One inconvenience of propane tanks is to have to change, however there is little risk to running out of fuel on a propane forklift. These units tend to be less expensive to run compared to the electric and diesel unit forklift. The discussion to whether or not the propane emissions are cleaner compared to diesel emissions continues in the industry.
The propane lift truck performs better than most electric models available on the market nowadays on jobs which require constant duty drive line torque and high applications. There are some electric models that are reputed to handle better or equally. Depending on the particular situation, propane lifts might or might not be suitable for handling eligible goods and food. Provided that WorkSafeBC criteria are met, propane lift trucks are acceptable for the majority of indoor use.
The Disadvantages of LPG Propane Forklifts
The LPG's major disadvantages when compare to the diesel lift truck includes the fact that they are not as effective when performing jobs which require high and or constant duty drive line torque. These models have a liability exposure, due to the possibility of a fuel system leak while the truck is situated indoors. Moreover, operators need to be trained on the safe handling of propane fuel. The rearward visibility off of the back end of the counterweight is limited. This is because of the location of the propane tank.
In comparison to electric and diesel models, fuel cost is higher with propane units. There are possible injury claims due to the frequency and weight that propane tanks are changed; approximately every 6 hours of usage unless the site has a bulk fill station located there. Propane lift trucks could be more difficult to start and run smoothly when they are used in freezing temperatures. In remote places, propane fuel is not always available at once. In the next few decades, the cost of fossil fuels is estimated to climb significantly. Consider and plan for overall cost or repair and maintenance, as well as the entire cost of ownership to be the highest of the 3 alternatives.
Depending on what your particular applications are, there is definitely a possibility that the LPG forklift units would be perfect for you. It is best to take into account your particular loads and lifting needs as well as the types of environments you will be using the equipment in order to be sure that you purchase the right unit that would suit your needs.