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Looking to purchase a forklift and would like to know from a

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Looking to purchase a forklift and would like to know from a veteran in the industry the pros and cons of propane and electric forklifts. Also, which brands are good. I was looking at a 2001 Toyota 4Y propane 5000 lb liftforklift. Are these good? My usage will be 20-30 skids a week if that.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Industrial Equipment
Expert:  Wayne replied 1 year ago.

Hi I'm Wayne

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drawback of Propane, is the fumes in the warehouse

and oil leaks ,

Electric are very good , if you keep the battery charged

and maintained the battery for water

Good one is a Hyster , or Barrett

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

How is the toyota propane forklift with the 4y motor?

Expert:  Wayne replied 1 year ago.

Hi

That is a good little motor

parts are average price,

much quieter then others

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

From what I understand any forklift after 2006 has a computer and is fuel injected and anything before 2006 is just carbureted.

As far as maintenance and longevity which one is good?

Also, what are the pros and cons of each?

When buying a used propane forklift what things should I be looking for to determine condition?

Expert:  Wayne replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for that

looking at a LP machine, is not much different than any other

look for mast leaks, oil on the floor , engine seals leaking

Pros of Electric, no engine or trans oil leaks, no fumes

no propane tank storage

Cons, run smooth, quiet, and dependable

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