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Knowing Which Forklift Fuel Is Right For You

Forklifts come in three major categories based on the type of fuel they use, and it’s important to know the difference between each one. The required application, the physical environment of your workplace, your budget and a variety of other factors will all play a part in determining whether LPG, diesel or electric will best suit your needs.

The pros and cons of the three major fuel types

LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas)

LPG forklifts are a common choice for warehouses of all kinds. They perform well outdoors (even in the rain) and can be used in indoor areas where there is sufficient ventilation.

Pros

  • Low carbon emissions
  • Commonly available
  • Non-toxic and non-corrosive with a high octane rating
  • Lower tax, making it cheaper to purchase
  • Quick to refuel

Cons

  • Higher fuel consumption than diesel
  • Officially classified as a “dangerous good”
  • Liquid is heavy, so it can flow down floors and cause ignition hazards if unattended
  • Lower power than most diesel counterparts
  • Requires good ventilation

Diesel

Diesel forklifts are the heavy hitters of the materials handling world. They remain the recommended choice for heavy lifting, industrial applications and outdoor use.

Pros

  • Lower running costs than LPG
  • High torque
  • Quick to refuel
  • Convenient when diesel is most common fuel available onsite
  • Great fuel economy

Cons

  • Requires extra parts, making forklift larger and heavier
  • Loud engine
  • Produces a large volume of fumes and particle emissions, thus is only suitable for use in outdoor areas

Electric

Running on a battery, electric forklifts are an environmentally friendly alternative to diesel and LPG models. They are best used in smaller indoor areas and when working around food.

Pros

  • Suitable for small, indoor areas
  • Long lifespan if properly maintained
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Quieter engine
  • High maneuverability
  • Cheaper to run
  • Simplistic controls and mechanics

Cons

  • Large downtime while battery charges and cools down, unless a spare battery pack is available
  • Higher upfront cost for forklift
  • Batteries are expensive to replace
  • Inappropriate for use outdoors, particularly in wet weather

This is just a quick summary of the advantages and disadvantages associated with the three major forklift types and the fuel they run on. If you would like specific advice on what would best suit your needs before hiring or purchasing a forklift, feel free to get in touch with the experienced team from Eureka Forklifts and get the expert guidance you need to make an informed decision.

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