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LAMMA 2017: Loaders and attachments

From mini pivot steer machines to large loading shovels, all the latest loaders were on show at LAMMA.


Merlo compact telehandlers

Italian handler firm Merlo continues to role out new models using its modular build concept and revised cab. The latest versions include the compact P27.6 and P33.7 Turbofarmer models.

The P27.6 replaces the P25.6, and measures 1.8m wide, with an overall height of 1.9m. Merlo says the machine offers the longest cab in its category, at 1010mm, boasting high levels of operator comfort.

When it comes to lifting performance, the P27.5 combines a 2.7-tonne lift capacity with a lift height of six metres. Load sensing hydraulics, joystick control and a choice of power output – 55hp or 75hp – add to the specification.

In addition, the P27.6’s hydrostatic transmission offers a 40kph road speed.

Gehl T750 telescopic loader

Part of the Manitou UK group, Gehl launched two new pivot steer loaders at the show.

Available in Gehl or Mustang livery, the new models use the same chassis as the firm’s largest 650 and 750 pivot steer loaders. However, instead of the Z-linkage loader arm, a telescopic boom is fitted to increase lift height to just below five metres.

Power for the two loaders is provided by a 62hp Yanmar engine in the T650, with a Deutz unit providing 74hp in the larger T750. Both models meet Stage 3b engine emission regulations. when it goes into production, lift capacity of the T750 will be about 2.5 tonnes, with a lift height of 5m.

As standard, it features a two-speed, 20kph hydrostatic transmission – a 30kph, three-speed version is an option.

Manitou MLA pivot steer loader

Aiming to test the water with the Lamma crowd, the French Firm showed a prototype of its latest MLA pivot steer loader.

After several years away from the pivot steer loader market, the firm will be aiming to compete with other major brands, with a lift of about five metres, and three tonnes lifting capacity.

While Manitou has not announced engine and transmission setups, the firm has hinted that its JSM joystick and intelligent hydraulics packages will be featured. Should they get the green light, it is expected MLA models will go into production in late 2017.

Caterpillar D Series telehandler

Caterpillar made a return to Lamma in fine style with a stand full of new products including a new range of telehandlers.

New from the ground up, C Series telehandlers now migrate to D Series designation and bring with them Stage 4-compliant engines, a new cab, new chassis and a redesigned boom which affords better rear visibility.

Four models make up the D Series, all specifically designed for agriculture with lift capacities ranging from three to four tonnes and lift heights from six to 10 metres.

Depending on model, either a hydrostatic or powershift transmission can be specified. Other features include hydraulic cylinder dampening, dual axle braking and a weigh load system.

Bobcat Agri telehandlers

On display at the show was Bobcat’s new range of telescopic loaders.

Of the five new models, three agricultural specific models are available, with capacities ranging from 3.4-3.8 tonnes lift capacity and a 6.4 to seven-metre lift height capability.

New Doosan Stage 4-compliant engines are used, offering 100hp or 130hp in Agri models. A Dana hydrostatic transmission allows ground speed to be set independently of engine speed.

Compared to standard models, Agri models benefit from a 40kph transmission, extra work lights, an uprated load sensing hydraulic pump offering 190 litres/min oil flow, and swivelling pick-up hitch with trailer brakes.

JCB TM320 and TM320s

Along with the newly cabbed 435S large wheeled loader and its new 403 compact loader, the UK manufacturer showed its updated TM320 telescopic wheeled loader.

JCB EcoMax engines have been cleaned up to meet Stage 4 emission regulations, with the diesel exhaust fluid tank residing under the right side of the cab, omitting the right-hand access door.

Increased by 14 per cent, hydraulic oil flow on TM320S models is now up to 160 litres/min. Through the use of new bronze bushes with graphite inserts, fitted to main articulation and all boom pivot points, JCB claims greasing intervals are reduced to 500 hours.

Both TM320 and TM320S models are available now; prices start from £79,352 for a TM320.

Willowbrook Plant Terex backhoe loader

Willowbrook Plant showed the new Terex TLB 870 backhoe loader, aimed at the rental or agricultural contractor market.


Power is supplied by a 74hp Deutz engine, and the backhoe uses a Husco hydraulic valve system where the 124 litres/min pumps are only activated on demand for loading or digging, saving fuel. The boom and dipper from the previous H2000 series have been retained but the redesigned loader arm has more sweep for greater capacity and breakout force.


Other enhancements include a new roof canopy with LED worklights; despite being at the entry level of the company’s range specification includes servo controls and air conditioning.

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