Manitou Group treated its North American dealers to the first glimpse of a number of new machines for the agriculture and construction industries when several new telehandlers and a track loader were seen for the first time in public at Manitou North America’s annual dealer meeting.
Manitou introduced the MLT 630 NewAg, a versatile and compact telehandler with a lift capacity of 6,600 lb (2,993kg) and capable of reaching a speed of 23mph. The machine’s boom extends beyond the reach of a typical tractor with a maximum lift height of 19.8ft (5.9m) and a forward reach of 10.11ft (3.3m).
Nearly 300 North American dealers also got to see at close hand, Mustang by Manitou’s all-new 1050RT track loader – the most compact model in the company’s lineup with a ROPS (roll over protection structure) height of 70in (1.7m) and overall width of 48in (1.2m). Its small size makes it ideal for tight access applications and the rental industry.
Gehl’s smallest telehandler, the RS4-14, was also on display. At 60in (1.5m) wide and 75in (1.9m) tall, the machine is still capable of lifting as much as 4,400 lb (1,995kg). Being lightweight, the vehicle is easy to transport and is intended to be a worthwhile machine for the construction industry as well as the rental market and do-it-yourself members of the public.
“This is an exciting time at Manitou North America as we pursue new market opportunities and focus on strengthening our products, services and customer support,” said Mark Hanson, CEO of Manitou North America.
“Our annual dealer meeting provides a really great opportunity to come together with our customers, listen and learn from each other, and plan for the future.”