Manitou Adds Three New MH/MSI Series Semi-Industrial Masted Forklifts

Manitou has introduced three new models to the North American market; the MSI 35, MSI 40 and the MSI 50, for the semi-industrial forklift product line.

Wed April 13, 2016 - National Edition
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Manitou has introduced three new models to the North American market; the MSI 35, MSI 40 and the MSI 50, for the semi-industrial forklift product line.
Manitou has introduced three new models to the North American market; the MSI 35, MSI 40 and the MSI 50, for the semi-industrial forklift product line.

Manitou has introduced three new models to the North American market; the MSI 35, MSI 40 and the MSI 50, for the semi-industrial forklift product line. All models are Tier IV-certified, offering a hybrid design allowing full performance indoors, outdoors and on uneven ground. This design provides a maximum lift capacity up to 11,023 lbs. (5,000 kg) and maximum lift heights up to 21 ft. 5 in. (6.53 m), offering reliable material handling with extra ground clearance, increased traction, and a smooth shifting hydrostatic transmission, according to the manufacturer.

Backed with more than 20 years of experience, the Manitou MH/MSI Series forklift line now consists of five models for North America. The MH 25-4 provides 4-wheel drive performance and the MSI models are 2-wheel drive. All machines feature an electro-hydraulic reversing shift hydrostatic transmission with one gear forward and one in reverse. Maximum travel speeds reach up to 13.7 mph (22 kmh).

The MSI 40 and MSI 50 are powered by a 74 hp (55 kW) Perkins Tier IV-certified diesel engine delivering up to 235 ft.-lbs. (318 Nm) of torque. The MH 25-4, MSI 30 and MSI 35 are paired with a 59 hp (44 kW) Kubota Tier IV-certified turbo diesel engine, providing 122 ft.–lbs. (165 Nm) of torque. All engines utilize DPF (diesel particulate filter) technology.

This equipment line is known for its semi-rough terrain maneuverability. The large diameter of the front wheels provide increased ground clearance up to 10.6 in. (27 cm) and excellent weight distribution to handle longer loads and/or heavier loads in one trip. This increased ground clearance and the oscillating rear axle ensure these forklifts are stable in adverse conditions, traveling over curbs and uneven terrain. It also allows for chains to be added to the front tires for extra traction when needed. The hydraulic shock absorber is standard equipment, preventing shock and vibration from affecting the load for safer transportation over bumpy surfaces. The overall compact dimensions of the machine allow for short, sharp turns, making it possible to navigate in confined areas, according to the manufacturer.

Multiple mast configurations and attachments are offered to deliver optimal strength and versatility with the semi-industrial forklifts. Masts can be selected with 2-stage full visibility or 3-stage free lift designs, offered with a variety of mast sizes for each model. A variety of optional attachments are available, including; lumber forks, brick and block forks, construction bucket, light material bucket, side shifter which shifts 4 in. (10 cm) in each direction, hydraulic quick fit and a TI telehandler interface (only offered on the 2-Stage full visibility masts). The standard mast for the MH/MSI Series Semi-Industrial forklifts will tilt 10 degrees forward and 12 degrees backward for precise material handling in diverse applications.

Visibility, comfort, functionality and adjustability are features that are readily found in the cab of the MH/MSI Series machines. A low, extra-wide entrance is provided with access on both sides of the cab for the MH 25-4 and MSI 30/MSI 35. A single, non-slip step entrance make entry and exit easy on the MSI 40/MSI 50 models. Doors can be locked in the open position on the enclosed cabs to allow for extra ventilation and accessibility. An adjustable suspension seat is standard and a fully adjustable pneumatic suspension seat is optional. The enclosed cab option is equipped with heat and optional air conditioning to ensure comfort in all weather conditions.

The single joystick control is placed to the right of the operator's seat for easy, fatigue-free access. This control operates all functions of the boom (up, down, and tilt) as well as directional drive. An option to upgrade to the Manitou JSM Joystick (switch and move) also is available for those who prefer this operation mode. Panoramic visibility is achieved from the operator's station due to the curved frame shape, narrow mast channels, low dash, and overhead guard structure. Oversized side mirrors, multiple wipers and an internal rearview mirror further enhance operator visibility.

To ensure proper routine maintenance and serviceability, the MH/MSI machines are designed to allow easy access to major operational components. The cab tilts forward with the press of a button, electro-hydraulic controlled for full-access to the engine and other maintenance components. This makes routine service checks quicker and easier increasing more time for productivity. Also, the newly offered Maniplus program offers extended service coverage for North American equipment owners. This program has two options to select from; powertrain only or ALL machine components. These plans provide coverage up to 5 years or 6,000 machine hours.

“We are excited to introduce three new MSI Series semi-industrial masted forklift models to the Manitou product line for North America,” said Chris Mathijs Manitou products sales director of North America. “The addition of the MSI 35, MSI 40 and MSI 50 expand this series to offer more performance capabilities as well as extra options for mast configurations, sizes, and attachments for the end user. The unique hybrid design of these forklifts sets them apart in the market place, featuring a hydrostatic transmission and large diameter front wheels which allow them to handle longer, heavier loads in indoor and outdoor semi-rough terrain environments.”

The Tier IV-certified MH/MSI Series semi-industrial masted forklifts are available in North America for use in housing, general construction, building material supply, agriculture, rental, transport logistics, recycling/waste management, and brick/block applications.

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