History

In 1965, Caterpillar acquired the company Lester started - Towmotor – and formed Cat® Lift Trucks.







Over eighty years ago, a man named Lester M. Sears decided it might be a good idea to adapt a farm tractor for industrial use. His 'Model L'‚ may look a bit funny now, but it was packed with new ideas - and it totally transformed materials handling forever.

Lester's first truck featured innovations that have become standard in the lift truck industry, including under-the-load front wheel drive, rear-wheel steering, hydraulic lifting and tilting and equal high-speed forward and reverse gears.

In 1965, Caterpillar acquired the company Lester started - Towmotor – and formed Cat® Lift Trucks. We share the same commitment to new ideas, practical solutions and legendary reliability (that Model L prototype worked hard for 30 years before finally retiring).

Today, Cat® Lift Trucks are manufactured in ISO certified factories located in Japan, USA and the Netherlands. We offer the best-built lift trucks in the business, covering diesel, petrol, LPG and electric counter-balanced units, as well as a complete range of warehouse equipment. Backed by the best dealers in the business - your local Cat® lift trucks dealers.



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Features

Our products have special features such as Presence Detection System and AC Power and we have also included innovative options to offer you some customization. Learn more by clicking the link below.

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