Telehandler model built with agricultural producers high in mind


As agricultural producers, we are often moving items of high weight, through less than ideal conditions, and in small areas.

Kevin Bitter, agricultural product and sales manager with Leavitt Machinery, says Manitou’s MT 420 telehandler was made precisely for the farmer. Although released in 2017, 2019 brings a brand new model to the table.

“We had a lot of agricultural-based customers who wanted to increase and enhance the functionality of the skid steer, but still had the physical footprint of the skid steer. Which is why we came out with the 420,” explains Bitter.

The telehandler can lift up to 14-and-a-half feet high, while supporting 4400 lb, and as Bitter notes, this is a lot more than your typical skid steer will do.

“When a farmer is running one of our telescopic booms they want to feel like they are running a loader style. So we have a JSM that operates like a loader. It’s got three different steering modes which will give you shiftability in tights spots and corners and stuff like that. The boom comes down in level line with the engine scoop so you actually have great 360 vision so there is so vision constraints.”

Check out Kara Oosterhuis in conversation with Kevin Bitter at Ag in Motion, here:

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