Manitou Releases New MEWPS, Telehandler at ConExpo 2020

VJR 26

March 10, 2020 ― Manitou Group has introduced a comprehensive range of connected solutions to meet the needs of the construction industry at ConExpo in Las Vegas, including two new work platforms for the North American market and a new Manitou telehandler.

Manitou Group’s new telehandler, the Manitou MTA 12055, is designed and distributed only in North America, and has, according to the company, the largest lifting capacity in the construction telehandler range. With a maximum lifting capacity of 12,000 lbs., the new model offers a lifting height of 55’ 5” and can take 5,500 lbs. to full extension.

The MTA 12055 is perfectly suited for the requirements of specific construction sites, such as infrastructure, bridge, and construction projects. With a turning radius of only 12’ 2”, it maneuvers on very tight work sites. Equipped with a 120 hp engine and powershift transmission, the MTA 12055 telehandler has a maximum travel speed of 22.8 mph.

Also, recently introduced in the United States, the range of platforms dedicated to the North American market has expanded, with Manitou releasing four telescopic platforms ranging from 60 to 85 ft. Two of these models, the TJ 85, and the all new vertical mast electric platform, VJR 26, were on display at ConExpo.

Manufactured in France, these platforms are versatile and powerful. The TJ 85 has a platform height of 85 ft. for a lifting capacity of 770 lbs., or three people with equipment. It also has a remote control, which gives the ability to fold the jib under the telescopic arm to reduce the length of the machine when loading onto a truck. This means that transportation is optimized and the driver can carry out this operation safely.

The working height of 85 ft. and horizontal outreach of over 70 ft. ensure that it meets the requirements of many sites (ports, industrial maintenance, construction, etc.). The TJ 85 sets itself apart thanks to a telescopic jib, which makes it possible to reach working areas that are inaccessible with a conventional machine. Another feature of the Manitou rough-terrain platform is the on-board diagnostics screen, so technicians do not need to carry a tablet to resolve potential problems. Downtime and total cost of ownership are therefore reduced.

The VJR 26 is the ideal machine for interior applications at medium height. Thanks to its working height of 26 ft., this new platform facilitates maintenance operations, including fitting electrical conduits, plumbing, and other tasks related to industrial finishing. Its compact size enables it to access narrow spaces for a smooth ride. Easy to operate because of its compact size and intuitive controls, the VJR 26 gives the operator a high level of safety with unobstructed visibility due to the compactness of the telescopic mast. There are fork pockets on each side of the turret to safeguard loading operations onto trucks and reduce the time taken.

Also at ConExpo were nine forklift models, which will be marketed during 2020 and equipped with a new engine compliant with the Tier IV standard, including the new MC 30. The compact and versatile rough-terrain MC 30 is the ideal companion on work sites and is particularly popular with rental companies. The total cost of ownership is reduced with this new model, with preventive maintenance down by 22% compared with previous versions.

A new mast is also available on the whole range of rough-terrain forklifts. Thanks to a new mast profile design, visibility is improved by 35% (up to 45% depending on the model), significantly improving safety for the operator and the surrounding area.