Case IH continues champion-of-biodiesel role

By | January 10, 2007
John Heisdorffer has been using biodiesel blends in his farm machinery for years. As an Iowa soybean farmer, Heisdorffer knows the importance of using biodiesel in his Case IH tractors and combine. After all, using biodiesel enabled him to burn a more beneficial fuel that he and his peers can grow anew each year.

Case IH has given farmers and its other equipment users the blessing for up to a B20 blend of biodiesel. The company said customers can use B20 in most Case IH engines and B5 in all Case IH engines. In addition, Case IH fills most of its models with biodiesel blends right out of the factory.

Heisdorffer, an Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) executive committee member and a director of the Iowa Renewable Energy biodiesel plant, said biodiesel owes some of its success to equipment manufacturers like Case IH. "I appreciate that Case IH took the initiative to be one of the first engine manufacturers of farm equipment to promote not only biodiesel, but especially [a blend] up to B20," he said. "I have been using B20 and have never had any problems whatsoever with the Case IH equipment or the fuel." The ISA is a member of the National Biodiesel Board and Heisdorffer was recently elected an officer of the National Biodiesel Foundation.

Case IH is not only taking the farmer's word for it, but also their own in their next steps in advancing biodiesel. "Case IH and our engine partner companies are continuously testing higher biodiesel blends and engine configurations to provide our customers with the most up-to-date information," said Randy Baker, president of Case IH North America. "A 100 percent factory-fill of a biodiesel blend is a logical next step in the process of embracing biodiesel. Adding to demand for soybeans while producing the crop is the type of strategy our customers like to pursue. It's good environmental stewardship and good business."

Case IH agricultural equipment fully supports the use of B5 blends on all engines it manufactures. B20 is approved for use in all Case IH engines other than common rail. In addition, field testing is being conducted to determine performance levels of blends up to 100 percent biodiesel as part of a program to ensure maximum productivity and engine durability.

"As long as engine maintenance procedures are followed, and in-spec blends are purchased from a reputable supplier, biodiesel blends from B5 through B20 can be used in any Case IH engine in operation today," Baker said.

All major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) support B5 and lower blends, provided they are made with biodiesel meeting ASTM D 6751. New Holland also has approved up to a B20 blend in its diesel engines. A growing number of OEMs are recommending the use of BQ-9000 companies. BQ-9000 is the industry's biodiesel fuel-quality program.

Additional information regarding recommended biodiesel blend levels is available on the product pages of
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