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 03-18-2004, 21:02 Post: 80351
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I recently purchased a new L48 kubota. I want to treat it properly. My question is it ok to burn pump diesel which I think is # 1 or should I get a drum so I can get a # 2 Feul delivery (which I assume is home heating oil)as I am not able to purchase it in small Quantities. Any Info would be appreiciated.






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 03-18-2004, 23:21 Post: 80363
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We don't get #1 here in Northern Nevada.... instead we get treated #2 (cold weather additives).... at the pump or from the home heating oil truck.

That said, if they are dispensing # 1 at the diesel pump, then the weather calls for it and it is good to go in my mind.

I do believe that anything passed off as diesel fuel these days needs an additive to run properly in our tractors.

I have a Deere (Yanmar) diesel and a Kubota Diesel I am feeding. I make sure whatever fuel I am using has a Cetane booster and addition lubricants for the injector pump.

They sure sound better, start better and smoke a whole lot less. It's a small price to pay for longer engine life.






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 03-19-2004, 00:21 Post: 80368
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I started using PowerService and noticed easier starts and almost no smoke. Runs smoother as well.

Mark..what additives in what ratio are you using? I put 2oz of PS to 5gal diesel.






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 03-19-2004, 04:10 Post: 80370
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I've used Power Service on a year around basis for years. I can't remember the ratios off the top of my head, but I run it stronger in the winter. I've been using Soy Diesel for a couple years and still add it to that. I checked with Deere before using the Soy, they said they aproved it. They ran a test of using used cooking oil from fast food places in a city bus here where my son lives, far as I've heard it worked fine, but it smelled like fench fries.






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 03-19-2004, 05:49 Post: 80375
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 Diesel fuel for new tractor

Generally in this part of the country the dealers run a blended mix.

Most around here, during the cold, go 80/20 and as much as 50/50 #2 and #1.

If it was not blended it would not pump thru the strainers in the systems.

Most treatments if used according to Mfd are only about$.05 per gallon treating bulk with consentrates we are at about $.01.

Good luck with the new equipment






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 03-19-2004, 07:58 Post: 80386
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I think most service station diesel is called #2 fuel, which is also called furnace oil. However, during the winter in cold climates service station diesel and home delivery for people with outside tanks is going to be closer to #1 fuel. #1 fuel is sometimes is called stove oil or kerosene.

I think most manufactures say that either #1 or #2 works in tractor engines OK but #1 produces a bit less power. I use fuel additives and agree with the comments made.






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 03-19-2004, 09:11 Post: 80388
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Wildman, right now I am running Power Service at 6/10th of an ounce per gallon (3.2 oz per 5 gallons) and I am running 50 gallon batches of fuel. To that 50 gallons I am adding 12 oz of 85 Plus.

I am looking for maximum Cetane boost and long storage life from the Power Service and hoping the synthetics in the 85 Plus will extend the life of my pump and injectors. The 85 Plus kicks up the Cetane too.

I am "high and hot" here and need all the power I can produce.

With this mix the Deere will give me a tiny, token puff of smoke on cold mornings and then runs smoke free no matter how hard I push it.

The Kubota does not smoke at any time.






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 03-19-2004, 21:33 Post: 80438
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Thanks to all for the great responces. I will have to find a local source for diesel additive Powerservice comes up most often in posts. I have less than 10 hours on machine and I am looking over the manual to get together what I will need for the 50 hour service. I am probably going to go with Kubota lubricants. The dealer said they do not generally change the front axle or the trans fluid till next scheduled service, just the trans filters. My manual says it holds 53.9 qts YIKES$$$. I am wondering if I should replace it at 50 hrs. also should I use the Kubota UDT or the SUPER UDT. I am generally digging trenches and using loader occassionally And not in water. I was told not to go over 2000 rpms for 100 hrs. any insight or info would be appreiciated. Thanks again






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 03-19-2004, 21:44 Post: 80439
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If the manual says to change the fluid, change the fluid. Your dealer doesn't care as much as you about properly maintaining your machine. In fact the cynic might think that the dealer has a vested interest in seeing that your machine wears out early. Spending the money on fluids is dirt cheap insurance.






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 03-19-2004, 22:21 Post: 80440
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Thanks kwschumm I figured that the manual sets up service intervals for a reason.
Although I have heard the same rec'd from other peoples dealers on this site. I will spend a little now for a longer tractor life down the road.
That is one good lookin machine almost to pretty to drive. Does the box blade from Frontier work well or have you seen others you might rec'd.






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