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greg 370754 134 Claas power either
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here i was tidying the soil up ,so there was more space around it . Having a decent loadall really helps, when we used to do stuff like this with the sanderson there was a distinct smell or burning in the cab :-P after hard work.

Greg
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It may not look hard work , but you wouldnt want to be doing it with a trowel. ;-). Judging by the weight on the front tyres there is quite a lot of stress on the whole machine.
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the soil pile doesnt look that big in the pictures , but i wouldnt want to fall of the top.
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other angle.:-)
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finished job.
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last 1 .

Greg
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good machine?
what make of engine in there?
have you driven other brands of telehandlers?
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Hey,
Yes its a great machine, the engine is a perkins turbo 109 hp( i think). The telehandlers i have driven are manitou 626 , Matbro ts270 , sanderson 626( wich we owned ) and a Newholland lm. We had them on test before we bought the Claas. We found the Claas to be the best , hence the reason we bought it ;-). Id like to drive a Merlo and a JCB next jus for fun :-D.

Greg
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we have a Manitou at work,but dont like it at all thats why i wonder how other brands are.
i heard good things about JCB and CAT telehandlers.
the Manitou is just to weak and has poor quality materials.the PS shifts rough and the boom lowers slow.
the boom also has some cracks at the front and this machine only loads wood chips and is used for pushing the wood together.
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personally i like the look of the cat, but there parts and service are expensive here, thats if you can find a dealer:-\

Greg
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We just got a new Manitou MLT845 Turbo LSU-120. Before this one we had a JCB 540-70 and were not pleased by it. Doing maintenance on the JCB was just nasty. First spend time taking shields off, and after spend more time to get those heavy things back underneath again. Also it did not have a very high breakout force (it could not lift its rear end when getting feed out of the bunk). It also loved to start small fires underneath the tranny where junk gets collected on top of the shields. And the last very annoying thing was the buzzer. When you had the machine almost at the red (yes that does occasionally happen) and shut it of then. When you are restarting the unit the buzzer goes for like a minute. Some of the other buzzer features were the first to get disconnected, mainly the load sensor (on the Manitou you can shut this one off, not so in a JCB)
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the new ones maybe better or good now,but ouers is about 7 years old.
the one wich had the JCB switchet to CAT because it was hard to get parts or took to long here in Switzerland.
Frank,what year was the JCB you had?
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Greg,
Not knocking the Class, or anything. A close friend bought a used Class Targo a few months ago, he likes his machine.

I have owned both JCB & CAT telehandlers, but I kind of like this Komatsu. It looks very well made. :-)

It was launched in 2005, I think this is the machine I will most likely buy next. If not, either another JCB or CAT.

The new Class Scorpion looks good, but its too expensive. :-(
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the JCB was a 2003 model. Before that one we had another Manitou, that was a MT845 Turbo.
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Franke,
Your experience with the JCB 540-70 is not sounding too good.

Perhaps I should restrict my choice between the CAT & Komatsu. When my telehandler is up for replacement.

I have sat in the cab on the latest CAT, the view is not as good as from my old one.
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JCB,have a close look where the Komatsu is made,it will say it on the S# plate.
i belive they are made at FAI Italy.:-\
do you know what make of engine is in that Komatsu?
to Franke,how fast are you getting parts for the Manitou?
what year was the prev.Manitou?
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Also over the years, I have had Matbro, Manitou & Merlo all on demo.

The Merlo is a good machine, although the local dealer that supplied them closed.

The Merlo web-site does not give dealer locations. The UK base is at Ringwood in Hampshire :-\
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jdeere,
I didn't look to see where the Komatsu was made. I had hoped it would be Japan. :-)

Also I do not know which engine they fit, again I would like to see the Komatsu engine used.
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Jcb, My neighbour has komatsu digger/backhoe (whatever you like to call it) And it makes very anoying noise cccccccrrrrrrrrrwwwwwshhhhhhhhh..... like that. I dont know were it comes from, either the torque-converter or the engine, but its not nice:-\
Merlo are popular over here, and they go really fast on the road! But There were a few early ones that cooked the deutz engines but merlo have increased the hp since then (years ago)
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internash,
I do not know much about the Komatsu backhoe, perhaps it is from the Italian factory?

The merlo I had a demo with, was an early one. I do remember it was quick on the road, not bad for towing with either.
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getting the parts is sometimes a troubling part, or at least it used to be. Since 2004 there is new dealer in our area. So the parts supply should be better now. Our old 845 was a 1997, still with the steel hood.

FH
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My CAT telehandler has been reliable. Its only faults have been a few small leaks, one new hose and a new pin in the Z-link.

It takes a while to warm up from cold. The engine is a perkins rated at 112hp, although it could do with a bit more power.

One complaint I have with ALL telehandler manufacturers is, why they cannot agree on a standard back-plate :-(
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Most owners keep the old backplate/carrige and wack it on the "new" handler so they can use the old implements.

I find it interesting that no one has mentioned new holland here, they seem to be very good machines (a little heavy maybey) And look quite nice.
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Nice photos Greg :-)

Telehandlers havent really "caught on" here, for whatever reason; there are a few around but most farmers here use tractor mounted front end loaders, for their materials handling work.

I guess most farmers here would see them as an expensive luxury where you guys in the UK would use them so much, that they become as useful to you, as another tractor.
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