09 Sep Diesel, Gas and Electric Powered Forklifts
There are several things to consider when purchasing or renting a forklift. There is the option of Diesel, Gas (LPG), or Electric. All three can deliver different types of load capacity, reach heights, movable space, and area of indoor or outdoor use. Before you decide, make sure you understand the differences between them.
The Diesel engines forklifts are the ultimate lifting machine. They are a reliable, solid choice for serious operations and can carry up to 20 tons. A diesel lift is designed to be faster, heavy-duty, and more durable in uneven terrains and harsh environments. Because of the emissions from diesel gas, it is safest for outdoors use. The emissions produced are not good for the environment however they can be used with exhaust catalysts and purifiers for an extra expense. Diesels are perfect for construction sites, lumber yards, concrete, and heavy-duty loads. The forklifts are larger and less maneuverable but can get an extreme job moved quickly. These lifts should be checked and maintained daily to get the best performance. The cost for a diesel truck is less-expensive investment up-front but has a higher maintenance cost. They are cheaper than an electric forklift. Diesel trucks are heavy-duty and ensure a long operational life.
Gas (LPG) powered forklifts are extremely popular, efficient economically and a lower initial investment. These lifts can work in a multitude of environments because they do not produce strong fumes like a diesel. Gas truck can lift to around 6 tons and are easier to maneuver because of their compact chassis. LPG is a cleaner fuel and can easily be refueled by changing the tanks in a matter of minutes. However, these trucks can run out of fuel without warning so be aware of the distance between the truck and the refueling station. Also know, these trucks are not appropriate for food and pharmaceutical production because the fuel tanks can possibly leak. Maintenance on the LPG lift can be expensive, but the truck will perform well when maintained properly. In many ways, the gas-powered forklift is the most flexible option.
Electric powered forklifts are quieter and more environmentally friendly than the other forklifts. These are starting to become the most common power source for material handling equipment. They have zero emissions. They are lighter and have greater maneuverability because of their compact design. . There is a higher initial cost due to the battery and charger but there is a lower maintenance and servicing costs. Historically, electric forklifts are used indoors, not outside due to wet weather can possibly damage electrical wiring. However, rapid innovation of technology is starting to allow indoor and outdoor use. Multi-Shift operations can now operate with a single battery. Be aware there must be a charging time which can make the electric lift not convenient due to being out of use due to charging. Overall, the electric forklift is cleaner and has a lower cost of ownership.
Are you unsure what type of equipment you need? Are you looking into transitioning to a different energy source? Our material handling experts can help you find the equipment that fits your operation and maximizes your material handling performance. Call us today for a free consultation!