How to Read a Forklift Propane or LP Bottle Gauge
There are essential safety reasons for forklift operators to know how to read a forklift propane bottle gauge. The operator needs to know when the forklift is almost out of gas. Some types of forklifts that are older are designed so that the forks slowly lower to the ground and the machinery shuts off automatically when it runs out of fuel. This is very not sage and could result in personal injury and product damage. Newer models are designed differently to prevent this from occurring. The driver can operate a handle that stops the forks from falling when the propane runs out.
1 Know where the propane gauge is situated. The gauge looks a lot like the gas gauge on an automobile. It is a small round object situated either on the propane tank's valve or on the dash of the forklift where the rest of the gauges and controls are located.
2 Make sure to always keep the cover of the gauge clean so that information behind the glass is readable.
3 Locate the indicator needle at the bottom of the gauge. This needle will show you how much fuel is still inside the propane tank.
4 There are two letters on the gauge: E for empty and F for full. When the needle arm points at the letter E, it would mean that the propane tank is totally empty. When the needle arm touches the letter F, it will mean that the propane tank is totally full.
5 Notice the line in the middle of the gauge. When the needle arrives at the middle line it would mean that the tank is half full of propane.
6 Note that there are smaller lines midway between the halfway lines. These lines mean quarters. When the needle touches the quarter mark closest to the F, it means there is three-fourths of a tank remaining. When the needle points at the quarter mark nearest E, the tank is a quarter full.