Manitou launches heavy duty telehandler
By Euan Youdale10 June 2014
France-based Manitou has launched the MLT 960 multi-purpose telehandler.
With a capacity of 13200 pounds (6000 kg) and a maximum lift height of 29 ft 6 inch (9 m), the MLT 960 is designed for heavy duty work for agriculture, waste management and bio-gas applications. It is equipped with a 104 kW Interim Tier IV John Deere diesel engine.
The new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox provides smooth drive operation while maintaining maximum tractive effort at any speed. “The transmission control reacts to the demand on the machine to provide the correct torque and speed automatically without interruption. By enabling the engine to run at its most efficient speed, the CVT system provides better fuel economy than other transmission systems,” said a company spokesman.
Reinforced Dana axles provide no drop in torque from 0 – 25 mph (40 km/hr). Additionally, an inching pedal has been implemented into the MLT 960 to assist in managing forward movement and hydraulic-powered attachment speed separate from the vehicle engine speed.
Load sensing hydraulics are made possible by a variable piston pump, which delivers more efficiency and less heat than a standard gear pump, said the company. Standard auxiliary hydraulics provides 3900 psi (270 bar) of pressure and a flow rate of 47.7 gpm (180 L/min.)
The new, Manitou-patented Duplex boom provides 360 degrees of visibility due to its low mount position. A reduction in overall weight of the internal components increases lifting capacities with a minimal increase in machine size.
For greater operator efficiency, switches and controls are grouped according to function. Drive, boom and hydraulic functions are all controlled by the JSM (joystick, switch & move) control, leaving the other hand free to operate the steering wheel. A -mounted interactive dashboard digitally displays the hour meter, speed, travel direction and maintenance reminders.
“With its large lift capacity and high lift height, the MLT 960 telescopic loader provides a unique alternative to large wheel loaders. It provides a fixed load capacity while turning, extended forward and vertical reach, and extra bucket curl over large wheel loader models,” added the manufacturer.