Sask. RCMP looking for tractor incident information

Sask. RCMP looking for tractor incident information
May 25, 2023

Someone caused damage to a Case IH tractor at a hutterite colony

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

Police in Saskatchewan are investigating a situation involving a farm tractor and water.

Over the last two weeks, a Case IH 620Q tractor on the Golden View Hutterite Colony, about 90 minutes away from Saskatoon, had water purposely put into its diesel tank, Biggar RCMP say.

The water caused the fuel pumps to fail, and the farmers only discovered the water in the tank when the tractor went for service in Saskatoon.

Diesel and water don’t mix, making for a troublesome situation inside the tank.

“That water will cause your tank to rust and algae to grow. The rust floats around, clogging and damaging your fuel filters. Bacteria produce waste and continue to destroy the engine and parts,” Ricochet Fuel Distributors says.

Products are available to determine if water is in a diesel tank.

Dieselcraft, for example, manufactures a test kit.

A user fills a test tube with fuel. If there’s water in the fuel, the bottom of the tube will change colour.

Other products are available to remove water from diesel tanks.

Aquafighter, for example, is one.

It’s described as a “diesel tank water absorber designed to remove both free and emulsified water from the fuel tanks of, agricultural and industrial machinery, storage tanks, generator and oil heating tanks,” Centre Tank Services says.

Anyone with information about the damaged tractor in Saskatchewan is asked to contact Biggar RCMP.

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