Manitou showcases latest forklift in UK


Manitou’s latest vehicle, the MC18 forklift, made its debut at the Executive Hire Show in Coventry, UK, this week.

The forklift made its debut at the UK construction show alongside the MT420, the company’s latest compact telehandler.

With an overall width of 1,450mm and a height of less than 2m on its ‘Buggy’ version, the MC18 truck offers the user optimum visibility during handling operations thanks to a new panoramic glazed roof without a metal structure.

This is composed of two tempered glass sheets separated by a plastic film (creating laminated glass). This combination ensures that the operator is protected from falling objects, and meets ISO 6055 (FOPS) safety standards requirements. This innovation allows the load to be monitored throughout the whole lifting operation.

To provide users with more comfort, the double-skin cover consists of a tough, rigid section and a flexible insulated section, ensuring that noise nuisance is reduced. With only 79dB in the cabin while running, the operator works in optimal conditions, whereas the market average is 86dB.

The MC18 delivers a ground clearance of 30cm, the highest on the compact truck market. This development gives it greater versatility on all types of ground, and makes obstacle clearance significantly easier. The floor height, accessible without steps, is retained thanks to optimization of the machine’s transmission components, which allows the operator to enter and exit the cab effortlessly.

The MC18-4 offers the option of switching from two-wheel to four-wheel drive, whether the machine is in operation or not. The four-wheel drive mode gives the MC18 improved driveability and traction, so it is easier to make difficult crossings.

By switching to two-wheel drive, the operator can reach a speed of 25km/h and increase productivity gains. This means that fuel consumption is reduced by 12.5% in the handling cycle optimizing the machine’s TCO.

February 9, 2018

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