 8.7 percent compared to the previous range.