Manitou launches MLT 961 NewAg XL telehandler

Manitou is expanding its NewAg XL telehandler range with a new, high-performance model designed for very intensive applications – the MLT 961-160 V+ L. The machine has a lifting capacity of up to 6 t for a lifting height of 9 m.

The MLT 961-160 V+ L is currently the most powerful model in the NewAg XL range. It is available in two versions: with a Stage V / Final Tier 4 engine (MLT) for European and American markets, and a Stage IIIA version (MLT-X) for the rest of the world.

Equipped with a 156 hp engine delivering 805 Nm of torque at only 1,350 rpm and a hydraulic flow of 200 l/min, the new telehandler gives a very high performance, even at low engine speeds, said Manitou. A new 4,500-l bucket, specifically designed and approved for the MLT 961-160 V+ L, boosts the machine’s performance. Featuring a width of 2.70 m, this bucket allows users to avoid driving over the material while increasing work output.

The CVT M-Vario Plus transmission offers users the choice of two modes with a maximum speed of 40 km/hr. Comfort mode provides a smooth ride for more precision, and dynamic mode generates faster acceleration for greater productivity. The drawbar pull has also improved, increasing by more than 30% (compared with the previous MLT 961 version) for higher efficiency.

“The new engine delivers 10% more power than the previous version and a torque increase of 50%. Combined with the high-capacity 4,500-l bucket, this comprehensive machine/attachment solution ensures a very high work output in the most intensive loading and recovery applications,” explained Arnaud Sochas, Manitou’s product manager. There is also a High View camera option, fitted to the boom head, providing a perfect view inside the trailer to optimise filling operations.

To minimise noise pollution and fatigue experienced during intensive operations, the MLT 961-160 V+ L comes with a quiet cabin. Comparable to those of high-range tractors, this cabin cuts down noise levels to just 69 dbA. Safety is enhanced as well, with lighting under the door, thus improving visibility on the Easy-Step when getting in and out of the cabin, even in the dark. Furthermore, the cabin has been repositioned higher up for an excellent view all around the machine.

Available optionally or as standard on the Platinum finish, a new adaptive air suspension seat with heating and electric lumbar adjustment reduces vibrations by more than 50% for optimal protection of the operator’s back. To further minimise fatigue in the cabin, the JSM Autopower function allows the operator to control the engine speed directly with the joystick without using the accelerator pedal or the manual accelerator. Specific storage spaces are provided to enhance operator comfort, including a tool box fitted under the cabin for easier access.

For peace of mind while working, users can rest assured that their machine is connected as standard, allowing the dealer to easily carry out diagnostics remotely, As such, users can benefit from improved service and have better control over the costs related to the use of their machine. In addition, Manitou offers a comprehensive range of services associated with this model, including a maintenance contract on all parts and even a warranty extension of up to six years or 6,000 hours.

Thanks to its various innovations, the MLT 961-160 V+ L offers one of the lowest TCOs (total cost of ownerships) on the market, with savings of €500/yr compared to the previous model, according to Manitou. This is calculated based on 1,000 hr/yr of use, in accordance with standard EN 16796-4 (comparison tests were carried out between Stage V and Stage IV engines).

The decrease in fuel consumption is significant, with 10% less compared to the MLT 961 Stage IV, added Manitou. Maintenance is simplified with a rapid-opening cleaning hatch in front of the radiator. For lower maintenance costs, an integrated air pre-filter is positioned on the engine hood and hydraulic oil change intervals are now 2,000 hours. To further reduce the TCO, options such as Ecostop (configurable automatic engine stop) and the centralised automatic greasing system are also available.

Like the MLT 841/1041 models, the MLT 961 NewAg XL model is available in four levels of finish: Classic, Premium, Elite and Platinum.