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IowaMark
Posted 1/13/2011 23:01 (#1547746)
Subject: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?



NW Iowa
I've been filling my own gas grill propane bottles for over 15 years now with no problems. I'm just careful how I do it & cautious not to over fill them. I got my used forklift a couple weeks ago & was going to refill its propane bottle today but was disappointed to see it has a different type of fill fitting then for my grill bottles. Can I buy an adaptor for these or should I just go & pay retail for a refill. Yes I'm sure it's safer to have it filled for me but I just like the convenience of doing my own bottle filling. I have no idea how much a forklift burns an hour, but I'm sure a tank will last me a long time. I'm not even sure who refill these tanks.
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johndeere430u
Posted 1/13/2011 23:03 (#1547750 - in reply to #1547746)
Subject: RE: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?


Central, mn
our propane ma set us up with a fitting for it. very easy to fill, same as regular cylinders.
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seedcleaner
Posted 1/13/2011 23:04 (#1547757 - in reply to #1547746)
Subject: Re: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?


Mid-Missouri
We have been doing it before I was around. Just recently I got a propane bbq grill, so I had to find an adapter to fill that bottle.
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twraska
Posted 1/13/2011 23:15 (#1547790 - in reply to #1547746)
Subject: RE: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?


Wallis, TX
My forklift has an ACME thread like the big tanks use for filling.
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feesk
Posted 1/13/2011 23:25 (#1547812 - in reply to #1547790)
Subject: Re: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?


Hodgenville KY
Your propane provider should be able to sell you a hose with proper fittings , but you must have a liquid draw on supply tank.
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E718
Posted 1/14/2011 07:22 (#1548074 - in reply to #1547746)
Subject: Re: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?


Is your tank 1 1/4" or 1 3/4" acme fitting?
Look at this;
http://www.mcmaster.com/#propane-tank-adapters/=al3145
The price per gallon will be exponentially higher by the tank.
You will want to find another tank. They run out at the most inopportune times.
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IowaMark
Posted 1/14/2011 07:25 (#1548076 - in reply to #1547812)
Subject: Re: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?



NW Iowa
I get my propane fro two different suppliers & I already asked the one yesterday about getting me one & he wasn't to keen on even getting me one. He said something about some propane agency (I can't remember who he said) is really cracking down on people filling their own tanks. That's why I kind of hesitated to even post this, I hope I don't get caught :-( .
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IowaMark
Posted 1/14/2011 07:35 (#1548090 - in reply to #1548074)
Subject: Re: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?



NW Iowa
Hey thanks Dennis for the link. I think I have the 1 3/4' adapter but not sure I have to go & look. I'm using the tank to hose adapter shown currently for my gas grill. My forklift tank looks like the tanks shown for lift trucks. I'm going to call them this morning & see what I can find out.

Thanks again, Mark
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E718
Posted 1/14/2011 07:52 (#1548114 - in reply to #1548076)
Subject: Re: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?


There is something that has changed in that business. Fittings that were listed 5 years ago aren't now. I suppose it is liability.

Dultmeier is another place to look but they won't sell to Iowa or Nebraska farmers.
http://www.dultmeier.com/catalog/0.763.764.3959
So, unless I can't find stuff anywhere else, I will get from them but if they don't want to sell to me I sure don't want to bother them.
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Skipper
Posted 1/14/2011 07:56 (#1548121 - in reply to #1548090)
Subject: Re: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?



I've got a tank with large fill with a bleed off. I don't think a lot of tanks have a bleed off so would be hard to fill without a pump. I think my tank has wothington ag on it if you are thinking about a second tank, and like mentioned , they run out at inoppurtune times.

I wanted to hook a pump up to fill a truck but not sure my gas man would have filled my supply tank if he knew it due to regs. He is a little over the top on the regs though.
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4430
Posted 1/14/2011 08:01 (#1548132 - in reply to #1547746)
Subject: RE: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?


Little Egypt Southern Illinory
I fill my own and one thing I do is first make sure they are completely empty then put on a scale then zero out the scale with the hose attached then fill to the recommended weight .

Edit I fill with a pump not gravity.

Edited by 4430 1/14/2011 08:01
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sodbusternd
Posted 1/14/2011 09:13 (#1548311 - in reply to #1547746)
Subject: Re: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?


Central ND
We do the the same thing as 4430. We set it on a scale and open the bleeder valve and use gravity to fill. We usually wait for it to get to a certain weight and than we are full. I can't remember the weight but I do know that you need the liquid form to fill them like someone else said.
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wkoleary
Posted 1/14/2011 09:32 (#1548359 - in reply to #1547746)
Subject: Re: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?


Danvers mn
Nothing to it. Draw off liquid side. Buy an extra tank for spare. bill
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dt943
Posted 1/14/2011 09:48 (#1548404 - in reply to #1547746)
Subject: RE: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?



Rochester Illinois

I fill my forklift and bbq tanks. I got both fittings at Tractor Supply.  Got a 250 gallon tank next to my shop with a hose on it for filling.

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grouchy
Posted 1/14/2011 10:26 (#1548482 - in reply to #1548404)
Subject: Re: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?


You could ask ol' Hank Hill down in Arlen, TX, he should know. He works at Strickland Propane.
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mike in sw mn
Posted 1/14/2011 10:35 (#1548500 - in reply to #1547746)
Subject: Re: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?


Walnut Grove MN USA
Get another tank. Those things run out of gas at the worst times and there is no warning at all, they just die. As far as filling I just take mine down to the coop a mile away and somebody comes and picks it up and returns it full the next day or even later that day if it is there early enough. Oh another thing. Gas grill tanks and forklift tanks not interchangeable. gas grill runs off tank vapors, forklift tank runs off liquid.

Edited by mike in sw mn 1/14/2011 10:37
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IowaMark
Posted 1/14/2011 13:14 (#1548739 - in reply to #1547746)
Subject: RE: Anybody fill your own forklift propane tanks?



NW Iowa
Thanks for all the replies everybody. I contacted my other propane supplier earlier this morning & just talked to the secretary but she thought I still buy the parts I need. The person I needed to talk to was out of the office until later this afternoon. She said to refill the cylinders was $33 & $120 for a new cylinder. I'd sure like to do my own.
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