Raymond® Powersteer Increases Pallet Truck Maneuverability, Operator Productivity


GREENE, N.Y. - The Raymond Corporation now offers a new PowerSteer option on its 8000 Series rider pallet trucks to significantly reduce the effort required to maneuver a pallet truck, resulting in increased operator comfort over the course of a shift. The PowerSteer feature is available on the Raymond® Model 8400 end rider, Model 8500 center rider and Model 8600 tugger trucks to improve productivity in dock, horizontal transport and low-level orderpicking applications. Raymond is the only manufacturer of pallet trucks in North America to offer a full line of rider pallet and tugger trucks with power steering.

The Raymond PowerSteer option provides consistent, responsive steering among multiple pallet trucks regardless of fleet size because of its AC-powered motor and controls. The Raymond exclusive ACR System(TM) reduces maintenance with no wearable parts or brushes, delivers more run-time per battery charge, and provides enhanced response to operator commands.

"End rider pallet trucks that have the Raymond PowerSteer feature automatically decrease the power steering assistance level as the pallet truck speed increases," says Sue Rice, Class III product manager for The Raymond Corporation. "This speed-sensitive steering provides operators with greater control and confidence as the pallet truck travels at higher speeds. The PowerSteer motor is contained within the tractor compartment and does not intrude into the platform space."

Raymond center rider and tugger trucks with the PowerSteer option also feature an adjustable-height handle to accommodate a wide range of operator heights and preferred operating positions. Additionally, center rider and tugger trucks with the PowerSteer option automatically slow down when turning corners to provide smooth, controlled operation.

Learn more about PowerSteer by visiting Raymond in Booth 1317 at the 2009 IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference, October 19 to 21, 2009. For more information about Raymond PowerSteer, or to locate a Raymond Sales and Service Center, visit www.raymondcorp.com or call (800) 235-7200.

The Raymond Corporation is a global provider of material handling solutions that improve space utilization and productivity, with lower cost of operation and greater operator acceptance. Raymond offers the iWarehouse(TM) system, an enterprise fleet optimization solution for warehouse and distribution center managers to collect and analyze real-time lift truck data to maximize fleet productivity and reduce costs. High-performance, reliable, ergonomically designed Raymond lift trucks range from a full line of manual and electric pallet trucks and walkie stackers to counterbalanced trucks, Reach-Fork® trucks, orderpickers and dual-purpose (pallet handling/case picking) Swing-Reach® trucks.

For additional information about The Raymond Corporation or to locate a Raymond Sales and Service Center, visit the company Web site at www.raymondcorp.com or call (800) 235-7200.

The Raymond Corporation
Attn: Elizabeth Buza
Project Manager, Marketing Communications
South Canal Street
P.O. Box 130
Greene, NY 13778-0130
Fax: 607-656-9005
marcom@raymondcorp.com

Andrea Bolyard
Bader Rutter & Associates, Inc.
Public Relations
(262) 938-5453

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