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Jasper Engines:

No regrets switching from gas to electric forklifts

We run them pretty hard and they have put up with everything we’ve put them through.

Ben Melton, Group Leader

Jasper Engines

Since 1942, Jasper Engines has been the largest remanufacturer of gas and diesel engines to transmissions in the United States. Their processes and procedures are designed to produce a quality component that will exceed the expectations of their customers. Jasper Engines relies on a fleet of internal combustion forklifts to keep their business moving non-stop.

Jungheinrich EFG 2 series at Jasper Engines


Uptime and reliability are key for their business, with their forklifts being used to move everything from engines and transmissions to a wide-range of other heavy products.

“We have to have a very specific lift to be able to carry all that product,” said Jasper’s Group Leader Ben Melton.

For years, Jasper Engines relied on the same used internal combustion forklifts to move their products. When the time came to replace their existing fleet, they evaluated and tested four different brands of lift trucks, including the Jungheinrich EFG 2 Series.

After test driving the Jungheinrich, “there wasn’t any comparison,” said Connie Holzbog, Jasper Engine’s forklift operator. “It took me about 10 minutes. I was a pro, and I knew then that I don’t ever want to see the gas one again. This is my lift,” said Mark Sullivan, forklift operator.

Jungheinrich forklifts at Jasper Engines


After switching to the Jungheinrich EFG 2 Series, the improvements in Jasper’s day-to-day operations were immediately evident. From ease of operation to productivity, reliability and runtime --everything was an improvement. Ben Melton says, “We’ve seen a lot better runtime out of these trucks and a lot less downtime. That’s been a huge benefit to us.”

Jasper Engine’s warehouse is large, and they put a lot of miles on their lift trucks every day. The energy efficient design of the Jungheinrich EFG 2 Series has kept Jasper’s business moving. Mark Sullivan says, “I’ve actually run mine two days straight on one charge and still had plenty of charge left in it.”

Jungheinrich lift truck carrying load at Jasper Engines


The biggest benefit Jasper Engines has seen with the Jungheinrich EFG 2 Series is the comfort of the operator. With the floating cab and the full-suspension seat, the forklift operator is cushioned from vibrations and bumps for a smoother operation.

It’s “like riding on air,” said Mike Sullivan. “It just absorbs everything.”

Connie’s favorite feature is actually the fingertip controls, a big improvement in ergonomics. All of the forklift’s controls are “right there at your fingertips”. Not having to lift your arm and switch from lever to lever means less wear and tear on your shoulders and elbows.

Jungheinrich forklift in trailer at Jasper Engines


The switch from gas- or diesel-powered trucks to electric forklifts might seem daunting or complex, but Jasper Engines has no regrets.

“We would absolutely do this again,” said Ben Melton.



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