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What is an electric tugger?

What is an electric tugger?

The electric tugger name

“Electric tugger” may be a term that is not familiar to everyone as these machines can be known by various names. Some are used frequently and others seemingly invented by individual companies.

Pedestrian tugs, electric tugs, tow tugs, powered tugs and load movers are just a few examples with electric tugger being the most common and perhaps the most appropriate.

With the concept still comparatively new, at least compared to fork lift trucks, the industry is gradually settling on electric tugger as a standard.

What does an electric tug do?

To put it simply, electric tuggers move heavy loads.

For them to do that, an electric tugger either needs its load to have wheels itself or be sat on a platform that has wheels (normally referred to as a bogie or skate), much the same as a fork lift truck relies on the load being palletized.

Electric tuggers are pedestrian operated machines and just like a pedestrian fork lift truck, you walk with it. Therefore they are ideal for moving large loads over relatively short distances, most often between assembly stages in an industrial environment, but also in the commercial and retail sector.

As the name would suggest, electric tuggers are battery powered. Having no engine means there are no fumes, making it perfect for use indoors.

MasterMover electric tuggers can move loads weighing up to 793,000 pounds.

Why would you want one?

Electric tuggers are often bought to complete a task that was performed previously either by a fork lift truck or one that was handled manually.

Tugs are better suited to moving loads short distances over one level, do not require a licence to use and are much smaller than fork lift trucks meaning internal road networks can be used for more value adding production.

It is no longer acceptable to allow staff to move heavy loads by hand and so providing them with a tug, even to move 1,100 pound roll cages will reduce injuries, claims and increase productivity.

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Published on : 25-01-2021