Warning as dodgy oils and fuels damaging farm machinery
Farmers are unwittingly causing damage to farm machinery by using "out-of-date and contaminated" oils and fuels, Gulf Oil CEO Dermot Fallon has warned.
Mr Fallon said a lack of knowledge among buyers, suppliers and distributors is leading to escalating engine problems for small farmers and some larger contractors.
Speaking to the Farming Independent, Mr Fallon said the issue, mainly with diesel engine oils and hydraulic fuels, is widespread and has been developing over the last two decades.
"There is a lack of knowledge about the amount of low quality, obsolete, recycled and contaminated product currently on the market.
"People aren't up to speed with what they are buying and selling. With modern engines and modern transmissions it's gone very technical, you have to use the right product, if you don't use the right product you're in trouble straight away," said Mr Fallon.
In general terms, he says diesel engine oils are graded on a "E2, E3, E4, E5, E6, E7, E9" basis.
Top spec hydraulic fuel should be either a straw colour or clear, not dark. Diesel engine oil is generally dark.
"E2 and E3 oils came to market 25 years ago and they're fine for a machine 30 years old. E4 and E5 came to the market 15 years ago so they've changed over time too. Modern machines need E7 or E9 and farmers just mightn't know that.