Fuel-driven forklifts, also known as LPG forklifts, have long been a staple in warehouses and construction sites. Today, however, companies have the option to choose a different kind of forklift, one powered by electricity. Both types of forklift have their own place among work sites and warehouses. The best way to select the right machine for your needs is to understand the unique advantages each provides. To help you get started, here is a look at the benefits that electric forklifts offer.
Fuel-powered forklifts give off emissions that can be harmful to the health of operators, workers, and others in the area. That is why warehouses often require ventilation systems to deal with these emissions. Electric-powered forklifts, on the other hand, give off no emissions. This makes them both safer and more convenient to use indoors, and makes them better for the environment.
Emissions are not the only kind of pollution fuel-powered forklifts create. They also tend to be noisy. This level of noise can make them unpleasant to be around, especially in indoor spaces. In addition, the noise pollution they cause can cover up important sounds, like back-up signals, that can help to prevent accidents. Electric forklifts, on the other hand, are much quieter. The reduced noise pollution is both more pleasant to be around but makes it easier to hear other important sounds within the work site.
The upkeep of LPG forklifts can be time-intensive and expensive. Those machines powered by forklifts, however, require much less maintenance. For example, they have very few moving parts, which means they have fewer parts that need regular servicing. In addition, you do not have to change things like oil, radiator fluid, air filters, transmission fluid, and so forth. Thanks to these reduced maintenance requirements, they require less downtime, and less expense, than do fuel-powered forklifts.
Reduced Lifetime Costs
Reduced maintenance costs are a big part of why electric forklifts cost less over time than do LPG forklifts. Fuel-powered forklifts also come with high fuel costs. Every tank of propane, for example, can cost an average of $18-$25. Electric-powered forklifts do not use fuel tanks. While you do have to pay for the electricity that the forklift uses when charging, these expenses are typically much less. For example, the average electricity cost for a forklift during an 8-hour shift is only between $1.50 and $4.50. These reduced costs lead to significant cost savings over the life of the forklift.
Ease of Use
LPG forklifts almost universally use a clutch. This clutch requires more movements of the hand, feet, and arms than do the automatic transmissions of electric forklifts. As a result, electric-powered forklifts tend to be easier to use. They are both less difficult to learn how to operate, and create less discomfort for the operator over time.
Being able to see is important for forklift drivers, particularly when backing up. They need to be able to respond quickly to potential accidents, such as a pedestrian walking behind their machine. LPG forklifts have a propane tank on the back. This tank can restrict rear visibility. Forklifts that run on electricity, however, do not have this tank. As a result, they have greater visibility in the back that can make them easier to back up.
Warehouses are increasingly looking to increase their storage capacities without expanding their space. One solution is to create narrower aisles. Electric forklifts tend to fit this space-saving new model better than do LPG forklifts. The reason? They are smaller and turn on a tighter radius than do LPG forklifts, in part because their battery helps to serve as a compact counterbalance.
Rapid braking is sometimes essential to prevent accidents in the workplace. Forklifts that run on electricity provide this type of fast stopping power with the use of automatic braking. Whenever the operator takes their foot off the gas, the forklift begins to brake. This feature not only allows the machine to stop more quickly, but it also reduces operator fatigue and helps to keep the battery charged for longer.
The longer you can use a machine, the less money you have to spend over time. Forklifts that run on electricity tend to last longer than do LPG forklifts. The reason for this longer life is the fact that they have fewer moving parts to break down, leading to fewer catastrophic, and permanent, breakdowns.
No Fuel Storage
LPG forklifts require the storage of fuel tanks. Thanks to the flammability of the fuel, such storage can be hazardous. This means that businesses face liability and regulations when it comes to keeping their fuel tanks for their forklifts. Electric forklifts do not require fuel storage, eliminating these hazards and expenses for the businesses that use them.
High Lift Capacity
The use of electricity rather than fuel to power certain forklifts does not translate into less power. In fact, these forklifts can often handle up to 12,000 pounds of load. This makes them suitable for a wide variety of projects and jobs in a wide variety of environments.
Electric forklifts have many advantages to offer. From reduced costs to longer life to environmental friendliness, these advantages are a part of the reason that electric-powered forklifts are becoming more and more popular. If you want help finding the right forklift for your business, do not hesitate to reach out to Darr Equipment. We sell a wide variety of used and new machines, both LPG and electric, and we have the experience to help guide you to the machine that will work best for your circumstances. With our support, reasonable prices, and high-quality stock, you can find the right addition to your fleet very quickly.