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porkystruck
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2008-02-04          151086


Has anybody ever used onroad diesel in there tractor? Any problems? (I have a JD 755) I have 20 gallons of it and need to use it.

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2008-02-04          151087


Are you asking because of the ULSD stuff that's being pumped since Jan 2007? If so, I use it simply because I can't justify the expense of a separate fuel storage tank on my farm. But none of my diesels are made to burn the stuff. So I make sure every fillup includes an appropriate amount of Power Service diesel additive. I use the white jug for winter (anti-gel) and the silver jug for summer. It helps replace what ain't in the on-road diesel anymore, and is a helluva lot cheaper than buying a new storage tank (especially since you won't be able to buy "off-road" blends at all in another 3 years).

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2008-02-04          151088


Porkystruck,

On-road diesel is used in my tractor quite often. Actually, there is no difference between the two fuels, but for the red dye.

As you probably know, off-road diesel is dyed red and is not taxed as highly, as the taxes collected do not go to road repairs.

Our diesel fuels have been changed over the past few years in an effort to reduce pollutants. Today's fuels aren't the same as they once were. However, today's off-road fuel is no different than the on-road stuff, but for the color.....and, of course, the price.

Feel free to use your on-road fuel in your tractor. Just be sure to add a little bit of fuel conditioner, such as Power Service, to help increase the gel point.

Today's fuels have a tendency to cloud at much higher temperatures, due to federally mandated reformulations, making it necessary to add fuel conditioners.

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2008-02-04          151089


Almost all fuel refiners and distributors have started blending in additives to all diesel fuel, on & off road, to increase the lubricity lost by the reduction in the sulphur content.

Check with the refiner or distributor, they are usually happy to give you all the information.

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2008-02-04          151090


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Originally Posted by candoarms | view 151088
Actually, there is no difference between the two fuels, but for the red dye.
No. You're confusing taxed fuel with ag-exempt. Since January 2007, on-road diesel has seen the sulphur content reduced to <15ppm. Add red dye, and you can buy it at the reduced tax rate. True off-road diesel still contains up to 500ppm sulphur no matter what color it is. It's still legal to refine/distribute/use 500ppm diesel until 2011.

Therein lies the current difference between on-road and off-road diesel. The distinction is related to sulphur content, not to taxation or color.

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