Forklifts provide several options in how you decide to power them. You can choose gas, diesel, electric or propane. If you are looking for a safe and efficient way to power your forklifts, you should definitely consider propane.
The Propane Education & Research Council says that more than 90% of Class 4 and Class 5 operators are using propane-powered forklifts. Seventy percent of fleet managers in the middleweight class of forklifts (5,000 to 10,000 lb.) and 51% of fleet managers in the heavyweight class (10,000 lb. or more) choose propane over gas or diesel.
Facility and fleet managers know that propane helps keep productivity up and costs down. Propane also enhances performance and safety while reducing emissions. Here are four important facts about propane forklifts.
Propane forklifts are affordable
Propane forklifts do not come with the hidden costs of other fuels. Propane forklifts are less expensive to purchase than electric, and Tier-4 requirements can add thousands of dollars to the purchase price of diesel equipment.
It costs a lot to keep electric forklifts charged. Battery life and power output diminish over time, which leads to more costs, such additional expensive batteries.
Propane cylinders can last decades. The cylinders last up to 27 years, about three times as long as the average forklift battery.
TruFlame also provides onsite bottle plants, which you can use to refill cylinders at your facility, saving you even more time and money.
Propane-powered forklifts are safe
Forklifts and other heavy machinery inherently come with some risks. As a fuel, propane eliminated some workplace hazards for employees.
With propane, you avoid the electrical hazards from the daily use of recharging equipment for electric forklifts. You’ll never have to worry about spills from gasoline- and diesel-fueled equipment or chemical spills from lead-acid battery-powered forklifts.
Rather than swapping out heavy batteries from a recharging rack, employees can easily refuel. The 33-pound propane cylinders are ready to go from a storage cage.
There are no dangerous emissions
Because propane equipment operates so cleanly, it can be used indoors and out. Many businesses choose propane for its low-emissions indoor performance. As long as the engines have been properly serviced and they’re in a well-ventilated environment, propane forklifts are perfectly suited to operate indoors.
Propane is a local fuel
According to the Department of Energy, more than 90% of U.S. propane supplies are produced in the United States and is used by millions of Americans for transportation, commercial, industrial and agricultural applications.
By incorporating propane into a plant or facility’s fleet, the company is helping another small business, such as TruFlame, in its local community. As a local fuel supplier, we have our customers’ best interests in mind.
These four facts about propane forklifts are just a few of the many reasons to power your fleet with propane. For more information, contact TruFlame today. Call 800-387-1362 and find us on Facebook and Instagram.