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Unique Cab, Greater Lift Capacity Mark Manitou’s New Rotating Telehandlers (Video)



Manitou‘s new lineups of Vision and Vision+ rotating telehandlers deliver greater lifting capacity and a host of features designed to make life easier for operators.

The new telehandlers with 360-degree rotation are designed for such construction tasks as installing structural steel, building renovations and demolition.

The first thing you’ll notice about the new MRT models is the unique cab shape surrounded by glass and with a reinforced, gridless roof. The improved in-cab visibility is how the telehandlers got the Vision name.

The cab is pressurized and insulated to reduce noise. An ROPS/FOPS Level 2 option is available.

The telehandlers can also be operated by remote control from the platform or from outside the cab.

Manitou MRT1845 Vision rotating telehandlerManitou MRT1845 VisionManitouA new hydraulic pump delivers 31 gallons per minute for the Vision machines and 49 gallons per minute in the Vision+ models. That leads to boom movement that is 50% faster in the Vision machines and more than 30% faster for Vision+, the company says.

Manitou says it doubled the telehandlers’ capacity at max height and boosted capacity at max reach by 25%. Overall load capacity was raised 15%, while overall weight of the machine was reduced 5%.

The Vision models range in lift heights of 52 feet 5 inches to 82 feet for a load up to 9,900 pounds. Depending on the model, engines range from 75 to 116 horsepower.

The Vision+ lineup ranges from 156 to 211 horsepower. Lift heights are between 72 feet 9 inches and 114 feet 8 inches. That upper height is delivered by the MRT 3570, which has a new electric seat that tilts up to 18 degrees for better views of the boom when working at heights.

Manitou MRT2260 Vision+ rotating telehandlerManitou MRT2260 Vision+ rotating telehandlerManitouManitou added a hydrostatic transmission, which delivers max speed of 25 mph.

Another feature to help operators is five LED headlamps for full lighting around the telehandler and two work lights on the boom head for better visibility when loading at height. The MRTs are equipped with a rearview camera and have a new touchscreen that is 8 inches tall in the Vision cabs and 12 inches tall in the Vision+ models.

The company also made it easier to access the cab, placing entry steps on the sides, front and back, so an operator can get in and out no matter what position the rotating cab is in.

Several new attachments are available for the MRTs, including floating fork carriages, a winch with hydraulic motor and an all-aluminum platform with a load capacity of 805 pounds.

Both Vision and Vision+ models are scheduled to be available to dealers and rental shops by September, Manitou says.

Here’s a breakdown of the Vision and Vision+ lineups’ specs for Manitou’s newest MRT models:

Manitou Vision Telehandler spec chartA spec breakdown of Manitou’s Vision MRT modelsManitou

Manitou Vision+ Telehandler Spec ChartA spec breakdown of Manitou’s Vision+ MRT modelsManitou

Manitou also made this video of a walk-around of a Vision+ model:


Video: Doosan’s Latest Wheel Loaders Are New in Every Way | The Dirt #27




From a “transparent bucket” and a new exterior design all the way down to a more spacious cab and maintenance improvements on the inside, we brought in the experts to discuss everything new on Doosan’s latest loaders.

In this episode of The Dirt we welcome in Dooan’s Aaron Kleingartner and Bill Zak to discuss the wheel loader market, development of the new Dash-7 loader lineup, and that new see-through bucket. Check out the video above for all the details.

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How the First See-Through Loader Bucket Works. A Feature From the Future

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Komatsu’s D39i-24 is the Smallest Dozer with Intelligent Machine Control




With its new D39i-24, Komatsu is putting its Intelligent Machine Control system in a 105-horsepower machine. It is the smallest intelligent machine in the company’s dozer line up.

The D39i-24 is equipped with iMC 2.0, a GNSS-based system that allows users to program 3D design data directly into the machine. This data helps guide automatic dozing from rough cut to finish grade. Compared to aftermarket machine control systems, Komatsu says the iMC 2.0 “makes every pass count for superior construction.”

Komatsu D39PXi-24Compared to the previous generation D39, operators on the D39i-24 machines can see productivity improve by up to 60%, Komatsu says.KomatsuOperators can quickly turn the iMC 2.0 features on or off using a side switch on the right joystick. Two antennas on the cab roof support multiple GNSS. Once the satellite capture rate is improved, the machine can be used in any time zone, Komatsu says.

New intelligent features on the machine include: 

Proactive dozing control — The dozer measures the terrain it tracks over and uses that data to plan the next pass. This maximizes the blade load throughout the pass regardless of the terrain ahead. Compared to the previous generation D39, operators can see productivity improve by up to 60%, according to Komatsu.

Fatigue reduction in rough dozing — The tilt steering control automatically tilts the blade under a heavy load to maintain straight travel during rough dozing. Komatsu says this feature can reduce operator steering input by 80%.

Repeated, consistent lifts — Controlled by a button press, lift layer control puts in repeated consistent lifts using the mapped terrain as its reference point. This precise layering eliminates excess fill by automatically controlling the blade to follow the finished surface once lifts have reached finish grade. 

Quick surface creation — This feature allows operators to create a temporary design with a button press. Combined with other iMC 2.0 features, crews can begin stripping or spreading using automated input while waiting for the finish grade model.

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Asphalt Contractor to Pay $1.75M After False Claims Allegations




A Minnesota asphalt paving contractor has reached a $1.75 million settlement after being accused of using unauthorized gravel materials on three road construction projects and making false claims about them, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota.

The Attorney’s Office alleges that Mark Sand & Gravel of Fergus Falls used substandard materials on paving projects on Highways 34, 59/10 and 78 in the Detroit Lakes area. The company used waste or shale rock in the gravel mixes on the federally funded projects between 2013 and 2015, the office says. The office also alleges the company made “materially false claims and statements in connection with its use of those materials.”

“Performing road construction projects funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation comes with a set of detailed terms and specifications,” says Andrea M. Kropf, special agent-In-charge for the Midwestern Region of the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General.

“When companies fail to follow contract specifications, use unauthorized materials and make false statements concerning the quality of materials, the integrity of the work being performed is compromised.”

The contractor was cited under the U.S. and Minnesota false claims acts.

“Failing to uphold contractual obligations by agreeing to do one thing but then doing another is not acceptable,” said Acting U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk. “We will continue to use the False Claims Act and other tools at our disposal to ensure that contractors act with transparency and do the work they promised to do.”

The projects were administered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, which also was a co-investigator in the case with the USDOT’s Office of Inspector General. The U.S. and Minnesota DOTs will split the settlement according to the projects’ original funding formulas, the Attorney’s Office says. “The claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only; there has been no determination of liability.”

A request for comment from Mark Sand & Gravel was not immediately returned.

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