New Holland lines up telehandlers
NEW HOLLAND now has a telescopic loader range – the result of an agreement made last May with French manufacturer, Manitou.
Its not, as far as the versions destined for the agricultural market are concerned, merely a re-badging exercise, New Holland is adamant its 400 series comprises new machines.
As far as the engine, transmission and styling is concerned. this is true. But New Holland has not ignored expertise offered by Manitou in boom and chassis construction.
Built at Rennes
Built at Manitous Rennes plant, the 400 series offers three models, two with lift heights of 6m (19.7ft) and capacities of 2.8t and 3t, and a third with a 7m (23ft) lift height and a 3t capacity. Two additional models – the 630 (3t to 7m) and the 640 (3t to 9m) are aimed at the industrial market.
Iveco engine options extend to a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder, 75hp unit and a 106hp turbocharged. Transmissions include both power shuttle and power shift.
Other differences include the use of either mechanical hydraulic control – the boom raise/lower and extension lever is connected directly to the spool block – or a joystick control linked to a low pressure hydraulic servo system.
New Holland has worked hard to give the three models, based on Manitous MLT 628, 632 and 728 telehandlers, a new identity. Extensive curved plastic, both for the cowling and fenders has created a futuristic impression. A new cab layout is included in the package.
Component layout, however, stays the same. The engine is at the rear and the side compartments used for hydraulic fluid and fuel storage. There may be those operators who feel that visibility to the rear offside is rather limited as a result of this layout.
However, New Holland is clearly taking the prospect of possessing a telescopic fleet seriously. Extensive testing at its Imola plant improved the original Manitou design – improvements which New Holland says Manitou is considering for its own units.
Now New Holland has at last equipped itself with a telescopic handler range is set to cause some reverberations in its dealer line-up, many of which market other brands.
The company line is a "firm and flexible approach". The intention is that within three years, New Holland dealers will be committed to the new telehandler range.
Of course, the UK market is only a portion of the intended market for the telescopics, albeit an important one. New Holland prophesies it will hold 7.2% of the world market by 2001 and a 13.6 % share by 2006.
A significant % of business could be generated in the North American market where telehandlers are currently used almost exclusively in the construction industry.
New Holland reports it is to make a major push through its 1200 dealers with the hope that the vast agricultural market will start to accept the advantages such machines can offer.
Meanwhile for the 400 series, it remains early days. Production at Rennes is set at about 450 units this year and up to a 1000 in 1999.
Plans however, are already afoot to produce new models in three years time – models which have side-mounted engines and use one of the new engines produced by the European Engine Alliance of Iveco Cummins and New Holland.
Economy of scale will be incorporated through the use of key components used extensively in the companys backhoe loader range.
So, New Holland is to make its mark on the telehandler market. Long awaited and on the companys admission, long overdue. *
New Holland tractors
LM410 LM410 LM410 LM420 LM430 LM430 LM630 LM640
Turbo Powershift Powershift Turbo Powershift
Maximum lift capacity (kg) 2800 2800 2800 3200 3000 3000 3000 3000
Maximum lift height (m) 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 9.0
Engine (ECE hp) 75 106 106 106 106 106 75 75
Transmission 4×4 4×4 4×4 4×4 4×4 4×4 4×4 4×4
Power Power Powershift Powershift Power Powershift Power Power
shuttle shuttle shuttle shuttle shuttle
Engine cylinders/aspiration 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
NA Turbo Turbo Turbo Turbo Turbo NA NA
Curvy lines of New Hollands telehandlers. Note the heavy rear counterbalance which protects the engine compartment from impacts.