Forklift Propane Services
Discover the benefits of using propane to fuel your forklift operations
We’re here to provide propane for your forklifts. The advantages of using propane for forklift operations include the following:
You’ll save money. Propane produces fewer engine deposits than gasoline or diesel. As a business, you’ll have lower maintenance costs for your propane-powered forklifts. These engines can last far longer than engines fueled by electricity and other sources, so you’ll enjoy those built-in savings over the course of many years.
It has higher-octane ratings. You could see higher horsepower when you use propane for forklift fueling, as it has a higher-octane rating (114-112 as opposed to 87-92).
You’ll enjoy increased safety. Heavy-duty sealed fuel cylinders are equipped with an automatic shut-off feature, which allows for enhanced safety.
It’s better for the environment. Propane’s low emissions makes it safe to use in indoor environments that offer proper ventilation.
Contact us today if you need cabinets for cylinder storage to keep your business stocked with propane.
Forklift cylinder changeout guidelines will make your life easier
Take a look at these forklift cylinder changeout guidelines for your safety and convenience. If you have a question, please contact us. And as always, in case of an emergency, call 911.
- Secure forklift from possible movement.
- Never exchange cylinders near any source of ignition.
- Wear PPE, such as protective gloves. Liquid propane can cause freeze-burns.
- Keep hands and face away from relief valve opening.
- Shut off the liquid service valve by turning it clockwise and run the engine until fuel in the line has been used. Shut off ignition.
- Disconnect and remove the empty cylinder(s) from the forklift.
- Inspect the fuel line for any cracking, bulging, fraying or other signs of wear. Include inspection of the hose coupling for signs of wear (such as threads appearing sharp or showing damage). This coupling should not have any O-rings or washers in it.
- Check full cylinders for any sharp dents, gouges or visible leaks.
- Check inside safety connector for the presence of a rubber washer located at the opening and for an O-ring located inside the connector.
- Never throw, drag or roll a propane cylinder.
- Use proper lifting techniques, as most cylinders weigh between 50 and 60 pounds.
- Position horizontally mounted cylinders so the locator pin on the tank bracket engages the pinholes on the cylinder and the relief valve is pointed upward.
- Clamp the cylinder securely.
- Check to ensure the liquid service valve on the cylinder is closed. Connect the safety coupling by turning it clockwise. This connection should be as firm as possible.
- Slowly open the main shutoff valve by turning counterclockwise. When the fuel line has been pressurized, finish opening the valve all the way.
- Check the propane connection for any visible or audible leaks.
- At the end of the shift, close the liquid service valve by turning clockwise and run the engine until the fuel in the line is used. Never leave an unattended machine with a pressurized fuel system.
- Identify defective cylinders with a repair tag.
From Michigan and Minnesota to Wisconsin and South Dakota, Lakes Gas is your destination for forklift cylinder refills. Contact us today to become a customer or with any questions.