One inconvenience of propane tanks is to have to change, though there is little risk to running out of fuel on a propane lift truck. These models tend to be less expensive to use compared to the electric and diesel unit lift truck. The discussion to whether or not the propane emissions are cleaner than diesel emissions continues within the business.
When it comes to performance, propane forklifts seem to handle better than the majority of electric units available on the market when the job needs constant duty drive line torque and high applications. There are several electric units which are supposed to handle equally or better. Depending on the particular circumstances, propane lifts may or may not be acceptable for handling food and edible goods. Provided that WorkSafeBC criteria are met, propane forklifts are acceptable for most indoor applications.
The Drawbacks of LPG Propane Forklifts
Several of the key drawbacks of LPG forklifts are that compared to diesel trucks include: they are not as effective in applications which need high and or constant duty drive line torque. These units have a liability exposure, because of the possibility of a fuel system leak whilst the truck is located indoors. Moreover, operators need to be trained on the safe handling of propane fuel. The rearward visibility off of the counterweight's back end is restricted. This is because of the propane tank's location.
Compared to electric and diesel units, fuel cost is higher with propane units. There are possible injury claims because of the weight and frequency which propane tanks are changed; about every 6 hours of usage unless the site has a bulk fill station located there. Propane forklifts can be more difficult to start and run smoothly when they are operating in freezing temperatures. In remote places, propane fuel is not always readily available. Over the next few decades, the cost of fossil fuels is projected to rise dramatically. Take into consideration and plan for overall expense or repair and maintenance, as well as the total cost of ownership to be the highest of the 3 options.
There is a real possibility that the LPG lift truck units will be ideal for you, but will ultimately depend on what your requirements are. It is better to take into account your particular lifting requirements and loads as well as the types of environments you will be using the machine to be able to be certain that you invest in the right model which will meet your needs.