Case IH Promoting Biodiesel Use; B20 Approved on Most Engines
16 November 2006
|The high-end Steiger 530.|
Agricultural equipment leader Case IH is promoting the use of biodiesel in its products. All Case IH engines are now warranted for approved B5 blends and use of B20 blends is approved on all Case IH engines other than common rail.
When approved supplies are available, every engine powering Case IH equipment globally is leaving the factory with a biodiesel blend in the tank.
One hundred percent factory fill of a biodiesel blend is a logical next step in the process of embracing biodiesel. Adding to demand for soybeans while producing the crop is the type of strategy our customers like to pursue. It’s good environmental stewardship and it’s good business.
It’s our policy that the only time a piece of our equipment leaves a factory without biodiesel in the tank, it’s because the fuel is unavailable seasonally, or we don’t have a source that meets our quality standards.—Randy Baker, President of Case IH North America
Case IH is also conducting field testing to determine performance levels of blends up to 100 percent biodiesel as part of a program to ensure maximum productivity and engine durability.
Fuel quality has an impact on the engine warranty. B5 blends must meet the requirements of US standard ASTM6751 on the base biodiesel stock. When using higher 20 percent blends certain handling and maintenance requirements come into play, and customers are advised to speak with their dealers on specific requirements.
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