20 June 1998

handler is quality kit

A newcomer to tele-handling but not to the machinery shed, New Holland has stepped in at the quality end of a competitive market.

UK FARMERS remain the most prolific users of telescopic handlers in the search for bulk handling workrate and efficiency, and New Holland is confident that proven technology and high specifications will attract growers from established machines to its first telehandler.

For example, all lift height/capacity variants of the LM400 Series handler can be had with a four-speed powershift gearbox. This not only gives drivers quicker and easier access to different ratios – encouraging their use to optimise performance – but can operate in auto mode to leave the driver to concentrate on boom and attachment controls.

Nor is the machine found wanting in other areas; there is a choice of power outputs (though most users will opt for the more powerful of the two Iveco 8000-series motors on offer); there is a servo joystick control alternative to the standard multi-lever layout; the usual steering modes; and trailer brakes and lights are standard.

The new machine is the result of a joint New Holland-Manitou venture that draws on the French manufacturers established expertise in this specialist area but contains enough of New Hollands own input to make it more than a badge-swapping exercise.

Power units are from fellow Fiat group company Iveco rather than Perkins; there is a different cab structure and interior layout; attachment designs and mountings are unique to New Holland; and axles are reckoned to be a grade up on those used on comparable Manitou models. Differences in the powershift set-up suggest sprightlier acceleration from the New Holland machines at the expense of a few mph in top speed.

There are six LM400 variants in all, with a choice of engines ECE-rated at 75hp and 106hp which means they are marginally more powerful than DIN-rated engines giving similar figures.

The LM410 2.8t/6m model has a choice of power outputs and, with the 106hp motor, either manual or powershift shuttle transmissions. The LM420, lifting 3.2t to 6m, has the more powerful engine and slicker gearbox as standard; while the LM430 – 3t to 7m – packs the 106hp motor and can be had with either gearbox.

Main: New Hollands entry into the telehandler market is with the LM400 Series. This model, the LM430, lifts 3t to 7m, packs a 106hp Iveco engine and comes with manual or powershift torque converter drive. Inset: Cab structure and interior gives a comfortable place to work. Instruments are laid out beneath the steering wheel; forward-reverse and powershift selector is left-hand stalk.