Manitou introduced the Tier IV-certified, M 40 Rough Terrain Vertical-Masted Forklift for North America. The M 40 has a maximum lift height of 19’6” and a maximum loading capacity of 8,179 lbs. (3710 kg). This machine will be available in 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive, improved fuel economy, mast customization options, and a curved body style.

The  M 40 is equipped for rough terrain performance. Fuel consumption is reduced by 13% with the Tier IV engine, achieving up to 21,730 lbs. (9,666 daN) of tractive effort.  j

The design and high ground clearance allow the truck to travel over rough and loose terrain. The load accumulator is standard equipment and prevents shock and vibration from affecting the load for safe transport over bumpy, uneven surfaces. An oscillating rear axle and wide stance of the front tires ensure the machine is stable in adverse conditions. The overall compact dimensions of the machine and short turning radius also make it possible to navigate in areas where space is confined.

The forklife adds a hydrostatic transmission option for all 2-wheel drive M Series models. An option to select the hydrostatic transmission for 4-wheel drive models is planned for the first half of 2015.

Multiple mast configurations are designed to deliver strength and rigidity while maintaining operator visibility. The new side-shift mast and existing side-shift carriage options provide enhancements to the M Series product line, with the introduction of the M 40. The side shift mast is designed with one shaft for smoother shifting, moving the mast 3” to the left and 3” to the right. The side shift carriage will add additional hoses, but will shift 4” in either direction. The M 40 can be selected with a 2-stage full visibility or a 3-stage free lift mast design, offered with a variety of mast sizes.

The controls are placed to the right of the operator’s seat for fatigue-free access. Panoramic visibility is achieved from the operator’s station due to the curved frame shape, narrow mast channels, low dash, and large, open overhead guard structure. Oversized mirrors and front and rear work lights further enhance operator visibility.

To ensure proper routine maintenance and serviceability, the M 40 is designed to allow easy access to major operational components. The large engine hood lifts out of the way with removable side panels for quicker routing maintenance checks. The cab also tilts forward to allow full-service access, including the transmission and hydraulic components.