IC Lift Trucks
IC lift trucks are members of classes IV and V. Normally, they are available in gas, diesel or liquid propane units. Mostly, the ICE or also known as internal combustion engine models are utilized outside, as they are able to operate in severe climate and produce some emissions. Propane-powered models, on the other hand, can be used indoors provided that proper ventilation is utilized. It is better to know what particular requirements you have to utilize the forklift for and what types of environments you would be operating in, in order to ensure you choose the right model to suit all of your needs.
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 models are fast and easy to refuel. This feature really reduces downtime since there is no requirement to recharge any batteries, as there is with electric models.
To the similarly equipped electric truck, IC units do provide a higher performance capabilities with far heavier lift capacities than electric lift truck models. Over recent years, there have been numerous advancements regarding emissions technology and this has resulted in lower total levels of emission. Internal combustion engine trucks remain popular with load sizes approximately 8000 lbs. and even much higher in specific applications such as ports, lumberyard settings and steel manufacturing facilities.
The Internal Combustion units do suffer from some drawbacks including a higher cost-per-hour to operate as compared to electric trucks, because of the excess needs for fuel. As well, these units usually produce more noise than the electric models since they run louder. Internal Combustion Engine trucks also have fuel-storage requirements to consider as well.