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VIDEO: Comfort and control are the focus of latest Manitou launch


Featuring several updates, Manitou showed off its latest mid-range telescopic loaders at a recent event. Richard Bradley reports.

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New styling gives MLT machines an aggressive appearance.

Replacing its mid-capacity agricultural telescopic loaders, Manitou has released eight new models.


At first glance new machines feature styling changes and new cab, but new engines and transmission options are the major updates.


New MLT models range from 6-9m lift height, with 3,000-4,100kg lift capacity. Replacing the compact MLT629, MLT 630 is available with a new compact chassis, offering 2.06m cab height on 20inch wheels.


Model numbering is logical, representing lift height, capacity and engine power. Interior specification comes in three levels; Classic, Premium and Elite.

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Engine and Hydraulics

Deutz 3.6l engines are used throughout the new machines and comply with Stage 4 engine emission regulations using selective catalytic reduction and a diesel oxidation catalyst; power outputs of 101hp, 130hp and 136hp are available.


A self-cleaning, pre-filter is now used for engine air intake, increasing filter changes up to 2,000 hours. Hydraulic oil service intervals have also been increased, now up from 1,000 to 2,000 hours.

Load sensing oil pumps offer 104, 150 and 170l/min oil flow options.


Taken from the manufacturer’s larger loaders, intelligent hydraulics are fitted as standard. The system uses three modes; Quicklift which extends/retracts the boom to keep the attachment in a vertical line, while lifting/lowering; Bucketshake which does as it says on the tin, shaking the bucket when tipping out materials; and return to position mode, which allows bucket position and angle to be stored and returned to at the flick of a switch.


Aiming to reduce fuel usage, regenerative hydraulics is available as an option, using gravity to lower and retract boom, rather than using hydraulic pressure.


Extending the manufacturer’s range of transmissions, new hydrostatic and continuously variable transmissions (CVT) are available on certain models. All transmissions use Dana axles with Spicer limited-slip differentials.

Existing manual and automatic torque-converter gearboxes are still available.


New M-Varioshift hydrostatic transmission, available only on 630 and 630 compact models, use two mechanical speed ranges from 0-18kph and 0-40kph; changing between ranges can be done on the move.


Developed in partnership with ZF, new M-Vario Plus CVT use two radial hydraulic pumps, giving 0-40kph speeds in a single range and allows forward speed to be set independent of engine revs. Two driving modes are used to offer quicker response for materials handling work, or greater control for pallet handling. CVT is only available on largest models in the range, 635, 741 and triple boom 940 models.

Cab and controls

Mounted on rubber dampers, anew cab provides reduced noise levels, now down to 73dB.


Access is improved thanks to a cut-out in the cab floor, above the step, allowing you to swivel in and out of the cab; a small storage compartment fills the void when the door is closed.


Lockable toolbox is now located next to the step, however no seal is fitted, so unwanted material is likely to gain access.


Door features an electric widow; however, because of the door’s shape the window does not lower fully, making it difficult to lean out to see the back-end of the machine.

For improved visibility, a one-piece windscreen is fitted; a large wiper manages to clear the entire area.


In addition, a small cut-out in the dashboard gives improved attachment visibility when on the ground.


To give full attachment visibility throughout the lift range, a new patented roof protection frame uses angled slats which are set according to machine lift height.


The manufacturer’s multifunction joystick is now mounted to the seat; armrest height can also be adjusted.

In-cab switches are now colour coded to aid quick recognition. Another novel feature, developed purely by accident, allows the switches to be swapped in location.


Switches are connected to each other using a CanBus type system, so individual switches are recognised by the loaders computer regardless of its position in the cab. This means frequently used switches can be moved from the dashboard, to the armrest, for example.


Standard fitment on Elite models (optional on other models), is the manufacturer’s Vision display, allowing more working information to be displayed than the standard display. Navigating and adjusting of machine settings is done via a rotary controller, mounted next to multifunction controller.

Styling and options

Now available in black, the boom has been re-painted to give the machine a more aggressive look.


Bonnet and panel work also feature more aggressive styling to match the new cab and boom; chrome exhaust stack also adds to the loaders appearance.


Options for the new range include boom lights, hydraulic locking pins, eight different tyre options, and LED lighting pack, giving an electrically heated and adjustable right-hand mirror, and four LED lights; two at the rear, and two on the right-hand mirror post.


Tractor-homologated models allow up to 28tonnes to be towed on a suitable trailer; clevis type hitch is fitted as standard, hydraulic pickup hitch is available as an option.

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