With nine models of compact loader to choose from and 170 attachments, MultiOne is hoping to make a dint on the UK market with its versatile machines. Richard Bradley puts the top model to the test.
Where space is at a premium, MultiOne loaders should suit a variety of tasks including feeding, bedding and mucking out.
MultiOne handlers have been on the global market for about 15 years, but have never made it big in the UK.
Hoping to address this, the Italian built machines are now being imported by Derbyshire-based Ranger Equipment, with Lancashire-based RE Buildings as the main agricultural dealer; both companies are actively looking for and taking on new dealers.
In total, nine models will be offered in the UK, with prices ranging from £9,500 for the 1 Series (capable of lifting 250kg), up to £37,000 for a fully specced 10 Series which can lift an impressive 2,700kg.
With a variety of implements to choose from – 170 alone in MultiOne’s range - the manufacturer sees the loaders complimenting a larger loader on farm, suitable for jobs such as bedding, scraping, feeding, etc.
To get a flavour of the UK newcomers, we drove the top-end 10.8 model.
Controls are fairly self explanatory.
Powered by a Yanmar engine pumping out 72hp, it does have some poke. And despite it being the largest model in the range it still manages to be manoeuvrable with a turning circle of 2.55m.
Its two-speed hydrostatic transmission is smooth and responsive, which uses separate forward/reverse pedals for simplicity. It also gets a differential lock to improve traction and pushing force.
The roll bar style cab provides decent access and is well laid out with the usual telescopic boom and auxiliary service controls on one multifunction joystick. Along with simple transmission controls, the user friendliness of the MultiOne should enable most operators to ‘jump on and drive’.
The auxiliary service has a high flow feature to boost flow when driving attachments with hydraulic motors - to cope with this a dedicated oil cooler has been fitted. Hydraulics also have a good response, with a boom cycle time of 15 seconds to raise/lower, boom out/in and dump/crowd.
A multi-coupler allows quick attachment of tools.
From the seat the view is good at most angles, and once you get used to the rear end turning separate to the cab (mounted on the front), it is easy to judge where the edge of the machine is.
For those who prefer a rear seated pivot steer, the SD series has been launched which compliment models from 6 to 9 Series.
When fully retracted and lowered, views to the headstock when hitching up are limited due to the boom being tucked into the frame – extending the boom gets around this.
The headstock itself is good to hook up to implements and the manual locking pins (hydraulic are an option) feature a simple operation and allow locking without getting off the seat.
When attaching hydraulic implements a multi-coupler comes in useful, using one handle to lock in place and remove. However, there is no dedicated pressure dump.
As for maintenance, engine services intervals are 200 hours, 400 hours for hydraulic filters and 800 hours for hydraulic oil change.
It is fair to say the MultiOne 10.8 is a capable machine with responsive and intuitive controls, able to put its hand to most tasks.
However, with prices topping out at £37,000 for the 10.8, this machine has some fierce competition with the smaller handlers from the likes of JCB, Weidermann and Schaffer.
The Multione 6 to 8 Series, however, could provide a more palatable option, with prices starting from about £18,000 and still providing decent performance.