The clutch can be engaged or disengaged from a remote location such as the cab in a truck or a control panel.
In cases where the clutch is driving applications such as a stump grinder or a trencher, many times these can be fitted with an operator presence control so if the operator lets go of the handle, the clutch automatically disengages. Since electric clutches are not speed dependent, they can be engaged and disengaged at any point in their speed range.
Reduced power consumption from the engine
Since the clutch is only engaged when it is required to run, engine horsepower can be utilized for other functions when the clutch is not driving. This is particularly important if horsepower is required to perform an independent driving function or in applications such as fans or blowers that consume a lot of horsepower and do not need to run all the time the engine is running.
Since the clutch runs directly off the battery, all that is required is a basic switch to engage and disengage the clutch.
Rather than a mechanical linkage which can cause an additional force required by an operator to engage a clutch, an electric clutch is engaged by a simple flip of a switch. Because the clutch is engaged electrically, this switch can be incorporated into a control panel so the operator does not have to be in the same location as the clutch when it engages.
Cold weather starting
By using a clutch, the load is not engaged at start up. This allows the engine to come up to full efficiency before engaging the clutch. This helps to prevent engine stalling.