Merlo Compact Telehandler Built for Confined Spaces

Merlo, Cuneo, Italy, recently previewed its new Panoramic P 25.6 compact telescopic handler at the SIMA show in Paris, France. The P 25.6 has been designed for both the agriculture and construction markets, along with other applications such as building refurbishing, according to Paolo Peretti, Merlo Group brand communications manager.

Safety and a compact size were the focus in the machine’s design. The resulting machine is just 5.9 feet wide and can handle loads of up to 2.75 tons at a height of more than 19 feet. Equipped with the same cab as higher class models, the machine offers plenty of room, various storage compartments, and panoramic visibility—particularly on the right side—which all add up to increased operator comfort. The cab is compliant with ROPS/FOPS standards.

P 25.6 is intended to be used in confined spaces. Its maneuverability and four-cylinder 68-hp engine ensure handling performance and power even in harsh conditions. The machine has a hydrostatic transmission and can reach a maximum speed of more than 18 mph. The transmission ensures high performance and a wide range of adjustment options at full power. The travel speed can be adjusted at will with the inching-control pedal, irrespective of the engine rpm. The driver can select the driving direction without lifting his/her hands from the steering wheel, while speed control occurs through the accelerator pedal only.

The P 25.6 comes standard with the longitudinal stability control system, which automatically locks all the movements of the telescopic boom when the machine gets close to its stability limits, and only allows the operations that are necessary to restore safe operating conditions.

Countless interchangeable attachments, which can be fitted on the carriage with the quick-coupling system, allow this handler to carry out diverse operations, turning it into a multi-purpose machine. Optional equipment on the Panoramic P 25.6 include rear three-point linkage and rear hydraulic PTO.

Merlo currently isn’t distributing its machines in the United States, but has been dealing with the Canadian market for several years and is considering a future presence in the U.S., Peretti said. The company currently has more than 600 units working in Canada, mostly in the eastern regions.