IC Lift Trucks
IC lift trucks are members of classes V and IV. Usually, they are available in liquid propane, gas or diesel models. Mostly, the ICE or also referred to as internal combustion engine units are utilized outdoors, as they are able to function in inclement conditions and produce some emissions. However, propane-powered units, can be used indoors provided that proper ventilation is used. It is best to know what specific requirements you need to use the forklift for and what kinds of environments you will be operating in, to be able to make certain that you choose the right model to meet your requirements.
Internal Combustion Engine Benefits
Compared to a similar capacity electric truck, the Internal Combustion engine is offered in a lower initial purchase price ranging anywhere from 20% to 40% lower. The ICE units are fast and simple to refuel. This feature really lessens downtime because there is no need to recharge any batteries, as there is with electric models.
To the similarly equipped electric truck, internal combustion units do provide a higher performance capabilities with far heavier lift capacities compared to electric lift truck models. Over recent years, there have been numerous changes regarding emissions technology and this has resulted in lesser total levels of emission. Internal combustion engine trucks remain popular with load sizes about 8,000 pounds and even much higher in particular operations such as ports, lumberyard settings and steel manufacturing facilities.
Internal Combustion Engine Drawbacks
The Internal Combustion units do suffer from several drawbacks such as a higher cost-per-hour to operate as compared to electric trucks, due to the excess needs for fuel. In addition, these units normally create more noise compared to the electric models because they run louder. ICE trucks also have fuel-storage requirements to consider too.