Propane offers more power, lower emissions and cost savings.
For decades, propane has powered forklifts in warehouses, distribution centers, work sites and other commercial ventures. It’s been a resiliently popular fuel for many reasons. In this post, we want to explore some of the main reasons businesses choose propane forklifts over other options.
1. Air Safety
If your forklifts run on gasoline or diesel, you can’t operate them safely indoors because of hazardous emissions. But propane forklifts are safe for indoor usage. They generate very few nitrogen or sulfur oxides, and their carbon monoxide output is far lower than gas or diesel. Additionally, propane is methane-free and generates virtually no particulate matter, a carcinogen.
All told, propane provides a much safer environment for your employees.
2. Durability Against the Elements
While electric forklifts might be safe for indoor usage, they cannot work outdoors when it’s raining. Since 68 percent of forklift fleets need to run both indoors and out, this can be a deal-breaker. Propane forklifts can work in all elements.
3. Workplace Efficiency
Typically, one 33-pound cylinder of forklift propane can power a vehicle for eight hours — essentially an entire shift. And when it’s time to refuel a propane forklift, all you have to do is switch out the cylinder. By contrast, electric forklifts can require hours to recharge, costing you productive work time.
4. Consistent Moving Power
When you use propane forklifts at your business, you can be confident that they’ll dependably get the job done. Propane forklifts are better at navigating inclines with large loads than electric forklifts, especially as power runs down. Propane forklifts run at optimal power and speed, regardless of how much fuel is left in the cylinder.
Capital costs associated with propane forklifts are 30 percent lower than electric models, and propane cylinders last three times longer than batteries.
What’s more, propane provides price stability that’s missing from many other fuels, not to mention grid electricity. Over 90 percent of propane used in the U.S. is domestically produced. This makes it more stable, price-wise, than fuels that are more closely tied to global energy markets.
Blue Flame sets you up for success with forklift cylinder exchanges.
If your business has a fleet of propane-powered forklifts, you know how crucial it is to have a ready supply of propane cylinders. The team at Blue Flame coordinates forklift cylinder exchanges for businesses in Cape May, East Brunswick, West Chester, Philadelphia and many other communities in southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.
When you partner with Blue Flame, we take care of everything. Our team will set up cylinder cages and train your employees on proper fuel tank handling. Then, we’ll ensure you never run out, arranging a replenishment schedule customized to your needs. We also inspect your cylinders to ensure the highest standards of safety.
Place your forklift propane needs in our hands. Contact the Blue Flame team today to get started with our forklift cylinder exchange program.