How to Read a Forklift Propane or LP Bottle Gauge
Forklift drivers must understand 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. Some older forklift models are designed so that the forks lower slowly to the ground and the machinery automatically shuts off when it runs out of fuel. This is very not sage and can result in product damage and personal injury. Newer kinds of forklifts are designed differently to prevent this from occurring. The driver could operate a handle that stops the forks from falling when the propane runs out.
1 Make certain you know where the propane gauge is located. Forklift propane gauge are a lot like a car's gas gauge. It is a small round object situated either on the valve on the propane tank or on the forklift dash where the controls and rest of the gauges are located.
2 Make certain to always keep the gauge cover clean so that information behind the glass is readable.
3 Located at the bottom of the gauge is the indicator needle. This needle shows you how much fuel is still in the propane tank.
4 On the gauge: F represents full and E represents empty. When the needle arm arrives at the letter E, it will mean that the propane tank is totally empty. When the needle arm touches the letter F, it means that the propane tank is totally full.
5 There is a line in the middle of the gauge. When the needle arrives at the middle line it means that the tank is half full of propane.
6 Typically, there are smaller lines midway between the halfway lines. These lines mean quarters. When the needle touches the quarter mark closest to the F, it means there is three-fourths of a tank remaining. When the needle touches the quarter mark closest to E, the tank is one-fourth full.