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Re: fuel efficientcy

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Posted by RodInNS on July 02, 2013 at 18:13:24 from (

In Reply to: fuel efficientcy posted by jerry 4 on July 02, 2013 at 09:47:37:

There is no way on this earth that you're going to run a 90 horse gear drive tractor on a rake and burn the same fuel as the 50-60 horse tractor unless the 60 horse is ballasted down the same as the big one. Then they'll both burn a lot.
As far as chopping or plowing is concerned... I've always been of the opinion that having a bit more than the minimum necessary is probably about as close to maximum fuel efficiency as you're going to get... as long as the engine has the reserve capacity to pull through tough spots and plugs. If you lack the reserve to pull through then you're losing productive time and losing efficiency. You've also go to remember that if you have more tractor... you're probably going to drive faster... and driving faster WILL burn more fuel.
The key to efficiency is sizing the tractor to run at maximum on the lower/mid side of the machine's efficient range. Just the same... you may be in a situation where maximizing the machine's capacity is more important than being ultra efficient...

The one thing I do know... is that people around here that run big tractors on all of their gear are forever complaining about the amount of fuel they use... and I often get by with far less fuel and no more time spent by having things more or less appropriately sized.



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