Diesel powered forklifts are the choice for large loads, 4/6 ton and above. Smaller machines are readily available 1 ton and above.
Diesel forklifts are mainly used where diesel is freely available, for example, on a farm or in the transport industry. Diesel is very economical to run.
Maintenance costs and particularly repair costs can be very high on diesel forklifts, with an engine costing as nearly as much as a forklift.
Diesel forklifts are not suitable for use in confined areas as they produce high amounts of exhaust contaminants.