Which Fuel Is Right for Your Operation?

Which Fuel Is Right for Your Operation?

As you know, lift trucks and forklifts run off of many different types of fuel. Traditionally, the smaller the forklift, the more likely it is to be electric. Well, these days times are changing and electric forklifts have become much more viable for all sorts of applications. At MasterLift, we supply Canada with the most complete selection of new and used forklifts, in addition to parts, training and service. We have a theory that if you provide the best possible service to your customers, whether they are needing routine maintenance, a new lift truck or operator safety training. Our customers make everything possible and have made us Toronto’s leading forklift company and we do not intend to become complacent. We are here for you and your business. That being said, what do you do when you find a great used forklift in our inventory but are unsure if the fuel will work for your operation? Have no fear, our sales representatives will help you decide what is right for you. We know that our customers like to be informed, so we will discuss the differences of lift truck fuel systems.

LPG or Propane

Propane has been used to power both indoor and outdoor forklifts for many years. A typical small gasoline engine can be retrofitted to run LPG, even though the power output is much less for propane than the comparable amount of petrol. LPG is ideal for working inside of a warehouse where others will be working in close proximity. The exhaust is non-toxic and can be used in close quarters. Of course, you always should be aware of enclosed spaces when working in or around a forklift.                 


CNG is actually different than LPG but can be used indoors just the same. Many forklifts utilize CNG due to the decent power and ability to be used inside of a warehouse. The advantage of CNG is its ability to be used in conjunction with regular petrol. Many CNG-powered engines are converted gasoline engines to run both fuels. All it takes is a flip of the switch and you can seamlessly switch between the different fuel depending on the situation.

250x Inner Image _1Electric or Battery Powered

Smaller forklifts are almost always either manual or electric powered, mainly because an engine would not be practical for the application. Increasingly though, larger forklifts are being run off of battery power. Electric motors are capable of producing respectable levels of torque which works great for lifting and carrying applications. Electric power is also very clean, it doesn’t burn anything, and therefore is safe for use indoors no matter how tight the space.       

Gasoline or Petrol

Obviously petrol is dirty compared to the rest of the fuel options on this list, and using a gasoline-powered forklift is not advisable indoors. The fuel itself is unstable, difficult to store and produces toxic exhaust fumes.       

Which is Best?

Unfortunately, choosing the best fuel for your forklift relies completely upon your circumstances. Fortunately, our knowledgeable staff of technicians and sales professionals can assess your needs and recommend the ideal forklift. So whether you go with new or used, electric or gas, we have the ideal forklift for your needs. Contact us for more information about our inventory or rental information.      

Gary Wilson
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