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Is Manitou’s Rough Terrain Equipment Right for You?

November 02, 2017

When it comes to rough terrain equipment, very few brands have the pedigree of Manitou, with the brand having a rich history that dates as far back as the invention of the rough terrain forklift in 1958. After the initial success of this forklift, Manitou followed up with the production of its 4WD versions in 1969, and its 4WD telescopic handlers in 1981.


Today, the reputable Manitou nameplate is cast in stone on rough terrain Mining, Construction, and Industrial and Agricultural equipment in markets across the globe, and for good reason – it’s the best brand available.


Manitou’s rough terrain range of equipment covers everything from forklifts and telescopic handlers to aerial work platforms and subsidiary Gehl skid steer, track and articulated loaders. Each type of machinery comes in a wide range of specifications and capacities, which are designed to suit varying applications.


Regardless of their specifications, all of Manitou’s rough terrain equipment is built as tough as possible, as they are constructed to withstand rough conditions and to fulfil a long service life in whichever industry they’re purchased for.


Importantly, Manitou rough terrain equipment has full rough terrain ratings, which far exceeds the rating levels offered by some manufacturers who only sell their rough terrain machines with an industrial rating, which can leave buyers exposed to risk.


Manitou’s Rough Terrain Range and Their Benefits




  • Semi-Industrial 4×2 forklifts
  • Available from 2.5 to 5.0-ton capacities
  • Suits unsealed applications where 4×4 is not required




  • 4×4 Forklift Trucks
  • 0 to 2.5-ton capacities
  • Suits unsealed operating environments where 4×4 is required


M-X Series


  • 4×4 Forklift Trucks
  • 0 to 5.0-ton capacities
  • Suits the harshest operating environments including off-road were 4×4 is required.
  • This range also has an option of 7.0 tons in 2wd


MT Telescopic Handlers


  • Construction suitable 4WD machines
  • 0 to 4.0-ton capacities and up to 18 metre-lifting heights
  • All terrain capability



MLT Telescopic Handlers


  • Agriculture suitable 4WD machines
  • 5 to 6.0-ton capacities and up to 9 metre-lifting heights
  • All terrain capability


MHT Telescopic Handlers


  • Construction and Mining suitable 4WD machines
  • 0 to 35-ton capacities and up to 14-metre lifting heights
  • All terrain capability


Aerial Work Platforms


  • Manitou Rough Terrain AWPs are offered from 11.9 to 28-metre working heights.
  • Rough terrain outdoor ratings.
  • 4WD and 3 Steering modes are standard.


If your operation requires quality rough terrain equipment there is no better place to start than Manitou with LiftRite Hire & Sales. LiftRite is Western Australia’s Manitou Dealer, with over 35 years experience in Materials Handling equipment. Explore the range at


LiftRite offers competitive purchase, long, short or casual term rentals on a large range of rough terrain machinery, and has one of WA’s largest Manitou rental fleets. Talk to our team about your Mining or Construction needs today.

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