INDUSTRY INSIDER | July 11, 2024

Manitou Equips Telehandler With Woodcracker Tree Saw

Original Source:Manitou
A Manitou telehandler equipped with a Woodcraker tree saw

Manitou’s MRT rotating telehandlers are now available with a Woodcracker tree saw with grapple configuration.The new telehandler configuration can significantly improve performance and productivity in tree and limb removal operations, particularly in urban areas and roadside land management applications.

The Woodcracker tree saw with grapple is compatible with Manitou’s MRT 2260, MRT 2660 and MRT 3060 Vision+. When matched with the MRT 3060 Vision+, operators can reach heights of about 30 metres and outreach to more than 25 metres. The maximum lifting capacity for the MRT with the tree saw attachment is 3,630 kg.

“The off-road capabilities, 360-degree rotation and the excellent reach of these rotating telehandlers makes this an extremely versatile solution for municipalities, public works departments and tree removal contractors regularly faced with challenging tree and limb removal jobs,” said Steve Kiskunas, Telescopic Handler Product Manager at Manitou.Built from high-strength steel and capable of cutting tree branches and trunks up to 74 cm in diameter, the new Manitou tree saw rotates into position to cut, hold and deliver each limb.

It can also be matched with the Manitou rotating telehandler remote control to give the operator flexibility in how and where they perform the work.

“It delivers the ability to remove and place large and heavy tree limbs while maintaining excellent control of the load,” Kiskunas said. “This simplifies the work, helps keep the operator and other workers out of the fall zone, and gives the operator the ability to perform the work from the most advantageous vantage point when equipped with the remote control.”

Each Manitou MRT rotating telehandler equipped with the tree saw will include a specialized forestry package with a windshield guard, boom covers and guards, hydraulic and electrical system covers, and a second return-to-tank line. Manitou offers the attachment solution for new machine orders and for existing Manitou MRT Vision+ models: MRT 2260, MRT 2660 and MRT 3060.

While each Manitou rotating telehandler matched with the Woodcracker tree saw with grapple is specialized, each machine retains compatibility with the full line of rotating telehandler attachments to deliver a versatile platform for businesses or public works departments.

“This new tree saw with grapple configuration delivers excellent heavy-duty performance for a specialized application while still delivering a broad range of capabilities as a three-in-one machine — telescopic handler, jib and aerial work platform,” Kiskunas said. “This type of versatility can really be an asset in smart fleet building and management.”

The purposely matched solution of a rotating telehandler with a forestry package and a premium tree saw/grapple has an opportunity to evolve how tree removal, vegetation management, public works and other contractors approach safe limb and tree handling.

“Our customers are impressed with Manitou’s MRT 3060 for its performance versatility, precision, and unparallelled comfort,” said Ben Siemen, Vice President of Sales for Shawmut Equipment. “This innovative piece of equipment is now designed to meet the demands of this harsh application — from the hydraulic hose and electrical component guarding at the boom tip, to the innovative remote control with designated controls for the grapple saw.”