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Tow tractor range expanded

16 May 2018

Yale Europe Materials Handling has expanded its tow tractor range with two new models offering greater towing capacities. The Yale MT70 three-wheel and MT80 four-wheel rider tow tractors are well suited to busy automotive manufacturing applications and other just-in-sequence (JIS) and just-in-time (JIT) environments.

Capable of towing up to 7000 or 8000kg respectively, the Yale rider tow tractors help manufacturing operations transport material to production lines and are suitable for line-feed operations or applications where the tractors are required to operate inside and out.

The new tow tractors join the established M050-70T standing models, and are fully compatible with the Yale modular tugger train system. The full range means Yale offers both standing and rider tow tractor solutions.

“The new tow tractor models are ideal for the logistics ‘milk run’,” says Tracy Brooks, automotive industry manager for Yale. “These tractors can tow several trailers, delivering new kits to the line operators while collecting empty containers simultaneously. In combination with the Yale tugger train system, customers can modify their solution to meet the exact needs of their line-feed operation.”

To support transitional runs between internal and external use, these models can be fitted with a steel cab. The three-wheel MT70 is available with roll-up PVC doors for outdoor use and offers a high degree of manoeuvrability. The four-wheel MT80 has a cab option with hinged doors that can be locked, and provides stability over rough or uneven surfaces. There is easy one-step access into the tractor and a comfortable suspended seat.

Both models are delivered fully prepped to work with the Yale Vision telematics system, which simplifies installation for customers who choose to retrofit the solution. Yale Vision provides convenient web-based asset management from anywhere, at any time. This means that fleet performance, operator performance, and truck efficiency data can be easily captured and analysed.

“Our approach to product development is based on a formal process of customer consultation. The introduction of these two new tow tractors is a demonstration of this,” concludes Brooks.