Forklift Technical Information

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Precautions to be observed when handling L.P. Gas

  • Position the tank so the liquid propane does not come in contact with the relief valve.
  • Make sure the locking pin engages into the cylinder.
  • Make sure the valve is closed tightly. (Hand tighten only)
  • Store the cylinder outside, in an upright position, in an area where it can be secured and is protected from being struck.
  • Put the cylinder down gently. Do not drop, dent or damage.
  • Always protect the valve from any damage.
  • Avoid contact with liquid propane, as it can cause frostbite.
  • Wear protective gloves while making or breaking connections
  • Ensure that only qualified persons repair carburetors and fuel supply systems.
  • For repairs, use only components that the manufacturer recommends
  • Exchange removable cylinders outdoors or in well-ventilated areas, away from sources of ignition.
  • Close the valve before breaking connections.

Procedure for changing propane (LPB) cylinders

  1. Wear eye protection and insulated, loose fitting gloves such as leather (dry) or insulated neoprene.
  2. Close the valve on the cylinder.
  3. Run the engine until it stops. This ensures that the connection hose is empty.
  4. Shut off the engine.
  5. Open the connecting nut and inspect valves for leaking.
  6. Disconnect the hose.
  7. Disconnect the holding straps.
  8. Remove the empty cylinder.
  9. Replace with a full cylinder in the proper position.
  10. Connect the holding straps.
  11. Tighten the connecting nut (wiggle hose).
  12. Open the valve on the cylinder slowly and check for leaks. Use solution of soap and water
  13. Smell--listen--look.
  14. If the valve leaks: 1) Tighten the nut and continue 2) Change the cylinder. 3) Seek guidance from a Supervisor
  15. Open the valve fully (slowly).
  16. Check that the hose is turned inward.
  17. Secure the hose downward.
  18. Secure the cylinder.
  19. Start the engine and resume operation

Do not.................................

  • Use metal tools when changing a cylinder.
  • Let the cylinder get too hot.
  • Use matches or a flame to check for leaks. Use soap or a leak detector