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Lift your farm to new heights with Merlo and Forklifts NW

Shawn Harris and Morné Petzer from Forklifts NW will assist you in taking your farm to new heights with the Merlo Turbofarmer telehandler range.

Telehandlers are normally associated with the mining, construction, and manufacturing sectors, but they are also a valuable asset to any farm, especially Merlo’s telehandlers that are designed and built specifically for the agricultural sector. They have been market leaders in agricultural forklifts and telehandlers since 1996.

One of the simple adaptations that Merlo has made to better suit the agricultural market, is to install a reversible hydraulic fan that automatically cleans the radiator and prevents it from being clogged by dust.

The boom on the Turbofarmer 42,7 can extend to a maximum height of 7,1 metres and lift a load of up to 4,2 tonnes.

There are two model ranges that were specifically adapted to suit the agricultural environment:

The first is the Multifarmer that is equipped with a three-point linkage, a PTO, hydraulic distribution points and a twenty-tonne capacity towing hook.

The second range is the slightly smaller Turbofarmer that is better suited for the small-scale farmer looking to expand his farming enterprise.

The Turbofarmer 42,7 has a maximum lifting capacity of 4 200 kg and a maximum lifting height of 7,1 metres. It also has an extended reach of 3,7 meters. The Turbofarmer is powered by the four-cylinder Kubota V380D tier 3 engine which complies with European emission standards. The engine delivers a total power of 74 kW and is more than capable to get the job done.

The hydrostatic Merlo transmission comes standard with the Turbofarmer, and allows powerful acceleration, flexible manoeuvring, and engine-controlled breaking. With 110 litre hydraulic oil tank, there is enough hydraulic fluid to operate all the functions of the telehandler safely and effectively.

Rough terrain and small spaces are no problem for the Turbofarmer. With all-wheel drive and differential locking capability, it can go where any conventional tractor would be able to. Furthermore, it also has crab steer which allows easy manoeuvring in tight spaces. All-wheel steering is another standard feature on the Turbofarmer, which allows it to easily navigate any difficult environment.

The Turbofarmer is equipped with a rear hook that has a twenty-tonne towing capacity.

The interior of the cab also has a list of benefits for the driver. It has the biggest cab in its class and comes standard with the patented Merlo Safety System. The multi-functional armrest allows the operator complete control of the machine. It has an electro-mechanical joystick command to allow easier use for the operator. The display panel informs the operator of all the information that he needs to operate the machine safely and effectively.

The telescopic arm is equipped with the Tac-Lock attachment locking system as an added safety measure. There is a whole range of attachments that can be used on the Turbo-farmer range, including bale forks, loaders, grippers for bales and manure forks with claws.

The Turbofarmer range is available from Forklifts NW in Rustenburg, South Africa. With 24 years of experience they have all the right expertise to service your forklifts and telehandlers, and supply parts and the right advice.

For more information, contact Shawn Harris and his team on +27(0)14-597-1010 or send an e-mail to or

Also see Forklifts NW’s products on Agri4all.

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