Manitou Group, worldwide reference in handling, aerial lift platforms and earthmoving, presents its new range of articulated loaders at a dedicated event. The Group's aim is to offer a very wide range of products to meet the needs of all its users.
One of the most extensive ranges on the market
With 12 new models, Manitou Group has extended its range of articulated loaders, which now comprises 22 models, all available under the Gehl AL (Articulated Loader) and Manitou MLA (Manitou Loader Articulated) brands. These new products offer a load capacity ranging from 700 kg to 1.5 t for a lifting height of between 2.50 m for a short arm and 3.07 m for a long arm. In order to offer a level of performance adapted to each model, series 2 and 3 models are equipped with a 25 hp stage V engine, and series 4 and 5 with 48 hp. The complete range makes it possible to respond to very wide-ranging demands, with the largest of the articulated loaders providing a nominal load capacity of up to 3.3 tonnes. This depth of range is aimed at many markets thanks to a wide selection of attachments comprising more than 100 products, including buckets, forks and bale clamps, as well as levelers and augers.
The wide variety of applications enables the Group to target very different markets, be it agriculture, with stable and livestock maintenance, or construction, with specifically designed models (AL320/MLA 3-25 H-C and AL420/MLA 4-50 H-C for “Construction”). These two versions also allow pallets of materials to be handled on urban sites, where there are space constraints. It should also be noted that with such a broad product range, the new articulated loaders will also fully meet the expectations of landscapers and horticulturists. All the models are equipped with hydrostatic transmission for added performance. The Manitou MLA 2-25H and Gehl AL 230 models have a hydraulic motor on each wheel to make these small machines even more maneuverable in any environment. These new models will all be available in all the Gehl and Manitou distribution networks in Europe in June.
Summary of the 12 new articulated loader models / 6 Gehl models and 6 Manitou models:
A wide but compact offer!
Manitou Group has worked on the design of these new machines to create models that are more ergonomic and even more slim-line than previous ones, while still offering a very high level of performance. The engine hoods have been shortened and the engine positioned lengthwise to the chassis to reduce the size of series 3 and 4 models. The minimum width is 1.10 m. The chassis has also been revised to reduce the length of these products.
The low height of between 2.14 m and 2.29 m for the biggest models also allows them to be maneuvered easily in tight spaces. A joystick makes them quick to master, by new and experienced users alike. In addition, optimal 360° visibility around the cab ensures a very high level of safety for users. Frédérik Crul, manager of the articulated loader range, adds: "We want to provide our users with solutions that are tailored to their needs with compact, high-performance machines that can move around easily in any kind of environment. Distributed under the Manitou and Gehl brands, this range will be available close to our customers, with an increasingly premium service offered to our customers.
An easily transportable range
To facilitate the movement of these loaders between different work sites or farms, certain models are transportable on a 3,500 kg PTAC trailer, which can be used with a basic BE license. The weight ranges from 1.5 t for series 2 to 2.6 t for series 5 models. This advantage allows the Group to adapt to the constraints of rental companies and tradespeople, who have to move their handling equipment very frequently within a very short time frame.
Like all machines designed by Manitou Group, all these articulated loaders are connected, sending information directly on the My Gehl and My Manitou smartphone applications, enabling users to monitor their activity and anticipate maintenance operations. Thanks to the EasyMANAGER solution (web portal and mobile app), fleet managers can remotely monitor the activity of every machine and thereby optimize their fleet management. These data can also be accessed via an API to facilitate integration into the data management systems our customers have in place. Maintenance operations are carried out easily thanks to access to the engine and battery at the rear of the machine, allowing for a more rapid response. This simplified maintenance enables users to reduce their total cost of ownership (TCO). These connected models benefit from a two-year warranty as standard, which can be extended to up to six years and/or 6000 hours for complete peace of mind at work. To provide even more service, Manitou Group has a network of almost 400 Manitou and Gehl distributors in Europe, who ensure a very high availability rate for all spare parts for the articulated loader range as well as for all the ranges as a whole. The aim is to respond very quickly to the needs of all the users, whatever their location.