Case Approves Use Of B20 Biodiesel Blends For Construction Equipment

Staff | September 28, 2010

Case Construction Equipment has approved the use of B20 blends (20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel) for more than 85 percent of its construction equipment.

"Case is proud to help lower customers’ fuel costs and make a positive impact on the environment," says Jim Hasler, vice president, Case Construction Equipment, North America. "Using biodiesel to power Case equipment reduces our dependence on foreign oil and increases our U.S.-based energy production. Plus, biodiesel has the potential to save customers money."

Biodiesel, which is produced from vegetable oils or animal fat derived from renewable resources, is used in various processed mixes with standard petroleum diesel. This alternative fuel is credited with having the ability to lower exhaust emissions and help reduce dependence on imported oil.

"Biodiesel adds lubricity to the fuel, which is beneficial in many circumstances, particularly as sulfur and aromatics are removed from the fuel," explains Ray Good, engine application manager, Case Construction Equipment. "Biodiesel has a higher Cetane number and burns cleaner with less particulates and smoke emissions. It is also fully biodegradable and nontoxic."

Good adds that biodiesel fuels approved for use must comply with the North American Standard ASTM D6751. "Biodiesel should be purchased from a trusted supplier who understands the product and maintains good product quality. Case recommends that you only use biodiesel from BQ 9000 accredited suppliers to maintain the quality and the consistency of the fuel."

Case advises equipment owners to discuss the use of biodiesel, as well as the service requirements associated with its use, with their Case dealer. For a list of Case equipment that is approved for B20, visit