When your operation decides it’s time to purchases a new/used forklift, one thing that needs to be determined early on is what kind of forklift is needed. Besides specialty forklifts, such as very narrow aisle trucks, the most crucial quality of a forklift is the type of engine and fuel source of the lift truck.

Whether it’s electric, gas, LP or diesel each fuel source comes with their own set of unique advantages, but we’ll focus on one in particular – propane forklifts. Let’s see how propane powered forklifts can make your operation more efficient


Propane forklifts are workhorses compared to their gas and diesel counterparts. They cam handle heavier loads, work on rough terrain and handling inclines better than their electric counter parts. Propane lift trucks always run at full strength throughout its fuel cycle where electric lift trucks tend to slow down as the battery is drained.


Propane forklifts also tend to out class their competition when it comes to run time. One propane tank can usually run for 8 or more hours without the need for refueling.

Not to mention that when an electric truck does run out of juice it could have to spend hours plugged into recharge. This means that truck is out of commission for a few hours that could be costly to your operation. As for gas or diesel trucks, they require extra equipment to refuel or a trip to a fuel depot.

Meanwhile propane lifts can be refueled in about 3 minutes with a quick swap of the tank. Extra tanks are also easy to store and can be refilled much more easily than other IC fuel containers.


When compared to other fuel options like gas or diesel, propane is far away the greener gas, producing fewer CO2 and various hydrocarbon emissions. While this is not only better for the environment, it’s also has more benefits for your operation than you might think:

  • Burning cleaner means there is a lower chance of engine deposits that can clog up your system and require more frequent maintenance.
  • Cleaner burning fuel means that propane is a great choice for working indoors and outdoors, avoiding exhaust released indoors without sacrificing the strength of your IC engine.
  • Green Equipment means your business may qualify for additional energy tax credits as well as helping you reach any company-wide green initiatives.


Even if you know the benefits of each type of forklift, choosing the right one for your business isn’t always an easy choice. Yale Kentuckiana, and our team of material handling experts, is here to help your operation find its perfect material handling fit. Call Yale Kentuckiana today at (877) 622-1066 or view our inventory here.