If you have a choice of the type of forklift you can use in your warehouse, compare the pros and cons of the electric and gas forklifts before you buy:
Electric – An electric forklift runs on a battery. Yes, the battery is an extra expense at initial purchase, but it’s actually like buying fuel in advance. The battery should last for five to seven years. The well-maintained forklift should not need repairs until the 15,000-20,000-hour mark. The forklift itself will also be less expensive at the outset, starting as low as $10,000, without the battery. The accessories may begin to add up, depending on your needs. For example, if you’ll be using the forklift in a freezer section, you’ll need a freezer pack to prevent condensation in the unit, which may cost $4,000-$6,000.
Electric forklifts are environmentally friendly. They have no emissions, which means no fumes that prevent indoor use. In addition, electric forklifts are quieter. A few cautionary notes: If used outside in wet weather, water can seep into the electronics and render the vehicle useless. The lift itself has only one speed, and electronic vehicles often lack the pick up speed for ramps and sloped terrain.
Gas/LP – The traditional gas forklift makes up in performance what the electric lacked, but it also uses fuel and emits fumes. If you own a gas-powered forklift, you need to be sure to have the fuel on hand, because inevitably the forklift will run out of gas at the farthest point in the warehouse. The gas-powered forklift will need to have maintenance checks just like a car. It does run at higher speeds than electric forklifts, handles ramps and slopes with more finesse and has a variable lift speed. These units can be pricey, but don’t be afraid to research used forklifts. Refurbished, cleaned and certified by a reputable seller like Everything Warehouse, the used forklift can be a great buy for your needs.