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The Advantages of Diesel for Outdoor Forklifts

Whether you’re a new business owner starting out with your first truck or an established business owner expanding your fleet, selecting a new or used forklift can be an overwhelming decision.  With so many electric, internal combustion and hybrid lifts available on the market today, choosing the right equipment for your loading dock is crucial.

Upfront cost is an important issue for many business owners as they consider a forklift purchase.  But you should also consider the long term costs associated with operating your forklifts.  The biggest long term expense is fueling your lifts.  This is why diesel forklifts are an attractive option.  Diesel forklifts have some of the most affordable long term operating and fuel costs among internal combustion forklifts.  Diesel forklifts are more powerful and can out-lift the average electric forklift too.

There are many other advantages to diesel forklifts.  The biggest advantage is their low operating costs, with diesel the cheapest fuel option for internal combustion lifts.  Sure you don’t have to refuel electric forklifts, but electric forklifts aren’t cut out for outdoor environments the way diesel forklifts are.  And with electric forklifts the high-capacity battery can take several hours to recharge and several hours to cool down.  But diesel forklifts can be refueled on-site and are immediately ready to go.  When you compare diesel forklifts to other IC engines like propane you’ll see even more advantages.  Diesel forklifts’ fuel systems are internalized whereas IC propane engines are either external or rear-mounted.  Diesel lifts are also less bulky and easier to maneuver.  Not only are diesel forklift engines easier to maintain than propane engines, diesel engines usually last significantly longer.

Before purchasing a diesel forklift, it’s important to determine the kinds of loads you expect to move and how much power you need for the jobs.  The more powerful and rugged your needs, the more you’ll spend on a diesel forklift.  You should also keep climate and environment in mind.  If your company is located in a region that experiences cold winters, you may need a tougher model than you would in other parts of the country.  The same is true in extremely humid climates.  This too takes its toll on machinery and engines.  And the environment can also take its toll on your diesel forklift’s tires.  For forklifts that will primarily be operated indoors, cushion tires are the best choice on concrete and linoleum surfaces.  But pneumatic tires are better for outside work.

It’s also important to know that all diesel forklifts operate with internal combustion engines and aren’t safe to use inside warehouses where air tends to remain stagnant.  If you find you can’t avoid using a diesel forklift inside for a job, be sure to keep your loading dock’s doors and warehouse windows open while your diesel forklift is in use.

With affordable long-term operating and fuel costs, diesel forklifts are an attractive option for outdoor jobs.  More powerful, with the ability to out-lift electrical forklifts, diesel forklifts don’t have to be recharged or cooled down.  Diesel forklifts are for outdoor jobs whether your business is located in a region that experiences harsh winters or hot and humid summers.  With so many advantages, it’s easy to see business owners are choosing diesel forklifts for their outdoor work.

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