Replacing the Stage IV powered MLT961, Manitou reckons the 156hp Stage V block in the new high-performance model sips 10% less fuel, delivers 10% more power and provides 50% more torque (805Nm at a low 1,350rpm). Drawbar pull is said to be up by more than 30% and the hydraulic flow is 200l/min.
The JSM Autopower function allows the operator to control engine speed directly with the joystick without using the accelerator pedal or the manual accelerator. The block is mated to the CVT M-Vario Plus transmission. This provides two modes (comfort and dynamic) and a top speed of 40km/hr.
The new 4,500-litre and 2.70m wide bucket developed specially for the new model is wider than the machine. Manitou says this not only prevents driving over the material but also helps to increase outputs. The higher position of the cab improves operator visibility and the HighView camera option fitted to the boom head allows the operator to see inside the trailer.
Like the MLT841/1041 models, the MLT961 is available in four levels of finish: Classic, Premium, Elite and Platinum. Available optionally, or as standard on the Platinum finish, the new adaptive air suspended seat with heating and electric lumbar adjustment is claimed to reduce vibrations by more than half.
Cab interior noise level is a low 69dbA. New safety features include lighting under the door, which improves visibility when getting in and out of the cab in the dark. There is more storage space, including a tool box below the cab.
On the maintenance front, an opening cleaning hatch in front of the radiator improves access. Positioning the integrated air pre-filter on the engine hood further helps to simplify maintenance, and hydraulic oil change intervals are now 2,000 hours.
The options list includes Ecostop (configurable automatic engine stop) and centralised automatic greasing system.