Looking For Red Diesel Near Me? How to Keep Your Farm Machinery Running Smoothly


The importance of proper maintenance on all farm machinery cannot be underestimated. Farm machinery can be expensive and will usually have costly repairs, so regular inspections and maintenance are essential. Unwanted breakdowns can have a debilitating effect on business and productivity, ultimately affecting your individual income through failure to bring in your harvest on time. In this article, we will provide insight and expertise into how best to make sure your farm machinery is properly maintained, in order to function at its highest level, emphasising the need for high-quality red diesel and regular inspection.

Maintenance & Inspection

Proper maintenance and inspection will practically guarantee a higher level of safety, reducing the risk of property damage or serious injury to members of your operation team. With a lower chance of breaking down and decreased level of threat to you and your operators, it can’t be estimated just how important regular maintenance and inspection really is. The question remains, of course, why farming machinery is readily neglected, with maintenance and inspection still something of an afterthought. We believe the answer is simple, most people aren’t aware of how best to look after their own machinery. Fortunately, that’s where we come in.

Below are just a few tips to ensure that your farm machinery is always maintained properly:

Lubricate Your Machinery

Applying lubricant to your machinery helps reduce friction, enhancing the overall life expectancy of your machinery and, in this case, should be applied to all moving parts. It’s vitally important you use a high-quality lubricant to reduce the risk of breakdowns and that you always clear up messes, dirt and debris before application. With regards to buildups and dirt, this should always be cleaned to ensure your machinery runs smoothly at all times.

Clean Your Machinery

As mentioned, it can be surprisingly difficult to spot signs of breakdowns or wear and tear when your farm machinery is dirty or unmaintained. It’s vital you keep your machinery clean so you can spot danger signs such as oil leaks and grease build-ups easily. It is also important to do proper cleaning maintenance such as filter cleaning, buildup removal, vacuuming and dusting inside farm machinery so your machinery will look great for a long time to come.

Change Your Oil

A simple, but effective way of preventing the need for repairs to your machinery, having your oil changed will help to keep your engine running smoothly and reduce the build-up of dirt and debris that occurs from the constant need to work in muddy areas. As discussed, you should lubricate your engine to reduce the risks of equipment damage even further.

Check Air Filters

Without clean air flowing into your engine, your fuel won’t burn efficiently. An engine’s air filter prevents small particles from gathering inside the internal components and damaging them. It is the filter’s job to ensure your engine receives plenty of clean air so if you have been working in muddy, dirty conditions, they can easily block up and stop your machinery from functioning properly. So, if it is clogged up you can usually unclog it by removing the filter and knocking the dirt and debris out or if it is damaged replace it.

Monitor Your Fuel

One of the most important factors in machinery operation is having the right fuel. As a farmer, it’s essential that you have a reliable source of fuel at all times in order to keep your farm running to its expected level. As each day passes, you should monitor your fuel levels to avoid the calamity of breakdowns during operation.

Store Your Fuel

With expensive fuel tanks and the prospect of oil spills, fire or environmental damage, correct and proper storage is essential to ensure the health and safety of your site and machinery. Similar to your boiler at home, you should have your tank inspected or preferably serviced at least once a year to guarantee they are functioning and adhering to regulatory standards in order to prevent future spills or further issues. If your tank is deemed as unsafe to fill by the driver during a delivery they can refuse to fill which could set you back in time and money.

Choosing The Right Fuel

Choosing the right fuel type for your machinery is a vital component of ensuring a smooth operation of machinery and vehicles for use in agricultural or construction industries. Typically, farming machinery, HGV’s, tractors rely on red diesel for their operation:

Red Diesel

Reserved for those in the agricultural, construction and commercial industries, red diesel is a type of fuel typically found in tractors, farming machinery or HGV’s. Essentially the same as standard diesel fuel, red diesel has a significantly lower tax levy compared with its traditional counterpart and is only dyed red in order to distinguish between the two fuel types. The lower tax levy means it is a criminal offence to use red diesel in domestic vehicles and should only be used for the following:

  • Tractors and light farming vehicles, for example, self-propelled cutters, providing they are merely used for gardening, agriculture or forestry purposes.
  • Mowers.
  • Gritters and automobiles used to clear snowfall.
  • Road structure vehicles.
  • Movable cranes and bulldozers.
  • Construction vehicles, e.g. diggers, JCBs and tippers.
  • Vehicles approved for partial use and which are merely used for farming, forestry or gardening purposes.
  • Work vehicles must obey the same guidelines as above, although the distance can’t exceed 1km.

As red diesel is a rebated fuel, legal for use in the agricultural, marine and construction industries, this makes it the perfect fuel to power vehicles in industries that need low-cost fuel for work purposes. The importance of sourcing reliable fuel for all your machinery cannot be overemphasised, at D&SL, we are able to provide red diesel for sale and supply agricultural fuel for tractors, construction machinery, vehicles and more.


Lubrication is a vital component of providing high efficiency and a longer life expectancy for nearly all rotating equipment or machinery. It can be defined as the application of oily or greasy substances, known as ‘lubricants’, in order to reduce friction and allow for smoother operation. Forming a film between the metal surfaces of machine parts to avoid metal-to-metal contact and to keep the machine running efficiently, lubrication is a key piece of the maintenance puzzle. The primary functions of lubricants in operation are:

  • Reduce friction
  • Prevent machine wear
  • Corrosion protection
  • Sealing
  • Cooling
  • Cleaning

In general, lubricant can be applied either one of two ways; manually or automatically:

Manual Lubrication

Manual lubrication requires a professional technician, armed with a grease gun or a similar traditional lubrication tool, to lubricate your machinery by hand. This method does prove to have a number of obvious shortcomings, such as increased machine downtime, higher maintenance costs and inconsistent lubrication due to the nature of human error.

Automatic Lubrication

In contrast, an automatic lubrication system will provide your equipment with the appropriate amount of lubrication when required, usually taking effect whilst the machinery is actually in operation. Replacing a conventional lubrication system will result in an extended lifespan for your equipment, with a reduced risk of wear and tear and a major decrease in maintenance bills. Due to manual lubrication typically producing levels of inconsistency, automatic lubrication is the preferred method, providing small amounts of lubricant, but at much more frequent intervals, avoiding over or under-lubrication. This, ultimately, will extend your machinery’s expected lifespan.

Agricultural Red Diesel: A Low Tax Fuel for the Construction Industry

If you’ve been looking for red diesel suppliers in Hull and beyond, look no further than D&SL Fuel and Lubricants. We specialise in agricultural, commercial fuel and diesel lubricants and supply a wide range of companies in the local area. At D&SL Fuels and Lubricants, we supply agricultural diesel for tractors, construction machinery, vehicles and more across Hull and the surrounding area. Whether you require commercial fuel or lubricants, our team is always on hand to make sure you get the fuel you need at the right price and time. We’ve been handling and delivering fuel across East Yorkshire and Holderness for over 25 years, so you can rely on us for fast fuel delivery. Contact us today.


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