Christensen is Your Supplier of Propane for Forklifts
Christensen’s fuel solutions are tailored to help businesses optimize their operations. This includes supplying businesses in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana) with propane or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) for their forklifts.
How Operating Propane/LPG for Forklifts Benefits Business
One of the reasons LPG forklifts have proven themselves indispensable is because of the advantages they provide material handlers, including increased productivity and reduced emissions.
By utilizing propane or LPG, forklifts operate much cleaner than diesel fuel and at 100% power throughout the day, unlike electric forklifts. LPG engines last twice the duration of gasoline engines, which reduces overall maintenance expenses.
Propane Forklifts vs. Electric Forklifts
Compared to electric forklifts, propane-powered forklifts do not lose power throughout the workday. Plus, a quick and easy cylinder change lets them resume operations quickly. They do not have to spend hours recharging. Electric forklifts also require electricity from the grid during the production process of batteries, which contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, if the grid is down due to unforeseen circumstances, electric forklifts will not be able to recharge, disrupting business operations further. On the other hand, propane forklifts can continue functioning even when there are power interruptions, blackouts or disruptions in the grid. With a trusted propane supplier in the Washington and Pacific Northwest area, businesses won’t have to worry about keeping their propane forklifts up and running.
Propane Forklifts vs. Diesel Forklifts
Unlike their diesel counterparts, propane-powered models can be safely operated indoors and outdoors. Liquid petroleum gas is a cleaner fuel compared to diesel, so people and workplaces will be healthier due to better air quality. On the other hand, when diesel models are used indoors, particulates and gasses require ventilation and open-air structures to prevent accumulation that can affect people’s health. Propane-powered forklifts can be refuelled conveniently with optimum performance and less time required for maintenance and repair compared to diesel models.
Decreased Carbon Monoxide Emissions
Properly maintained propane forklifts also emit less carbon monoxide compared to gasoline or diesel, so they can be used anywhere electric forklifts operate as long as the facilities are properly ventilated. According to a survey conducted by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), 68% of forklift fleets operate both indoors and outdoors. So the versatility provided by propane fuel will be a great addition for businesses.
Versatility with Small or Heavy Loads
Propane fueled forklifts can handle small loads and heavier loads beyond 10,000 pounds equally well. According to PERC surveys, 70% of propane forklift operators used their machines for loads between 5,000 to 10,000 pounds. 34% reported using propane forklifts mainly for this weight class. Heavier loads require more power from the forklift’s engine, and this is where propane fuel shines as after extensive use the forklifts can be quickly and easily refueled compared to electric forklifts that require more time to recharge.
Ease of Refueling
Replacing an empty propane cylinder for a full one takes less than a minute. So operators don’t need to purchase extra batteries that are quite costly or slow down their operations due to the downtime required for recharging.
Christensen’s fuel solutions offer optimized refueling schedules tailored for client’s needs, so that their propane cylinder supplies are always full and more than sufficient for their operations.
Companies conscious about their carbon footprint should consider propane forklifts. While it may seem like electric forklifts are the only option, in actuality opting to fuel your fleet with propane can significantly reduce emissions for facilities still using diesel forklifts. After all, in the 10,000+ pound heavy loads forklift market, diesel-fueled models are still commonly in use.
Propane also has less emissions compared to gasoline, natural gas and even electric forklifts. In the case of the latter, electric models are still recharged from the grid, which still consumes fossil fuels and thus contributes to emissions.
PERC studies have shown that companies using propane-powered forklifts can significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions.
Propane forklifts offer advantages on costs compared to diesel and electric counterparts. Propane forklifts are less costly at acquisition compared to electric ones. Tier-4 diesel requirements add thousands of dollars to the purchase price of diesel machinery. Electric forklifts have ongoing costs as well, like any other type of forklifts, and operators must consider battery life and power output which diminish over time and contribute to future costs.
Additional battery purchases can add thousands of dollars to electric forklift lifetime costs. Not to mention utility bills due to constantly recharging batteries for an electric forklift fleet. On the other hand, an investment in propane cylinders and storage cages gets results that will last decades.
Christensen’s Fuel Solutions Keep Propane Forklift Operations Running Smoothly
Christensen has been recognized as one of the fastest growing and most reliable propane suppliers in the Pacific Northwest. This makes Christensen an ideal partner for businesses, as it can provide them with an optimized fuel delivery and propane cylinder exchange program optimized for their needs. They provide propane solutions tailored to the scale and pace of operations, with an affordable price per gallon, and impeccable timing. Christensen also assists in fuel management and budgeting, making forklift fleet management easier for businesses so their operations will proceed smoothly and uninterrupted.
Interested in Christensen’s propane and fuel solutions? Contact us today. Christensen services clients in Washington and across the Pacific Northwest including Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.