Why Propane Powers Forklifts

Power Your Forklift with Affordable, Lasting Propane

One of the most popular uses for propane in a commercial business setting is to fuel propane-powered forklifts. Why is propane the preferred way to power forklifts? Wouldn’t electricity or diesel work just as well? Let’s discover why.

Health and Safety

Propane leaves a much lower carbon footprint than diesel fuel. A diesel-powered forklift in an enclosed warehouse space can create serious exhaust fumes. The environmental impacts on the planet aren’t good, but the impact on workers may be worse.

Lots of Power

Full propane cylinders can last a full day of work, whereas diesel may need fill ups and electric can wear out before the day is done. Plus, if workers forget to plug their forklift batteries in to charge overnight, you’ve lost many hours of productivity. Knowing that you won’t be running out of fuel is almost priceless.

Affordable Fuel Costs

In our neck of the woods (Mississippi & Louisiana), propane is very affordable up against diesel and electric as fuel sources.

Higher Performance

Propane-powered forklifts outperform electric forklifts that are used in constant/high duty applications.

Use Propane for Your Commercial Forklifts

Neill Gas offers convenient delivery of forklift cylinder propane throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. To learn more about this service or to sign up, contact your closest Neill Gas location.

May 2019: Propane in the News

Propane Proven a Smarter Way to Power Vehicles

Texas Town to Run School Buses on Propane

The Georgetown Independent School District in Georgetown, Texas made the smart decision to cut costs and fuel emissions by purchasing 33 new school buses that run on propane gas instead of diesel. The district will now save over $75,000 in fuel costs a year. Read more about the fleet.

UK Heat Pump Manufacturers are Turning to Propane

Heat Pumps (similar to Central Air units in the US) in the UK manufactured by Vaillant and Wolf are switching to refrigerant-grade propane (R290) instead of Fluorinated (greenhouse) gases to charge them.

LAX Caterer Launches Propane Delivery Trucks

Hacor, an in-flight catering services provider at LAX airport, has deployed seven delivery trucks that are fueled by propane autogas. These trucks are coupled with the ROUSCH CleanTech fuel system. The fuel system is 90% cleaner than the EPA’s most stringent, heavy-duty engine standard.

UPS Debuts a Propane-Powered Terminal Tractor

Power Solutions International and TICO Manufacturing have developed a new UPS terminal tractor powered by propane! The 8.8-liter on-road propane engine truck is widely used in distribution centers, rail terminals, and ports to move semi-trailers and shipping containers.

New Kentucky Propane Tank Manufacturing Plant

A $10 million+ manufacturing plant is being proposed in Campbellsville, Kentucky that will make new propane tanks. The plant will employ 175 people in next few years.

What’s the Buzz with Propane?

Propane is an efficient, cleaner-burning alternative to natural gas and electricity. Neill Gas provides propane installation and delivery to homes and businesses across Mississippi and Louisiana. Want to get in on Propane? Contact us today.

Flooding and Propane Tank Safety

Prepare for Heavy Rain with these Tips

We’ve seen record amounts of rain across the Louisiana and Mississippi this year. If you use an above ground propane tank in your yard, it may have recently crossed your mind what safety precautions you should take in the event of a flood.

Do You Live in a Mississippi or Louisiana Flood Zone?

To find out if you live in a flood zone, you can put your address into the FEMA Flood Map. The map will be able to tell you if you live within a flood boundary and the chances you have of flooding.

Step One: Secure Your Tank

Even if you do not live in a flood zone, you should secure your propane tank. Flooding is beginning to strike more and more areas that are not specifically designated as flood zones. It’s best to be on the safe side, and if your tank is not properly secured, it may float away during a flood.

Securing the tank is something we do during installations for our Neill Gas customers, but there are some resources about how to anchor your tank online from FEMA and others.

Step Two: Fill it Up

A propane tank will not float away if the water level is below the liquid propane level. Call Neill Gas to make sure that your tank is filled during the rainy season if your tank is at risk of being submerged. Empty tanks float very easily in flood waters.

Step Three: Close the Valve

If you anticipate a flood, shut off the gas by closing the propane tank’s service valve. You can do this by turning it clockwise.

Step Four: After the Storm

If you’ve closed the valve, you need to get a propane leak test from Neill Gas in order to put your system back into service.

Call Neill Gas to Prepare for Flooding

If you don’t think you’re flood-ready, call Neill Gas. We’ll make sure you’re safely prepared for high water.

Sources: Propane 101