With a maximum capacity of 13,200 lbs. (6,000 kg) and a maximum lift height of 29’6” (9 m), the MLT 960 telescopic loader is designed to maximize loading power and high lift height. Specializing in material handling tasks, this unit is intended for heavy duty work in agriculture, waste management and bio-gas applications. The MLT 960 is equipped with a 141 hp (104 kW) Interim Tier IV John Deere diesel engine.

The all-new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox is designed for smooth drive operation while maintaining maximum tractive effort at any speed. The transmission control reacts to the demand on the machine to provide the correct torque and speed automatically without interruption. By enabling the engine to run at its most efficient speed, the CVT system is designed to provide better fuel economy than other transmission systems. Reinforced Dana axles help avoid a drop in torque from 0 – 25 mph (40 km/hr). Additionally, an inching pedal has been implemented into the MLT 960 to assist in managing forward movement and hydraulic-powered attachment speed separate from the vehicle engine speed.

Load sensing hydraulics are made possible by a variable piston pump, which delivers more efficiency and less heat than a standard gear pump. Standard auxiliary hydraulics bring 3,900 psi (270 bar) of pressure and a flow rate of 47.7 gpm (180 L/min.)

The new, Manitou-patented, Duplex boom provides 360 degrees of visibility due to its low mount position. High quality steel is used for a stronger overall design. A reduction in overall weight of the internal components increases lifting capacities with a minimal increase in machine size, says the OEM.

For greater operator efficiency, switches and controls are grouped according to function. Drive, boom and hydraulic functions are all controlled by the JSM (joystick, switch & move) control, leaving the other hand free to operate the steering wheel. A highly-visible, side-mounted interactive dashboard digitally displays the hour meter, speed, travel direction and maintenance reminders.

With its large lift capacity and high lift height, the MLT 960 telescopic loader provides a unique alternative to large wheel loaders. The MLT 960 provides a fixed load capacity while turning, extended forward and vertical reach, and extra bucket curl over large wheel loader models. The quick-fit mounting system connects to a wide range of Manitou-tested attachments. A hydraulic lock option provides for fast attachment changes without leaving the operator’s seat. A wide variety of approved attachments include forks, rotating carriages, buckets (including a 5 cu.yd. bucket), grapples, bale handlers, and hay handlers.

Additional comfort is gained by the use of cushioned stops on the lift cylinders. This creates smoother operation when lowering and extending the boom. The optional Comfort Ride Control (CRC) boom suspension system minimizes the loss of material when traveling.

The MLT 960 also includes ease of service and maintenance improvements. A large engine cover is hinged and equipped with gas springs to assist in the lifting and holding in place during servicing. The engine, cooling system and daily maintenance points are easily accessible through the large engine cover. Grease fittings are centralized, facilitating regular axle lubrication.