Pros And Cons Of Diesel Forklift Trucks


Forklifts can be powered in a variety of ways, including through the use of diesel. These are very hardworking pieces of machinery which can be used outdoors in virtually any kind of weather. But what are some of the pros and cons of using diesel forklift trucks? And would this be the right type of forklift for your establishment? It can be very overwhelming when exploring the forklift industry, especially because there are significant differences between the available power sources.




  • Fuel efficient 


Compared to other powered engines, diesel forklifts are a lot more fuel-efficient, with excellent fuel economy, lower noises, vibrations and emissions. This can make the running of your diesel forklift much cheaper in the long term, which can help cover the initial investment costs of purchasing the forklift truck. 


  • Ideal for outdoor use 


When diesel forklift trucks are used outside, the exhaust fumes and diesel particles escape easily into the atmosphere and do not cause any local environmental or health and safety issues which can occur when used indoors.


  • Do not require recharging


Unlike other variations of forklifts, such as electric-powered, diesel forklifts do not require recharging - which means this machine does get the job done a lot quicker. Since these forklifts do not require a battery in order to operate, they can be used anytime as long as there is fuel in the tank, without having to wait for a battery to charge.




  • Bulkier in size


Diesel forklift trucks do require more space to manoeuvre, so it can be hard to make close turns or use them in tight spaces like warehouse aisles. This also means that they require more room for overall storage inside a warehouse or plant. They also have a much larger fuel tank, which means you may have to pay more for the tank that stores the diesel fuel.


  • Higher upfront cost


The initial cost of buying a diesel forklift is much higher than other models on the market, which can be a big disadvantage if you are under budget constraints. Despite being cheaper in the long term, you do need a bigger budget to start with, if you are looking to purchase a diesel forklift for your establishment. 


About Trucks Direct UK


Situated in the heart of the UK, we are a committed business who proudly supplies forklifts - including diesel forklifts. We also have a selection of electric, diesel and gas forklifts, as well as more sophisticated types including the reach, side-loader and Bendi forklifts. We have an experienced and accredited team that can carry out thorough examinations through our own quality assurance procedure, covering both the LOLER 1998 and PUWER 1998 regulations. 


If you are searching for a specific vehicle, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. By calling us on 0121 344 4744, you will be able to speak to one of our consultants who will be happy to assist. We will have a solution for everyone - so you know we are the business you need to contact today. 


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