Biodiesel for Approved Kubota Products
Please read information below before using Biodiesel on your tractor
 
Kubota User’s Guide to Biodiesel Fuel (BDF) Concentrations up to 20% (B20)

Thank you very much for purchasing a Kubota product. Before using your Kubota product, be sure to read and understand this guide for selecting the correct fuel for your engine. With this guide, B6-B20 Biodiesel fuels (BDF): mixed diesel fuels containing 20% or less biodiesel can be utilized under the following conditions.

Keep this guide with your machine's Operator Manual stored with the machine. Refueling your Kubota product and handling fuel should be done with caution in order to avoid contact with the fuel and spillage that could create a potential environmental or fire hazard. Wear appropriate protective equipment when refueling. This guide gives detailed instructions for using mixed fuels containing Biodiesel concentration of 20% (B20) or less for your Kubota product.

Important - Kubota equipment containing Engine Model Number: V3800-CR and V6108-CR. These common rail engines are not approved for B20, although approved for B5 fuel (containing 5% Biodiesel).
 
Applicable biodiesel fuels:
  1. Blended diesel fuels containing 6% thru 20% Biodiesel fuel (B6 - B20) which comply with American Society of Testing Materials ASTM D7467-09a Standard, as revised, can be used for your Kubota equipment without adversely affecting the performance and durability of the engine and fuel system components.
  2. Any mineral oil diesel fuel, if used, must conform to ASTM D975-09b Standard, as revised. B100 fuel used to make Biodiesel blended fuels must meet ASTM D6751-09a Standard, as revised. The final blended fuel B20 must conform to ASTM D7467-09a Standard, as revised. Pure vegetable oil is NOT allowed in any blended fuel.
  3. Allowable blended fuel is mineral oil diesel fuel blended with B100 (i.e. 100% Biodiesel fuel). The blended fuel ratio shall be less than 20% B100 and 80% or more diesel fuel. The B100 source used for Biodiesel blends must be purchased from an accredited BQ-9000 marketer or producer. More information about qualified marketer(s) and producer(s) can be found at http://www.bq-9000.org .
Preparation of your Kubota product:
  1. Before using Biodiesel fuel concentrations greater than B5, you are advised to replace the oil, oil filter and fuel filter with new oil and filters. For replacement procedures, refer to the Operator's Manual or contact your local Kubota Dealer for the correct parts for your equipment.
Product Warranty, Emission and Other Precautions:
  1. Your Kubota engine emission control system was certified according to current regulations based on the use of non­biodiesel fuel. When using Biodiesel fuel, the owner is advised to check applicable local and federal emission regulations and comply with all of them.
  2. Biodiesel fuel may cause restricted or clogged fuel filters during cold weather conditions, resulting in the engine not operating properly.
  3. Biodiesel fuel encourages the growth of microorganisms which may cause degradation of the fuel. This in turn may cause fuel line corrosion or reduce fuel filter flow earlier than expected.
  4. Biodiesel fuel inherently absorbs moisture which may cause degradation of the fuel earlier than expected. To avoid this, drain the water separator and fuel filter port often.
  5. Do not use Biodiesel concentrations higher than 20% (i.e. greater than B20). Engine performance and fuel consumption will be affected, and degradation of the fuel system components may occur.
  6. Do not readjust the engine fuel control system as this will violate emission control levels for which the equipment was approved.
  7. Unlike soybean-based and rapeseed-based feedstock, palm oil-based feedstock is less fluid at low temperatures. Consequently, fuel filter performance may be reduced, particularly during cold weather conditions.
  8. The Kubota Warranty, as specified in the Owner's Warranty Information Guide, only covers defects in product materials and workmanship for Kubota approved products. Accordingly, any problems that may arise due to the use of poor quality fuels that fail to meet the above requirements, whether biodiesel or mineral oil based, are not covered by the Kubota Warranty.
Routine handling:
  1. Avoid spilling Biodiesel fuel onto painted surfaces as this may damage the finish. If fuel is spilled immediately wipe clean and flush with soapy water to avoid permanent damage.
  2. When using Biodiesel fuel, you are advised to maintain a full tank of fuel, especially overnight and during short term storage, to reduce condensation within the tank. Be sure to tighten the fuel cap after refueling to prevent moisture build up within the tank. Water in the Biodiesel mixture will damage fuel filters and may damage engine components.
Maintenance Requirements when using Biodiesel fuel B6 thru B20:
  1. Replace the fuel hoses with new Kubota approved hoses at one half (1/2) the suggested replacement intervals as listed in the Operator's Manual. For Example: If the suggested interval is 100 hours to replace fuel hoses, then replace at 50 hours.
  2. Replace the fuel filters with new Kubota approved filters at one half (1/2) the suggested replacement interval as listed in the Operator's Manual.
  3. When using Biodiesel for the first time in your Kubota equipment, replace the engine oil with new Kubota approved oil and filter and follow the service requirements listed in the Operator's Manual.
Long Term Storage:
  1. Biodiesel fuel easily deteriorates due to oxygen, water, heat and foreign substances. Do not store B6 thru B20 longer than one (1) month and B5 longer than three (3) months.
  2. When using B6 thru B20 and storing the machine longer than one (1) month, drain the fuel from the tanks and replace with light mineral oil diesel fuel. Subsequently, run the engine at least thirty (30) minutes to remove all of the Biodiesel from the fuel lines.
  3. When using B5 fuel and storing machine longer than three (3) months, drain the fuel from the tanks and replace with light mineral oil diesel fuel. Subsequently, run the engine at least thirty (30) minutes to remove all of the Biodiesel from the fuel lines.

Listing of Kubota Products Approved for Use with B20 Biodiesel:

               
  Tractor Models  
 

Model

Starting Serial #

Model

Starting Serial #

Model

Starting Serial #

Model

Starting Serial #

 

 

B2320D

31782

L2800D

85259

L45

50815

M7040F

21073

 

 

B2320HSD

55029

L2800F

20326

L4740D

70250

M7040

13245

 

 

B26

52920

L3240D

71219

L5040D

70037

M7040SD

68140

 

 

B2620HSD

53985

L3240F

40016

L5240D

70297

M8540D

83971

 

 

B2630HSD

52815

L3400D

89929

L5740D

70660

M8540DN

83892

 

 

B2920HSD

54341

L3400F

20181

M5040D

83365

M8540F

21030

 

 

B3030HSD

60031

L3540D

70480

M5040F

21034

M9540D

85231

 

 

B3200HSD

55085

L3700

51740

M5640

10360

M9540F

21062

 

 

B3300HSD

51378

L3940D

70839

M5640SD

50815

M96S

10014

 

 

BX1860

53041

L39-1

60441

M59

51521

M96SD

70152

 

 

BX2360

56107

L4240D

70576

M6040D

84103

MX4700D

50850

 

 

BX25

56015

L4400D

85869

M6040F

21026

MX4700F

10540

 

 

BX2660

57625

L4400F

20002

M7040D

85054

MX5100D

56076

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MX5100F

13834

  

             

 
   
  Mowers  
 

Model

Starting Serial #

 
  F2680E 10456  
  F3080 10595  
  F3680 14861  
  ZD221 20503  
  ZD323-60 31219  
  ZD326P 31577  
  ZD326RP-60R 10504  
  ZD326S 31064  
  ZD331LP-72 31728  
  ZD331P-60 30636  
  ZD331RP-60R 10270  
  GR2110 15818  
   
       
 
Construction Equipment
 
 
Model
Starting Serial #
Model
Starting Serial #

 

 

K008
21032
R520
20435

 

 

KX057
20300
SVL75
10053

 

 

KX080
22430
SVL90
10010

 

 

KX121
72297
U17
13012

 

 

KX41
40449
U25
31014

 

 

KX71
12419
U35
40424

 

 

KX91
40983
U45
70343

 

 

R420
20306
U55
20210

 

       
   
  Utility Vehicles  
 

Model

Starting Serial #

 

 

RTV1100

24791

 

 

RTV1140

16326

 

 

RTV900

A6727

 

 

 

Kubota Approves Use of B5 Biodiesel Fuels in Kubota Diesel Products

 

Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC) announces a global Kubota decision to approve the use of "B5” biodiesel fuels in specified Kubota diesel-powered products. Biodiesel fuels, most often offered in a blended-petroleum format, are derived mostly from vegetable oils, and are offered in the United States as an alternative source for energy.

 

Biodiesel Fuel (BDF) blended with diesel fuel may be used in the Kubota diesel powered products listed below only if the blended fuel meets the following conditions:

  1. BDF concentration must not exceed 5% by volume (B5 blend). Greater concentrations increase the likelihood of corrosion and failure of the aluminum, zinc, rubber, and plastic parts of the fuel system.
  2. The petroleum diesel fuel base must meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D975 fuel specification (or the European EN590 specification). The pure biodiesel base must meet minimum requirements provided by ASTM D6751 (or EN14214) prior to blending. Raw pressed vegetable oils are NOT acceptable for use in any concentration.
  3. Kubota strongly recommends that B5 blend be purchased from a BQ-9000 accredited producer or certified marketer. Kubota discourages local blending of BDF, because it is difficult to meet the quality requirements explained above.
  4. Users of Kubota Emission Certified Engines are responsible for obtaining any required local, state or national regulatory approvals for the use of BDF.

Enhanced engine care may be required even if the fuel meets the above standards. Kubota has the following concerns and recommendations regarding the use of B5 blend:

  1. B5 blend attracts moisture and may contain higher water content than conventional diesel fuels. Keep storage and vehicle tanks as full as possible and ensure all caps and covers are installed properly to prevent water from entering and collecting in the fuel system.
  2. Follow the oil change intervals recommended by Kubota in your operator's manual. Extended oil change intervals may result in premature wear or engine damage.
  3. B5 blend is biodegradable and degradation of the fuel supply is accelerated by the presence of water, heat, oxygen and other impurities.
    • To avoid damage caused by fuel degradation, B5 blend should not be used if it has been stored for more than 3 months.
    • If an engine is going to be placed in storage, the B5 blend should be flushed out by operating the engine for at least 30 minutes on conventional diesel fuel.
  4. In consideration of the particular properties of BDF it is very important to follow the maintenance interval and procedures regarding the fuel system as specified in the operator's manual.
    • Microbial contamination and growth may cause corrosion in the fuel system and frequent plugging of the fuel filter.
    • Cold weather conditions can lead to fuel system plugging, hard starting or other problems
    • BDF attracts moisture and may contain higher water content than conventional diesel fuels.
  5. B5 blend will damage painted surfaces. Clean up spills immediately.
  6. Tampering with the factory adjustments on fuel system components is a violation of EPA regulations, and can result in denial of warranty coverage.
Kubota's statement of allowance to use B5 blend in no way changes the published warranty terms and conditions. Fuel system failures that can be attributed to the quality of fuel used are ineligible for warranty coverage. Please see your local Kubota dealer for more information.
 
Listing of Kubota Products Approved for Use with B5 Biodiesel:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tractor Models
 
B21
BX1830
L3240
L4630
M110
M8200
 
 
B26
BX1850
L3400
L4740
M120
M8540
 
 
B2630
BX22
L3430
L48
M125X
M9000
 
 
B3030
BX2200
L3540
L5030
M4800SU
M9540
 
 
B7410
BX2230
L3830
L5240
M4900
M95S
 
 
B7510
BX23
L39
L5740
M5040
M96S
 
 
B7610
BX2350
L3940
M105S
M5700
MX5000
 
 
B7800
BX24
L4240
M105X
M6040
 
 
 
BX1500
L2800
L4330
M108S
M6800
 
 
 
BX1800
L3130
L4400
M108X
M7040
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mower Models
 
F2260

ZD18

 

 

F2560

ZD21

 

 

F2880

ZD25

 

 

F3060

ZD28

 

 

F3680

ZD321

 

 

G2160

ZD326

 

 

GF1800

ZD331

 

 

GR2100

 

 
 
 
 
Construction Equipment
 
K008-3

R420S

 

 

KX080-3

R520S

 

 

KX121-3S

U15

 

 

KX161-3S

U25S

 

 

KX41-3

U35S

 

 

KX71-3

U45S

 

 

KX91-3S

 

 
   
 
  Utility Vehicles
 

RTV1100

RTV900