The new T800 retains its robust build, durability, and reliability. The third-generation 8-tonne tow tractor from Bradshaw now features electronic steering, enhanced suspension, a new front axle, larger wheels, new brakes, a redesigned cab, and sharp modern looks that provide operators with a market-leading level of ride, comfort, and handling.
Electronic power steering replaces hydraulic steering, offering enhanced steering performance and making it easier for the vehicle to turn and manoeuvre at lower speeds. Electric motors, as opposed to hydraulic systems, eliminate the need for a pump, hoses, and hydraulic oil, helping simplify maintenance and reducing vehicle noise by 20 dB. Furthermore, the T800's steering advancements paves the way for an automated tow tractor!
The leaf spring suspension has been re-configured, providing the firmness required for towing applications while keeping a smooth and comfortable ride. The new larger pneumatic profiled soft solid puncture-proof tyres offer greater stability, traction and handling.
From the outside, the differences between the second- and third generation T800s are obvious. The mark II's curvaceous panels have been replaced with a strong and angular design, matching the design ethos of modern-day automotive design. A redesigned sturdy wrap-around bumper plate protects the vehicle against impacts and damage.
Inside the vehicle, the changes are instantly notable. The soft-touch control panels and instruments enhance the working environment and include integrated cup holders, a storage pocket, and a USB socket to keep phones and electrical equipment charged.
T800's are available with a range of cab options; uncabbed, cabbed -no doors, cabbed with PVC doors and cabbed with twin slam doors allowing the T800 to be configured for a wide range or indoor and outdoor operations.
Efficient Towing Performance
As standard, the T800 is equipped with a 20mm pin multi jaw tow hitch with various sizes options, making the 8-tonne tow tractor compatible with multiple trailers. The T800 includes inching buttons as standard to assist coupling, offering ease and precision when aligning tow tractor and trailer.
The T800 utilises a powerful 48-volt system, with the choice of four standard batteries; 240Ah, 315Ah or 375Ah lead-acid batteries or a 255Ah gel maintenance-free.
For standard run-time operations, a lift-out battery suits many applications. For extended run-time applications where battery change is an operational requirement, the T800 has the option of a side exit by either forklift or roller bed.
Electronic Braking and Speed Control
Five individual braking systems protect tow tractor and operator. The T800 features new responsive hydraulic drum brakes to all four wheels and offers increased durability maximising productivity and reduced servicing costs. The T800 also includes electronic regenerative braking under deceleration, automatic hill hold, and automatically applied transmission parks brakes for greater safety assurance. The T800 incorporates an AC control system enabling a high level of controller setup while dynamic speed sensing prevents over-speeding in all directions.
The T800, with its solid frame construction and reliable components, ensures long-term reliability and durability. The low maintenance AC traction motor offers more power and performance while simultaneously reducing operating costs, and the built-in thermal protection minimises service downtime.