What is an Electric Tug?

The likelihood is that if you’re reading this article, you’re hoping that an electric tug may make moving things easier in your workplace. If this is the case, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Tractive Power, we specialise in providing either off the shelf or bespoke solutions to problems that simply can’t be solved safely using manpower.

However, in order to figure out which product could be of the most use to your industry, it’s important to fully understand the products. That’s why in our latest blog, we’re going to start by explaining what an electric tug is.

What is the Purpose of An Electric Tug?

Put simply, an electric tug is a utility vehicle, able to transport products of a specified weight through narrow spaces smoothly and efficiently. However, an electric tug can be so much more than that. Here at Tractive Power, we appreciate the wide variety of uses for an electric tow tug. Don’t believe us? Check out our blog post on the benefits of using electric tow tugs. The post explains four of its biggest benefits:

  • Highly Maneuverable
  • Increases Productivity
  • Versatility
  • Environmentally Friendly

These qualities make our electric tugs very valuable assets in any workplace.

How Much Can An Electric Tug Handle?

Typically at Tractive Power, our range of electric tugs can move up to 6000kg, depending on the model chosen. Therefore, it’s important to consider what will be expected of it before making the purchase. If it will be required to move smaller loads such as trolleys or roll cages, a Tractive TUG TT50, capable of up to 1000kg could be perfect. However, if you’re looking to move much larger wheeled and semi-wheeled loads, the Tractive TUG TT100, capable of up to 6000kg may be more suitable.

As long as the loaded weight is within the TT Electric Tug units’ limit, it will manoeuvre them with the greatest of ease, and be perfect for getting through any tight spaces that a different loading vehicle couldn’t handle.

How Does An Electric Tug Work?

In terms of the science, once the couplings between it and the load have been connected, the tug uses the weight of the load to apply downward force on its own drive wheel. This is what delivers the traction needed to move your load.

Here at Tractive Power, we understand the importance of keeping a low carbon footprint in the workplace. Therefore, our electric tuggers operate using batteries to power the motor. That way, they have a smaller footprint than units fuelled differently. However, it’s important that power isn’t sacrificed, hence why our team has worked so hard to engineer a product that still provides unrivalled performance.

When operating the tug, you will simply have to walk along with it, relying on the connection of the two couplings to do the hard work. Braking is also a breeze, ensuring an all round smooth operation. It is very important to note that electric tugs rely on the load having wheels or being upon a trolley such as a bogie pusher to manoeuvre it. As long as the load has wheels, our range of tugs will have no problems moving it. In fact, unlike forklifts, electric tuggers offer more versatility being able to work on loads on rails and a variety of other floor types. More detailed instructions on how to use your electric tug can be found in our blog ‘how electric tuggers work’.

Why Choose Tractive Power For Electric Tugs?

Here at Tractive Power, we operate with customers at the heart of everything that we do. This is exemplified by the high quality of all of our products and our team’s constant effort to provide the ultimate customer experience. In addition to this, Tractive Power recognises that no two sectors or projects are the same. As a result, our team of designers is happy to work alongside our clients to create new and innovative ways to solve their solutions. A recent example would be our creation of Aerospace Engine Skates to allow UTC to move engines from the factory entrance to their desired destination.

Get In Touch With Our Team

If you have any questions regarding our existing product line, please contact us. A member of our team will be happy to assist you through the purchase process, answering any questions that you may have. If you are interested in something more specific and bespoke, we offer free consultation and advice. If you have a load moving application that needs to be moved safely and efficiently, give Tractive Power a call and challenge us to find a solution.

Here at Tractive Power, we offer innovative manual handling solutions for a number of sectors across four continents. Our experience of the latest design software and control systems allow us to offer you, our clients, some of the most advanced and compact tractive units on the market. In addition, our Tractive Power range can be operated by a single user in an efficient way, eliminating the need for extra manpower. With the pandemic forcing social distancing in the workplace, this can be especially helpful in the current climate.