Lombard, Illinois (February 8, 2011) – Big Joe, one of the world’s most well known brands of walk behind forklifts, has today introduced several new versions of the popular WPT45 powered pallet truck. The new WPT45-S model features improved maneuverability for use in tight areas, while additional versions have been developed to handle the challenges presented by refrigerated warehouses and busy transportation hubs.
The Big Joe WPT45-S has been specifically engineered to handle 48” long GMA (Grocery Manufacturers’ Association) pallets in the smallest area possible. A desirable performance characteristic for logistics operations wanting to reduce unload times and maximize trailer volumes. The WPT45-S features short 45.5” forks, a narrow 8” battery compartment, and corresponding shorter overall wheelbase to enhance maneuverability. While able to carry up to 4,500lbs, the WPT45-S can deposit loads sideways inside a standard 2.6 meter box trailer.
For operations that involve moving product in and out of refrigerated warehouses, an optional “cold storage” package has also been introduced on WPT45 series pallet trucks. The thermostatically controlled heaters included in this package keep sensitive electronics and bearings warm thereby reducing the potential for condensation damage that can occur when transiting between environments of differing temperature.
For heavy users such as transportation hubs, all Big Joe WPT45 series pallet trucks can now be outfitted with a new AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) maintenance free battery pack. This 224 AH pack improves vehicle run-time by more than 20% and includes an integral charger that can plug into any standard 110v outlet. As compared to the Gel type batteries that many manufacturers provide, AGM batteries are more resistant to the vibrations that go along with heavy dock use, reducing long term operating costs and enhancing reliability in such applications.
Big Joe WPT45 series pallet trucks were introduced in the spring of 2010. Incorporating an AC drive motor and controller technology, the product has been a best seller since release. Big Joe WPT45 pallet trucks are readily available throughout North America from over 20 stocking locations, and carry a list price of $4,500 for a base model including battery and charger.
About Big Joe
Big Joe is one of the world’s most well known brands of walk behind forklifts. Big Joe equipment has built a strong reputation for over 50 years on a simple design philosophy featuring quality, utility and value. Managed by Big Lift LLC of Lombard, Illinois, the company plans to launch several new models in 2011 to expand their growing product offering. For more information, visit www.bigjoeforklifts.com