Manitou says sales of its new mid-height range of telehandlers have surged ahead in the UK since their launch at Bauma in April.
The three new models, with lifts heights of 7.75 m, 11.05 m and 12.55 m, were shown in prototype form at Bauma and subsequently at the inaugural Plantworx show last month in Warwickshire.
Designated the MT835, MT1135 and MT1335, the three new machines replace four existing Manitou models in the 7 m to 12 m lift height range.
Since their debut, Manitou UK has confirmed orders for 50 of the new machines to a number of rental customers, according to sales manager Paul Bidwell.
“Demand in the UK has been fairly stable for a while and these three machines have raised quite a lot of interest,” he says. “We’re very pleased with their success so soon after the launch.”
The new models replace Manitou’s existing MT732, MT932 and MT1030 machines and simplify the range, Manitou says. All three have identical designs and vary only in boom length and lifting capacity.
The new machines are powered by a 102 hp/75 kW four-cylinder Perkins diesel engine and are all capable of a nominal 3.5-tonne lifting capacity.
The MT835 lifts to a height of 7.75 m and will manage 1.15 tonnes at its maximum radius of 4.45 m.
The MR1135 and MT1335 have lift heights of 11.05 m and 12.55 m respectively and will lift 1.2 tonnes at 7.75 m radius and 1 tonne at 8.75 m.
“Production kicks in later this month [June] at the factory in Nantes,” Mr Bidwell says, with the first deliveries scheduled for mid-summer.