Electric Tug Prices

Electric tug pricing is influenced by a range of important factors and considerations.

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Electric tug prices

How much does an electric tug or tow tug cost?

The first question you’ve probably got when it comes to electric tugs, tows, and pushers, is how much do they cost?

The answer is that electric tug pricing is influenced by a range of important factors and considerations.

Our approach at MasterMover is to ensure that any solution we deliver, whether the application is a simple one to move roll cages, or the more complex movement of 80,000kg wind turbine blades, is the right solution that will deliver time and time again.

Electric tugs and tow tugs are typically grouped by their load handling capacity or maximum load weight. However, in addition to load weight, several other core factors play a part in determining the specification and price of an electric tug.

*based on UK pricelist, machine-only, and lowest weight capacity model in range.

What factors impact electric tug prices?

Electric tugs, tow tugs and pushers are specified on an application basis to ensure any solution delivers quantifiable safety and efficiency gains for you right out of the box.

Here, we’ve summarised some of the key variables that influence the cost of a machine.

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Maximum load weight

The maximum weight you want to move heavily influences the most suitable specification and model of the electric tug.

You may hear suppliers talk about push/pull forces, which are the outputs machines deliver.

At a basic level, the heavier the total load weight, the more power needed from the machine to push, pull and stop it, in a safe and controlled way.

Rolling resistance

One of the most critical factors to consider is the force needed to start a wheeled load moving, known as rolling resistance.

Higher rolling resistances require more effort from the machine to achieve movement, increasing the specification needed.

Three key areas have a considerable impact on rolling resistance:

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Floor condition & material

A smooth, good-condition floor reduces rolling resistance. The floor condition and material influence the force needed to move a load and a machine’s ability to gain traction.

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Castor wheels

The configuration, quantity and quality of castor wheels impact the force needed from an electric tug to move the load.

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Moving a heavy wheeled load up or down an incline has a greater rolling resistance than moving a load on the flat. A simple rule of thumb, the steeper the slope, the more powerful the electric tug needs to be.

Coupling & connection

This is how the electric tug will connect to your load or trolley.

The connection point is a critical aspect of the application as it determines how secure your load is and for many machines, the coupling is fundamental in moving such heavy weights.

Electric tugs, tows and pushers have an array of standard coupling options but where a standardised connection point can’t be achieved, a custom coupling may be required.

Material types & environmental ratings

The construction material selected for the electric tug or specialist environmental protection such as explosion proofing are all areas that can influence the cost of the equipment.

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Stainless Steel

Standard electric tugs are manufactured with a mild-steel construction, suitable to work in most manufacturing environments. However, for specialist environments requiring specific levels of cleanliness or corrosion-resistant materials, stainless steel is often a preferred material of construction.

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Ingress Protection

IP rating is another area where specific needs often influence pricing and electric tug design.

Increased IP ratings for liquid and dust protection are available.

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For environments that have potentially explosive atmospheres, additional environmental protection is required to protect the equipment against potentially flammable gases or combustible dust.


Whilst the majority of MasterMover electric tugs are pedestrian operated as standard, you have the option to select a range of enhanced technology options, such as wireless remote control, line-follow navigation, and even fully autonomous (AGV) solutions.

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Remote control

Utilising Remote Control options offers a range of benefits.

Remote Control capability is available via two options – Basic or Full

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As an addition to Remote Control of a single machine, our MultiLink technology facilitates the use of multiple electric tugs, working in sync under the control of a single operator.

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Line follow

This technology ensures an electric tug follows a line on the floor, delivering highly accurate repeated movement between points.

Line Following capability is available via two options – Remote Operator Control or AGV.

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Navigation technology ensures the machine travels between destination, interacting with your environment as required to take into account or ideal routes, other machines, and operational factors.

Additional options

Electric tugs come equipped with an array of standard safety features and intuitive operator features. However, if you need something extra, additional options will influence the price:

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Battery & power

MasterMover electric tugs and tows are available with various battery options, including lithium.

The specifics of your application will dictate what battery and charger are needed and whether spare batteries are required if you need continuous operation and fast turn-around times.

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Safety options

Whilst MasterMover electric tugs are packed with safety features as standard, such as emergency stop buttons and anti-crush mechanisms there are several additional safety options available.

These include audible and visual alert systems, enhanced speed control functionality and secondary remote-control units for emergency stops.

What if I need something different?

Sometimes a standard electric tug solution isn’t the right fit for your operations.

You might require a specialist connection point to your load, need custom technology options, or have a unique application.

In this case, our Customer Engineering team will conduct an in-depth evaluation to identify a suitable solution. For applications requiring specialist custom designs or innovative technological solutions, our team is always on hand to provide a customised price.

Your questions, answered - FAQs

Are rental and hire options available?

Yes, we offer flexible rental options to meet a range of needs and budgets. You can choose between our Flexi Hire – Short Term Rental (1-52 week hire) or our Fixed Term Contract Hire (36 – 60 months).

Can I arrange a demonstration/trial of a machine?

MasterMover operates globally through direct relationships and a network of sales partners, meaning we have demo units available across a range of regions. Contact us to discuss arranging a demonstration today.

What is the lead time on a machine?

We endeavour to keep lead times as short as possible. However, various factors affect the lead time of a machine including, machine type, quantity, options chosen, etc.

Your sales representatives will be able to give keep you informed throughout the process.

What is the warranty period?

Our electric tugs come with a 12-month warranty as standard. The tug chassis and metalwork are also covered by a five-year structural warranty.

Is delivery included in the price?

A full quote will include delivery to your door in Mainland UK.

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