One inconvenience of propane tanks is to have to change, though there are some risks to running out of fuel on a propane lift truck. These models tend to be cheaper to run compared to the electric and diesel model lift truck. The debate to whether or not the propane emissions are cleaner compared to diesel emissions continues in the industry.
The propane lift truck performs better compared to most electric units on the market these days on tasks which require constant duty drive line torque and high applications. There are several electric models which are supposed to handle better or equally. Depending on the particular circumstances, propane lifts may or may not be suitable for handling eligible goods and food. So long as WorkSafeBC criteria are met, propane forklifts are suitable for most indoor applications.
The Drawbacks 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 units have a liability exposure, because of the possibility of a fuel system leak while the truck is located indoors. Additionally, operators should be trained on the safe use of propane fuel. The rearward visibility off of the counterweight's back end is limited. This is because of the location of the propane tank.
The cost of fuel is higher with propane units when compared to the diesel unit. Due to the frequency at which the propane tanks are changed, there are possible injuries that can occur. Unless a place has a bulk fill station, propane may require to be changed every six hours of use. Propane lift trucks can be harder to start and run smoothly when they are utilized in freezing temperatures. In remote locations, propane fuel is not always readily available. In the next few decades, the fossil fuel cost is estimated to climb dramatically. Take into account and plan for overall repair maintenance expenses, 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 models would be perfect for you, but would ultimately depend on what your needs are. It is best to consider your particular loads and lifting needs as well as the types of environments you will be operating to be able to be sure that you buy the best model which would meet all your requirements.
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