Old and new forklifts side-by-side for Manitou 40th anniversary

September 29, 2014

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Terry Fahey, Manitou, Bryson Terlich, of HMFD, Ross Edwards, HMFD chairman and Robert Capello, Riverina Lift Trucks, celebrate the ruby anniversary. Behind is HMFD’s oldest working 2WD forklift in Australia.

French owned rough terrain material handling company, Manitou, celebrated a 40-year milestone at this year’s Henty Machinery Field Days.

Manitou Australia sales executive Terry Fahey and Riverina Lift Trucks principal, Robert Cappello, cut a large cake on Wednesday, September 24, to mark the company’s ruby anniversary in Australia.

Manitou produces rough terrain material handling machinery for the agriculture, mining and construction industries, and has more than 50 dealers across Australia and New Zealand.

The company’s modern forklift, the MH25-4T, was displayed at the field days alongside HMFD’s MB20C 2WD forklift.

The MB20C forklift was purchased second hand in 1977 from a Sydney brickyard, and was immediately put to good use by the young Henty Machinery Field Days co-operative.

Former director Bryson Terlich was the first person to drive the machine, unloading heavy equipment for exhibitors each year.

“In previous years, we had hired a forklift from Allis Chalmers and before that we had used an old crane,’’ Mr Terlich said.

“I drove the Manitou until the co-operative starting hiring new telescopic handlers.’’

The MB20C is still in use today at the field days.

Terry Fahey said the new MH25 was a market leading all wheel drive rough terrain fork truck.

“The design of the machine has come a long ay but still holds the principle design features pioneered by Manitou founder Marcel Braud 68 years ago,’’ he said.

“The four wheel engine gives the MH235 excellent driveability for material handling on slopes or unconsolidated ground.

“The solid block steering axles with integral steering cylinder gives exceptional steering lock for manoeuvring in cramped places.’’

Manitou exhibited a range of telehandlers and fork trucks with five-year partners and family owned business Riverina Lift Trucks, Griffith and Wagga, at the field days.