Fuel Maintenance

Should Be on Your Spring To-Do

Preparing for planting this spring is in full swing as the weather becomes ideal for many crops. The agricultural checklist includes maintenance checks on heavy duty equipment, and making sure inventory of spare parts is fully stocked. It’s extremely important to keep engine components and other parts operating at their very best. However, checking your fuel practices is probably equally as important. Any equipment you use is only as good as the fuel that gets put into it. Think of it like your body, if you eat only fast food most likely you’ll feel sluggish. On the other hand, clean eating will help you function your best. When it comes to your fuel supply, there are two things that can affect the quality. Making sure your bulk fuel storage is up to par and choosing the right fuel, to begin with.

Improved Bulk Fuel Storage

First of all, the one thing that farmers should definitely do when prepping for planting is cleaning all the dirt and other debris out of the tank. If the debris is left in the tank, it could potentially get pumped into your equipment. As a result, there will be build-up in the engine and not so great performance. Over time, you’ll be faced with shelling out cash for expensive repairs. To remedy this, make sure to fully clean out your fuel tanks at least once a year. In addition, change out the filters every quarter.

Secondly, it’s just as important to keep water out of your fuel supply. Getting water in fuel can lead to a world of problems. In fact, it can cause a decrease in acceleration, decreased horsepower, and sometimes damage to the engine. In addition, water in fuel could lead to microbial growth which can attack your fuel. Mornings that have a lot of condensation increase this risk. There are ways to combat this, however. A lot of the equipment out there today has water drain valves. Additionally, make sure to remove water from your storage tanks on a regular basis. Plus, there’s a super easy way to make sure to eliminate water in your equipment. At the end of each workday, take some time to refill your fuel tank. The reduction in airspace will reduce the chance of getting water or condensation in the tank.

Fuel Quality

Technology is continually evolving, and farm equipment and engines are also getting more advanced. A lot of newer engines can’t tolerate anything like rust, dust, or other nuances. For this reason, it’s essential to protect the components of your engine. The best way to do so is by investing in the best fuel for your particular engine. Better fuel means better performance. Especially at a time when farmers are planting more acres, at a much faster pace. The effort you put into preparing for the season with be reflected in your crops. Make sure that fuel maintenance is a part of your checklist.

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