Electric Forklifts vs. Propane Forklifts: Which is Right for Me?

Consider several factors to determine what type of forklift is the most ideal for your warehouse. To start, you must first decide between electric forklifts and propane forklifts. Discover the benefits and differences of both so you can decide what type of forklift will best suit your needs.

Advantages of Electric Forklifts

Electric forklifts have come a long way since they were first introduced to the market and might be a perfect fit for your company. First, electric forklifts are considered the most eco-friendly option. They will not emit any harmful fumes or emissions in your facility. Electric forklifts also generate less noise, and in combination with the reduction in fumes, can create a safer work environment. Moreover, they are powered completely by electricity which can drastically improve monthly fuel costs when compared to propane forklifts.  

Additionally, electric forklifts also have longer lifespans and require less maintenance because they have fewer parts and moving components. Plus, electric forklifts have a heavy battery that acts as an effective counterbalance that enhances maneuverability. Although some find that their higher upfront cost is a drawback, the cost of ownership throughout the lifespan of an electric forklift is much lower than gas. 

Advantages of Propane Forklifts

Propane forklifts, on the other hand, are a tried and true model. They have been around since the 1950s and have a competitive initial cost. Although they are more expensive to fuel, they do not need the time and space electric forklifts need to charge. For this reason, propane forklifts can accelerate productions rates and provide more efficient turn-around times. Propane forklifts also work well in both outdoor and indoor conditions and a variety of temperatures. 

However, propane forklifts often require regular and costly engine maintenance. Unlike their electric counterparts, they create fumes and are noisier. Traditionally, propane forklifts were considered more powerful, but the electric forklift has become just as powerful over time. And as electric forklifts continue to evolve in both engineering and design, there will be no discernable difference between the two in regards to both power and performance. 

Shop Value Forklifts Now

Both electric and propane forklifts have their distinct strengths and weaknesses. Regardless of what option you choose, our forklifts will get the job done! And we can help you with determining what forklift option best fits your unique needs and budgets. At Value Forklifts, we sell reconditioned forklifts that are not only lower in costs but also completely serviced and ready for use. Contact us to learn more! We also offer financing opportunities!


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