In recent years, there has been a preference in the industry for gas-powered forklifts instead of diesel. Whether in a warehouse, moving materials around, or transferring products, there are many reasons why gas-powered forklifts might be favoured by businesses.
Here are a few ways a gas-powered forklift can make tasks easier and more efficient:
High Powered performance with flexibility
LPG-powered forklifts far surpass their diesel and electric counterparts in terms of power and flexibility, because they typically have a better power-to-weight ratio and more responsive engines, meaning they can adapt to more difficult tasks.
Unlike diesel forklifts, LPG-powered forklifts are ideal for both indoor and outdoor jobs and can be used for prolonged periods outdoors. Importantly, this means workers only need to be trained to operate one type of forklift and consolidate the fleet, reducing maintenance costs.
The shift away from diesel-powered forklifts can save money, cut emissions, improve efficiency, and deliver power and flexibility that is superior to diesel and electric trucks.
In comparison to diesel or electric forklifts, gas-powered forklifts can work in a multitude of environments without ever sacrificing performance.
Economical and efficient operations
LPG is efficient for production and low cost, as it:
- Is a much cleaner-burning fuel than diesel, which means the engines will generally last longer. It leaves no residual soot on the materials, forklifts or handles, which is a particular plus for businesses moving products such as food, pharmaceuticals and textiles.
- Produces fewer PM10 particles, which have been linked to respiratory problems, as well as emitting less carbon dioxide. This is good for workers, and for meeting carbon reduction criteria.
- Uses gaslight cylinders, which are almost half the weight of traditional LPG cylinders, but with very similar volumes.
- Easier to refuel and reduces the risk of manual handling injuries. The cylinders translucent toughened plastic and fibre glass composition means they are extremely robust, and crucially, allows a visual of how much fuel is left.
Consistency, Reliability & the ease of refuelling
When it comes to reliability, unlike electricity, which can be susceptible to power cuts in some parts of the country, LPG offers a consistent supply all year round. This means operations can continue uninterrupted in extreme weather conditions.
Refuelling LPG-powered forklifts are quick and hassle-free. Being a portable form of fuel, the cylinders can be stored on-site, making it easily accessible, and the simplicity of refuelling from a cylinder means that it can be done from virtually anywhere, as and when needed. Depending on the size of the gas-powered forklifts, a small tank can be kept with the machine at all times.
Durability and Safety
The rugged and versatile design of gas-powered forklifts makes them ideal for locations where a variety of work is required, from outdoor movements to indoor lifting. This not only makes forklifts a great asset to any business, but it also makes them appropriate for use across a multitude of places.
Designed to be stable and long-lasting, a gas-powered forklift is a reliable investment, offering high levels of service and excellent performance.
From a health and safety perspective, a gas-powered forklift is an excellent choice to ensure the best protection and care for workers. With safety features and shut-off functionalities included, for the safest forklift.
Flexibility requires added safety measures
Although gas-powered forklifts make them ideal for both the indoors and outdoors, there are added risks to be addressed. For example, gas-powered forklifts are favoured for their capacity for lifting heavier warehouse assets; they are highly manoeuvrable and can travel at high speeds. Also, their structural integrity allows them to withstand uneven terrain and harsh weather conditions.
Consideration would need to be given for the hazardous conditions created. Whilst indoor hazards are more easily controllable, outdoor hazards are not. Hence; traffic safety would need to include movement in an outdoor setting that introduces an uncontrolled work environment with external vehicular and pedestrian traffic. To manage the risk, it is essential to consider a traffic management plan, which can include, erecting barriers to the loading docks, where there is incoming and outgoing traffic.
A safety solution is pedestrian guard rails. The vivid gates have a flashing LED light to alert forklift operators when the safety gate has been opened, warning of potential danger to pedestrians in the area.
Compact, Strength and Versatility
A thoroughly modern and advanced form of lifting equipment, the gas-powered forklift has many features both to improve ease of use and safety during activities such as lifting, moving and refuelling. The simplicity of the design of these forklifts makes them simple to use for even the newest operators.
Despite this, safety awareness and management strategies must be implemented.