Three Ways Propane Forklifts Keep Crews More Productive

Maximize warehouse productivity with propane-powered forklifts

Warehouse operations are often the heart of a company. Keeping inventory moving day-in and day-out is a big job with warehouses having so many moving parts.

It’s critically important to ensure seamless, efficient operation at all costs.Guy holding Propane tank

Ineffective or unreliable material handling equipment can directly impact warehouse productivity, cause errors and delays, and affect customer loyalty. Fortunately, propane-powered forklifts offer key benefits over other options, giving crews the advantages they need to get the job done safely and efficiently.

Here are three ways propane forklifts help keep crews more productive: 

  1. Propane forklifts are versatile.

Forklift operators don’t want to juggle multiple fuel types to complete different types of tasks. Here’s the good news: Propane can get more done in more places. Propane forklifts are available in all weight classes to match the job at hand while electric can’t carry the weight of large jobs and diesel isn’t fit for small tasks.

Plus, propane-powered forklifts can operate effectively indoors and out and, according to data from the Propane Education & Research Council, the majority of forklift fleets operate both indoors and outdoors. Well-maintained propane forklifts actually meet or exceed nationwide indoor air quality standards, whereas gasoline and diesel can produce higher amounts of carbon monoxide and other harmful emissions.

  1. Propane forklifts provide reliable, nonstop power.

Propane has been powering forklifts for decades and its proven performance is one of the reasons it’s the first choice of fuel for warehouses of all kinds across the country. Propane forklifts — unlike electric models — don’t lose power throughout the workday and provide 100 percent power throughout operation. And according to data from PERC, propane forklifts can push heavy loads at full capacity longer than electric forklifts.

  1. Crews can count on maximum uptime with propane’s quick, easy refueling.

Propane forklifts provide the quick refueling needed to keep material moving, whether in large operations or smaller fleets. Most businesses, especially those that operate 24/7, don’t have downtime. With propane, crews can work an entire eight-hour shift on one full cylinder and when the cylinder is empty, they can simply swap it out for a full one and continue working. Forklift operators don’t have to schedule downtime for recharging, like with electric equipment. Additionally, companies operating with propane equipment can set up a tailored refueling schedule with their local propane supplier to ensure that their propane cylinder cages are always full.

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Matt McDonaldMatt McDonald is the director of off-road business development for the Propane Education & Research Council. He can be reached at

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