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Choosing the Right Diesel Fuel

South Shore business owners trust us for on-road and off-road diesel.

diesel fuel Franklin, MA When you manage a business, work site or vehicle fleet that depends on premium diesel fuel, you can’t afford to be without this vital fuel. In many ways, diesel is the lifeblood of commercial ventures in Franklin, MA, and throughout the South Shore. It fuels road vehicles, keeps generators running and powers a range of off-road equipment.

However, not all diesel fuels are created equal. Understanding the distinctions between on-road and off-road diesel and the importance of cetane numbers and fuel grades can make a significant difference in the productivity of your business. Frank Lamparelli can help you understand the crucial designations and ratings of diesel.

On-Road vs. Off-Road Diesel

It’s first worth considering whether you need on-road or off-road diesel. Both of these fuels are ultra-low sulfur, containing roughly 15 parts per million in sulfur content. On-road diesel powers everything from delivery trucks to passenger vehicles. It is undyed and taxed as a road fuel, which makes it more expensive than off-road diesel.

In addition to being tax-exempt, off-road diesel is known for being dyed red. Beyond that, it is essentially the same fuel. However, it can only be used for vehicles and equipment that do not operate on public roads. This includes agricultural machinery, construction equipment and generators.

While you can use road diesel in off-road equipment, if you are found to be using red-dyed diesel on a public road, you could face hefty fines.

Understanding Diesel Grades and Cetane Numbers

Diesel fuel has two grades: Diesel #1 (also called 1-D) and Diesel #2 (2-D). The grade will give you a sense of the fuel’s cetane number. A cetane number has to do with the product’s ignition capabilities. A higher cetane number indicates that the fuel can combust more easily under cold conditions. Diesel #1 has a higher cetane rating and tends to be more expensive. This kind of diesel may contain additional lubricants, demulsifiers and other additives. It also contains no paraffin, a waxy substance that contributes to fuel gelling in freezing temperatures. As you might imagine, Diesel #1 is better suited to vehicles that could face more “cold start” situations.

Diesel #2 has a lower cetane rating and is typically less expensive. Most fleets that don’t regularly face extreme driving conditions use Diesel #2, which could be considered “standard diesel fuel.”

If you’ve heard the term “winterized diesel,” this refers to a blend of Diesel #1 and Diesel #2.

Frank Lamparelli Offers Diesel Delivery Solutions.

When you choose Frank Lamparelli as your South Shore diesel fuel provider, you can be confident that you’ll receive attentive service and a premium product. We only sell top-quality on-road and off-road diesel. Plus, we offer on-site fueling for diesel vehicles as well as bulk fuel storage tanks. We even supply tanks to commercial clients that need them.

Looking for enhanced, winterized diesel? Our products include custom-blended diesel fuel. We can also deliver Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).

If you want to do business with a local company that is committed to your productivity and profitability, reach out today to become a Frank Lamparelli customer.