HOW MUCH IS IDLE TIME COSTING YOU?

All those nonproductive hours translate into a lot of wasted fuel: 1 gallon or more every hour. Some industry experts say it’s not unusual for idle time to represent as much as 40-50% of total running time.

 

IT ADDS UP FAST

See how excess idling drives up fuel costs for an owner who logs 2,000 hours per year for five years.

Idle Time Idle Hours Annual Cost
of Idle Time
Five-Year
Cumulative Cost
 
20% 400 $1,560 $7,800 Less
25% 500 $1,950 $9,750 Less
30% 600 $2,340 $11,700 Less
35% 700 $2,730 $13,650 Less
40% 800 $3,120 $15,600 Less

EXPECTED OWNERSHIP: 5 years ANNUAL OPERATING HOURS: 2,000

AVERAGE FUEL COST: $3.90/gallon FUEL BURNED DURING IDLE: 1 gallon/hr

 

FUEL COSTS ARE JUST PART OF THE STORY...

When you rack up a lot of nonproductive hours, you:

  • Increase emissions
  • Jeopardize component life
  • Accelerate wear of Tier 4 technologies
  • Complete unnecessary fluid and filter changes
  • Burn through warranty hours
  • Sacrifice resale value
  • Jeopardize component life

 

SIX TIPS
 FOR REDUCING IDLE TIME

  1. Limit idle time at shutoff. Older engines need 2 minutes, newer engines 
almost none.
  2. Turn off trucks that are waiting more than 5 minutes to load or unload.
  3. Restrict morning warm-ups to 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Turn off equipment during lunchtime, breaks and other periods when not in use.
  5. Use the automatic shutdown feature when available.
  6. Anticipate the mobile requirements of other equipment and position the inactive machine where it won’t impede the movement of other units.

 

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