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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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