The forklift truck has been around since the 1960s as an invaluable part of any business. With over 250,000 trucks being sold every year their popularity continues to grow. With three fuel types to choose from, we look at why you should consider a gas-powered fork lift for your next purchase.
What Are The Options?
Forklift trucks can have three power options; electric, diesel or gas. Let’s consider the relative merits of each.
Electric forklifts have a high initial outlay compared to gas forklifts for sale or hire due to the high cost of the battery and charger. They can’t be used while the battery is charging unless an additional battery is purchased, effectively doubling the cost. In addition, the battery charging station can be large and space must be found to accommodate it. Electric forklifts may also experience difficulties working on soft surfaces because of the higher point loadings on the wheels and axles and cold and damp weather may affect performance. They are, however, the most environmentally-friendly from the choice of electric, diesel or gas forklifts for sale or hire, are fume-free and give off no emissions. Furthermore, where noise levels are a consideration, they are the quietest option and due to their small size, are the most manoeuvrable, making them suitable for smaller working environments.
Diesel forklifts tend to offer better performance than electric models, particularly in terms of acceleration and lift speed. However, because of the exhaust fumes and diesel particulates, they are unsuitable for indoor work, unlike electric and gas forklifts. Maintenance and servicing costs are low because of the longevity of diesel engines. Running costs are another issue which you should consider carefully when thinking about your options for electric, diesel or gas forklifts for sale or hire. Diesel forklifts can legally run on red diesel which is duty-free.
Gas-powered forklifts use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) which is cost-effective and widely available and which delivers a superior performance to electric and diesel models in terms of engine responsiveness and power-to-weight ratio. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor work, they offer a compact chassis, a quiet drive and a clean work environment. Their price makes them a popular choice and, thanks to their engines, which are derived from those designed for cars, servicing, parts and maintenance is extremely affordable. They also offer a better rate of travel, responsive acceleration and a high lift speed than electric or diesel machines. The downside to gas-powered forklifts is that fuel can be difficult to monitor, with many forklifts having no fuel gauge. This can cause problems if a truck runs out of gas while in the middle of a job. However, some LPG suppliers now incorporate a fuel gauge on the bottles to enable operatives to judge how much gas is remaining.
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Michael Lacey writes regularly on commercial transport issues for a range of industry-focused websites and blogs. He is particularly interested in getting the best value-for-money when you are interested in gas forklifts for sale or hire.