It’s well known that Premium Diesel offers many equipment benefits during the winter, but does that mean it’s OK to rely on a typical no. 2 fuel the rest of the year? After all, if spring, summer and fall have milder conditions, then you’d think it would be safe to rely on a milder fuel during these months — right?

Wrong. It’s commonly assumed that winter is the only season that can be taxing on fuel, but in reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Year round, conditions can put fuel to the test — and if you aren’t protecting your machines with a Premium Diesel, you could be leaving them vulnerable, no matter what season it is. Here are three important reasons why fuel quality matters all year long:

  • Temperature fluctuation: As temperatures change from day to night, condensation can form on the outsides of bulk fuel tanks. This is particularly true during the spring and fall as temperatures shift above and below freezing. As a result, water can seep inside a bulk tank and contaminate the fuel inside. If that fuel makes it into a piece of equipment, the accompanying water can damage fuel filters and injectors and cause corrosion throughout your fuel line.
  • Dirt and debris: If water infiltrates your fuel system, it can put you at a heightened risk for other forms of contamination like dirt and debris. Normally, fuel filters are a machine’s main line of defense against foreign matter. However, if a filter comes in contact with water, it can become distorted. The fine mesh designed to catch contaminants may now allow them to pass through into the engine.
  • Fuel breakdown: It’s not uncommon to run equipment less during the summer as crops grow in the field. But if your machines are sitting idle, that means the fuel inside them is, too. Over time, typical no. 2 diesel goes bad. So, if you use a standard diesel during planting, there’s a chance it may no longer be good come harvest. Running your machines on compromised fuel can cause major damage to fuel pumps and filters, and it can rob your equipment of power and efficiency.

When it comes to fuel quality, it’s easy to focus just on the winter. In the cold, issues like gelling create problems that are impossible to ignore. The issues that can occur the rest of the year may not always carry immediate impacts, but left untended, they can grow into bigger problems that can emerge during peak seasons, like harvest.

The simplest way to protect your operation from fuel-related downtime is by using a Premium Diesel fuel year-round. Cenex® Ruby Fieldmaster contains industry-leading additives to stand up to harsh conditions throughout planting, growing and harvest:

  • Demulsifier: To keep water from reaching your equipment’s fuel line, Ruby Fieldmaster contains a demulsifier that separates water to the bottom of the tank.
  • Detergents: To protect against dirt and debris, Ruby Fieldmaster also contains aggressive detergents that keep entire fuel systems clean.
  • Storage stabilizer: Finally, to minimize fuel breakdown, Ruby Fieldmaster contains a storage stabilizer that extends the fuel’s shelf life beyond that of typical no. 2 diesel.

All together, Ruby Fieldmaster contains a package of seven multifunctional additives that work to restore power and efficiency with fewer repairs and more uptime. Talk to your local Cenex dealer to learn how Cenex Premium Diesel can keep your equipment going strong — no matter what time of year it is.


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