Manitou, the world leader in rough terrain material handling equipment, is pleased to announce the introduction of the updated MRT Series Privilege Plus rotating telescopic handlers to the North American market. The MRT 2150 Privilege Plus and MRT 2540 Privilege Plus combine practicality and performance with their impressive lift heights, 360° rotation, optimal visibility, powerful diesel engines and 3-in-1 versatility with telehandler, winch and platform modes. The MRT 2150 Privilege Plus and MRT 2540 Privilege Plus are powered by a 150 hp (110 kW) Mercedes-Benz EPA Tier III turbocharged engine. The engine automatically adapts itself to the needs of the transmission system.

This provides significant fuel savings by matching engine output to the machine’s operation. The two-speed hydrostatic transmission in all models provides optimal power and control for precise placement of the machine. The MRT Series models feature 4-wheel drive and oscillating rear axles. An impressive lift height up to 80’8.5” (24.6 m) on the MRT 2540 Privilege Plus allows operators to move materials to high buildings and structures, elevate work platforms, and carry out service and maintenance work for the mining, oil and gas industries. Lift capacities from 11,000 lbs. (5,000 kg) on the MRT 2150 Privilege Plus and 8,800 lbs. (4,400 kg) on the MRT 2540 Privilege Plus, mean large loads can be picked, transported and placed with ease. The E-RECO – Automatic Attachment Recognition - system comes standard on the MRT Series Rotating Telescopic Handlers. The system automatically senses the attachment when correctly installed and assigns the correct load chart and safe operation zones. This allows the operator to match the lift capacities of the attachments he/she is using to the task. Front and rear stabilizers come standard on the MRT Series Telescopic Handlers from Manitou. A telescopic scissor design on the Privilege Plus models enables the legs to be partially deployed when obstacles are present or space is limited. When the stabilizers and pads are retracted, they are integrated into the machine’s body. There is no loss of ground clearance or addition to machine width.

An adaptable calculator adjusts the load chart and lifting zones based on the position of the stabilizers. For increased safety, an oscillating axle lock-out system engages when the machine is standing on its wheels and the upper structure is rotated by more than 15 degrees. This allows work to be completed with a larger area of stability for the machine. A spacious, ergonomic cab is equipped with two electro-hydraulic joysticks that control boom extension, turret swing, accessories, load lifting and fork tilting. The joysticks allow simultaneous control of all machine movements. The armrests, steering wheel and seat are fully adjustable. An optional incline seat on the Privilege Plus models reclines the seat up to 13 degrees for operator comfort as the boom rises. Air conditioning and a full light package, with work lights, road lights and beacon, are all standard equipment. All machine information is incorporated into an alphanumeric LCD control display that monitors axle alignment, steering selection, load levels, working zone limits, stabilizer mode and more. Hydraulic-function speed memory allows an operator to store maximum movement speeds of the boom lift, extend, fork tilt, turret rotation, and auxiliary hydraulic function. This allows the operation of the machine to be tailored to the working conditions and application. The optional remote control feature allows the MRT Series Telescopic Handlers to be controlled from outside the cab for additional versatility.

For additional operator visibility, the optional video camera view allows visibility to areas of the machine that are difficult to view. The engine positioned to the side of the chassis allows for easy access from three sides. The air filter and battery are accessible through a hood at the rear of the chassis. External hydraulic hoses are positioned on the outside of the boom for quick maintenance access. Periodic maintenance and diagnosis display allows an operator to easily monitor machine maintenance. APPLICATIONS The Manitou MRT Series rotating telescopic handlers are designed to meet the needs of rental companies and contractors in construction applications with space constraints. A high lifting height, 360° turret rotation and impressive load capacities allow the MRT Series rotating telescopic handlers to perform a variety of material handling applications. INTERVIEW“The MRT Series Privilege Plus Rotating Telescopic Handlers provide a unique solution to congested, urban jobsites where traditional telescopic handler use is difficult,” said Steve Kiskunas, Manitou Americas Telescopic Handler Product Manager. “With the telehandler, winch, and platform modes, the MRT Series provide exceptional versatility to customers. One machine can complete the work of many. With the new E-RECO attachment recognition system and hydraulic speed memory features, operation by multiple users is easy.”