Defining the quality of fuel for agricultural machinery


"Spring day feeds the year". ("Folk wisdom")

In ancient times, "draft power" fed on fodder, and it was on the quality of the latter that successful sowing or harvesting depended. We can say that in modern realities little has changed. The only difference is that the horse is now made of iron.

The issue of the quality of fuel for agricultural machinery retained its importance, after all, malfunctions and forced downtime due to repairs can lead to MISSED DEADLINES of works.

Determination of fuel quality and preparation of agricultural machinery for sowing and harvesting

Reliability of functioning of agricultural machinery largely depends on the oil products used. An experienced mechanic has many examples of complex breakdowns of mechanisms due to poor-quality fuel.

The use of inappropriate fuel in tractors and harvesters leads to its overconsumption and a decrease in engine life.

Even greater harm to technology is caused by the presence of metallic impurities in fuel and lubricants, which have abrasive action on friction surfaces. Water getting into the FCM will inevitably lead to corrosion and will negatively affect engine power reducing the calorific value fuel capacity.

An important consequence of the operation of equipment on low-quality fuel is an increase in smoke and toxicity of exhaust gases. When they are released into the environment, soil contamination might occur, which inevitably leads to a decrease in seed germination.

But the main disadvantage of the presence of untested fuels and lubricants in the operation of agricultural machinery is a HUGE risk of disruption of sowing, harvesting campaigns or difficulty in other compulsory agricultural work. Downtime, repairs and, the additional financial costs associated with this will be completely incomparable with the costs of laboratory studies of the input quality of the fuel.

That is why the hallmark of advanced agricultural enterprises is regular testing of EVERY batch of fuel to keep the machinery park working properly and prevent breakdown or failure of expensive fuel equipment.