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Manitou unveils world’s highest capacity rotating telehandler

by John Bambridge on Sep 9, 2017


Both rotating telehandler machines can be equipped with a range of attachments, including jibs, skips and wenches, and with 360 degrees of rotation can also be used as a secondary on-site crane or aerial work platform.
Both rotating telehandler machines can be equipped with a range of attachments, including jibs, skips and wenches, and with 360 degrees of rotation can also be used as a secondary on-site crane or aerial work platform.

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Manitou has launched two new rotating telehandlers: the 24m-high reach MRT2470, the world’s highest capacity machine in rotating telehandler category to date, and the 30m-high reach MRT3050.

According to Laurent Bonnaure, vice president for sales and marketing, the 24m-high reach MRT2470 can carry up to seven tonnes and has “the perfect compromise between compactness and high capacity”.

He noted that Manitou originally set out to design a six tonne machine, “but operators kept asking us for more and more load capacity, and our engineers have succeeded in increasing the load capacity from six tonnes to seven tonnes”.

The development of the new machines, which feature a new chassis structure, took more than three years, stated the company, and the engineering breakthrough makes the MRT2470 the highest capacity rotating telehandler in the world.

The new chassis design also integrates all of the hydraulic and electric lines into the structure.

The MRT3050 meanwhile has a load capacity of five tonnes, and, said Bonnaure, “will suit any construction market requirement when it comes to quality, safety, price and increased productivity”.

Thomas Chesnay, the product manager for Manitou’s MRT range, added that the company’s pentagonal boom design boom offers more precision and more performance.

On the booms, the hydraulic lines on the machines are fitted on the outside for maintenance access, while chains for the extension and retraction in the upper part of the boom reduce the thickness.

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Manitou added that both its Manitou Rotating Telehandler (MRT) machines can be equipped with a range of attachments, including jibs, skips and wenches, and with 360 degrees of rotation can also be used as a secondary on-site crane or aerial work platform.

Chesnay added that the overall design of the machines was an improvement on previous MRT model, as “the shape of the new counterweight is more fluid, while the cover in the front of the cab is thinner in order to increase visibility in the front of the forks”.

The new machines also feature a new stabiliser system, which Manitou has claimed are the longest on the market – capable of extending up to 6.2m. “The main innovation is in the detection of ground pressure. The stabilisers use strain gauges in order to inform bad ground contact,” Chesnay noted.

Both machines are powered by Mercedes OM934 E4-5 Tier 4 Final engines providing 176 horsepower. The engines are paired with hydrostatic transmissions.



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