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Fuel Conditioners vs. Fuel Additives

Since 1977, DFT Hammerdown®  Fuel Conditioners have been conditioning fuel without using fuel additives. Hammerdown®  fuel conditioners are 100% organic petrochemicals specifically formulated to prevent fuel-related problems in internal combustion engines. Hammerdown®  fuel conditioners are non-toxic, non-caustic, non-metallic, non-alcoholic, ashless dispersants designed to react with fuel in order to improve the chemical characteristics of fuel to achieve optimum engine performance.

The need for better refined, higher quality fuels is a recognized fact. Fuel companies are now marketing high-priced premium fuels fortified with additive packages in an attempt to combat the deteriorating quality of today's fuels. Engine manufacturers are now showing their concerns with the indiscriminate use of fuel additives:

"Additives can neutralize undesirable fuel properties. Some additives improve ignition quality. In general, Caterpillar discourages the use of fuel additives for No. 1 and No. 2 diesel fuel. There are two exceptions: One is the recommendation to use a cetane improver for direct injection engine if the cetane number is below 40. The second exception is the use of biocides to eliminate microorganisms in the fuel."                 

"Diesel Fuels and your engine"
  bulletin #SEBD0717

"Detroit Diesel specifically prohibits the use of draining lubricating oil in diesel fuel. This practice will result in increased combustion deposits, reduced injector and filter life, and will adversely effect exhaust emissions."
The addition of gasoline to diesel fuel will create a serious fire hazard. The presence of gasoline in diesel fuel will reduce fuel cetane number and increase combustion temperatures. Tanks which contain such mixtures should be drained and cleaned as soon as possible.
Detroit Diesel will not be responsible for any detrimental effects which it determines resulted from the use of used engine oil or gasoline in diesel fuel."
The use of supplemental fuel additives does not necessarily void the engine warranty. However, repair expenses which result from fuel system or engine component malfunctions due to their use will not be covered. These products should be accompanied with performance data supporting their merit. It is not the policy of Detroit Diesel Corporation to test, evaluate, approve, or endorse such products."     

Engine Requirements
Bulletin #7SE270 9205

"The indiscriminate use of cetane improvers or other fuel additives should be limited until tests have established that there are no detrimental effects. Such tests would include the observation of engine wear, corrosion or excess deposits."   

Fuel Oil Recommendations"
Section A-1, Equipment Specifications

Fuel additives are organic, inorganic or synthetic compounds designed to treat one fuel problem. They do not have the overall ability to improve fuel performance. Typically they contain alcohol, mineral spirits, boron compounds, and/or metal compounds.

Unlike fuel additives, Fuel Conditioners are multi-purpose organic compounds designed to improve fuel performance.

Characteristics of a good fuel conditioner:

Non-hazardous, non-toxic, non-caustic, non-corrosive, non-explosive
Contain no metals or alcohols
Totally harmless to all engine parts
Soluble in and compatible with all grades of fuel
Promote complete burning of the fuel in the combustion chamber
Reduce emissions of smoke, CO, NOx, and hydrocarbons
Prevent and remove hard carbon deposits
Stabilize fuel
Prevent oxidation and degradation of the fuel
Disperse and dissolve sludges and gums
Disperse water
Prevent the growth of bacteria, algae, and fungus
Enhance fuel lubricity
Control gelling
Buffer or neutralize active metals
Does not evaporate from the fuel
Free of objectionable odor, either alone or during combustion
Proven long term performance in a wide range of engines and environments
Increase fuel efficiency
Reduce maintenance
Restore engine power
Prevent corrosion in fuel tanks
Minimize fuel incompatibility ("Black Fuel")
Save the user more than their cost in fuel and maintenance savings

DFT Hammerdown® Fuel Conditioners have a 20 year, documented history of correcting all of these fuel problems.

No additive has the history or ability to prevent or correct as many fuel-related problems as Hammerdown® fuel conditioners.

In order to completely treat fuel like Hammerdown®, the user would have to use at least six or seven different additives. DFT #1500 offers the assurance of using normally supplied D2 to achieve results that surpass those gained by using expensive "premium" Diesel fuels.

DFT Hammerdown® Diesel Fuel Conditioner is E.P.A. Registered, Certified for National Defense Fuels Use, and U.S.C.G. Approved.Use of Hammerdown® fuel conditioners will not affect the warranty of Cummins engines if the user follows the manufacturers instructions*. Hammerdown® products are certified to have no chemicals capable of harming any engine part and are fully warranted by LV Petro, Inc.

*Excerpt from an interoffice fax at Cummins.


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