New line

27 February 2008

Rough-Terrain materialhandling equipment manufacturer Manitou has introduced its new 'Privilege' line of high lift telescopic handlers. The 13,5 m lift height MT 1440 replaces the MT 1435 model, and the 17,5 m MT 1840 replaces the MT 1740. Both models, in production now and available globally, have a maximum lifting capacity of 4000 kg.

The 10,8 tonne MT 1440 reaches out to a maximum of 9,38 m with a 1500 kg load, and out to 5,1 m with its maximum rated load of 4000 kg. The 11,4 tonne MT 1840 meanwhile can place 700 kg out to 13,2 m and 4000 kg to 5,0 m

The two models are very similar dimensionally. The overall width is 2,38 and 2,40 m, height is 2,45 and 2,50 m, and overall length is 6,13 and 6,27 m for the MT 1440 and MT 1435 respectively. Both have a turning radius under 4 m.


Manitou has given the line three variations. “R" is rental, for those who “want value for money above all,” said regional sales manager Nick Egan of Manitou UK. “A" denotes the access version, which offers “total precision" in the movement control and radio remote control of telescopic movements. The other option is the “EP" version, which is designed for lifting, but which can be retrofitted at a later date by the owner to up-grade it to the A's specification.

A Perkins 1104C.44 T engine powers the machines, rated at 60 kW for the rental version of the MT 1440, and 74,5 kW for the rest. A four-speed torque converter provides forward and reverse speeds of up to 25 km/h, and a hydrostatic transmission option will be available in January.

Attachments include side-shifting forks, a 1 m3 pickup bucket, a 0,9 m3 earth-moving bucket, and an access work platform (for the A version) with a 1000 kg capacity.

The fully enclosed cab measures 2 m3 and isolates operating noise to 79 dB. It has improved heating and de-misting systems and optional air conditioning. A dashboard screen displays boom elevation angle and outrigger deployment status, and a “help" screen guides the operator. Another screen presents total hours, timed elapsed hours, and time to next major maintenance, as well as “maintenance overdue" reminders and fault codes to guide initial trouble-shooting.

Safety features include automatic prevention of “excessive" movements and a parking brake that automatically sets when the transmission is in neutral.

Features to reduce operating costs include modular boom wear pads, a one-piece boom front end, and a drive unit whose angle drive is internal – there is no prop shaft. Covers protect flex lines, hoses, control valves, and tyre valve stems, and all fluid containers are accessible at the front of the cab. The operator can check the hydraulic fluid level as he climbs into the cab.

As to price, Manitou told CE that, “By introducing new technology and efficiencies, end user price of the product is more-or-less the same.

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