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Is Forklift Propane Service Right for Your Business?

Written on: February 26, 2024

Everything you need to know!

forklift propane Stewart, FL Are you using retail cylinder exchange for your forklifts? That kind of hassle only makes sense if your forklift isn’t being used regularly. Our forklift cylinder exchange service makes refueling your equipment easy, and saves you time and money. Have questions? We’ve got answers!

How does cylinder exchange work?

Unlike retail cylinder exchange, where you bring your empty tank to a dealer to swap for a full tank, with our cylinder exchange program, you have 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 in the safe handling of propane cylinders. And you’ll always have the cylinders you need, when you need them. Think of it as fleet-fueling for your forklifts and other propane-powered equipment.

How does propane compare to electric when it comes to power?

Propane delivers a lot more power, and delivers it more consistently. Propane powered forklifts will operate at 100% power as long as there’s propane in the cylinder. That’s not the case with an electric-powered forklift.

Electric forklifts lose power as the battery drains. And when it’s out of power, it can take eight hours—or longer—to recharge. Diesel-fueled forklifts require a diesel fueling station—which isn’t practical for most businesses.

Is refueling complicated?

With a propane forklift, refueling takes minutes. All your employees have to do is replace the empty cylinder with a full one, and the forklift is back on the job. Propane-powered forklifts also perform better at handling heavier loads and are more capable when it comes to inclines.

How does propane compare to electric when it comes to efficiency?

Faster refueling means less downtime. Recharging an electric forklift takes equipment out of service for hours, slowing down operations. Plus, charging stations for electric forklifts take up space and require large up-front investments.

Propane-fueled forklifts also require less maintenance and downtime for repairs than gasoline or diesel-powered ones.

Is propane safe?

Propane forklifts are safe to use both indoors and outside. Diesel-powered forklifts cannot be operated indoors, and electric forklifts are inefficient outdoors and can’t operate in wet conditions. That’s why the best option for top performance indoors or out is a propane forklift!

What about propane and the eneviroment?

Propane forklifts emit dramatically fewer greenhouse gases than gasoline-powered forklifts. In the rare event of a propane leak, there’s no environmental damage. Meanwhile, about 40% of the country’s electricity generation comes from coal-fired power plants, making electric forklifts not as green as people may think they are.

Can I use propane for other equipment?

If you use forklifts, you probably use other equipment that can run off propane cylinders. In addition to forklifts, propane can be used to power a wide range of equipment, including welding equipment, commercial mowers, asphalt heaters, concrete grinders, saws, polishers, dust extractors, pressure washers, small cranes, water pumps and floor buffers—just to name a few!

Propane can also be used for a wide variety of agricultural applications, including crop warming and drying, weed control, and more.

Restaurants, resorts, hotels, country clubs and many other hospitality businesses use propane cylinders as well—for landscaping equipment, remote cooking, as well as outdoor dining and entertainment areas.

How can I learn more?

Talk to our commercial propane team. They have the expertise and experience to understand your specific needs and tailor a program that will grow with your business—and help your business grow, thanks to the efficiency and power or propane.

Contact us today to learn about how our propane forklift cylinder exchange can help your business!