Two highly innovative material handling machines featuring integrated lithium power supplies are available starting today from Big Joe Forklifts. The RPL44 Rider Pallet Truck and PTT60 Pedestrian Tow Tractor feature extremely compact chassis designs and power steering that can provide significant operational advantages in numerous material handling applications. These new additions to the Big Joe line-up include onboard 120vac chargers and several unique attributes that address many of today’s common material handling challenges while including support for future autonomous development.
Big Joe RPL44 Rider Pallet Truck
The Big Joe RPL44 features a 24-volt AC drive motor, capable of transporting pallets weighing up to 4,400 pounds at speeds up to five miles per hour. Smaller than any rider pallet truck on the market today, this nimble vehicle can operate efficiently in congested areas with the same duty cycle as much larger and heavier machines thanks to its onboard 205ah lithium battery and 120vac opportunity charger. To further improve user productivity, the vehicle’s low-profile forks make for much easier pallet entry and exit, compared to traditional machines. In support of this key feature, the RPL44’s special split load wheel configuration reduces thermal wear to achieve both solid performance and durability. Standard features include electronic power steering, a battery discharge indicator, an hour meter, and a key switch with optional fork sizes being available for operations moving beverage or other specialty pallets.
Big Joe PTT60 Pedestrian Tow Tractor
Do you have workers straining to pull carts and other rolling stock? The Big Joe PTT60 Pedestrian Tow Tractor eliminates such stress and includes electronic power steering to put 6,000lbs of easy-to-control towing capacity in the palm of your hand. Its compact size maneuvers in tight aisles or around expensive machinery with ease and represents a safer option for highly congested areas where people are working when compared to ride-on machines. With an onboard lithium power supply and integrated 120vac opportunity charger, the PTT60 can keep up with the needs of most operations, but an optional 240v external charger is available to support longer duty cycles. The PTT60 further improves productivity and ergonomics with a hydraulically powered hitch that comes complete with a standard pin style connector with both custom and optional hitch tools available to support the needs of most users. Standard features include an hour meter, key switch, dual butterfly controls for infinitely variable speed control, and horn.
“These new purpose-built lithium machines couldn’t be better timed to meet the needs of our customers”, says Bill Pedriana the Chief Marketing Officer of Big Joe. “Across the board, we see continuing trends in material handling to move from human power to electric, walkies to riders, and riders to autonomous machines. These compact machines with all their capability stand as great examples of how new technologies can help us create new form factors that help empower workers and drive operational efficiency for all sorts of operations both big and small.”