Both electric forklifts and LP (liquified petroleum) forklifts are a quitter and cleaner alternative to diesel-powered or gas-powered lift trucks. Which one is better for your operations?
For applications such as pharmaceutical, food, or underground facilities, you are required to use electric forklifts. In the long term, electric forklifts tend to have a lower cost of ownership. In other cases, propane forklifts can be used both indoors and outdoors. They also offer the convenience of changing a propane tank, rather than a forklift battery.
Trupar has put together a list of pros and cons of LP forklifts and electric forklifts to help Pittsburgh customers and those the surrounding area to make an informed decision when purchasing forklifts for their operations.
Pros and Cons of Propane Forklifts
Advantages of the Propane Forklift:
Propane forklifts are versatile, and when outfitted with the right tires, they can operate almost anywhere. Whether it be over gravels, dirt, or snow, an LP forklift can navigate the terrain. Propane fuel provides consistent power, and when the tank empties, it is easy to replace with a full one. This makes the LP forklift an excellent option for remote operations where changing and charges batteries is not practical.
Cons of the Propane Forklift:
Since propane is a fossil fuel, it can not be used for specific applications. Because it is a fossil fuel, the pricing of propane may also fluctuate. While LP forklifts are less expensive upfront, but in the long run can have higher operating costs when compared to the electric forklift. Propane forklifts also make more noise during operation than electric forklifts.
Pros and Cons of Electric Forklifts
Advantages of the Electric Forklift:
An electric forklift has a low cost of ownership and runs clean and quiet. Electric forklifts do not have any emissions meaning no harmful gases. This makes them safe for employees and for use around medical and food applications. With less moving parts, electric forklifts are low maintenance and offer the safety of electric power vs. potentially hazardous fuel.
Cons of the Electric Forklift:
Although the low cost of ownership offsets the cost within two years, Electric forklifts have a more expensive cost upfront. Changing or charging batteries may also not be practical for outdoor operations, making them better suited for indoor use.
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At Trupar, we provide high-quality forklifts with a focus on customer service and satisfaction. Contact us today to learn more about our full range of forklifts and learn more about which one will work best for operations!
- Posted: Nov 18, 2019