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Thread: Volume Plus Servos and unknown Biodiesel Blends

  1. #51
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    Re: Volume Plus Servos and unknown Biodiesel Blends

    I spoke to the owner (Bill) after I was given the number by a store operator. I was ringing because I found the supply, particularly at south strathfield, unreliable. I presume that it was the owner of the whole show as he thought that I was a Steve that he knew, not some customer that he wanted to avoid.
    Anyway the conversation was perhaps informative to this this dicussion. Without even knowing about this website I asked him what was in his mix. He said, depending upon supply, about 20-30% diesel, the rest maily canola ith some cottonseed oil and a little tallow.
    As for quality, well I've had no problems running on it for over a year and I have asked heavy truck drivers that I've met at the bowser and they've said the same. However as per your comments on the signs, some of them had no idea that it was bio, they'd never noticed.

  2. #52
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    Re: Volume Plus Servos and unknown Biodiesel Blends

    Quote Originally Posted by saf453 View Post
    I spoke to the owner (Bill)
    Actually Eddie is the bloke who owns it/runs the show. You were very lucky to get such an answer though, very few of my attempts ever got any contact with them or info from them.
    Robert.
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  3. #53
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    Re: Volume Plus Servos and unknown Biodiesel Blends

    I've passed VP stations ot Hurstville and Sth Strathfield in the last week and both had large signs out the front showing: BIODIESEL, along with UNLEADED.
    G

  4. #54
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    Re: Volume Plus Servos and unknown Biodiesel Blends

    I've found that the VP blends do absolutely nothing for my engine, loss of power and very poor consumption. It seems to be the same from the mid north coast, sydney and central west VP outlets that I've filled at.
    The other effect I've noticed is greatly increased exhaust temps, to the stage that the plastic split tube which protects the wiring under the truck has melted due to the very hot air coming off the exhaust!!
    A friend that runs it in his aircooled tractor has also said that it runs far hotter than normal when using the VP diesel from his local (hunter) depot.

  5. #55
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    Re: Volume Plus Servos and unknown Biodiesel Blends

    You are meant to get lower exhaust temperatures on biodiesel, up to 100C lower than dino-diesel. I would have to put forward the suggestion that there might be something else in the "blend" that is neither biodiesel, nor petro-diesel. Certainly the previous tests done on samples from there did indicate 15% "other oils".

    I know that in vehicles with particulate filters, the temperature can be raised by deliberately injecting extra fuel to the engine to raise the temp to burn off particles on the filter screen periodically, however, I'd doubt that your Hummer, or your mate's tractor employ this technology.

    I'm no expert, but I'd have to guess that the reason your exhaust seems to burn at a much higher temp, based on previous experience/rumours with this supplier would point to a suspicion that the fuel you are burning would possibly contain something else that is neither biodiesel, nor petro diesel.

    If anyone else has any ideas and is better qualified to explain them, please do.
    Robert.
    Site Admin.

  6. #56
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    Re: Volume Plus Servos and unknown Biodiesel Blends

    In reply to saf 453

    Bill and Eddie own Volume plus.
    Bill is based in Sydney head office.
    Eddie is based in Sydney head office but he also is in charge of the Moama plant. There has been recent as 2 weeks ago mix problems to some large transport Companys from the Moama plant. One would have to ask have they employed a chemist or sent there sample to the testing labs ??? One transport company had 13 trucks stop over a 2 day period with filter problems and injectors. The department of fair trading has checked out some of there sites and found that the signs stating that it meets the Australian fuel standards are not misleading. If any one has a problem with there vehicles and wants more info ring the Enviroment and heritage dept to lodge your complaint.
    I do believe that Bio Diesel will be a more efficent fuel in years to come.

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