Benefits of Propane Forklifts

In the US alone, more than half a million forklifts are propane powered.

Propane is the fuel of choice for these three classes of Forklift:

  • Class 4 - internal combustion engine trucks with solid tires
  • Class 5 - internal combustion engine trucks  with pneumatic tires
  • Class 6 - electric and internal combustion engine tractors with both solid and pneumatic tires


What makes propane a superior choice for fueling forklifts?

Fueling Propane Forklifts is Convenient

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Forklifts hold 33 lb. propane cylinders which are very portable and provide about 8 hours of running time. Compare this to an electric forklift, which needs recharging after 3-6 hours of use plus cool-down time before you can even recharge! Propane is also better than gas because each fuel refill typically lasts 2 times longer.

Spare propane cylinders can be stored on site to make refueling much easier! Storage lockers for spare cylinders are available to assure security and safety. If your company goes through a lot of fuel, we can even install a larger tank at your location so you can refuel your cylinders more often.



Propane Forklifts Offer Superior Performance

One of the performance benefits of propane over electric power the ability to run at 100% power throughout operation time, while electric forklift power degrades as the battery drains. This means that propane forklifts can operate 24 hours a day, and also provide a longer running time between refueling than all other energy sources. Propane forklifts can also handle heavier loads at faster speeds than electric forklifts.

Money Saving Benefits of Propane Forklifts

Since propane engines cause less deposits than gas engines, maintenance costs is lower. On average, the engine will last twice as long as a gas engine.

Propane forklifts do not require costly, space-stealing charging stations and supplies that electric forklifts require.

Propane Forklifts are a Greener Choicepropanetank.jpg

Propane is a non-toxic, clean-burning fuel that is safe to use both indoors and outdoors as long as safety protocols are followed. Propane emits 19% lower greenhouse gases over gas-fueled forklifts and 7% over diesel.

The fact that over 90% of the propane used in the US is made domestically is another benefit.

Safety Features of Propane Forklifts

Propane forklifts are safe to use because they have devices built-in that automatically shut off the propane flow in case of accident. Unlike electric, propane forklifts can safely be used outdoors in the rain or under other wet conditions.

For more safety information, see this OSHA's inspection guidelines: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/pit/operations/servicing.html

Western Propane Service offers on-site refills and in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Give us a call or sign up to get started today!