There are several reason you won’t see this at your local Casey’s. Um, very often.
Obviously, most gas stations have a shelter over the pumps that would seriously get in the way of a piece of equipment this size. And gas stations tend to be either in towns or along highways and not convenient to slow moving vehicles in fields in remote locations.
So how do you fuel all that harvest equipment?
With your own fuel tank.
Our farm has those giant fuel barrels filed with dyed fuel (for farm vehicles only), but they stay at the farm’s home base. This trailer is a newly-traded addition to Daddy’s collection which allows him to haul fuel right to the combine.
So much easier than pulling up to the pump at Quick Trip!!
This trailer has two pumps, just like the ones you’d use to fuel your car– except at little bigger. 😉 They wind up on a hose reel, which is what you see in the photo above.
The tanks are in the rear of the combine and you have to pull the hoses up the ladder to reach them. And while some pieces of farm equipment (semis) actually have two diesel tanks, that’s not why you see two hoses in these pictures.
The second, smaller, hose actually fills the combine with something called DEF. This fluid is the secret to making our red equipment environmentally green.
(If you’re interested in learning how this combine is reducing emissions into the air, try this previous post.)
So now you know. This is why you won’t see tractors or combines in line at the local Conoco. Very often…