Agriculture

The modern farmer utlizes some of the world’s most advanced mobile machinery available. Today’s modern harvesters and tractors used within the Agriculture or Farming sector are literally brimming with the latest advanced technologies designed to make the long days in the field easier to endure. The diesel engines found in these machines are no different. They integrate the latest advanced High-Pressure Common Rail (HPCR) injection systems and exhaust gas recirculation and purification technologies available within the market, requiring the same premium quality from their diesel fuel.

Diesel fuel is often the forgotten commodity with regards to diesel engines, and certainly the agriculture industry has been lagging in its ability to keep up with the latest requirements for cleaner fuels that the new engine designs now demand. The fuel is typically purchased, stored, and used with little thought going into it until something eventually goes wrong.

In the case of the Agriculture Industry, the demand for diesel fuel rises and falls with the climatic and harvest seasons and as such bulk quantities of diesel which sit within the bulk diesel tanks can begin to degrade after only 22 days in the tank. This is also the case for equipment that may only be called upon once or twice a year for harvest. Typically, it is only when something goes wrong do many owners or operators understand how critical the fuel is to the reliable operation of the engine or fuel system and the overall farming asset. It is a well-known fact that poorly maintained diesel fuel is directly responsible for greater than 80% of fuel system failures and even higher in new advanced HPCR fuel injection systems, which are now finding their way into the industry. As such, the diesel fuel must be maintained in a pristine condition and as close to an “as refined” condition as possible to ensure ultimate reliability.

Diesel fuels by their very nature are unstable organic hydrocarbons, which degrade over time depending on a multitude of factors. As a fuel breaks down over time, gums and insoluble contaminants are formed within the fuel stock. These factors along with solid particulate and water contamination contribute to the majority of fuel system component wear and failures.

Diesel fuel that is not maintained correctly as close to “as refined” as possible can cause the following common problems:

  • Poor starting or failure to start
  • Low power from the engine
  • Poor or rough idle
  • Increased fuel consumption
  • Excessive Smoke
  • Hunting
  • Vibration
  • Increased emissions

Diesel fuel that is maintained in a condition as close to “as refined” as possible will out perform a diesel fuel that is under, or poorly, maintained.  In order to achieve optimal fuel quality, the contaminants in fuel must be filtered out, water must be separated from the fuel, and the fuel must be conditioned.  This process of filtration, separation, and conditioning is the foundation for achieving the quality of fuel necessary for ultimate reliability.

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