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Why You Should Invest in an Electric Forklift!

June 17, 2022

As you may have noticed the price of gas and other fuel is continuously going up. For businesses these unpredictable fuel costs lead to higher operating costs. These expenses often will eat into the bottom line of a business. Aside from the higher operating costs of gas and diesel forklifts there are many other disadvantages such as less maneuverability, emission of toxic fumes, increased maintenance, restricted visibility, and finally higher chance of injury.

For those who have already moved to investing in electric forklifts in their warehouse operations aren’t having to deal with these unexpected fuel costs. In this blog you’ll learn why going electric could be a beneficial move for your business operations.

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Studies show that electric forklifts are less costly to manage and maintain compared to forklifts that require fuel to operate. A typical fuel forklift costs three to five times more to operate compared to electric forklifts. As fuel expenses increase, a business’s warehouse operation will see a huge rise in operating expenses leading to major profit losses over the years. Since electric forklifts run on batteries, warehouses will be able to easily recharge and reuse them. This will keep operating costs manageable so that they don’t eat away at one’s bottom line.

Electric forklifts have fewer moving parts that allow them to effectively carry out crucial warehouse duties. This makes it so they have lower maintenance costs. Longer maintenance intervals are made possible by avoiding the expenses associated with things like an engine, transmission, and a radiator that is found in standard fuel operated forklifts. Since forklifts need more regular maintenance, they increase downtime hindering warehouse productivity. Electric motors don’t demand costly specialty tools or a supply of replacement parts to keep running. They also don’t need special storage areas for fuel tanks for securely holding dangerous or combustible fuels. Instead, regular cleaning and battery service will be enough.

With global warming on the forefront of everyone’s minds lately, using a no emissions electric forklift can be very eco-friendly. Fuel run forklifts continuously emit harmful carbon monoxide and toxic exhaust that is not only harmful to the environment, but also your operators and nearby workers that breathe in these toxic fumes. By switching to an electric forklift, you’ll be able to decrease the emissions of fumes that are harmful to the environment and create a workspace that is healthy and safe for employees. Another benefit is that proper warehouse ventilation won’t be an obstacle since electrical forklifts don’t create any toxic fumes that pollute the working environments air quality.

Here at American Surplus Inc., we’re very environmentally conscious and know how important it is to do what we can to decrease our environmental footprint. Not only do we sell electric forklifts, but we also sell used warehouse equipment that can be reused and repurposed at prices 40% - 60% less than the cost of buying new. By buying used you also help to decrease the waste in landfills bringing your environmentally conscious business to higher levels. Call us today at (800) 876-3736!


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