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TUNNELLING: Telehandler from Manulift has compact footprint

QUEBEC - Hydro-Quebec's hydroelectric complex on the Romaine River is large scale and long term, from 2009 to 2020. The bypass tunnel is only part of it, but when Neilson-EBC won the contract, it turned to Manulift to supply the Merlo Roto...



QUEBEC – Hydro-Quebec’s hydroelectric complex on the Romaine River is large scale and long term, from 2009 to 2020. The bypass tunnel is only part of it, but when Neilson-EBC won the contract, it turned to Manulift to supply the Merlo Roto 40.26 MCSS, the only rotative, telescopic piece of equipment that can reach the back and rotate within the width of its own outriggers.

The bypass tunnel is 500 metres long, 6 metres wide and 15 metres high. Since the work zone is inside the tunnel, conventional lifting equipment was out of the question. The Roto needs only a 4.5-metre-wide space – including outriggers – thus leaving room in the tunnel for other equipment to come and go. To reach the work zone, the Roto had to be craned down a 12-metre rock wall, and the unit’s relatively light weight allowed it to be moved by the bridge crane. The Quick AttachTM feature allowing accessories to be changed without the operator having to leave the cab, shortening the timeline of installing a concreted back in a 25-metre stretch of the tunnel.

The Roto 40.25 MCSS is unique with its 4,000 kg capacity, 25-metre-long boom and 45-metre work zone coverage without moving the machine Fuel efficient and able to travel at 40 km/h, it has all the characteristics that make Merlo famous (360° vision, impressive pulling and pushing capacity, incomparable stability, 500-hour maintenance interval, compatibility with the 90 Merlo attachments, and more).

The high demand for the Merlo is undeniable with more than 700 units sold in Canada in the last six years. With 28 units produced every day, Merlo is the most demanded telehandler brand worldwide.

Manulift, with branches in Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City, is an importer of the Merlo products. For more information about Merlo’s products or regarding Manulift, email info@Manulift.ca or visit www.Manulift.ca.


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