COMPARE PACK MULE TO CUSHMAN, AND HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL FIND:

PACK MULE WORKS LONGER

– with a standard AC motor, batteries with a nearly 10% higher amp/hour rating, regenerative braking and the industry’s most advanced controller, providing up to twice the run time.

PACK MULE WORKS HARDER

– with a 60% greater load capacity, and a larger cargo area.

PACK MULE WORKS SAFER

– with standard safety features such as the left-foot presence switch, intelligent directional-change braking, heavy-duty 6-ply tires, and dual front wheels.

(These are just a few of the differences, Click here to see more)

PACK MULE VS CUSHMAN

Cushman Tug (Sit Down – 5,000 Lbs. Towing) v. Pack Mule PCT-325 NXG (Sit Down – 5,000 Lbs. Towing)

FeaturePack MuleCushmanWhy it matters

Cargo Capacity

750 lbs

450 lbs.

Greater payload—60% more—means fewer trips, increased productivity and lower maintenance and labor costs.

Towing Capacity

5,000 lbs.

5,000 lbs.

Even though both vehicles tow 5,000 lbs., Pack Mules greater cargo load and and up to twice the run time mean more work gets done.

Motor

Sealed AC motor

Separately excited DC motor

The Pack Mule NXG’s more efficient AC motor delivers greater run time, and since it’s sealed and has no brushes to inspect and replace, it’s maintenance free.

Battery

245 amp per hour

225 amp per hour. Upgrade available

Higher amps per hour increase runtime and battery life. Pack Mule provides almost 10% more amp hours.

Steering

Precision Rack and Pinion Heavy duty 1" steering pivot and 1" front axle with tapered bearings and center support between front tires. .

3/4" steering pivot and 3/4" front axle wih smaller bearings using push rods, levers and bushings

Ease and precision of steering not only affect driver performance, but also safety, especially in close areas. Additionally, the more robust steering greatly reduces downtime.

Braking

Programmable electronic dual regenerative braking.

3-wheel hydraulic drum brakes

The Pack Mule NXG efficiently harvests the kinetic energy created by the brakes and sends it to the batteries, increasing run time and decreasing brake pad wear. This means both longer lasting batteries and longer lasting brakes.

Tires

Heavy duty 6-ply Load Range C (90 PSI) . Wide-stance dual front tires.

4-ply Load Range B (60 psi). Single front tire.

Not only do Pack Mule’s heavier-duty tires increase load capacity, their 90-PSI inflation reduces rolling resistance, increasing the vehicle’s run time. The wide-stance tires provide greater stability and control.

Instrumentation

Standard Smart View display with battery status, hours, and fault codes.

Battery status only. Hour meter is available as an upgrade.

Provides management and maintenance to accurately track vehicle usage so that preventative maintenance can be performed properly, decreasing machine failures

Programmable high-frequency charger

Top-of-the-line, tamper-proof fully programmable controller

Programmable controller

Optimizes run time and extends battery life.

Construction

10-gauge unibody frame and fully welded diamond plate heavy-duty 14-gauge steel body

Embossed, light-weight 16-gauge steel

Pack Mule’s rugged frame holds up to heavy-duty use shift after shift.

Hitch Plate

Multi-position hitch plate

Single position hitch plate. No upgrade.

Multi-position hitch plate allows hitch height to be adjusted to meet the specific application.

Warranty

Three-year Warranty

Two-year Warranty

Pack Mule’s confidence in its quality allowed it to introduce the industry’s first (and only) three-year warranty. Cushman has recently introduced their two-year warranty.

 

How we compare the Pack Mule to the competition.

We go to great lengths to make sure that the comparison between Pack Mule vehicles and others are as fair and accurate as possible. It doesn’t serve anyone’s interests for those depending on the comparisons to be disappointed. Basically, here’s how we do them:

  1. We purchase the competitor vehicle through authorized channels, usually a dealer, specifying standard equipment and asking for quotes on appropriate upgrades.
  2. The competitor vehicle is tested alongside the Pack Mule in our plant. It may not be exactly like your environment, but it’s a lot closer than relying on ad copy.
  3. Wherever possible, we use the specifications on the machine we purchased. When we need additional specs, we use the ones published on the competitor’s web site or published in their user manuals.
  4. We frequently check to see if anything has changed. If it has, we change the comparison. Or if the competitor informs us, as Cushman did, that something has changed, we change the comparison. In that case, Cushman had introduced a two-year warranty, but the change hadn’t been reflected in their published materials.
  5. We back the comparison up with on-site demos. If you’re currently using another manufacturer’s electric industrial vehicle, we’ll provide a Pack Mule for you to do your own comparison.