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THE MAJOR BENEFITS OF PROPANE (March 2019)
Compared to gasoline and diesel equipment, propane produces fewer emissions. This includes emissions of carbon monoxide, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Propane equipment also emits less nitrous oxide (NOX) than equipment fueled by electricity, gasoline, and diesel. This emission can contribute to acid rain and respiratory ailments. For contractors working on sites requiring reduced emissions or near sensitive populations, such as nursing homes, hospitals, or schools, the availability of propane equipment can provide reassurance.
For sites that are not yet connected to utilities or are located beyond the electric grid propane also allows work to be completed without the downfalls of electric equipment. Crews working indoors don’t have to worry about trip hazards from electrical cords, and propane generators can provide power to Mobil offices or charge batteries. For other equipment propane also enables great confidence for performance in rainy or damp conditions, as well. One example of this is propane powered forklifts, which can be used in environments that are too humid for battery-powered forklifts. Propane powered job site heaters can also keep construction moving in unfinished indoor spaces during colder weather.
Propane cylinders used for construction equipment are able to be transported to job sites on trucks or trailers. Rental managers can establish a relationship with a local propane company to provide fuel solutions for short or long term rentals. Propane cylinder refueling or rentals can be offered on-site with equipment rentals or contractors could be referred directly to the propane supplier when more fuel is needed on a job site.
Unlike gasoline and diesel equipment, propane doesn’t deteriorate in storage, propane cylinders also aren’t stored on machines, whereas gasoline and diesel equipment require additional maintenance to empty fuel tanks during periods of decreased usage. This leads to faster uptime when equipment is restarted, as well.
Another advantage with propane is that customers can’t inadvertently add ethanol fuel blends to fuel tanks, potentially damaging small engine equipment. Propane cylinders hook directly into fuel systems versus requiring fuel to be poured from jerry cans or other containers, reducing spills on job sites or trailers.
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