New Manitou MT1440 takes over telehandler training duties
Published on 01.11.2022
The time has come to retire our Manitou MT1436R. We have had the MT1436R from new in 2008 and it has provided 14 years of faultless service having trained and assessed thousands of people in that time. It was an easy decision to stick with Manitou when we thought about changing our current telehandler which is where the MT1440 Easy ST5 came onto our radar.
We have always found the wide stabiliser legs that only feature on the 14m and 18m Manitou machines provide better lateral and frontal stability for operator training as opposed to the smaller chassis machines with the front compact outriggers.
Side by side with our MT1436R you can see some subtle differences with updated headlights, additional mirrors and more visibility from the operator seat with a revised engine compartment design.
Having a 4ton lifting capacity and 14m max lift height delegates are tested using a higher lifting platform than the smaller 11m or 13m machines would require. Many of the awarding organisation card schemes require operatives to place and retrieve a load from a height of 75% of the Telehandler's full operating lift height and by using a 14m machine we can ensure that delegates are given as rigorous a test as possible without having to make any concessions during testing.
The new MT1440 dashboard has had an upgrade over the previous MT1436 model and now features a digital element showing more information such as travel speed, boom angle, steering angle, outside temperature, stabiliser legs deployment, safe load indicator and travel direction. There are also 2 new selectable modes for bucket work and also one for working with suspended loads. Manitou has still retained the automatic park brake which makes hill starts easier and ensures that the park brake is applied when placing or retrieving loads.
As a bit of a "luxury item" we decided to get an Autolube system added to the MT1440 which will greatly reduce the time taken to carry out the weekly greasing on the machine and leaves only the propshaft and headstock areas which will need to be manually greased.
We can deliver Telescopic Handler training and testing for a number of card schemes including CPCS, CSR, ITSSAR, LANTRA and NPORS. Have a look at our courses section for more information on the different card schemes or give us a call on 02892639459 if you have any queries about the different options available.
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