Internal Combustion Lift Trucks
The Internal Combustion forklift belongs in the class IV and V forklift classification. They can be diesel, liquid propane or gas models. Mainly, the ICE or also known as internal combustion engine units are used outdoors, since they produce some emissions and are able to operate in rough weather conditions. Propane-powered models, on the other hand, can be utilized indoors as long as proper ventilation is used. It is better to know what particular requirements you need to use the forklift for and what kinds of environments you will be working in, in order to make sure that you pick the best unit to suit your needs.
Compared to a similar capacity electric truck, the IC engine is offered in a lower initial purchase price varying anywhere from 20% to 40% lower. The Internal Combustion Engine units are simple and fast to refuel. This feature really lessens downtime because there is no need to recharge any batteries, as there is with electric models.
Normally, Internal Combustion Engine units offer higher performance capabilities compared to the similarly equipped electric truck. The heavier capacity is usually available in these units compared to electric trucks. Over recent years, there have been many advancements regarding emissions technology and this has resulted in lower total emission levels. Internal combustion engine trucks remain popular with load sizes around 8,000 pounds and even a lot higher in particular operations like steel manufacturing facilities, ports and lumberyard settings.
Internal Combustion Engine Drawbacks
The Internal Combustion units do suffer from a few disadvantages including a higher cost-per-hour to operate as compared to electric trucks, due to the excess needs for fuel. Also, these models normally create more noise than the electric models because they run louder. Internal Combustion Engine trucks also have fuel-storage requirements to take into consideration too.