Manitou Group has launched its new V-series compact skid steer loaders and VT-series compact track loaders, which are available under both the Gehl and Manitou brands. These new machines have a capacity of 2,100 to 2,750 lbs (about 952 to 1,247 kg).
The V-series skid steer loaders include: the Manitou 2100 V, 2300 V and 2750 V models, and the Gehl V210, V230 and V275 models. The VT-series track loaders include: the Manitou 2100 VT, 2300 VT and 2750 VT models, and the Gehl VT210, VT230 and VT275 models.
“We have focused on improvements in five main areas: safety, comfort, productivity, simplification and serviceability,” said Nathan Ryan, compact loader line manager at Manitou Group. “All models are vertical lift and feature a new lift arm design. The driver’s station has also been redesigned with an improved version of our patented folding door. The new cab also offers some of the best visibility on the market, thanks to a new window and roof design.”
The breakout force is now 12% higher on average – compared to the previous range – and the tank capacity has been increased by 14%, allowing users to enjoy greater productivity. The new loaders feature keyless start requiring only code activation, LED lighting and a pilot joystick system as standard, adjacent to the operator’s seat. Numerous innovations also facilitate maintenance with a lifting cab and centralised maintenance points.
For extra comfort, the track loader range is equipped as standard with the ‘IdealTrax’ system, ensuring automatic track tensioning and extending the life of the tracks. Various options (such as additional LEDs on the sides, high hydraulic flow, rear camera, etc) are also available to meet the requirements of each user.
Manitou said the total cost of ownership (TCO) of these new machines has been reduced, with the VT 210 model, for example, boasting a TCO of only US$20 per hour, representing an average reduction of 7.2% over the previous model range.