What Size Are Propane Tanks For Forklifts?

Written on: October 10, 2022

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propane forklifts wisconsin All around Southeastern Wisconsin, forklifts are essential pieces of equipment for a wide range of businesses. Here are some ways they are used.

Construction companies use them to move materials like bags of powdered drywall mud, wood pallets, and rolls of sod.

Farms use them to move items from outdoors to indoors and vice-versa. They make faster work of storing bags of seed or moving flats of plants.

Warehouses, distribution centers, and large retail stores need to move a lot of products quickly and efficiently.

Many of these businesses have discovered the edge that propane forklifts provide over electric- and gasoline-powered forklifts. With customized propane forklift services from Boehlke Bottled Gas, they can have that edge.

We provide a personalized propane forklift cylinder exchange for your business or farm. We set up safe storage cages at your site and provide training to your employees on the safe handling of propane cylinders. From there, we schedule cylinder deliveries, so your forklifts always have the propane they need. Your cylinders are always certified, cleaned, and inspected.

What are propane forklift tank sizes?

Approximately 90% of propane forklifts use 8-gallon forklift cylinders. These cylinders last on average about eight hours, so your workers may go an entire shift without stopping to change out the cylinder.

There are also 10-gallon cylinders for larger forklifts that are needed for heavier loads. Those larger forklifts, however, are not as energy efficient as the standard forklifts that use 8-gallon cylinders. The 10-gallon cylinders only last about six hours, meaning they’ll need to be exchanged at least once during a shift.

Propane forklift cylinder dimensions
Cylinder Size Weight when full Height Diameter
 8-gallon  56 lbs.  28.5 in.  12.5 in.
 10-gallon  70.5 lbs.  34 in.  12.5 in.

What are the advantages of propane forklifts?

Propane forklifts are superior to electric and gasoline forklifts in several ways.

Cleaner burning. Because propane creates almost zero emissions, propane forklifts can be safely used both indoors and outside. Gasoline-powered forklifts cannot be used indoors.

Workplace efficiency. Propane forklifts are more efficient for your workers. refueling a propane forklift is quite speedy—only taking a few minutes! Your employees swap out the empty tank with a full one, and they’re able to get back to work almost immediately. Refueling gasoline forklifts takes longer and there is the risk of a spill, which leads to hassle, added expense, and more lost work time. It can take a whopping eight hours, or even longer to recharge an electric forklift. This means that your workers will be without the lift for their entire shift, hindering productivity. Propane forklifts don’t require additional floor space for a recharging station as electric forklifts do.

Power. Propane forklifts have more incline power than electric forklifts and can work wet conditions, something electric ones cannot do. Propane forklifts consistently run at full power as long as there is propane in the cylinder, while electric ones gradually lose energy as the battery is depleted. Additionally, propane forklifts can carry greater weights than electric models.

Ready to put propane forklifts to work for your Southeastern Wisconsin business? Get in touch with Boehlke Bottled Gas to get started on a customized propane forklift cylinder exchange service!