According to the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), there are over 600,000 propane-fueled forklifts being used currently in U.S. manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, and warehouses.
That number is growing every day, as more and more savvy warehouse managers begin to understand the benefits of using propane to fuel their lift trucks.
Consider the following advantages of using propane-powered forklifts:Consistent Power: Propane-fueled forklifts maintain consistent operational power throughout operation. They can push heavy loads at full capacity, regardless of incline. Operators experience no slowdown as a shift progresses.
Ease of Refueling: Propane cylinders can be exchanged and replaced in a matter of minutes, allowing for warehouse operations to keep moving without excessive delays.
Safe for Indoor Use: Propane is a clean-burning fuel,
which is non-toxic and safe to be used inside.
Versatile: In addition to being safe for indoor use,
propane forklifts can also be used outdoors as well.
Long-Lasting: Most propane forkllifts will accommodate a 33 pound propane tank,
which can provide up to eight hours of continuous use.
Lower Maintenance Costs: Gasoline and diesel fuel produce more engine deposits than propane, resulting in lower maintenance costs for propane-fueled forklifts. A typical propane engine will last twice as long as a gasoline engine.
Tax Credits Available: As part of the "Fiscal Cliff" legislation passed on January 2, 2013, the alternative fuel tax credit of 50 cents per gallon has been extended through December 2013 and made retroactive through 2012. Learn more about tax credits for propane forklift users here.