On any given project site, time is money.
In an industry where many projects end up over budget and behind schedule, teams need equipment that can maximize productivity and help them stand out from the competition. By providing reliable and versatile equipment, construction equipment dealers can help their customers succeed.
In particular, equipment powered by alternative fuels, such as propane, offers a simple and effective way to maximize efficiency on the jobsite. Many construction professionals are probably familiar with propane as part of their day-to-day operations – especially for construction mainstays like yard heaters and light towers – but they may not realize how many types of propane there are. Different equipment can run on this energy source and benefit from it.
The basics of the construction site
Propane is most popular for powering Josite heaters and mobile light towers, a few must-haves for any project that requires crews to work before dawn or after dusk. While light towers have traditionally been diesel fueled, propane offers a number of benefits helping crews get the most out of their work day.
Because it is an independent and highly portable source of energy, propane can power job sites anywhere and can be stored on site. In fact, the resilient and reliable characteristics of propane are some of the reasons it has become a go-to power source for crews, helping keep projects moving year-round. Propane can power generators of all sizes, including small portable generators and large towable generators.
Teams that use material handling equipment, including scissor lifts, aerial lifts and forklifts, can also reap the benefits of propane. Warehouses across the country rely on propane-powered forklifts for their performance advantages, and because they can operate safely in properly ventilated indoor spaces, they can also be useful on construction sites after the closing of a building. Propane-powered equipment doesn’t lose power throughout the workday or require hours of recharging like with electric equipment, helping crews maximize productivity and meet project deadlines. To refuel, operators can simply swap an empty propane cylinder for a full one and get back to work right away.
Concrete construction works
Many concrete contractors find that propane powered equipment stands out from other fuel options. Although propane-powered concrete grinders and polishers are probably the most widely used, propane can power a long list of concrete construction equipment, including ride-on trowels, floor strippers, dust collectors, concrete saws, electric strollers and electric concrete trowels. Propane can also power industrial vacuums used to collect concrete dust when using a grinder.
Propane equipment allows construction crews to work off the grid and eliminates restrictions and safety hazards caused by electrical cords. Additionally, propane equipment gives contractors greater freedom of movement, allowing them to work more efficiently. Cordless operation is especially useful for large projects where there may be hundreds of feet between a machine and an electrical outlet, or in high traffic areas where a cord can easily become a tripping hazard. Brands that once offered electric-only equipment now offer engine-powered solutions, primarily powered by propane, with some hybrid options as well.
When construction professionals turn to their local construction equipment dealer for advice, don’t overlook propane as a versatile and efficient energy solution. Propane can provide a one-fuel solution, eliminating the need for crews to juggle multiple fuels on the jobsite. Plus, because it’s a clean, alternative fuel approved under the Clean Air Act, producing fewer emissions compared to other options, propane-powered equipment can operate safely in the air. indoors (with adequate ventilation) and outdoors, offering huge productivity gains.
Propane Education and Research CouncilFinally, propane-powered job sites can work with their local propane supplier to set up a custom delivery schedule, so they never run out of fuel. To learn more about propane-powered construction equipment, visit Propane.com/Construction-Equipment.
Joe Calhoun is the Associate Director of Business Development for the Propane Education & Research Council.