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Manitou showed off its newest telehander, designed for the agricultural market, at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show last fall.

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. […] Read more

Dieci Agri Tech 35.7 VS

One of the two telehandlers Grainews put to the test this year was the Dieci Agri Tech 35.7 VS. It’s a hybrid design meant to appeal to farmers, with a rear PTO, hydraulic remotes (two on our test machine) and a three-point hitch. It comes in at a price point lower than the Merlo, with […] Read more

Merlo Multifarmer 40.9

Of the two telehandlers tested in the Grainews Machinery Challenge, the Merlo Multifarmer 40.9 stood out as the most capable and highly optioned. And with that honour, as you’d expect, it had the highest MSRP of any machine in the group, $241,800 as equipped with the grapple and over $60,000 of other included options. The […] Read more

Giant V761T Tele

Certainly not yet a household name here, the Dutch company Giant is looking to expand its presence in the western Canadian market, and it wants farmers to consider its machines for ag use. The machine we tested was the V761T Tele. It’s window sticker MSRP was $168,000, but was offered at a show special of […] Read more

B.C. pulls PST for farm telehandlers, skid steers

Qualifying farmers in British Columbia are now able to buy telehandlers, skid steers and polycarbonate greenhouse panels for farm use without paying the province’s seven per cent sales tax. The province on Thursday announced the additions, effective Feb. 17, to its list of goods, equipment and services for which eligible farmers are PST-exempt. Farmers wanting […] Read more

Telescopic handlers can lift loads to much greater heights than a standard ag tractor with front-end loader.

Loader tractor or telehandler?

JCB executives believe once North American farmers get used to telescopic handlers, they’ll never go back to a conventional ag tractor and loader

European farmers have been buying telehandlers in pretty large numbers for decades, but here in North America, on-farm materials handling has been pretty much the domain of the ag tractor equipped with a front-end loader. Telehandler sales numbers here have been relatively small — so far. Executives at JCB think a large number of farmers […] Read more