When you’re looking for a forklift to add to your fleet, you’ll want to keep your power options in mind. Every different power source comes with perks and challenges, which is why Papé Material Handling is here to help you find the right fit for your project needs.
We proudly carry industry-leading electric forklifts and gas forklifts. Learn more about the power options available for your next tire truck, 3-wheel electric truck, and compact forklift, or speak to one of our equipment specialists to get a quote on any of our forklift options!
Lithium-Ion batteries are a great choice for those looking for a sustainable option. They don’t produce harmful emissions and they provide energy savings of up to 15%. They’re known to deliver consistent power and are designed for faster recharge capabilities compared to lead acid batteries. One of the most impressive parts about lithium-ion batteries is that they don’t require maintenance or equalization, allowing you to continue to maximize your uptime. Lithium-ion batteries allow you to outlast the competition, lower your expenses, and overate anywhere, thanks to classic lithium and lithium frost options. They can even reduce your forklift fleet ownership costs by 50%, opening up more opportunities. One important factor to consider is that they are expensive initially and they do require a good electrical outlet for charging. However, despite the high upfront costs, you may see cost-savings in the long-run; visit our blog about the benefits of lithium batteries here.
Lead Acid Batteries
Lead acid batteries are a well-rounded option for those that want to go electric. They only produce fumes during battery charging and not during operations, helping you meet air quality standards as well as sustainability goals. They are also a lower upfront cost, allowing you to take advantage of mature technologies with lower startup costs. Electric engines also allow you to reduce maintenance needs but they do have more maintenance compared to other electric options. Lead acid batteries are only a mild burden on the electrical grid, which is ideal for higher-priced areas or older infrastructure. They do need a separate room for battery charging, changing, and maintenance; however, they have wide-ranging applications and are time-tested technology.
Internal Combustion Engine
Internal combustion engines, or gas-powered engines, offer some conveniences that might work for your operations more effectively. For starters, you don’t have to rely on local utilities and electrical grids. They also deliver consistent power delivery until full depletion. Are you tight on storage solutions? Internal combustion engines don’t require charging rooms, only needing an area for fueling, which can take place outside of the facility. Regular maintenance is required, and refueling is simple and fast with tank charges or a pump. One downside of gas forklifts is that they do create emissions during operations, which is why they’re better suited for outdoor job sites. They do provide exceptional durability and allow you to avoid electrical grid dependency. Since they are common, parts are easy to find and affordable, but if you’re working with sensitive products, be wary since these engines are prone to leaks which can cause contamination.
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There are so many things to be mindful of when you’re purchasing a forklift. Some of the most important factors are operating time, maintenance costs, operating temperatures, available space, operator involvement, electrical grid dependence, and harmful emissions. Interested in speaking more about your operational needs? Contact your local location to see how we can improve your uptime through the right power option for your forklift needs.