How Long Do Forklift Propane Tanks Last?

Written on: June 3, 2024

Georgia Gas Makes Forklift Cylinder Maintenance Easy

forklift propane atlanta, ga If you use—or are considering using—propane-fueled forklifts, you are likely thinking about your bottom line. Propane forklifts are powerful and efficient, so they’re a strong choice for most commercial operations. But if you’re working the numbers, you probably want to know what kinds of costs you might be in for over time. One question we get often is about the lifespan of the cylinders: How long do they last?

The short answer is that a propane cylinder for forklifts can last between 10 and 20 years depending on what it’s made of, and how it’s used, stored and maintained. Of course, there are a lot of variables built into that answer. Georgia Gas’s forklift cylinder exchange service makes the answer even simpler: you don’t need to worry about it. We take care of cylinders and make sure the tanks we deliver to you are in good shape and ready to use, when you need them.

If you think you want to own your own cylinders, we can help you keep them full too. Here’s what you need to know to keep a supply of tanks in safe working condition.

Propane Cylinder Maintenance

Maintenance is key to extending the life of a propane storage cylinder. You should be sure your employees are trained in proper handling of tanks to avoid dents and damage. They should know how to safely remove and install the tanks on forklifts. If your team is refilling tanks, they should know the correct process, including safe fill levels.

Safe storage is also important to keep propane storage tanks in good shape. They need to be kept in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight and protected from extreme cold or heat, salt air, or corrosive chemicals. The space should be well ventilated. We also recommend a lockable storage cage.

Have your team follow a routine schedule to inspect tanks for signs of damage and check requalification dates.

Signs of Aging

Know the signs that a tank needs to be replaced. Look for dents and deep dings, or rust. Also be alert to changes in performance that can indicate a tank is reaching the end of its life, such as pressure problems or inconsistent fuel flow.

Requalification Information

Propane tanks for forklifts need to be requalified periodically. You will find the most recent date of requalification on the cylinder.

If a cylinder is out of qualification, it should be marked as such and no longer be refilled. Requalification must be done by trained professionals. The experts at Georgia Gas Distributors can requalify cylinders at our plant; we are registered/qualified to do this.

We Make It Easy

For a huge operation, it might make sense to bring propane cylinder fueling and maintenance in-house. But for most businesses—even most very large ones, letting the pros at Georgia Gas take care of commercial propane fueling is the smart money. Our cylinder exchange service covers you from procurement to maintenance.

Our team has the experience to evaluate your business’s needs for propane forklift cylinders and set you up with a customized cylinder exchange program. We’ll set up sturdy, safe storage cages for your cylinders, and make sure your cylinders are in good shape when we deliver them. We thoroughly train your workers in the safe handling of propane cylinders. You’ll get the cylinders you need, when you need them. And we worry about requalification, disposal of expired tanks and all more, so you can focus on your business.

Ready to get started? Contact us today.