Translift turned to Combilift to help them build their LPG model from around 1998, prompting Combilift to found Aisle-Master in 2000. The Bendi/Aisle-Master LPG machines were front wheel drive to avoid patent issues but Aisle-Master agreed not to offer the equipment in countries where Bendi already had a presence.
In 2001, after 2 years of development, Bendi announced the N Range, capable of working in 1.6m aisles with a 1,000mm pallet.
The collaboration with Bendi allowed Aisle-Master to use Bendi’s four-wheel drive patent, with four separate drive motors, but just four years later, the Bendi and Aisle-Master agreement ended, meaning Aisle Master had to either revert to the twin front wheel drive or come up with another solution.
They chose a third option, in fact, a three motor option, omitting one of the rear drives and avoiding the patent issues.