Propane, Diesel, Gas or Electric?
Seth Krueger - Phoenix AZ - June 12th, 2019
First you will need to determine if you are looking for an electric forklift or an internal combustion forklift (IC). Electric forklifts are more expensive but have advantages such as no emissions and less maintenance costs. IC forklifts are less expensive and have advantages such as flexibility in indoor or outdoor use, easy refueling and higher resale value.
Electric forklifts are perfect for handling sensitive material such as food products because emissions would ruin the product. Electric forklifts also have better narrow aisle benefits.
Propane (LP) is most popular and can be used indoors/outdoors and can be cushion or pneumatic tires. LP tanks can be easily swapped out in minutes and a full tank can run a full 8-hour shift. LP is ideal for light-use applications since the initial cost of LP forklifts is low and they hold their value long after their initial purchase. Diesel and gasoline powered forklifts can only be used in outdoor applications and are exclusively pneumatic tired forklifts. Typically, diesel forklift will be larger capacity trucks.