Manitou Group presents its new range of articulated loaders. 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 700kg to 1.5 tonnes for a lifting height of between 2.50m for a short arm and 3.07m 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 25hp stage V engine, and series 4 and 5 with 48hp. 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. 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 manoeuvrable.

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 1.10m. The chassis has also been revised to reduce the length of these products. The low height of between 2.14m and 2.29m 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.”

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.

Tailored services

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.