Manitou's Updated M 40 RT Forklift Carries Lots of Important New Features

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Manitou M 40 right side
Manitou M 40 mast

Manitou’s newly and vastly updated M 40 vertical-masted rough-terrain forklift features a Tier-4 Final diesel engine, a sleek new body, and a host of improvements that increase visibility, comfort, performance, and economy.

It is ideally suited for housing, general construction, building material supply, agriculture, rental, forestry, and the oil and gas industry, thanks to its rugged, rough-terrain design.

Built to operate with bulk loads on uneven ground, the M 40 has a maximum lifting capacity of 8,179 lbs. and a maximum lifting height of 19’6”. It is available in two-wheel and four-wheel drive, and with hydrostatic or torque-converter transmission.

Powered by a 74-hp Perkins Tier IV-Final diesel engine that delivers up to 235 lb.-ft. of torque, the M 40 uses 13% less fuel while generating up to 21,730 lbs. of tractive effort. It meets emission standards with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). A hydraulic accumulator smooths the load ride over bumpy ground, an oscillating rear axle and wide stance help keep the machine stable. Ground clearance is 14 in. for the two-wheel-drive version and 17 in. for four-wheel-drive units.

The M 40’s compact design enables excellent maneuverability. Its overall length with forks is just 15’11”, and it stands just 6’10” wide and 9’6” high. The two-wheel-drive version has a wheelbase of 81 in., and the four-wheel-drive model has an 83” wheelbase. The turning radii are 10’8” with two-wheel drive and 14’8” with four-wheel drive.

For two-wheel-drive units, buyers can choose either a torque converter or hydrostatic transmission. A hydrostatic transmission for 4-wheel-drive models is planned for introduction in mid 2015.

Multiple mast configurations deliver optimal strength and rigidity while giving excellent operator visibility. The new side-shift mast has one shaft for smoother shifting and can move 3 in. to the left and 3 in. to the right. In addition, the chains have been moved next to the rails in order to give the operator better visibility. The side shift carriage will add additional hoses, but will shift 4” in either direction. The M 40 can be equipped with with a two-stage full-visibility or a three-stage free-lift mast, each in a variety of heights. The mast can tilt 15° forward and 15° backward.

The cab offers comfort, visibility, and functionality, with a low, extra-wide entrance, an adjustable suspension seat, and an optional enclosed cab with heat and/or air conditioning. The controls sit to the right of the operator’s seat for easy access. New integrated gauges give the operator vital information at a glance. The curved frame, narrow mast channels, low dash, and large, open overhead guard structure give panoramic visibility. Large mirrors and front and rear work lights also help the operator see clearly during the day and at night.

Shock absorbing bushings under the cab help deliver a smooth ride. An adjustable suspension seat is standard and a fully adjustable pneumatic suspension seat is optional.

Easy access to major components makes routine maintenance quick and effortless. All fuses are located under the hood in a moisture- and corrosion-resistant sealed container, and a new fender-mounted master disconnect switch has been added.

The large engine hood lifts out of the way and has removable side panels. Also, the cab tilts forward to allow full-service access to the transmission and hydraulic components.