All engines eventually give out. No matter how much money you pay for them or how well you follow your maintenance schedule. When the engine dies, your first desire is to purchase a similar one from the OEM. After all, you already know how it works, its pros and cons, and its service life expectancy.
However, when your diesel engine says goodbye, it may be smart to stop and ask yourself “should I upgrade to a petrol engine?” Each type of engine has its pros and cons. For the construction business, it seems that petrol engines are often the best solution. Let’s run a short comparison between the two.
1) Service Life Expectancy
Since your diesel engine just gave out, longevity is the first thing you probably want to talk about.
Many people choose diesel engines over petrol engines due to the common belief that diesel engines last longer. This may have been the case 20 years ago. However, today, petrol engines are much more advanced than before.
The life expectancy of diesel and petrol engines, if they get the right maintenance, is similar.
2) Environmental Friendliness
It used to be a common belief that diesel engines are “cleaner” than petrol engines. However, this is no longer the case. Not only did petrol engine manufacturers “clean up their act”, but new studies have found that diesel isn’t as great as it seems.
A 2017 study by the European Federation of Transport and Environment found that petrol engines produce less CO2 than their counterparts. Accordingly, diesel engines have lost their environmental advantage. When it comes to environmental compliance, the petrol engine may be a better choice.
3) Initial Costs
When you consider the initial cost, diesel engines are more expensive than petrol engines. Over time, the lower price of the diesel fuel can help the diesel engine break even with the petrol engine.
The time it will take for it to happen depends on the initial price of the petrol engine. These days, you can find a top-notch petrol engine at such a reasonable price that a diesel engine will have a tough time catching up.
4) Maintenance Costs
Diesel engines may not need to be serviced as often as petrol engines do. However, their maintenance costs are substantially higher.
By investing in a top-quality petrol engine, you can reduce the maintenance costs, thus making it more appealing than a diesel engine.
5) Efficiency Battle
Diesel engines are commonly considered more efficient than petrol engines. Their higher efficiency is most pronounced large machines, such as tractors. When it comes to smaller construction equipment, petrol engines can provide excellent efficiency coupled with lower price.
Knowing the above, it seems that whenever your diesel engine dies, it may be reasonable to switch to the petrol engine and enjoy its benefits.