Internal Combustion Lift Trucks
Internal combustion lift trucks are members of classes IV and V. Usually, they are offered in diesel, liquid propane or gas units. Mainly, the ICE or also referred to as internal combustion engine models are utilized outdoors, because they emit some emissions and can operate in inclement climate. Propane-powered units, on the other hand, can be utilized indoors so long as proper ventilation is used. It is best to determine what kinds of environments you would be working in and what particular requirements you need to utilize the forklift for, to be able to make certain that you choose the right unit which will suit all of your needs.
Compared to a similar capacity electric truck, the IC engine is offered in a lower initial purchase price ranging anywhere from 20% to 40% lower. The Internal Combustion Engine models are really easy and fast to refuel. This feature really lessens downtime as there is no requirement to recharge any batteries, as there is with electric models.
To the similarly equipped electric truck, IC models do provide a higher performance capabilities with far heavier lift capacities than electric lift truck units. Over recent years, there have been numerous changes 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 specific applications like steel manufacturing facilities, ports and lumberyard settings.
Internal Combustion Engine Disadvantages
The Internal Combustion units do suffer from several drawbacks including a higher cost-per-hour to operate as compared to electric trucks, due to the excess needs for fuel. As well, these units normally produce more noise than the electric units as they run louder. ICE trucks also have fuel-storage requirements to take into account as well.