Manitou introduces rental-focused vertical mast platform


The new Manitou VJR 26 vertical mast platform incorporates innovation and technology into its design to focus on safety, performance and low-cost maintenance.

Built for the rental market, the compact platform model consists of a vertical telescopic mast, electric travel motor and a perforated steel basket to meet industrial requirements. With a 350-degree turret rotation, the vertical mast platform offers operator’s greater flexibility and access with minimal repositioning. 

The compactness of the VJR 26 work platform allows operators to pass through most industrial doors accessing work heights up to 9.75 metres with a reach of 3.15 metres.

“The new VJR 26 vertical mast platform is engineered with the customer in mind, incorporating new innovative features in safety and performance,” said Francois Desbriere, global product line manager for mobile elevated work platforms at Manitou Group.

“Manitou’s MEWPs lead the industry in Europe, for more than 25 years, and provide operators maximum productivity and smooth operation. The VJR 26 can quickly make multiple movements at the same time, from changing the platform direction to lifting the boom and rotating the machine making it one of the most efficient in the industry.”  

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To improve stability, the VJR 26 vertical mast is designed so that its centre of gravity is located in the lower area of the chassis.

The telescopic mast technology delivers a compact structure, which increases visibility of the machine and the work environment during operations by the operator in the basket. The controls in the Manitou VJR 26 are simple and intuitive for quick start.

As well, they are equipped with safety features including load and tilt sensors and an anti-entrapment system for additional safety.

A standard 24V battery allows the VJR 26 to operate for a complete day of work and extends its service life. The lifting structure using telescopic booms reduces the maintenance thanks to the reduction of moving parts.

The operator can easily access the battery and hydraulic components by unlocking the latches of the turret cover. 

An added benefit to the VJR 26 is the ease and safety of transportation of the vertical mast platform. 

Two forks pockets are located on the platform to allow a forklift to load and transport the machine sideways. This allows loading the machine onto a trailer to be faster and safer.

Machine maintenance is simplified with a self-diagnostic panel at ground level. Manitou’s telematics system gives the ability to manage the unit’s location, maintenance cycles and service warnings.