Friday 19 November 2021 by Jake Wallace
With various fuel sources available, it can be challenging to know what forklift model you should be using. Here in this article we are going to break down what sets each forklift apart from the others so you can make the right choice when purchasing a forklift.
Lithium Electric Forklifts are the most recent addition to the forklift family. Preceded by lead acid battery forklifts, these forklifts replace many of the challenges associated with them and replace them with beneficial improvements. Lithium Electric Forklifts boast the largest array of benefits among the four forklift fuel varieties. These forklifts have ZERO emissions, no battery maintenance, fast charge times, top up charging capabilities and minimal maintenance. They are perfect for warehouse use, particularly when handling food products as they do not emit any fumes or heat which will help to keep any food products fresh and healthy.
Pros: Easy to charge, No battery maintenance, No emissions, Top up charging enabled, Quiet.
Cons: Lifting capacities typically only range up to 5 ton
Rough Terrain Forklifts are powered by diesel engines but due to the nature of how they are used, they are typically categorised separately. As their name suggests, Rough Terrain Forklifts are built to suit uneven terrains such as mud, sand and any other softer surface. The tyres for these forklifts are larger to handle the tougher terrains, with the body also being lifted higher off the ground to better accommodate any dips or rises that may be encountered on rough terrain. The latest Lithium Battery Electric model is now available in 2.5 ton 2WD – excellent for construction sites, car parks, solar farms and more.
Pros: Powerful, Able to navigate rough terrains, Options available for 2WD or 4WD.
Cons: Produces diesel fumes, Suited for outside usage.
Diesel forklifts have the largest range of forklifts on our website as they have capacities ranging 2 ton up to 50 ton. Due to their internal combustion engines, these forklifts are suitable for all outside applications. As they use diesel fuel, they are easy to refuel due to the availability of diesel.
Pros: Powerful, Easy to refuel.
Cons: Warehouses will require ventilation for diesel fumes
LPG Forklifts are often the standard choice for businesses when purchasing a forklift. These forklifts are easier in regard to fuel storage as most customers often find storing a gas bottle to be simpler than a diesel fuel can. While not at zero emissions like the Lithium Electric Forklifts, LPG forklifts do offer a reduction in emissions compared to their diesel counterparts.
Pros: Easy fuel storage, Lower emissions than diesel.
Cons: Whilst minimised, warehouses will still require ventilation for gas fumes. Not to be used in confined spaces or cool rooms.