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Manitou: 3 New Models At DDT


Focusing on serving niche markets and always pushing innovation further, Manitou Group, leaders in all-terrain material handling machinery are excited to unveil three new exciting machines at the Diesel, Dirt & Turf (DDT) Expo in April.

Making its debut display, the Manitou MC18 is Manitou’s new and enhanced rough-terrain forklift, designed with a compact design with an overall width of 1450mm, the MC18 allows for manoeuvring into restricted spaces. Offering greater visibility for a safer handling at height and less noise nuisance, this rough terrain forklift offers ease and comfort for the operator.

Available in 2 or 4 wheel drive versions, the MC18 allows you to accurately handle loads in all types of terrains. Thanks to its 30cm ground clearance, this machine delivers excellent grade ability to your worksite. The MC18 has been built with an emphasis on visibility, compactness and stability to ensure safe operation.


As said by Patrick Laridan, Manitou’s Lift Truck Marketing & Product Development Manager: “In close collaboration with our engineering office, we have designed an ultra-compact forklift that enables farmers to get around pathways easily. 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!”

Furthermore, those familiar with the Gehl brand are aware that Gehl’s range of Track loaders and Backhoe machines are known to be tough units that get the job done without fuss. Based in the US, these units have a solid reputation for a long and productive life.

Now the Gehl’s Track Loader range has gotten even better with the introduction of the RT165 Track Loader joining the team.

The RT165 comes in with a more compact frame but gives away little in terms of capacity and pulling power.

The Gehl RT165 features a rated operating capacity of 1650 pounds. Powered by a Tier 4 Yanmar engine, these CTLs also have high-flow auxiliary hydraulics available with 28.5 gpm. The adapted chassis is designed to handle track loader applications and loads.

There are choices galore with multiple track widths and tread patterns as well as control choices from pilot joystick to T-bar to hand/foot to pilot dual-hand. Maintenance has also been simplified with a swing-out door that allows full access to filters and other components.

Another exciting model set to be presented at the DDT is the Gehl BL818S Backhoe that is tailored to the conditions experienced in the Asia-Pacific region.


“The Gehl backhoe loader is a no-frills backhoe that is proven in the world’s harshest temperatures and environments,” Manitou Australia Managing Director Stuart Walker said.

“It is a machine that is dependable and offers high level of performance, and when it comes to value it blows the market away.”

The 7.5-tonne BL818S is powered by a 67kW Tier 3A Perkins engine. The loader has a side shift mounted backhoe with an extendable arm, with a maximum dig depth of 2602mm. The BL818S uses a Carraro power shuttle transmission with four forward and four reverse gears.

Hydraulic power is supplied through a 142lpm Cassapa pump, which delivers around 225 bar of pressure to the bucket, which translates to around 4756kgf of breakout force.

The backhoe has a fully ROPS/FOPS operator cab with air-conditioning and suspension seat. Hydraulically assisted steering helps the BL818S achieve a turning circle of 11.1m, making it suitable for mid-sized work sites.

[colored_box color=”eg. blue, green, grey, red, yellow”]Along with these three models, Manitou will also have their favourite machines on display at Diesel Dirt & Turf. Be sure to visit site 80 to check out their machines![/colored_box]

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