Case Leads Construction Industry into Biodiesel

In response to rising fuel prices, future fuel supply concerns and its customers’ owning- and-operating costs, Case Construction Equipment has become the first construction equipment manufacturer to approve the use of B5 blends (5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent petroleum-based diesel) in all of its mechanical engines.

The global full-line manufacturer also announced that the use of B20 blends (20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum-based diesel) is possible on all Case engines other than electronic engines and those in the Case 410 and 420 Skid Steer Loaders. Owners should see their local Case dealer for more information on specific biodiesel applications.

“Our customer-focused strategy helps us understand just how important lower owning-and-operating costs are to the people who buy our machines,” said Jim McCullough, president of Case Construction Equipment. “We’re taking every step we can to help customers be more productive, competitive and profitable. We’re also well aware of the finite availability of fossil fuels; for all these reasons, we are investigating a variety of alternatives like biodiesel.”

Biodiesel, which is produced from vegetable-based oils derived from renewable resources such as North American-grown soybeans, is used in various processed mixes with standard petroleum diesel. It has been heralded as an alternative fuel with the ability to lower emissions and help reduce dependence on imported oil.

“We do not intend to stop at B5 and B20 in our quest to help customers reduce their operating costs,” McCullough said. “Case is committed to working with its partners to push toward higher-level biodiesel blends that will be compatible with future low-emissions-compliant engines. We’ve initiated aggressive field tests to evaluate the performance of Case engines with 100 percent biodiesel.”

While the long-term effects of biodiesel in higher-blend ratios have yet to be confirmed with current production engines, Case is continuing to study the impacts of those applications.

Case will also continue to work closely with the Engine Manufacturers Association’s Biodiesel Task Force subcommittee, which works to advance biodiesel research.

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