There are many different types of forklifts on the market—each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. When choosing the right forklift for your material handling needs, it’s important to consider factors such as fuel type, capacity, and lift height.
In this article, we will discuss the different types of forklift fuel options, particularly internal combustion (IC) forklifts, and electric forklifts. Keep reading to learn the pros and cons of each option and to determine which type is best suited for your business’s needs.
Internal combustion (IC) forklifts can be powered by a few different fuel sources such as compressed natural gas (CNG), diesel, gasoline, and liquid petroleum (e.g. propane). Although they only account for about 40% of the market, IC forklifts continue to be a viable solution for many indoor and outdoor applications.
One of the main advantages of this forklift fuel option is that they are designed to work in harsh weather environments, which makes them flexible for outdoor usage. IC forklifts have a low initial cost, and aside from purchasing propane tanks, they cost little to operate since the fuel is available locally. They are also easy to refuel compared to electric forklifts.
One of the downsides of IC forklifts is that they produce a lot of emissions and they are rather noisy to operate. Because of this, they should be operated in warehouses with proper ventilation, or if possible, outdoors. Also, if your business doesn’t have access to gasoline, diesel, or CNG nearby, you may be required to create your own infrastructure, which could end up costing you a lot of money in the long run.
Electric forklifts have taken the industry by storm and are now one of the most popular forklift options available, accounting for roughly 60% of the market. They are powered by electrical energy, which means they are better for the environment because they don’t burn fossil fuels and therefore produce zero emissions.
Not only is this forklift fuel option safer and healthier for forklift operators and nearby warehouse workers, but electric forklifts are also quieter to operate and produce fewer vibrations, thus lowering operator fatigue. On top of that, electric forklifts are a lot more cost-effective to run because they have fewer moving parts to maintain compared to IC forklifts and they cost less in fuel because they are powered by a rechargeable battery.
That said, the initial cost of purchasing electric forklifts is higher and they don’t function very well in outdoor and/or damp environments. Electric forklifts are ideal for indoor use given their low emissions. Operators may also notice a longer downtime with electric forklifts as the batteries need to charge.
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As one of the leading forklift dealers in Toronto and Vaughan, NovaLift Equipment is proud to keep your business moving with our variety of forklift fuel options. We provide extensive forklift repair, maintenance, and forklift training services and all of our forklifts are professionally inspected and maintained by our experienced technicians. We take great pride in providing excellent customer service and will be more than happy to make product recommendations based on the specifications of your business. Contact us today to learn more about our new and used forklifts in Vaughan and Toronto.