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Connecting Propane Cylinders To Your Forklift

Updated on October 23, 2012

Toyota 7 - Series Large Capacity (LPG)


Save Money & Reduce Running Costs On Your Propane Spend

It is advisable the following process be followed when connecting your propane cylinder to your forklift. Correct gloves and protective glasses should be worn at all times when connecting and disconnecting the hose to the forklift. Any potential gas that does escape will be in the liquid form and has the serious potential to result in a cold burn. Care should also be taken to avoid breathing in any vapour that may escape when changing over the cylinders.

Step 1: Close the on/off valve and unscrew the hose connection.

Step 2: Remove the cylinder from the forklift and place it in the upright position in your approved storage area for propane cylinders.

Step 3: Use the correct lifting process to place a full cylinder in the cradle of the forklift, take care not to damage the connection fitting.

Step 4: Ensure the cylinder is in the correct mounting position, the pressure relief valve should always be between 10 and 2 o’clock, this is most important as the correct fitting of the cylinder to your forklift will reduce costs, and will also reduce the amount of residual gas which is returned to in the cylinders to your gas supplier. Once the cylinder is in the correct position secure it in place with the clamps or straps provided.

Step 5: Ensure the on/off valve is turned off on the cylinder and connect the hose and open the on/off valve, slowly.

Step 6: Test the valve and connection for any leaks with a spray mix solution of 2% detergent and 98% water. Once connected with no leaks you are ready to roll again.

Handy Tips:

  • Regularly check your forklift hose and fittings for signs of wear and damage.
  • Leaking cylinders should be placed in a well ventilated area away from any source of ignition or open drain, contact your gas provided asap and advise them of the fault.
  • Empty cylinders must be stored in an upright position. Do not store empty cylinders upside down as the cylinder will not be able to vent in the event of a major fire, this also stop any potential leaks from occurring with the cylinder .

The correct fitting of your cylinders to your forklift will result in noticeable cost savings to your business. Once you take the time to ensure staff are fitting the cylinders correctly, it will not take long before will be noticed these savings through increased productivity and energy output from each cylinder.

Unlike your propane BBQ cylinder, your forklift cylinder is liquid withdrawal. Inside the cylinder is a small liquid withdrawal tube, by insuring the pressure relief value is positioned correctly (between 10:00 & 2:00 as stated above) you will be drawing the majority if not all of the contents in the cylinder, which over time will have a huge impact on your propane running costs.

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I hope the information provided in my hub will help reduce your propane spend and improve your health and safety procedures in this part of your business.

Thank you.


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