Farmers: Maximize the Value of Your Capital Investments

Tony Christensen |

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Farmers and rural operation managers have new strategies to get the most out of the expensive equipment they use. Let’s look at some smart solutions for how to better use fuel, oil, and lubricants:

Fuel delivery and use

If you operate a farm or rural operation, there are some unique ways to save money by optimizing the amount of fuel you use each year. If you haven’t already done so, consult with an expert distributor to help you reduce your costs and ensure the performance and lifespan of your equipment. 

Consider the following:

  • How large is your on-site fuel storage tank?
  • How much fuel do you use per year (on average)?
  • How often do you tend to re-fill your fuel supply tank? 

You might find that your current fuel storage tank is quite small considering the number of fuel deliveries you pay for each year. Since distributors charge freight costs for each fuel delivery, upgrading a 5,000 gallon to a 12,000 storage tank might create substantial savings if it means paying for fewer shipments per year.

You’ll need to calculate the cost difference of purchasing a new fuel storage tank versus savings on paying fewer fuel delivery charges for the year. Once you calculate how much fuel you use each year and how much storage capacity you have, you can plan your shipments accordingly.

Oil and lubricants

Specialized farming equipment increasingly requires specialty oils and lubricants to extend the performance and lifespan of that equipment. As with fuel storage, you might find your current oil storage could be increased for greater storage capacity, in which case you’ll need fewer shipments (and pay fewer freight charges). Consult with your distributor to determine your annual use and compare that amount to what you might need to invest in larger storage supplies. 

It is important to note that oil is the lifeblood of engines. Work with a reputable distributor who has established their expertise on oil and lubricant products for your agricultural needs. They should be able to provide you with specific equipment analysis and the ideal product recommendations for your equipment. 

You need to protect your high-powered equipment in all conditions and operating at maximum load. Improperly maintained equipment and using the wrong products can end up costing you more in the long run. Not only do they help you prolong your machinery life, the right lubricants also protect your warranty agreements by meeting equipment-manufacturer and industry specifications, reducing maintenance costs and emissions, and increasing equipment availability. Sometimes paying a dollar per gallon more for the right oil is well worth the value of the equipment you rely on every day.