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Manitou’s ‘NewAg’ agricultural telehandler

NewAg 737-130 PS+ multi-purpose model hits the show circuit

Telehandlers are slowly gaining popularity among Canadian farmers. While they aren’t yet taking the market by storm, manufacturers are beginning to give potential buyers more reason to consider adding a telehandler to a farm fleet, offering models tailored for farm environments and typical agricultural jobs. Bringing them to farm equipment shows helps catch farmers’ eyes.

Manitou’s NewAg 737-130 PS+ is one of those machines we noticed on last summer’s show circuit. It’s one marketers think will score points with producers. With a maximum lift capacity of 3,700 kilograms (8,100 pounds) and a lift height of 6.90 metres (22 feet, seven inches), this machine can definitely outperform the average utility ag tractor with a front-end loader.

And with an overall height of just 2.38 metres (seven feet, nine inches), the 737-130 PS+ can definitely sneak into those low pole sheds or specialty barns where a standard ag tractor with a cab dare not venture.

With 129 engine horsepower giving it the ability to load higher than utility ag tractors and pull about as much, marketers think this type of machine has a place in a farm fleet.
photo: Scott Garvey

Under the hood the new Manitou uses a Deutz, four-cylinder, 3.6-litre diesel that puts out 129 horsepower. To keep it cool, an auto-reversing fan able to blow out debris is standard equipment. The engine routes power though a 6F X 3R “Powershift Plus” transmission. which gives it a maximum roading speed of 40 km/h.

To move the boom, it uses a load-sensing hydraulic pump capable of moving 150 l/min. (39.6 g.p.m.). The Manitou’s “Intelligent hydraulics” system includes “quicklift,” “bucket shaker” and “return to load” features to simplify things for the operator.

And speaking of the operator, inside the cab is a reasonably quiet environment with a published noise level of 73dB. For comparison, the government of British Columbia’s HealthLink website estimates the noise of a vacuum cleaner or an average radio at 75dB.

Inside the cab, the operator can look up through a windshield that extends high into the roof, providing good visibility while the boom is extended.
photo: Scott Garvey

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Machinery Editor

Scott Garvey is the machinery editor for Grainews.

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