Basic Kinds of Fuels Used for Forklifts
Forklifts, also referred to as powered lift trucks, are used to perform many tasks in construction, distribution and industrial settings. These heavy-duty machines are designed to be tough and dependable so they are capable of moving heavy items in all different types of environments and conditions. Forklifts are powered by various types of fuels and hence could adapt to lots of different work settings.
The electric models produce no emissions and reliable and quiet. These units are powered by industrial-strength large batteries which are made to be able to be successfully recharged approximately one thousand five hundred times during their functional lifespan. As electric forklifts produce no exhaust fumes, it is oftentimes the machinery of necessity and choice in areas which have limited ventilation. These forklifts require a charging station somewhere on the premises which is equipped with an eyewash station and emergency acid spill kit because of the batteries. For safety reasons, the charging area has to be well ventilated.
The modern forklift usually uses liquid propane. Propane offers different benefits over diesel and electric models. For instance, propane is usually cheaper compared to electricity. When recharging the battery, there is no need to remove the forklift from service.
Propane units also offer a much cleaner operation compared to forklifts which are powered by diesel. In the majority of instances, a propane forklift could be refueled by just changing out the empty propane tank with a new one which is full. Usually, an off-site supplier will re-fill the tanks. This guarantees an easy, safe and fast re-fueling process.
Gasoline and Diesel
Diesel and gasoline forklifts can require more maintenance and produce a smelly exhaust. They have relatively high fuel costs as well. Because they have a useful and much longer lifespan, they are rather reliable than propane or electric models. Re-fueling requires a fuel supply on site that conforms to strict health and safety codes. Diesel and gas models are mostly used in outdoor applications on rough terrain, such as on construction sites or in lumber yard environments.