Manitou releases 36,000 lb handler

07 March 2008

Manitou North America will debut its massive 36,000 pound capacity MHT 10160 telescopic handler at Conexpo in Las Vegas this March

The machine has 36,000 pounds of maximum capacity with a lift height of 31 feet, 10 inches. Capacity at maximum height is 15,430 pounds. Capacity at its maximum forward reach of 18 feet is 9,260 pounds. According to the company, it is the largest rough terrain telehandler available on the market.

The handler is powered by a new 175 horsepower Tier III Mercedes turbo diesel and features a two speed hydrostatic transmission for strong maneuverability and ease of operation. The high horsepower Mercedes engine enables the MHT 10160 a 34,850 foot pounds of drawbar pull, giving it strong rough terrain performance.

A benefit to Manitou's northern states' customers, the MHT 10160 standard features include a fully enclosed ROPS-FOPS certified cab with heater and defroster. A high output load sensing hydraulic system is capable of performing three simultaneous movements with no loss of speed. The unit has a range of attachments available including a company patented off-road tire clamp. The unit offers all of the standard operating features of the Maniscopic line, such as three steering modes, and frame leveling.

According to Ryan Ford, Manitou's product specialist, the company has been evaluating the release of the machine in the US for almost two years. The handler is produced at the company's plant in Italy. Ford says initially, the model was sold to US government contractors for use in Sudan, but demand for more capacity prompted the company to release it stateside. “We've had many requests for more capacity, for a machine that was mobile that could handle heavy equipment,” he says, adding that he feels the machine is a niche product that is ideal for wind farms, mining, quarry work, container handling and other specialty applications that demand high capacity handling. “We feel that by offering units with these capacity ratings we are opening the telehandler market to customers who traditionally have had to look elsewhere (such as cranes) for material handling solutions. In doing so we are actually expanding the market. The volumes may not be as large as say our 8,000 pound construction units, but still a substantial number.”

The first machine sold in the US is anticipated to ship in the early second quarter, following its Conexpo debut. It will be delivered to Manitou's dealer Ideal Crane in Madison, WI. Ford says the company will be bringing more of the heavy-duty MHT line to the US in the near future.

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