USED MACHINERY: Launched as part of a ‘new’ generation of Manitou NewAg telehandlers back in 2016, the nominal 7.0m lift and 4.1t capacity MLT741-140 V+ reached UK users in late 2017. A key point was ditching the powershift and solely focusing on the stepless ZF ‘hydrostatic’. From late 2020, MLT741-140 V+ models switched to Stage V power units and a new Dana transmission with a powershift MLT741-130 PS+ arriving in late 2021.
Manitou attached the ‘NewAg’ tag to its telehandlers in 2016 to outline developments to include a higher specification cab, operator aids to improve ease of use and performance with detail changes to make machine maintenance easier. At the same time, the company also sought to rationalise its product offering, limiting the number of model variations heading down the production line.
This meant customers wanting a powershift transmission MLT741 were out of luck. To cater for their needs, dealers would have pointed them toward the identically sized MLT737-130 PS+, albeit with 10hp less power at 130hp and 150l/min as opposed to 170l/min hydraulics. If this lacked capacity, the alternative would be to step up to the larger MLT840-145 PS+ with 140hp and 200l/min hydraulics.