Following the introduction of an Easy version of its popular MT625H compact telescopic handler, Manitou has now extended its Easy machine options to cover machines up to and including the 18.0m class MT1840.

Manitou’s new MT732 to MT1840 Easy telehandlers meet the Stage IIIB emissions requirements by using a 55.4kW Deutz TD36L engine with a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst. This engine does not require a DPF or the use of a Diesel Exhaust Fluid such as AdBlue. Fitting a smaller, less complicated power unit results in a more competitive new machine price, reduced maintenance costs and a wider choice of disposal options as an used Easy model can be sold into unregulated markets.

Distinguished by distinctive black pattern decals on the sides of their cabs and engine covers, the new MT732 to MT1840 Easy machines provide the same load charts and front-end hydraulic performance as the previous 75kW models with Perkins engines. Maximum travel speed on the Easy models is 25 km/h.

The extended Easy range includes a new MT1030 – a stabiliser equipped machine that has a maximum capacity of 3,000kg and a maximum lift height of 9.98m. For applications requiring more power and heavy-duty bucket use, buyers can still select the higher rated Perkins powered MT1135, MT1335, MT1440 and MT1840 machines as an alternative to their Deutz engined Easy equivalents.

The MT732 to MT1840 Easy models feature a new style opening bonnet and a new fan management system that achieves their engine operating temperature more quickly from a cold start. The use of the fuel-efficient 55.4kW Deutz engine reduces noise levels – down from 106dB to 103dB externally and from 82 to 78dB in cab.

The new MT1135 and MT1335 Easy machines benefit from a tighter turning radius due to an axle modification. And the MT1440 and MT1840 Easy models gain a smoother and more powerful steering system.

The latest Easy telehandlers come with Manitou’s improved, EN15000 compliant, Active Load Regulation system and they can be supplied with either Standard or better Comfort levels of finish. The latter incudes a tiltable steering column, a roof window wiper, sun visor, an extra hydraulic attachment line and an opening lower section to the engine bonnet. Options for Easy machines include frame levelling, a KAB pneumatic seat, air conditioning and an in-cab radio. The machines come factory enabled for the optional Manitou Easy Manager telematics system.

At Plantworx 2017, Manitou displayed the MT625 Easy, MT732 Easy, MT1135 Easy and MT625 Easy machines. Manitou UK Sales Director Peter Smyth says that the availability of a much wider range of the more cost effective and simpler to maintain Easy models is already resulting in increased sales to both rental companies and end users.