SM30: Merlo’s First Telescopic Handler


In 1981, Merlo introduced the company’s first telescopic handler to the world. Built to an exclusive Merlo specification and design, the SM30 offered the performance of a forklift along with the versatility of a hydraulic boom crane.


The SM30 birthed several new design ideas for the Merlo telehandler range, including a rounded cab with curved windows, telescopic boom side-shift, a double hinge for boom articulation, hydrostatic transmission and a permanent four-wheel drive.