Other than the hassle of having to change the propane cylinder, there are some risks associated with running out of fuel with propane forklifts. These units are quite a bit lower in their value than electric and diesel forklifts. The discussion to whether or not the propane emissions are cleaner than diesel emissions continues in the industry.
When it comes to performance, propane lift trucks seem to handle better than the majority of electric units available on the market when the job requires constant duty drive line torque and high applications. There are some electric models that are supposed to handle better or equally. Depending on the specific situation, propane lifts may or may not be acceptable for handling eligible goods and food. So long as WorkSafeBC criteria are met, propane lift trucks are suitable for most indoor applications.
The Disadvantages of LPG Propane Forklifts
The LPG's major disadvantages when compare to the diesel lift truck includes the fact that they are not as effective when performing jobs which need high and or constant duty drive line torque. These models have a liability exposure, because of the possibility of a fuel system leak while the truck is located indoors. Furthermore, operators should be trained on the safe use of propane fuel. The rearward visibility off of the counterweight's back end is limited. This is due to the location of the propane tank.
Compared to diesel and electric units, fuel cost is higher with propane models. There are possible injury claims because of the weight and frequency which propane tanks are changed; approximately every 6 hours of usage unless the place has a bulk fill station located there. Propane lift trucks can be trickier to start and run smoothly when they are utilized in freezing temperatures. In remote places, propane fuel is not always available at once. Over the next few decades, the cost of fossil fuels is estimated to rise dramatically. Consider and plan for overall repair maintenance costs, as well as the entire cost of ownership to be the highest of the 3 alternatives.
There is a real possibility that the LPG lift truck models will be perfect for you, but will ultimately depend upon what your requirements are. It is best to consider your specific lifting requirements and loads along with the kinds of environments you will be utilizing the equipment to be able to be sure that you buy the right unit to suit all your needs.