RACINE, Wis. - Every engine in every piece of Case IH agricultural equipment being sold in every country around the world is approved to use a five percent blend (B5) of an approved biodiesel fuel. And that's only the beginning.
"The Case IH brand is known for supplying reliable power. We've completed an aggressive performance and reliability evaluation, and are pleased to let our customers know they can generate that horsepower using a variety of biodiesel blends," says Randy Baker, President, Case IH North American Agricultural Business.
The B5 approvals first announced in 2004 were just a starting point. Following proper maintenance and fuel requirements, use of 20 percent biodiesel blends (B20) are approved in more than 90 percent of the models now being sold in Europe and North America, including the workhorse Magnum tractors. And, nearly half of the models sold globally, including the flagship Axial-Flow 8010 combine are approved, following proper protocols, for 100 percent biodiesel (B100). Your local Case IH dealer will soon have details on specific technical requirements for use.
"With biofuels our customers see the dual advantages of burning a renewable fuel, and creating a market for cash grains. Many of them use ethanol blends in their passenger vehicles and pickups, and they want to be able to use biodiesel in their farm machinery," Baker says.
"And, we're in a position to accommodate that request. We know what's required to generate power reliably from Case IH products using biodiesel blends. Now it's important that we do a good job communicating these practices internally to our employees and dealers, and externally to our customers," Baker says.
It takes a commitment on the customer's part as well as from Case IH, Baker says. "Our customers really need to talk through the requirements for using the biodiesel blends with their local dealers. General practices include sourcing approved biodiesel from reliable suppliers, watching for approved filter and oil change intervals, and in some cases with B100, having dealers install special parts and approve warranty extensions that help the vehicle perform as you would expect with this higher level of biodiesel."
Additional information on Case IH equipment biodiesel approval levels is available at www.caseih.com. Site visitors will need to select the product sections in their geography to get appropriate information. Local Case IH dealers should be contacted for specific information on special practices and parts required for the use of select biodiesel blends.
The Case IH commitment extends to it's manufacturing facilities. "It's our policy. When approved supplies are available, every engine powering Case IH equipment globally is leaving the factory with a biodiesel blend in the tank.
"We're delighted, and more importantly our customers around the world now have more options, as a result of the major strides we've made with biodiesel," Baker says.
Case IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment, committed to collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful, productive, reliable equipment - for those who demand more. With headquarters in the United States, Case IH has a network of dealers and distributors that operates in over 160 countries. Case IH provides agricultural equipment systems, flexible financial service offerings and parts and service support for professional farmers and commercial operators through a dedicated network of professional dealers and distributors. Productivity enhancing products include tractors; combines and harvesters; hay and forage equipment; tillage tools; planting and seeding systems; sprayers and applicators; and site-specific farming tools.