Very nice Jere :thanku:!!! Now I wounder how that compares to the diesels fuel use?
I have that information, but not in a spread sheet. I have been tracking the fuel use of my x748 since March, the 1 year anniversary of purchase. I will post the results when the year is up. One thing I have found is it's very hard to be accurate when tracking one tank at a time. It's hard to add 5 gallons of fuel at the exact same time in a 6.5 gallon tank. I have added fuel 5 gallons at a time, hours per tank has varied from 5.8 to 7.8. Some of that is from working it harder, but some is from adding fuel a little sooner or later.
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That looks very good Jere. Thanks!
Andy - note his spreadsheet allows for variable amounts of fuel being added (4.0, 4.5, 4.8, 5.0). You could add 4.0 on one day when the tank would only take 4.0 then a week later add the remaining 1.0 gallons before heading to refill the tank. As long as you log the 1.0 gallons with the hours on the hours on the meter (date is nice too) it will all work out.
I did not base my purchase decision on fuel efficiency, but I don't have any issue with anyone who did.
Fuel efficiency alone isn't a great reason to buy a diesel. Fuel prices vary, use of off road diesel will help, but according to today's pump prices here (gas $3.24, diesel $3.64) and our fuel consumption numbers, fuel cost in my x748 is $.33 less an hour than your x728. I paid around $900 extra for the diesel, so it would take over 2,700 hours to break even. Right now, there seems to be a bigger difference in gas and diesel prices than normal, last summer gas was $3.55, diesel was $3.75. With those numbers it would still take over 1,600 hours to break even.
I'm not debating the fuel efficiency trade offs. As I stated, fuel efficiency did not factor into my purchase decision. But, as a student of math, I'm confused by your numbers.
I calculated .95 gallons per hour for my x728 for the past 9 months. At your gas price of $3.24/gallon, I am burning ~$3.078 of gas per hour. Your reported consumption of .752 gallons diesel per hour at $3.64 looks like about $2.91 per hour. Closer to 17¢ per hour more efficient than 33¢.
......I've looked for information on the fuel usage of the tractors, but I think our info will be the best available.:fing32:
I guess I could add this although it isn't so much about fuel consumption .
I use a 5 gallon can and add stabil to it per what stabil recommends.
Its always the cheapest gas available.
I only put 8.3 hours per year on the x728 so I have older gas in it pretty much all the time.
I did the yearly maintenance on it a couple of days ago, so I warmed it up good and it idles perfect and runs perfect any where on the throttle, but I always use stabil, with this tractor all you have to do is just touch the key and the electronic fuel injection fires it up instantly.
Anyway probably wasn't worth mentioning, but what the heck.
I got it in January 2010.
I reread this post of mine last night and realized it was kind of stupid on my part, but by that time the edit feature was gone, sorry guys.