Merlo safety and performance a winning combination
(March 2015) – With sporting and lifestyle events adding hundreds of millions of visitor dollars to the economy each year, venue operators are looking for versatile equipment to help them prepare for events, according to specialist Merlo telehandler dealer Shayne Morrall.
Shayne says that versatility, safety and reliability are three key reasons Merlo telescopic telehandlers are playing pivotal roles in a wide variety of Australian projects and businesses.
Merlo telehandlers are at work in municipal parks, farms, construction sites and industrial facilities throughout the country.
Among Shayne’s customers is Melbourne and Olympic Parks, which uses a Merlo P25.6 telehandler at its world class facilities that include Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena, National Tennis Centre, AAMI Park, Westpac Centre and Olympic Park Oval, on tasks ranging from moving huge pot plants to unloading trucks for rock concerts.
Versatility meets safety
Shayne says the P25.6 is well suited to customers who need an all-round performer.
“Merlo P25.6 offers versatility and a compact profile so it can be used in confined spaces. It also offers high performance and superior operator comfort, plus it’s very quick,” he says.
“It has better specs than anything else in its class and is a true utility machine.”
The key features of Merlo telehandlers are their compactness, visibility and load management system. They are standard with 18-inch rims and tyres and the ground clearance is excellent.
The machines have fast hydraulics for a high level of responsiveness and they operate at a maximum travel speed of 36 kph.
“The Merlo P25.6 has a fork attachment, which comes as standard, and an optional bucket which can be used for loading spreaders. You can change the attachments easily and it’s all operated through the cab. It’s one-button, hydraulic pick up and release; it’s a pretty user friendly machine.”
Safety is a key design feature of the 2.5-tonne P25.6, which offers excellent load management to prevent the machine being overloaded, tipping or dropping its load.
“It has a Level 2 load management system, which is standard in our machines. The weight ratio is automatic and you can’t overload the machine. It will stop in that position until you bring it back down within its parameters. It’s just a press of the button to lower the boom and then you go off again.”
Merlo telehandlers’ stability is enhanced by the ‘Merlo Ring of Steel’, a solid ring of cold bent 70mm steel bar that completely surrounds the steel frame. It acts as a counter balance eliminating the need for intrusive counter weights extending out from the machine’s profile.
Braking on all four wheels further improves safety.
Comfort across the range
Merlo telehandlers come in 21 different models, ranging from 2.5 tonnes up to 7 tonnes.
Shayne says an important point of difference with Merlo machines is that every model has a full-sized cabin that offers superior operator comfort.
“It’s the same cabin for the complete range. In other brands the smaller machines have small cabins.”
Merlo telehandlers also offer excellent visibility, giving the operator an unobstructed 360-degree view from the cab.
“The boom sits lower than the operator so you can see everything,” Shayne says.
Merlo telehandlers feature a hydrostatic drive for ease of use, which further improves operator comfort.
Merlo has a strong dealer network throughout Australia, offering comprehensive sales, service, parts and support to customers.