Diesel Vs LPG Forklifts

LPG vs Diesel Forklifts

LPG and Diesel forklifts have been the main sources of fuel for forklifts for many years. While they are now joined by lithium electric forklifts, these two varieties of forklift were what many customers grew to know and use for their lifting requirements. When it comes to deciding between the two though, which one should customers choose? In this article we break down the benefits of each and how they compare against each other.


While both varieties of forklift can lift the same amount as the other, it is when that load needs to be moved that diesel forklifts have the advantage. They are more powerful than standard LPG forklifts, which allow them to transport loads easier. Especially when moving up a gradient, these forklifts outperform standard LPG forklifts.

Fuel Storage

When it comes to fuel storage, LPG is an easier option when compared to diesel. When storing diesel fuel, customers have an option of using jerry cans or having a large fuel tank on site. While jerry cans may suit customers that have a few forklifts in operation, for larger companies, they will be needing a storage tank to hold all their fuel. The storage tanks can be costly to implement and must meet OH&S safety requirements to ensure the diesel does not pose any risks to drainage systems or employees. LPG bottles do not require such costs and can be stored safely in a warehouse as long as they are not near sources of heat.


Refueling is another area in which LPG succeeds over diesel forklifts. In metropolitan areas, LPG is readily available and is most often delivered by gas bottle companies to the customer. Customers therefore do not have to worry about going out and refilling bottles as they are delivered right to their front door. Diesel, on the other hand, will either have the issues mentioned before regarding a storage tank or will require a worker to go down to the petrol station to refill a jerry can. Both options add extra time and money to the process of refueling, issues that LPG forklifts do not have.


Rounding out the list of comparable advantages between these two forklifts is emissions. LPG forklifts once again come out on top as they have fewer emissions than diesel. While both still require ventilation in the area where they are being used, the emissions that come from an LPG forklift are less than that of those that come from a diesel forklift.

Overall, LPG forklifts pose more benefits when it comes to fuel storage, refueling and emission levels, while diesel forklifts are at an advantage when it comes to power. LPG forklifts are typically used by metropolitan customers, as the ready availability of LPG cylinders makes it an affordable choice. Diesel forklifts, on the other hand, are typically used by country customers to help navigate the more uneven surfaces where a bit more power is required.