Other Equipment – Terminal Tractors 2018-05-10T11:01:25+00:00

A terminal tractor is a semi-tractor intended to move semi-trailers within a cargo yard, warehouse facility, or intermodal facility, much like a switcher locomotive is used to position railcars.

Distinctions between a terminal tractor and a regular road truck are several and noticeable:

  • A single-person cab offset to the side of the engine.
  • A full-height, sliding rear door for easy access to trailer connections.
  • A very short wheelbase, usually with a solidly mounted rear axle.
  • A low-power diesel or alternative fuel engine, usually with an automatic transmission.
  • A fifth-wheel coupling with an integrated lifting mechanism allows the semi-trailer’s legs to remain in the lowered position during movement. 15 inches (380 mm) and 70,000 lb (32,000 kg) of hydraulic lift is typical.
  • 12-gauge steel side wall cab construction with 12-inch (13 mm) steel floors for protection in abusive and dangerous work environments.
  • 360-degree view facilitating five to six moves an hour.