When it comes to material handling, there are three types of motive power to choose from: electric, propane or LP, and diesel. Assuming capacities of each are equal, other factors for determining which forklift is right include run-time considerations ‒ including multi-shift operations ‒ application and use environment. For the purposes of our comparison, we’ll assume indoor use, which in most cases will rule out diesel forklifts due to the need and expense of installing costly emission control accessories and enhanced facility ventilation. So let’s take a look at the pros and cons of our two remaining power sources: electric and propane.
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