4 Fuel Efficiency Tips for Propane Forklifts

How to get the most from your commercial propane equipment.

propane forklifts cherry hill, nj Propane forklifts provide a fantastic combination of affordability, versatility and power. You can safely run them indoors without adversely affecting the air quality. You can run them outside even when it is raining. Unlike electrical products, propane forklifts have no “fade” as their propane cylinders run low. They maintain an excellent speed and lifting capability, even when moving up inclines.

Commercial operators also appreciate how little downtime propane forklifts have. They don’t need to sit charging for hours. When one forklift cylinder runs out, an employee can exchange it for a full one.

In short, propane forklifts have exceptional efficiency, which boosts your business’s bottom line. And there are ways to further improve their efficiency. At Blue Flame, we help commercial clients get the most out of their propane forklift fleet. Here are four ways you can increase your efficiency and supercharge your productivity.

1. Train your workers in efficient operation.

Safe and efficient forklift practices go hand in hand. When your employees understand the most responsible way to operate a propane forklift, they can also ensure that your fuel goes farther. Be sure your workers don’t leave their forklifts running while they aren’t in use and that they aren’t accelerating too quickly. This will ensure a safe workplace and lower propane consumption.

2. Plan forklift routes (and cylinder placement) around refueling.

Look at where your forklifts are seeing the highest traffic and consider placing cylinder cages and vehicle parking nearby to limit how many extended trips they need to make.

It’s also important to plan routes with refueling in mind. A single propane forklift cylinder can typically power a vehicle for about eight hours. Please work with your staff to ensure forklifts are making their way back to cylinder cages as their fuel runs low.

Your workers are an invaluable resource in this optimization process. They can provide the best insight as to where unnecessary driving happens.

3. Maintain your forklift fleet.

A well-maintained fleet will use less fuel to accomplish the tasks your workplace needs. Be sure to follow your manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule to keep the forklift engine running efficiently. Also, check your vehicle’s air filters and oil levels. Once a month, check the tire pressure and inflate as needed. Underinflated tires will make your forklift work harder and burn more propane.

4. Work with Blue Flame on the most effective cylinder exchange plan.

If you want to have the best propane cylinder prices and exchange service in Cherry Hill, Toms River, Doylestown and other cities in Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, trust Blue Flame. We offer full-service forklift propane programs with flexible terms and customized cylinder delivery scheduling.

The Blue Flame team will set up cages in your workspace and train your employees in safe cylinder handling and other propane safety procedures. Finally, we perform continuous leak checks and other critical reviews on our cylinders, so you’ll always know your forklift tanks are completely safe for use.

Get in touch with Blue Flame today to begin forklift propane service.