How to calculate the fuel consumption of your heavy equipment

With every passing day the fuel rates are going high. It is becoming very difficult for the users of heavy equipment to gain profit due to the constant increase of fuel price. Moreover, the heavy equipment consumes more fuel due to the heavy work load it has to perform. However, if the rate of fuel consumption by heavy equipment goes higher, then it would become more difficult by the users to control the expenses and at the same time, gain profit.

Why do you need to calculate the consumption of fuel by your heavy equipment?

Measuring the fuel calculation of heavy equipment is very important. This is due to several reasons:

  • Excessive fuel consumption leads to point that the engine may be facing some problems and hence requires a treatment.
  • It may also denote that the person who is controlling the equipment may be mishandling it. Therefore, he might need a training to learn how to operate heavy equipment.
  • It might also indicate that there is a chance of fuel theft that is resulting in the absence of fuel in the tank no matter how much carefully you operate the machine.

How to calculate how much fuel your heavy equipment is consuming?

There are quite some ways to calculate the fuel consumption of your heavy equipment.

  • The first thing you must do is to maintain the records of both the amount of fuel that has been filled in the tank, as well as the hours that the machine has worked. This can be done by following the engine’s hour meter that is present in most of heavy equipment.
  • It is very important to note down the data as accurately as possible. For that, one can note the starting hour and then the ending hour and by subtracting the former from the latter will result in the exact time period.
  • After every shift, you should note the amount of fuel refilled in the fuel tank and the accuracy should be maintained from the fuel meter.
  • Normally the amount of fuel that is required to fill the tank of heavy equipment is measured in gallon.
  • After a shift of work, the amount of fuel needed to fulfil the fuel tank is the amount consumed by the machine while working. However, it should also be noted that the machine has performed only an average work. If the work performed by your heavy equipment is more than the average, then one must note that also, since the more heavy work is done by the machine, the more amount of fuel will it consume.
  • The calculation part is the easiest part of the whole process. All you have to do is to divide the amount of fuel required to refill the tank by the number of hours the machine has worked in that particular shift. Suppose it needed 80 gallons of fuel to fill the tank after 8hours of work, then the consumption rate is 10 gallons per hour.