Crown adds power steering to PE 4500 pallet truck

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The Crown PE 4500 Series pallet truck has been upgraded with a new power steering option that the company says will help to boost operator comfort and performance.

Crown adds power steering to PE 4500 pallet truck
The Crown PE 4500 Series pallet truck.

The PE 4500 is used in a wide range of applications; most commonly with operators loading and unloading trailers on docks or moving bet6ween aisles to pick orders.

"Operators using the Crown PE 4500 Series with power steering exert less energy and experience less strain on their shoulders, arms and back while manoeuvring the forklift," Crown Equipment Corporation says.

Features such as speed-sensitive steering and automatic speed reduction have been designed to make the steering effort more consistent, give the operator greater control and enhance the machine’s stability.

One company which is using the new power-steering-equipped Crown PE 4500 Series is Henningsen Cold Storage, which is one of the largest public refrigerated warehousing companies in the United States.

The company’s operators use the rider pallet forklifts for low-level order picking applications, as well as loading and unloading trailers on the dock and moving products to and from cold storage.

"The Crown PE 4500 Series with power steering helps us get the job done more efficiently, and we really appreciate the quality and durability of this pallet truck," Henningsen engineering services manager Pete Lepschat says.

"Crown’s power steering provides a more consistent feel and better control throughout the entire range of travel speeds," he adds. "This helps operators feel more confident and saves them from using their whole body to manipulate and turn the pallet truck. It also allows us to more quickly move product, which is important when order picking in a cold storage environment."

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