Loading Dock Tug

Application description: A Load Mover is an ideal tool to move material in a loading dock environment. Manufacturers that work with suppliers to deliver product on wheeled carts see great gains in loading/unloading efficiencies and the reduction in material waste. An electric powered tug can quickly “Grab and go” a cart and stage it in the appropriate work cell. This practice minimizes the need for forklifts and the risks associated with them. The carts are then returned to the supplier to be filled up again.

Route delivery vehicles have a long and narrow ramp for unloading. An electric powered tug with a larger gear reduction will prevent a run-away load from occurring.

A Load Mover Recommendation:  The Xtra-400 with Manual 5th Wheel and Hook is for loads up to 4000 lbs. which is sufficient for most loading dock carts. The Manual 5th Wheel and Hook is spring-loaded so when the cart is going up and over the dock plate the Hook stays securely engaged to the cart.

The Xpress with Manual 5th Wheel and Hook has the same spring-loaded advantages for moving carts down a ramp with great control and across parking lots. This makes easy work for route delivery people who, have in the past, struggled to move heavy carts by hand.
The Load Mover is safer and more efficient than other products on the market. It fits any size operator and it promotes a comfortable upright posture. A Load Mover has great maneuverability in a loading dock area. It can also protect the operator from over running loads going down a truck ramp and deliver the product cart with little effort by the operator. This equipment can reduce the risk of operator injuries and product damage.

The battery powered loading dock tug has a variety of attachments and features that make it an ideal choice for moving a variety of loads.


  • Designed to minimize ergonomic stress
  • Has a variety of attachments to adapt to a lot of uses
  • Easy to maneuver in tight shop floor spaces
  • Requires minimal maintenance
  • On-board battery charger
  • Works all day on a single charge
  • Can be customized for unique needs

Load Movers are safer and more efficient that other products on the market.  Fits any size operator and promotes a comfortable posture.   Material handling has a large number of reported OSHA recordable injuries.  Load Movers can significantly reduce risks of operator injury and product damage.

See our article on “Equipment Mover” to learn how a Load Mover product can reduce injuries for route drivers.