Basic Fuel Types of Forklifts
Powered lift trucks called forklifts are utilized in almost every industry to move heavy products and materials. The forklift is a very tough and reliable machine which has become essential tools in numerous warehouse and construction settings. Forklift units differ depending on the kind of work environment and the type of fuel that is used to power the lift truck.
Electric powered lift trucks are great for indoor settings, or in locations with limited ventilation as they produce no exhaust fumes. They are designed with industrial strength batteries. As the electric forklift batteries must be charging, the worksite should have a charging station. The batteries are tough and could be re-charged up to 1,500 times before they have to be replaced. The charging station must be located in a ventilated area and include an emergency eyewash station and an acid spill kit.
Forklifts powered by liquid propane have some benefits over diesel and electric powered machines making them fairly common in warehouse and industrial environments. Propane engines are a lot cleaner than diesel-powered units. There is no down time needed to recharge an industrial battery, and the cost for propane is less than the cost of electricity. A lift truck propane tank can be refueled easily and quickly by changing out the empty tank with a full tank. Typically an off-site supplier refills the empty tank, making refueling really safe and efficient.
Diesel and Gasoline
Diesel and gasoline forklifts are the equipment of choice for outdoor applications and rough terrain. They are commonly found on lumber yards and construction sites. Their disadvantages comprise odorous exhaust, relatively high fuel costs and fairly high maintenance requirements. Their advantages comprise a longer lifespan than other units and reliability in tough conditions. Gasoline and diesel units must be refueled at a supply station on site that meets safety and health policies.