An internal combustion forklift is the most widely used forklift. Ideal for outdoor use, a lower initial cost, high capacities, and easy to refuel are a few of the benefits of operating an internal combustion forklift. They are powered by gas, liquid petroleum, diesel fuel, or compressed natural gas. They do require routine maintenance frequently because they often leak fuel or oil. They also regularly have worn parts that need to be replaced due to these leaks and other service issues. Luckily, newer forklifts commonly have sensors that alert, monitor, and adjust emission levels.
The engine and power of an internal combustion forklift is suited for more physically demanding. While they do release exhaust fumes, they have more hauling power for heavier materials and uneven surfaces. They are also unaffected by weather conditions, so they can operate in snow or rain. They are often used in heavy-duty applications, like lumber yards, unlike electric forklifts. Traditionally, electric forklifts are better suited for lighter loads.
One of the benefits of IC forklifts is the ability to refuel on the fly. It is as easy as loading a new LP tank or refilling gas. While you may have to refuel during a shift, it is more convenient than relying on a battery to complete charge and only having approximately 1,500 charges.