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What is an electric tug?

What is an electric tug?

The electric tug name

Electric tug” 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.

Electric tows, electric pushers, pedestrian tugs, electric tuggers, tow tugs, powered tugs and load movers are just a few examples with electric tug 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 tug as a standard.

What does an electric tug do?

To put it simply, electric tugs move heavy loads.

For them to do that, an electric tug 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 palletised.

Electric tugs 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 tugs are battery powered. Having no engine means there are no fumes, making it perfect for use indoors.

MasterMover electric tugs can move loads weighing up to 360,000 kg.

How do they work?

A ‘male’ coupling which is attached to the machine. This then connects to a ‘female’ coupling on the load. When connected, weight is transferred from the load to the tug – no lifting is involved. This weight transfer principle is what delivers the grip for the tug, which is then used to push or pull the load.

The operator is then free to move in a number of way; from in front, behind or by the side of the machine, whilst holding the throttle and tiller.

If the tug has been upgraded to include a remote control, the operator is free to move alongside, or around the tug and the load. This allows for free, safe and precise movement in any environment.

Why would you want one?

Electric tugs are often bought to complete a task that was performed previously either by a fork lift truck, pallet 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. These are just a few of the benefits of using an electric tug.

It is no longer acceptable to allow staff to move heavy loads by hand and so providing them with a tug, even to move 500 kg roll cages will reduce injuries, claims and increase productivity.

If you would like to see how an electric tug can benefit you, get in touch, call 01335 30 10 30 or email [email protected].

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Published on : 25-01-2021