In Reply to: Question on BN-040 Moto-Tug Brakes posted by William G. Dougherty on August 17, 2022 at 13:46:57:
FORD TRACTORS were notorious for having poor brakes. When the Moto-Tug was designed by FORD engineers, they went to a hydraulic braking system. The Moto-Tug was first used on US Carriers during WWII to move Vought airplanes around the deck on. On a Carrier, at best the only barrier to prevent going overboard was a rope or chain if at all even that. Relying on the standard 9N braking system was not advised thus the hydraulic setup with a mechanical hand brake lever as a backup was developed. Here is the LINK to our HISTORY Forum with my article on the Moto-Tug.
FORD-FERGUSON MOTO-TUG SPEC SHEET:
US SAILORS RESTING ON A CARRIER MOTO-TUG IN 1943: