When you're fighting to keep owning and operating costs as low as possible, you need to know how much fuel you burn and how much every tank earns. Fuel efficiency is the measure of how much work a machine can do with one gal of fuel.
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*Monetary figure represents yearly fuel cost based on calculated fuel burn, fuel cost and yearly hours.
Equipment start-up should run between 3 and 5 minutes to efficiently prep systems without wasting fuel.
Operators can save a lot by paying more attention at shut down. Older engines need 2 minutes, newer engines, almost none.
Equipment left running during lunch time, breaks and other periods can add up to a large fuel bill over the course of a project.
Make sure all operators are properly trained on each machine so they know how to optimize the relationship between ground speed, gear and engine rpm. Studies have shown 5 – 15% fuel efficiency gains at 75% power and 15 – 30% efficiency gains at 50% power.
Running in this mode whenever possible reduces engine speed and can cut fuel usage by up to 22%, depending on machine and application.
Too much or too little horsepower can drastically affect fuel efficiency. If you need help, ask your equipment dealer to match the right machine to the job you’re doing.
Stay up-to-date on the latest features, benefits and savings new equipment can add to protect your bottom line.
Effectively plan your job site travel patterns to reduce idling and minimize turns.
Onboard technologies that monitor operating parameters, such as fuel consumption, are highly accurate and will add to your ability to save.
Diligent maintenance not only saves fuel, but also reduces repair costs. Blocked air filters can increase fuel consumption by 20%. One stuck valve lifter can increase fuel usage by 10 – 15%. Improperly working thermostats have been noted to increase fuel consumption by 25%.
On wheeled equipment and on-road vehicles, under-inflation by just 6 psi consumes 3% more fuel.
Damaged or loose fuel caps can cause unwanted contaminants to enter the system and reduce efficiency in components like fuel injectors. Caps that are not well sealed can also lose fuel due to evaporation.
Be sure to use the recommended fuel grade depending on ambient temperature and weather conditions. This will optimize fuel burn.