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Which forklift type is best for your business?

Forklifts are a key element to the efficient working of many modern businesses and organisations. But, when choosing the type of forklift your business needs, the fuel type will be one of the main considerations.

In this short article, we’ll take the 3 types of forklifts - diesel, electric and LPG, and go over some of the pros and cons often associated with each type.

1. Diesel Forklifts

Diesel powered forklifts are usually used outdoors for heavy lifting applications, such as those within the construction industry, the metal fabrication industry or the shipping industry.

Pros of a diesel forklift:

  • Heavier lifting capabilities, especially when compared to electric models.

  • Can be used safely in a wet environment.

  • A longer lifespan, when compared to electric or LPG equivalents.

  • Easy and quick to refuel.

  • Lower running costs compared to LPG or electric models.

Cons of a diesel forklift

  • Not suitable for indoor use, or anywhere without sufficient ventilation.

  • Often more expensive than forklifts powered by other fuel types.

  • More maintenance required compared to electric forklifts.

  • Noisier than forklifts powered by other fuel types.

2. Electric

As battery technology advances, electric powered forklifts are becoming the preferred choice for many forklift buyers, particularly within the food and cold storage sector, and other indoor based industries.

Pros of an electric forklift

  • It’s the most environmentally friendly forklift on the market.

  • Low maintenance requirements, when compared to diesel equivalents.

  • Low centre of gravity gives it more stability at increased heights.

  • Extremely quiet to run.

Cons of an electric forklift

  • Can’t be used outside.

  • Takes a long time (8 hours +) to charge, and often requires secondary batteries for longer shifts.

  • Swapping batteries is time-consuming and eats into shift time.

  • Requires an onsite charging station.

3. LPG

LPG (liquid petroleum gas) powered forklifts are another popular choice for many different industries, particularly for those that require a forklift to be operated indoors and outdoors.

Pros of an LPG powered forklift

  • Can be used indoors and outdoors, even in damp conditions.

  • Lower carbon emission levels than diesel and, doesn’t produce soot deposits.

  • Higher rate of acceleration and lift speeds than diesel or electric alternatives.

  • Quick refuelling capabilities.

  • Parts are easy to come by.

Cons of an LPG powered forklift

  • Requires a potentially hazardous onsite propane storage station.

  • Less overall power than diesel.

  • More maintenance required than an electric powered equivalent

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Beds & Bucks Forktrucks Ltd. is a Buckinghamshire based forklift truck provider, specialising in forklift sales, forklift servicing and the hire of all types of forklifts. If you’re looking to buy a forklift get in touch today to speak to one of our specialist advisors who’ll be happy to go through the various options available.

Which forklift type is best for your business?