Manitou unveils its new gen CTLs and skid steers 

A Manitou CTL digs into river rock in a field

The new generation of Manitou’s mid-range skid steers and compact track loaders are now rolling off the manufacturing line in Madison, South Dakota.

The lineup reflects a range of sizes and options that provide contractors with a tool for material handling, attachment use and multi-purpose work around the jobsite.

The new machines include the 2100 V, 2300 V and the 2750 V skid steers and the 2100 VT, 2300 VT and 2750 VT compact track loaders. 

All models are vertical lift and feature a new lift arm design to improve visibility. 

The operator experience has also been improved with an update on Manitou’s patented folding door, and the cab improves visibility with a new window and roof design. Breakout forces and tank capacities are increased for greater productivity and longer operating times.

The new models also include IdealTrax. This patented track-tensioning system tensions the track to the proper tension when the machine is started and relieves the tension when the machine is turned off, which prolongs the track’s life and makes cleaning out the tracks easier. 

Instead of greasing to achieve proper tension every 50 hours or so, Manitou uses a hydraulic system to keep constant tension on the tracks. As this happens automatically, it takes significantly less time to achieve proper tension. It also increases track life by up to 15 per cent by always ensuring proper tension and guarding against over tensioning. Over-tensioned tracks wear from the inside out and rob horsepower from the machine as it takes more effort to turn the track, which also causes poor fuel efficiency. Fleet managers will also see improved idler and bogie bearing life. 

Each new CTL also features the exclusive Manitou IdealAccess door. Contractors are increasingly moving away from the traditional swing-out doors for a variety of reasons, including visibility, easier access to the cab, and less likelihood of damage to the door. This bi-folding door gives the operator more headroom, and allows operation with the door opened or closed.

Vertical-lift arm design

The all-new vertical-lift arm design is one of the most distinct features of the skid steers and CTLs. The sloped-arm design improves visibility and reduces the amount of material that gathers on the arms, and allows for all hydraulic lines to be routed in or under the arms for greater protection. 

Manitou has transitioned exclusively to a vertical lift arm design with these models, which provides more reach at dump height to dump closer to the centre of the truck being loaded, while also improving rear visibility thanks to the elimination of rear towers. 

Breakout forces have been improved by an average of 12 per cent compared to the previous Manitou models, and the manufacturer has increased fuel tank size by 14 per cent to allow for extended run times without refuelling and the associated downtime. 

Additional standout features include keyless start, LED lighting and a patented Pilot joystick system that moves with the seat to ensure a common operator experience is standard. 

Both standard and high-flow auxiliary hydraulics have been enhanced to make attachment use more productive, and Manitou offers a full and expansive lineup of Manitou Group attachments to make these machines even more versatile. 

Operator experience

The operator experience has been seriously upgraded with a larger, one-piece cab that gives the operator 23 per cent more space than previous models. 

As well, a larger, more ergonomic foot area reduces operator fatigue while enabling precise control of the standard foot throttle and lift-arm cushioning and an optimized undercarriage provides a smooth, more comfortable ride. 

Each machine also features high auxiliary power to meet all attachment requirements commonly found with skid steers and CTLs. 

 The new loaders include the full Manitou EasyManager fleet management telematics platform. This allows business owners and fleet managers to stay better connected to the health, performance and efficiency of each Manitou machine