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#196 Cvans ONLINE  

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Posted July 14, 2013 - 07:00 PM

Glad it turned out better than you hoped for. I know I'd be lost without mine. They are a real back saver and once your used to using a loader in this class life becomes much easier.



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Posted July 15, 2013 - 12:40 PM

Back on the fuel usage, my 1500 ford is working pulling a 5 ft brush cutter at 2500 rpm. It will burn between 1/2 & 3/4 gal per hour.

I have never mowed the whole 9 acres at one time(last time was part of two days), but know it is burning much less fuel than my 318

would.   I may buy 5 gal of diesel per month, but am buying 7 gal of gas for the two GT's every 2-3 weeks.


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Posted July 15, 2013 - 06:35 PM

I love that tractor!
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Posted July 15, 2013 - 06:57 PM

I would also like to see how much  the diesels use per hr compared to gas . Not sure if I would use it enough to make a swap worth it or to pay more for another mower just to have a diesel .

 

 

Al, I switched from a big JD GT, an x475 with a 23hp liquid cooled Kawi V twin to the JD 2320 with a 24hp Yanmar diesel. I don't do any mowing. Most of my usage is loader work. I use roughly 1/2 the fuel/hr with the diesel and it weighs twice as much and can do more work in the same time. If you loaded both engines hard it wouldn't be that big a difference but the diesel would still burn less fuel. A diesel is much more efficient at low power levels than a gas engine and the fuel has about 15% more energy /gallon. 


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Posted July 16, 2013 - 08:06 PM

Just filled her up.  Hours on the clock is 2848.8, so when I fill back up, we'll see the hourly fuel usage.  I'll use a marked gallon jug to fill her up next time for accuracy.


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Posted July 18, 2013 - 11:50 PM

I filled up my B5100 on 6/20 @ 856.4 hours and just filled up today (7/18) @ 861.6 hours. I used 1.33 gallons / 5.2 hours = 0.256 gallons per hour. Those are all mowing hours, so about 2/3 - 3/4 thottle.



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Posted July 19, 2013 - 11:47 AM

 

0.256 gallons per hour

 

Doesn't that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy.  :D


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Posted July 26, 2013 - 02:40 PM

Just an estimate, but my Yanmar looks to be about a gallon down with 3 hours added to the clock.


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Posted July 31, 2013 - 09:09 AM

Well, my 3TN66 ran 4 hours doing random jobs with the FEL and used almost exactly 1.5 gallons diesel.  That converts to .375 gallons per hour, or just a bit over 1/3 gph.  My Onan that was on this tractor easily gulped down almost a gallon of gasoline an hour.  


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Posted July 31, 2013 - 10:28 AM

 

My Onan that was on this tractor easily gulped down almost a gallon of gasoline an hour.  

I'm surprised that it wouldn't have been more than that. It used to take me about an hour and forty five minutes to mow the yard and the simplicity with an 18hp. Kohler would use almost 3 gallons. 

The 1/3 of a gallon per our sounds great. Has to make you smile.  :D


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Posted July 31, 2013 - 10:37 AM

I'm surprised that it wouldn't have been more than that.   

 

Well, I was being conservative, as I never actually checked the usage rate on the Onan.  Likely it burned well over a gallon/hour.  I know I'd have to fill the tank a 2nd time to finish an afternoon's work.

 

 The 1/3 of a gallon per our sounds great. Has to make you smile.  :D

 

Oh yes, makes me smile a lot for the fuel savings, then I smile for the smoke she makes when she pulls hard, then I smile over the beautiful sound she makes!  It's a win/win/win!  :thumbs:

 

 

 

 


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Posted July 31, 2013 - 11:22 AM

how much is that in red fuel versus retail gas?



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Posted July 31, 2013 - 02:34 PM

 

 It's a win/win/win!   :thumbs:

You got that right!

 

 

how much is that in red fuel versus retail gas?

For a while this summer my son said diesel was cheaper than gas. Don't know what it is now. After fuel went above $3.00 a gallon I quit looking. Less painful that way. 



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Posted July 31, 2013 - 03:25 PM

Kentucky average price today is $3.60 vs $3.80 for diesel.  So if my Onan burned a gallon per hour(likely more), then hourly fuel cost is $1.27 for diesel, and $3.60 an hour using gasoline to do the same job, but with the diesel also being much more user friendly than the gas.  So in just one 4 hour afternoon of cleaning calf stalls, I now save a minimum of $9.32.  That one day's savings pays the fuel for almost 2 afternoon's later work.  I use this tractor at least 4 hours per week, so in a year's time I'll save a minimum of $450.  That means in a year or less, fuel savings alone will have paid for the entire diesel re-power.  Considering I'll likely (if I'm blessed to live long enough) use this tractor another 20 years, if the engine held up, it could save $9,000, not accounting for inflation/etc.


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Posted July 31, 2013 - 03:36 PM

So in a years time, you will save enough money to buy another Hog or Two !! :thumbs:






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