IC Lift Trucks
The IC forklift belongs within the class IV and V forklift classification. They could be liquid propane, gas or diesel units. Mostly, the ICE or internal combustion engine units are utilized outdoors, since they can operate in inclement weather and produce some emissions. On the other hand, propane-powered models, could be used indoors provided that proper ventilation is utilized. It is best to determine what specific requirements you have to utilize the forklift for and what types of environments you would be operating in, to be able to make sure that you pick the right model which would suit all your needs.
Compared to a similar capacity electric truck, the Internal Combustion engine is offered in a lower initial purchase price varying anywhere from 20% to 40% lower. The ICE models are simple and fast to refuel. This feature greatly reduces downtime since there is no need to recharge any batteries, as there is with electric units.
To the similarly equipped electric truck, IC models do provide a higher performance capabilities with far heavier lift capacities than electric lift truck units. Over recent years, there have been numerous changes regarding emissions technology and this has resulted in lower total levels of emission. ICE trucks remain popular with load sizes roughly 8000 lbs. and even much higher in particular operations like ports, lumberyard settings and steel manufacturing facilities.
Internal Combustion Engine Disadvantages
There are a few drawbacks to the Internal Combustion Engine models. For example, they utilize a higher cost-per-hour to operate as compared to electric trucks. This is mainly because of fuel and maintenance costs. As well, these units usually create more noise compared to the electric units because they run louder. Internal Combustion Engine trucks also have fuel-storage requirements to take into consideration as well.