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The new Man­i­tou MC18 fork­lift is small and rugged

Farms & Farm Machinery - - Plant & Equipment -

With an over­all width of just 1.45m, the new MC18 roughter­rain fork­lift from Man­i­tou is de­signed for work in re­stricted spa­ces.

The ul­tra-com­pact ma­te­rial han­dler is also just 2.95m long and has a cabin height of 2.15m. If you have height re­stric­tions, such as door en­try re­quire­ments, that height can be re­duced to a mere 1.99m by go­ing for the ‘Buggy’ ver­sion.

Both of the new mod­els have the same max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of 1.8 tonnes, max­i­mum lift­ing height of 5.5m and high ground clear­ance of 30cm, which the com­pany says is the high­est clear­ance on the mar­ket.

To al­low op­er­a­tors to mon­i­tor the load through­out the lift, Man­i­tou has de­signed a new panoramic glazed roof without a me­tal struc­ture for the new truck. This is com­posed of two tem­pered glass sheets sep­a­rated by a plas­tic film (es­sen­tially cre­at­ing a type of lam­i­nated glass which meets ISO 6055 (FOPS) safety stan­dards).

A dou­ble-skin cover con­sist­ing of a tough, rigid sec­tion and a flex­i­ble in­su­lated sec­tion re­duces noise to 79dB, be­low the mar­ket av­er­age of 86dB.

The MC18-4 of­fers the op­tion of switch­ing from two-wheel to four-wheel drive, whether the ma­chine is in op­er­a­tion or not.

The 4WD gives the MC18 im­proved drive­abil­ity and trac­tion, while the 2WD al­lows you to reach a speed of 25km/h. Man­i­tou says this leads to a 12.5 per cent re­duc­tion of fuel con­sump­tion in the han­dling cy­cle.

En­gine ac­cess has been made eas­ier through the use of a cap just be­hind the op­er­a­tor’s seat which al­lows the user to check the var­i­ous lev­els without need­ing to lift up the cab or have spe­cial tools.

“In close col­lab­o­ra­tion with our en­gi­neer­ing of­fice, we have de­signed an ul­tra-com­pact fork­lift that en­ables farm­ers to get around path­ways eas­ily,” Man­i­tou lift truck mar­ket­ing man­ager Pa­trick Lari­dan says.

“It is a prod­uct that is per­fectly suited to mar­ket gar­den­ers and nurs­ery peo­ple work­ing in some­times dif­fi­cult ter­rains.

“With a to­tal cost of own­er­ship among the low­est on the mar­ket, we can say that with the MC18 we have rein­vented the rough-ter­rain fork­lift.”

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