When Indiana businesses, warehouses, or docks are looking to a buy a new forklift, one thing they need to decide early on is exactly what type of forklift they need. Disregarding specialty forklifts like narrow-aisle lifts, the most important quality of a forklift is the type of engine it has.
Each type comes with its own unique advantages, but here we’ll focus on one in particular - propane forklifts. Let’s take a look at how propane-powered forklifts can make your workplace more efficient.
Similar to other internal combustion (IC) engine forklifts, propane forklifts are workhorses. Propane forklifts are able to handle heavy loads and work on rough terrain and inclines better than their electric counterparts. In addition, unlike electric forklifts, a propane forklift will always run at full strength throughout its entire fuel cycle whereas electric forklifts tend to slow down as the battery is drained.
Of note to efficiency-minded warehouse managers is propane forklifts’ run time. Propane engines can usually run 8+ hours without a need for refueling, easily outclassing both electric forklifts and gas and diesel engines.
Speaking of forklift run time, what happens when an electric forklift runs out of juice? It has to spend several hours plugged in to recharge, meaning it’s out of commission after just a few hours of work. As for gas and diesel-fueled lifts, they can require extra equipment or a trip to a fuel depot to get refueled.
Not so for propane lifts, in which a refuel can be done in just 3 minutes with a quick swap of a tank. Those extra fuel tanks are also easy to store and refill easily, something that can’t be said for other IC engine fuel containers.
When compared to other fuel sources like gas or diesel, propane is far and away cleaner burning and “greener,” producing fewer emissions such as CO2 and various hydrocarbons. So what does that mean for your workplace? There are more benefits than you might think:
Even if you know the benefits of each type of forklift, choosing the right one for your business isn’t an easy choice. Tynan Equipment Co. is Indiana’s forklift authority, and our team is ready to help you find your perfect material handling fit. Call us at 317-597-4003 to see how we can help.
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