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Don't Let the Cold Weather Affect Your Fuel

By: Pam Corn / Posted on: November 6, 2020

Winterized diesel additives can improve fuel performance when temperatures drop by reducing the rate at which diesel fuel gels. Fuel performance operability can occur when temperatures drop below freezing (32 deg F). The right additive can work to prevent blockage from wax crystals, improve cold engine starting, and can also remove the harmful deposits that can slow your engine down. If the temperatures are going to be dropping in your area, now is the time to consider winterizing your diesel engines and tanks—before issues have a chance to start.

 Here are some quick tips to keep your equipment running smoothly:

  • If possible, start equipment and let it run for a short period of time each day over the weekend.
  • If you experience filter issues, cut the filter open and determine if it’s fuel waxing/gelling or water. To help determine the difference, leave the filter at room temperature. If the substance on the filter melts away, the filter plugging was caused by water. 
  • Make sure you are treating your fuel with winter additive, even if loads are received on warmer days. If you receive infrequent fuel deliveries, ask your sales representative about double treating and the benefits it can offer. 
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Despite Early Fall Warmth, Winter Fuel could be Right around the Corner

By: Mike Dombroski / Posted on: October 2, 2019

So far this fall has brought us near record highs in parts of the Northeast, with some areas breaking through 90 degrees. Leaving many to feel that we may continue to have a warmer fall and maybe even a milder winter. However, if you take a look at the forecast we could start to see a drop rather quickly. With next week’s forecast showing evening temperature drops to the low 40’s, we could see the need for winterized fuel approach sooner rather than later.

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Keeping Your Bench Players in the Game

By: Mike Dombroski / Posted on: October 18, 2018

Ever watch a sport where a backup player enters a game only to perform at a level much lower than those getting the frequent playing time? Is it because that player truly is a bench player who has less talent than the ones getting the reps? Or could it have something to do with the fact that they are being asked to perform without the proper skills, coaching, or training? Things such as lack of training, warm up periods, stretching, or enough game time experience could all play a part in why a backup player may under perform.

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Treat your Fuel with Respect

By: Pam Corn / Posted on: March 28, 2018

What’s in the fuel you are pumping into your car, truck or machinery?  Is there a difference in fuel quality from one station/supplier over another?  This little write up may be able to shed some light on these questions.  What is the “Top Tier” additive standard and how did it come about?  If we go back to 1995 you can find that the EPA defined a level of performance additive requirements within fuels to consumers.  According to the Top Tier website they report that since 1995, “most gasoline marketers have actually reduced the concentration level of detergent additive in their gasoline by up to 50%.”  This ultimately means that the lack of additives/detergents within your fuel could really be harming your vehicles with issues like engine deposits, low lubricity levels and filter plugging.  Since these standards were implemented some of the largest vehicle manufacturers have begun to take notice and adopt a new standard for the fuel being consumed by their engines.  The Top Tier movement is coming to fruition and it is beginning to make very large strides, not only within the Tier 2 gasoline engines, but also within the newer Tier 4 diesel engines. 

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