Sima 2022: Compact Merlo P30.7L loader fits into poultry sheds

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By shrinking the dimensions of its agricultural telehandler, Merlo has created a 3t/7m machine that is able to work in pokey poultry sheds.

Thanks to a redesigned chassis and low-slung cab, the new P30.7L (L denoting the low roofline) sits at just 2m tall and a shade under 2m wide. However, the compact proportions shouldn’t affect driver comfort as Merlo’s engineers have used the same cabin the larger handlers have.

Propulsion is provided by a 75hp Kohler four-cylinder engine teamed with Merlo’s trademark two-speed hydrostatic transmission. It also drives a load-sensing hydraulic pump that delivers flow of up to 250 litres/min.

To give extra gusto for heavy mucking-out jobs, operators have the option of activating an auto-revving joystick function. This calls for extra engine rpm as the joystick is pulled, giving peppier hydraulic performance without the inconvenience of having to use the foot throttle.

The machine is still in the prototype stages, but should be on sale by the end of 2023.

Sima 2022: Compact Merlo P30.7L loader fits into poultry sheds

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