At the Propane Guys, we love helping you find the best sources of fuel for your forklifts. In the last few articles, we’ve looked at the advantages of using propane for grilling, heating, and in food trucks.
In this article we’ll be examining the advantages of using this all-round fuel to power forklifts. Regardless of how/why you use a forklift for your business, read on to learn more about the benefits of switching to propane. Download our quick reference guide for our a Propane Forklift Exchange Program!
4 Big Advantages of Using Propane for Forklifts
Propane is one of the most popular fuels for powering forklifts, dominating over 30% of the market, according to the Propane Education and Research Council. Here are 3 main reasons industrial professionals choose it as the primary source of fuel for their lifts:
Switching to propane over normal fuel or diesel is a simple way to cut the costs of running forklifts for your business.
According to the US Department of Energy Alternative Fuel Price Report July 2016, the average price for propane is $2.15/gallon, while the average price for diesel and gasoline is $2.46 and $2.26, respectively.
While the comparison between electricity and propane is a little more complex, research suggests that an hour of propane use costs roughly $1.41, compared to $1.48 for electricity. While this may seem like a small difference, the additional cost of running electric lifts quickly adds up when, especially in an industrial/commercial setting.
No Downtime for Employees
Don’t send your employees and waste precious costs and liability when you can streamline this task and save overhead at the same time! We are in the business of making your operations run more smoothly by taking away a task that involves, time, employees, and added liability to your daily tasks. The Propane Guys provides easy set delivery schedules or online ordering for commercial propane delivery onsite within Anchorage and Eagle River.
It’s Easy to Use
Changing a propane tank can take as little as 5 minutes. An electric forklift, on the other hand, can take up to 8 hours to charge completely.
Furthermore, there is no risk associated with running out of fuel when using propane, other than having to change tanks. Electric, diesel, or gasoline-powered forklifts, however, can be damaged if they are allowed to run completely out of fuel, which can result in expensive repair bills.
It’s Clean and Efficient
More and more businesses are turning to sustainable solutions to minimize their impact on the environment.
According to the US Department of Energy, using propane over gasoline to power forklifts and other smaller vehicles (such as commercial lawn equipment, for example) can dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Furthermore, propane powered vehicles can be used indoors, unlike diesel or fuel-powered lifts, which should be used outdoors due to the toxic fumes they emit.
Earning Your Trust & Customer Loyalty
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