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CLL-8 binary load lifters were labor droids designed by Cybot Galactica that had been used for several thousand years, but particularly during the Galactic Civil War. An example of the CLL-8 was QT-QC.
Binary loadlifters were infamous for their grievous stupidity, but this limitation was more than matched by their extreme strength. One CLL-8 ignored the fact that the floor it was piling boxes on was creaking, and even after the whole corner crashed to the next level, it continued to pile on more boxes. CLL-8's were very easy to program and were completely obedient, but they lacked the intelligence to anticipate and react to different situations.
These droids communicated in a simple binary language; as a result, they could only understand the simplest of verbal commands from their masters. Translator droids such as the 3PO-series (also designed by Cybot Galactica) were often employed to program the CLL-8's for the owners.
Even though artificial intelligence had increased impressively since the creation of the CLL-8, Cybot Galactica saw no reason to alter the original design as the droid remained reliable and efficient. The droids were a low-cost, automated replacement for more traditional methods of cargo transportation and quickly became successful in spaceports, factories and other such industrial workplaces.
The CLL-8 resembled a biped walker similar to the Imperial AT-ST, and at 3 meters tall, they were significantly taller than most other two-legged droids. Its limbs were reinforced with durasteel and were powered by hydraulic mechanisms which allowed it to transport heavy loads with ease. The droid couldn't discern its center of gravity when working with particularly heavy loads so gyro-stabilizers helped it to keep its balance.
Its wide "hands" could carry up to several tons without straining their hydraulic pivots. A primitive photoreceptor scanner was placed upon the CLL-8's head which allowed the droid to see and identify its cargo. A hard armor covered the droid, ensuring that it would last for a long time by protecting the droid from the inevitable scratches and dents associated with hard labor and also by preventing it from doing too much damage to itself because of its inherent stupidity. The fact that CLL-8's had managed to stay relatively intact and were still going about their tasks undaunted said a lot about the foresight of Cybot Galactica.
The series was used aboard the Death Star I.
- Maul: Lockdown
- MedStar I: Battle Surgeons
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First mentioned)
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
- Death Star Technical Companion (Picture only)
- Death Star Technical Companion, Second Edition (Picture only)
- "Smuggler's Log"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 3 (As "CLL-8 Binary Cargo Load Lifter")
- "[[|]]"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 14
- The Essential Guide to Droids
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 30 (BIN1-2, CLL-8 Binary Load Lifter)
- Arms & Equipment Guide
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided Quick Reference Guide
- Star Wars Galaxies: The Total Experience: Prima Official Game Guide
- The New Essential Guide to Droids