The operator of a tugger and train of trailers has no frontal view obstruction because the operator sits in front with the towed load behind. The operator of a forklift or lift truck has restricted frontal visibility due to the mask and transport load. Having unrestricted frontal visibility when driving in a busy congested facility makes the operation safer.
The following diagram illustrates the “load transfer” differences between utilizing a pallet tugger and a train of trailers vs. forklifts or lift trucks. The comparison looks at a simultaneous dispatch of a load of eight pallets at 2,000 pounds each for a total of 16,000 pounds of load transfer. Each dispatch will include loading and unloading the pallets with identical travel path and distance.
8 Pallets = Total 16,000 pounds
1 – Tugger
4 – Trailers (4,000 lb capacity) quad-steer
2 – Forklifts (4,000 lb capacity)
1 – Tugger operator
1 – Forklift operator (loading)
1 – Forklift operator (unloading)
8 – Forklifts (4,000 lb capacity)
8 – Forklift operators