How to Read a Forklift LP or propane Bottle Gauge
Forklift drivers should know certain safety factors when figuring out how to read a forklift propane bottle gauge. Drivers should know when the forklift is low on propane or fuel. Several kinds of forklifts which are older are designed so that the forks lower to the ground slowly and the machinery automatically shuts off when it runs out of fuel. This is really unsafe and can result in personal injury and product damage. Newer types of forklifts are designed differently to avoid this from happening. The operator could utilize a handle that stops the forks from falling when the propane runs out.
1 Make sure you know where the propane gauge is situated. Forklift propane gauge are a lot like a car's gas gauge. It is a small round object located either on the propane tank's valve or on the dash of the forklift where the controls and rest of the gauges are located.
2 Make certain to always keep the cover of the gauge clean so that information behind the glass is legible.
3 Situated at the bottom of the gauge is the indicator needle. This needle will show you how much fuel is still in the propane tank.
4 There are two letters found on the gauge: F for full and E for empty. When the needle arm touches the letter E, it means that the propane tank is totally empty. When the needle arm points at the letter F, it would mean that the propane tank is totally full.
5 Notice the line in the middle of the gauge. When the needle touches the middle line it means that the tank is half full of propane.
6 Normally, there are smaller lines midway between the halfway lines. These lines indicate quarters. When the needle arrives at the quarter mark nearest the F, it means there is three-fourths of a tank remaining. When the needle touches the quarter mark nearest E, the tank is one-fourth full.