‘Ploughing 2018’: New-look telehandler from Manitou touches down
This new pivot-steer (articulated) telescopic handler (pictured above) from Manitou is, arguably, one of the machinery highlights at this year’s National Ploughing Championships.
The new machine – there is just one model for now – is designated the MLA-T 533-145 V+. Maximum lift height (courtesy of its telescopic boom) is 5.2m; maximum lift capacity is 3.3t.
Muscle is provided by a 143hp, 4.1L Deutz engine. That’s mated to Manitou’s M-Vario Plus – a hydro-mechanical, four-range transmission. Top whack on the road is 40kph.
Thanks to the transmission’s hybrid (CVT) credentials, operators can select a mode whereby engine revs and forward speed can be controlled independently. This might prove useful, for example, when using a hydraulically-powered attachment up front.Also Read: Pics: Up close with Manitou’s new, pivot-steer telehandler
Boom suspension appears on the list of extra-cost options, along with other fitments.
In related news, Manitou Group – which encompasses not only the Manitou brand but others (including Gehl and Mustang) – unveiled a new R&D (Research & Development) test centre in Ancenis, France, earlier this year.
It will apparently improve the group’s ability to “perform endurance and durability tests on its products”.
Regular readers will know that AgriLand was on-site in the run-up to this week’s event (at Screggan – close to Tullamore, Co. Offaly) to photograph and preview new tractors and machinery at ‘Ploughing 2018’.
We also reported on new handlers and loading shovels on-site (including the aforementioned offering from Manitou).Also Read: Loaders lined up and on-site at ‘Ploughing 2018’
Stay tuned to AgriLand for ongoing machinery updates from the event.