A PERENNIAL problem for farmers and contractors is how to avoid tractor breakdowns due to poor diesel quality. Wexford-based fuel filtration specialists, Rotech Ltd will be exhibiting its solutions at this week's Ploughing Championships.
The family-run company have developed a great reputation for solving expensive diesel filtration and fuel problems.
Managing director John Rowe comes from an agricultural contracting background himself so he has a first hand understanding of the issues involved.
Rotech stocks an impressive range of filters and they range in price from the basic water filter for about €45 right up to a pump coupled with water and particulate filtration system for €275 plus VAT.
Those looking for a top of the range system can get a fuel metre and automatic shut off nozzle option for about €490.
Fuel contamination and blocked filters are the scourge of tractors at this time of year. They are the most common cause of breakdowns as the rate of diesel tank turnover slows down after a busy summer.
If water is getting into your farmyard diesel storage tank the slower turnover rate during winter allows bacteria and biofilm to form on the surface of the diesel.
That is bad enough, but the real issue comes when dirty fuel is passed into the tractor's fuel pump and injection system.
The cost of replacing injectors and a fuel pump can quickly run into thousands of euro.
Aside from water, other diesel impurities include tiny particles of dust, sand, metal, glass, sludge and rust that are invisible to the human eye but can spell trouble for modern diesel injectors.
This is one situation where prevention really is better than the cure.