More power for Manitou’s MLT 961 telehandler

Manitou has continued the overhaul of its high-capacity telehandler range by giving the New Ag XL treatment to the biggest model yet.

Branded the MLT 961-160 V+ L, the 9m reach, 6t lift machine joins the French firm’s other big guns – the 8m-reach MLT 841 and 10m 1041 – that were launched at the end of last year.

Replacing the old John Deere Stage 4 engine with a 4.6-litre Yanmar oil-burner has seen power rise from 145hp to 156hp, and maximum torque is up by a barmy 50% to 805Nm. Despite this, Manitou reckons fuel consumption has been reduced by 10%.

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Manitou MLT 961

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The drivetrain features a 40kph hydrostatic transmission that has two operating modes – “comfort” for more precise manoeuvres and “dynamic” where faster acceleration is required. Hydraulic output remains unchanged, at 200 litres/min.

As usual, Manitou offers four spec levels, with the top-end Platinum models offering a new air-suspended, heated seat with electric lumbar adjustment. A high-view camera on the headstock is available to provide operators with a view into high-sided trailers, as is an automated greasing kit.

The cab is also higher, which has apparently improved visibility, extra sound-proofing has been added and there’s now a light under the door to save operators stumbling around in the dark.

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