Manitou MLA-T 533-145 V+ Elite telehandler: Capable climber

Hoping to regain a share of the pivot steer telehandler market, Manitou pulled the covers off the latest incarnation of the MLA back in 2017. To see if it lives up to its predecessors, we caught up with a two-year-old machine

by Richard Bradley

Originally introduced back in 1995, Manitou’s MLA pivot steer telehandler has proved itself on all manner of UK and Irish farms. It hasn’t always been plain sailing however, with the French firm dropping the product altogether in 2013. Fast forward to the LAMMA show in 2017 when the manufacturer showcased a prototype of the snappily named MLA-T 533-145 V+. Model numbering simply (ish) relating to its credentials, with a 5.2m lift height, 3.3tonne lift capacity, 143hp engine and the firm’s M-Vario Plus transmission.