Melody Weeks Forklifts February 18th, 2018 - 12:36:28
In the world of forklifts and pallet trucks there are two main types of trucks categorized by their power source. The Electric forklift carries an internal battery that can be recharged after daily use the diesel and propane forklifts are a combined category because each uses an internal combustion engine (ICE) fueled by gasoline diesel or liquid propane gas. Both categories of forklifts have benefits and costs that are considerations your business must take before making a decision on a forklift. This article will talk about the Pros and Cons of both categories to help you better understand each.
Will save money over time from the low cost of recharging the battery. -With no engine or transmission your business will save money on service and maintenance costs. -Electric forklifts are easier to drive with only two pedals to push (brake and accelerate) productivity increases. The most important consideration when purchasing a forklift is the location of use electric forklifts do not perform well in cold outdoor conditions and cannot be used in the rain. Other disadvantages to purchasing an electric forklift include: -The initial cost of electric will be higher with a battery charger and a special crane for moving the batteries.
IC forklifts have a better performance rate than electric forklifts for high capacity loads over 20000 lbs. While the initial cost of internal combustion forklifts is lower than electric these forklifts require more routine maintenance and higher fuel prices. With skyrocketing gas prices and the "Go Green" movement forklift brands like Toyota Mitsubishi Linde and Yale are developing fuel alternatives in an effort to manufacture an "eco-friendly forklift" reduce the carbon footprint of the industrial sector. The development of natural gas and hydrogen fuel cells has been their main focus for the last three years. In 2010 BMW Manufacturing Company first announced it was working with forklift brand manufacturer Linde to develop of hydrogen forklifts and hydrogen refueling stations to operate their forklift fleet.
Lack of Proper Maintenance: Failing to service the major components of the forklift such as the steering brakes hydraulic parts or the transmission can lead to an accident. Unreasonable Work Pace: Setting a work pace that is too high or creating a stressful work environment can lead to workers rushing which increases the chances of an accident. Lack of Safety Devices: Removing safety devices or having safety devices that are not properly functioning can be a recipe for disaster. For example if the forklifts rollover protection is not engaged or not functioning correctly the operator can be thrown from the machine or pinned underneath if it should over turn.