Merlo has added two compact models to its Multifarmer telehandler range.

The prototype linkage-equipped machines are based on larger, existing units but measure 2m wide and 2.15m high.

The Italian manufacturer says the general layout of the machine remains the same and claims it retains a low centre of gravity thanks to its low-positioned boom.

Power for the mini-Multifarmer is provided by a 102hp Deutz four-cylinder, turbo engine mounted on the side of the chassis.

The units are fitted with hydrostatic transmission, which propels the machines to a top speed of 40kph and, as with larger models, the compact units feature a three-point linkage with mechanical pto and pick-up hitch.

A lockable rear differential is designed to help traction when performing ground work, and boom suspension is offered as an option.

Unlikely to be available before early next year, prices are yet to be set.