Case Construction Approves B20

Posted on June 18, 2008

Case Construction Equipment announced it has approved the use of B20 blends (20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum diesel) for more than 85% of its construction equipment. In June 2006, Case was among the first construction equipment manufacturers to approve the use of B5 blends.

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,” said 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 noted 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