How can filling expensive machinery and construction equipment with diesel exhaust fluid be more efficient? What are the best DEF transfer equipment options, and which option is best for your needs?
Here is some insight how to select the best DEF transfer solution for your equipment filling needs. Today's extensive market offers many choices, making it easier to refuel your DEF equipment in a timely fashion. The challenge today is to know where to look to find the right product to fill your equipment efficiently. With the demand for Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) on the rise, we have had many farmers and construction workers ask us for a quick solution. To make it simple, we have created a brief list of every DEF dispensing and refueling option that is on sale today.
Most Efficient DEF Transfer Tanks and Systems to Fill Machinery:
Portable Flo-Fast DEF Containers or Jugs - DEF jugs are small containers that range from 7.5 gallon to 15 gallons. This option can be extremely time consuming on larger equipment because you will have to make several trips from your bulk DEF storage tank to your machine because of the small amount of DEF you can dispense at once. However, if you refilling UTVs, ATVs, Marine Equipment or your Pick Up Truck, then the Flo-Fast System is extremely cost effective. The containers are inexpensive by themselves, and they can be purchased optionally with a pump and a cart for around $500.
- Pros - Easy to handle, light, great for small equipment.
Cons - Time consuming on large equipment.
Mobile DEF Transfer Tanks with Pumps - This is probably the most popular. These mobile Fuel Boss DEF Tanks by Enduraplas, will minimize downtime in the field or at the jobsite. DEF transfer units are complete units, a poly DEF tank from 25 to 100 gallon capacities equipped with a 9gm pump, 20' hose and dispense gun. This is a cost-effective option for larger equipment, as these tanks store an ideal amount for refueling most machinery.
- Pros - Good for all equipment sizes, easy to handle and transport, efficient, cost effective, all poly and stainless steel components.
Cons - Only available up to 100 gallons.
Refillable Caged DEF Tanks - Large portable DEF tanks offer a larger capacity then the mobile Fuel Boss DEF Tanks. They can more difficult to transport for the average user, although they do have a compact footprint of 44" x 44". The caged DEF tanks, by Fluidall should be stationed at your refueling location and range in capacity from 180 gallons to 330 gallons. Most users that purchase the caged tanks also purchase a DEF transfer unit as well for ease of refueling. This is mostly because DEF tanks can get very heavy when they are full. They are fully equipped with a high quality Graco DEF pump package, and the steel cage is forkliftable.
- Pros - Durable, high quality DEF Tank and equipment, good for larger machinery and bulk supply of diesel exhaust fluid.
Cons - Heavy to transport.
Heated Double Walled Bulk DEF Cube Refueling Stations - These tanks are a great solution to consider when you are running more than 5 pieces of equipment that require diesel exhaust fluid. These bulk DEF tanks range from 400 gallons to 1,320 gallons. This option is the largest cost outlay however, is needed when you have several machines. Users that choose these large storage option also like to have a portable refueling DEF tank on hand that allows them to transport the diesel exhaust fluid from their station to their machinery on their pick up.
- Pros - Heated; ideal for large machinery fleets.
Cons - Expensive upfront, always stationary
What option is best for you?
After completing this comparison, it is obvious that each DEF storage and transfer solution has its own unique features. Two important elements to consider when determining how much DEF you need on site are, how many pieces of equipment you are running with DEF, and what capacities are needed. Remember that while many people like to conviently have bulk diesel exhaust fluid storage, mobile DEF transfer units are also handy because of their portability. Consider the amount of time you can save if you can have a mobile DEF method of transfer available at all times.