Forklift Propane Tanks - What You Need To Know

by Jerrico_Usher

Propane powered forklifts run longer, have little to no emissions, and outlast battery power...

The propane powered forklift is one of a class of internal combustion (IC) powered forklifts. The others are run by either gasoline, diesel, or compressed natural gas (CNG). The former has one distinct advantage over its equally powerful brethren. Provided there's sufficient indoor ventilation for its low emissions, the propane powered forklift can be used indoors as well as outdoors.

Due to heavier emissions, the other IC forklifts can't be used indoors at all. Propane forklifts also don't require the purchase and installation of large storage tanks and pumps for gasoline or diesel.

All you need is space enough for a few forklift propane tanks to keep on hand, and these can be supplied by an LP vendor. Propane is also cost effective compared to other IC fuels and is considered healthier for operators.


Forklift Propane Tanks
Forklift Propane Tanks

The Propane Advantage

The advantage propane forklifts have over other indoor forklifts, which run on electric battery, is that they are far more powerful. They can also run longer than batteries without the recharging and cooling a battery requires, with 8 hours of continuous operation per tank, compared to a battery's 5-6 hours per charge.

Although propane forklifts are not as quiet, as long range, cost effective, or as emission free as a battery operated forklift, extra propane forklift tanks are easily stored in a small area, and therefore don't require the space a battery charging station does. This means the shop doesn't have to buy spare batteries.

Forklift propane tanks are made to exacting standards by such reputable manufacturers as Thermos. Companies like Brinkman and Dulane will deliver refilled tanks right to your place of work in a tank-exchange program. This also means you don't have to store more than a few tanks per vehicle, saving space over battery operated indoor forklifts.

Typically forklift tanks are 33 pound cylinders, and although in the 4-40 lbs class, they don't need OPD valves to be filled. Forklift propane tanks are safe, shutting off LP gas flow in event of an overturn or accident.

Installation Must Be Done Carefully To Avoid Losing Fuel

Although easy to install, care must be made to install correctly, with the orientation hole positioned properly on the bracket orientation pin, or engine service may be interrupted and the fuel may not be used completely.

In fact the tank can still be more than half full when the engine stops. Incompletely emptied tanks are an unnecessary and wasteful expense to the company.

Once mounted correctly and secured, make certain the valve is closed, then connect the hose end fitting to the cylinder service valve and tighten.

Maintain at regular intervals to be certain there are no leaks.

Updated: 06/15/2012, Jerrico_Usher
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