Today, the forklift industry is dominated by electric and IC forklifts, with the former accounting for 60% of the market share. Although electric forklifts are popular due to their advanced technology and lower fuel costs, IC forklifts dominate when it comes to outdoor and high-capacity applications. If you are looking to buy an internal combustion forklift for indoor or outdoor applications, it is important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each fuel option to your operations. Accurate Forklift offers a wide range of used forklifts for sale from popular manufacturers at affordable prices. In this blog, we take a look at 4 available Internal Combustion Forklifts Fuel Options. Read on.
Diesel forklifts are mostly designed for outdoor use and they come fitted with pneumatic tyres. Although the trucks are loud and produce emissions, diesel fuel is highly efficient and can deliver longer run times. Diesel engines generate more power making them ideal for large forklifts used on rough terrain and for large capacity material handling applications. This is because they have a high torque which delivers more gradeability and acceleration. It is advised to look for diesel forklifts designed with diesel oxidation catalysts to promote slow-burning.
Forklifts that only use gasoline are not many in the material handling industry as there are a lot of dual-fuel forklifts and a lack of gasoline fueling stations. The gasoline engine has good power performance and offers operation stability, low fuel consumption, low noise, low carbon emissions, and low vibration. Gasoline forklifts also offer increased rearward visibility as they do not have an LP tank and bracket on the back.
Liquid Petroleum Gas forklifts come with a cushion or pneumatic tires and are best suited for both indoor and outdoor applications. LP Gas is a clean-burning, non-toxic fuel making it environmentally-friendly. It is also not hard on engines and it can run for long resulting in lower maintenance costs. The forklifts produce low noise and deliver high travel speeds, rates of acceleration, and lift speeds. LP tanks can be easily swapped in no time, reducing the amount of downtime during refueling. It is advised to make sure that you have a safe place to store LP tanks when you opt for LP gas-powered forklifts.
Compressed Natural Gas
Compressed Natural Gas-powered forklifts are environmentally friendly as their engines produce a reduced amount of emissions. This is because natural gas evaporates into the air as carbon dioxide if there is any leak. Compressed Natural Gas tanks are fixed on the forklift and they can be refilled on site resulting in reduced downtimes and operator strain.
Fuel type is a major consideration when it comes to buying or renting a forklift truck that meets your material handling applications. If you are looking for a used forklift for sale that caters to your material handling needs, look no further. Accurate Forklift offers a range of forklift types across different fuel options. If you wish to know more about available used forklifts for sale, call 770 692 1455 or email [email protected].