Ben Burgess
Red Diesel Advice

Changes to the use of red diesel in mobile off-road machinery

As you may well know from the 1st January 2011 it has been illegal to use conventional (sulphur rich) red diesel in mobile-off road machinery.

To comply with this legislation fuel suppliers have now made available ‘Ultra Low Sulphur Red Diesel’. We know that the composition of this fuel can vary, even though there are only 2 recognised standards, EN590 and BS2869:2010.

Ben Burgess highly recommends that you only use fuel that meets the EN590 standard in all John Deere engines both old and new. Until such time as the composition of these new fuels is standardised we strongly advise you to add a supplementary fuel conditioner to every litre of fuel you buy. Suitable fuel conditioners can be purchased from any Ben Burgess parts department.

Furthermore Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel can contain up to 7% Bio Fuel. This in mind extra precautions need to be taken when storing this product.

If you require any further information or advice please do not hesitate to contact any of our Agricultural Service Managers.

Below is advice from around the industry relating to the situation:

Ben Burgess Fuel Factsheet: Update June 2011 "Norfolk Show Special" 

Ben Burgess Fuel Factsheet: Update April 2012 

Ben Burgess Fuel Factsheet: Update May 2012 "80th Anniversary Show" 

Ben Burgess Fuel Factsheet: Update September 2012 

Exocet Smart Start Plus Gas Oil Additive Range 

Rix Fuel Store Plus

Rix Fuel Additive 

Ben Burgess: Fuel Conditioner Comparison

Ben Burgess: Fuel Conditioner Price Analysis

John Deere: Emissions Technology

John Deere: Off-Highway Diesel Engines

John Deere: Off-Highway Diesel Engine Ratings

John Deere: Performance Formula fuel conditioner

John Deere: Best practice for Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel

John Deere: Fuel additive – background information

John Deere: Should I Be Using A Fuel Conditioner? (Links to external website).

Classic Tractor: Fuel for thought

Classic Tractor: Focus on new fuel

Farmers Weekly: New diesel will need better fuel store skills

Profi Magazine: Prepare for a new diesel diet

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