IC Lift Trucks
Internal combustion lift trucks are members of classes IV and V. Normally, they are offered in diesel, liquid propane or gas models. Mostly, the ICE or also referred to as internal combustion engine units are utilized outside, as they are able to function in severe conditions and emit some emissions. Propane-powered models, on the other hand, could be used indoors provided that proper ventilation is used. It is best to know what types of settings you would be operating in and what particular requirements you have to utilize the forklift for, in order to ensure you pick the best model to meet all your needs.
Several of the benefits of ICE consist of a lower initial purchase price, compared to a similar capacity electric truck. This can range anywhere from 20% to 40% less. The ICE models are easy and fast to refuel. This feature really reduces downtime as there is no requirement to recharge any batteries, like there is with electric units.
Usually, Internal Combustion Engine models provide higher performance capabilities compared to the similarly equipped electric truck. The heavier capacity is normally available in these units compared to electric trucks. Over recent years, there have been numerous changes regarding emissions technology and this has resulted in lower total levels of emission. ICE trucks remain popular with load sizes approximately 8000 lbs. and even a lot higher in certain operations like for example lumberyard settings, steel manufacturing facilities and ports.
Internal Combustion Engine Disadvantages
The Internal Combustion models do suffer from several disadvantages such as a higher cost-per-hour to operate as compared to electric trucks, due to the excess needs for fuel. Moreover, these models normally create more noise compared to the electric models since they run louder. Internal Combustion Engine trucks also have fuel-storage requirements to take into consideration as well.