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Supplying forklifts since 1976

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Since 1976 H&F Trucks have provided local business with high quality materials handling solutions. For nearly four decades we have achieved steady growth year on year, enabling us to provide superior service to our customers from a stable & sustainable business platform.

Should I get a gas forklift truck?

In the market for a new forklift truck? Whether you’re looking to buy a new or used forklift truck, or you want to hire one, the type you get will be completely dependent on your requirements.

If you’ve been thinking about going for a gas forklift truck, here’s what you need to know.

Overview of gas forklift trucks


The initial purchase of gas forklift trucks can be cheaper than both electric and diesel forklifts, however, ongoing maintenance and fuel costs are higher than any other type of forklift which can mean you’re not really saving much money in the long run. Fossil fuel prices are also rising so this would need to be factored in.


Gas forklift trucks can be used both inside and outside, day or night, and are quieter to run than their diesel counterparts. However, you need a very skilled operator to use a gas forklift truck – more skilled than if you had another type of truck. Gas forklift trucks are very manoeuvrable and travel speeds and acceleration levels are higher than both diesel and electric forklifts. You can’t really beat a gas forklift truck on performance!!


Parts for gas truck engines are readily available and are often at competitive prices. However, it can be difficult to know when there’s something going wrong with a gas truck which leads to higher repair costs. Additionally, gas trucks can often run out of fuel without warning as pressure switches and gauges can be quite poor. You’ll also need to get a winter service on a gas forklift truck to help it cope with colder temperatures.

So if you’re looking for a high performance forklift truck that you don’t mind paying a bit more for over the course of owning it, a gas forklift truck might be the perfect addition to your fleet. Alternatively, you could go down the forklift truck hire route to keep costs down but keep performance up!

Contact us at H&F Lift Trucks to discuss your requirements: +44 (0) 800 298 8790

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Pym and Wildsmith have been working closely with H&F Fork Trucks for many years. Their service is excellent, ranging from prompt callouts to breakdowns through to the supply of new trucks. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

Ian Pym, Operations Manager
Pym & Wildsmith

H&F Lift Trucks are a pleasure to deal with. All staff, Technicians, Sales and Directors have hands-on experience of all ranges of vehicles they supply. From initial assessments and listening to all users of a potential new vehicle requirement, they keep us informed of all aspects of specification and lead times through to delivery. Their maintenance service is superb – they organise suitable times around our busy working day with our Yard Managers. Any accidental damage or operator error faults are always discussed with me and dealt with fairly – not like some unscrupulous suppliers who seek to profit at every service visit! In a cut-throat market, where we are offered “good deals” a few quid cheaper every day, we are never tempted to stray.

James Hipkins, Managing Director

H&F have supplied us with all our fork lift equipment for in excess of ten years now, and have maintained it in accordance with our stringent operation requirements. During this time they have provided a consistently high level of service (including short term hire when required) whilst never failing to support us in a totally honest and professional manner.

Ashley Basset, Director
R G Bassett & Sons Ltd

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