Machinery

Merlo ups cab comfort and versatility with new telehandler

Compact P27.6PLUS model accepts many attachments and has lower centre of gravity for higher stability and traction

Merlo’s new P27.6PLUS is a compact telehandler fit for a variety of industries and uses with a 2.7t load capacity and a cab that is claimed to be the largest in its class.

The manufacturer said in a statement that the P27.6PLUS has a lower centre of gravity for increased machine stability, traction, and nimbleness, and is approved for towing trailers. It has a width of 1.82m and a height of 1.93m with a lifting height of 5.9m.

According to Merlo, operators can expect comfortable seating in the new model, with frame mounted, vibration-damping silent blocks, and a high level of ergonomic functionality in the placement of the controls within the spacious cab.

“The single level joystick is easy to operate. Real-time operating parameters are delivered to the highly visible LCD. The reverse shuttle is conveniently located on the steering column, giving the operator manoeuvring agility while still retaining control of the wheel. The cabin air filter is mounted on the side of the cab for better quality air flow. Operators also enjoy balanced AC/heat through an automotive style eight-vent system,” said Merlo

The P27.6PLUS delivers high visibility with a wide curved windshield, with safety taken care of by an FOPS certified protective grill. The 7.62cm of steel that surrounds the cab maximises protection of the machine and its operator.

The P27.6PLUS comes standard with a hydrostatic transmission for precision machine movement. It has a maximum speed of 40kph and 4WD with three steering modes. It is powered by either a Kubota or Kohler 75hp 4-cylinder engine with the engine compartment mounted on the frame side for maintenance accessibility.

The telehandler’s quick response, no-flex boom has the hydraulic lines inside the boom, reducing jobsite wear and tear. The fixed displacement hydraulic pump is engineered to limit component wear and reduce hydraulic oil overheating, said Merlo.

With its two hydraulic connections and outlet on the boom, the P27.6PLUS is designed to accept many attachments. The operator-controlled Tac-lock system makes for easy and safe attachment connectivity. Standard features include an engine block heater, wipers and lights.

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