Fuel Efficiency Tips for Propane Forklifts

Written on: March 25, 2024

How to Maximize the Power of These Workhorses

forklift miami, fl There are probably a few reasons you chose propane-fueled forklifts for your operation. And if you are still weighing your options, you should consider these: Compared to electric-powered forklifts, propane-powered forklifts perform more like gas-powered equipment. They’re better at handling heavy loads and more capable when it comes to inclines. And, they are safe to use indoors and out.

Nevertheless, as with any engine, maximizing fuel efficiency for propane-powered forklifts can help reduce costs and environmental impact. Here are five tips:

  1. Regular Maintenance: Ensure your forklift is well-maintained with regular tune-ups, including checking and replacing air filters, spark plugs, and oil. A well-maintained forklift operates more efficiently.
  2. Proper Tire Pressure: Under-inflated tires can increase fuel consumption. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for correct tire pressure.
  3. Efficient Driving: Train operators to drive smoothly, avoid sudden acceleration or braking, and maintain a steady speed. Aggressive driving can increase fuel consumption.
  4. Avoid Overloading: Overloading a forklift can strain the engine and increase fuel consumption. Make sure loads are balanced and distributed evenly.
  5. No Idling: Encourage operators to turn off the forklift engine when it’s not in use for an extended period. Idling consumes fuel unnecessarily.

The Power of Propane

Even without those fuel-efficiency tips, the basic fact is that propane is an efficient fuel. But what makes propane so efficient from a business standpoint is that propane forklifts operate at 100% power as long as there’s propane in the cylinder. That’s just not the case with an electric forklift, which loses power as the battery drains.

Recharging an electric forklift takes eight hours—a full shift—to recharge. That means you need extra equipment, or have a plan for downtime. Plus, charging stations for electric forklifts take up space and require large up-front investments. Diesel-fueled forklifts also require a diesel fueling station—which isn’t practical for most businesses.

Propane cylinders make refueling your forklifts quick and easy. All your employees need to do is replace the empty cylinder with a full one, and the forklift is back on the job.

Efficient Cylinder Exchange

Our cylinder exchange program makes refueling propane forklifts even more efficient, with full cylinders on-site and ready to go. Our pros will meet with you to evaluate your needs and develop a customized program, then set you up with sturdy, safe storage cages for your cylinders. We’ll thoroughly train your workers to safely handle propane cylinders. And you’ll always have the cylinders you need, when you need them. When time is money, propane forklifts can boost your bottom line in refueling costs alone.

Ready to Learn More?

Talk to Pico’s commercial propane team. We have the expertise and experience to understand your specific needs and can tailor a program that will grow with your business—and help your business grow, thanks to the efficiency and power or propane. From powerful performance advantages to time-saving convenience and efficiency, we’ll show you how propane forklifts can keep your operation running smoothly, with significant savings over diesel or electricity.

Contact us for more information today.