In 2017, Mark Garrick Ltd sold its first Manitou telehandler to beef and arable producer, Charlie Barclay from Craigscorrie, near Beauly.
Charlie, who has been a loyal customer of the Manitou brand for 12 years, farms 800 acres of land which includes spring barley for malting, wheat and oats. He also runs a suckler cow herd and finishes all progeny on-farm.
In previous years, Charlie has bought second-hand Manitou telehandlers but this time went for the new 737-130 PS+ (7-metre) model.
“The forklift is the main tool on the farm and I do about 800 hours per year with it so I need something that’s reliable and good quality,” said Charlie. “Manitou forklifts are very user friendly and reliable. The mechanical axles are straightforward and the Deutz engine is good on fuel and uses very little AdBlue.
“I really like the new cab design as it has easy access and optimal visibility. The cab itself is also not as high up for going in and out of so many times in the day and it’s a smooth ride, even on rough ground,” he added.
Charlie’s Manitou is used every day and for a range of different jobs. During the winter it spends most of its time feeding and bedding and, in the spring, handling fertiliser and seed. In the summer months, it’s used for loading the likes of silage bales and throughout harvest, loading and moving grain.
Charlie said: “Every Christmas, I take note of the hours of each machine so I know how much they have done every year. The current Manitou has done 1300 hours to date and we’ve no issues with it as of yet.
“I’ve always gone for the 7-metre model and although the 6-metre is probably most popular with livestock farmers, I found there was very little difference in price.”
Author: Katrina Macarthur