By Kristen Miller
Saving money is on the minds of many consumers these days, and two local men are spreading the word on a product that could do just that.
Bill Marschall of Dassel, and Tom Spudic of Cokato, had been looking for ways to save on fuel costs when they were introduced to a fuel enhancer called Xp3.
“I like the idea of saving money,” Spudic said. His wife, Kim, drives to the Twin Cities every day for work and Xp3 has increased her mileage from 24 miles per gallon (mpg) to 28 mpg, a 16.6 percent savings, Spudic explained, who, along with Marschall, now distributes the product.
Xp3 is a product of Xp Lab Inc., with headquarters in San Diego, CA.
Marschall and Spudic explained that the product has a number of attributes that results in more miles to the gallon, or more hours per tank when it comes to farmers.
They also like that it helps reduce the carbon footprint. The product is non-toxic and 100 percent biodegradable, with a combination of synthetic resins and organic compounds.
The fuel enhancer is said to:
• reduce fuel consumption;
• disperse water in diesel fuel from condensation in the tank;
• clean injectors;
• reduce emissions;
• prevent algae and bacteria build up, and
• reduce equipment wear.
The latter is the reason the product was produced, and it is expected to increase the life of an engine by 25 percent, Spudic said. The added bonus is that it, in turn, saves on fuel.
The reason for this is because it helps the fuel burn better and disperses water, which causes poor combustion, he explained.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Spudic said.
Results can be immediate or take a while, depending on the miles already on the vehicle, Marschall said.
Cokato farmer Dean Terning saved 20 percent on his first tank.
A 16-ounce bottle, an ounce retails at $50. Roughly an ounce of Xp3 is used per 31 gallons of diesel, Marschall explained.
“It feels good to help people save money,” Marschall said.
Dassel resident Wayne Medcraft has been using the product for about a year.
“It actually does work,” Medcraft said, who has been in the automotive after-market for years and has run into some questionable products.
He has found that Xp3 has improved the mileage in his wife’s 2002 Mercury van from its EPA of 17 miles per gallon, to an average of 25 miles per gallon.
Medcraft has also found his Nissan is running better. There is a fair amount of carbon a vehicle produces, which the product helps clean.
Xp3 is made for both gas and diesel fuels, but farmers like Dean Terning are likely to see a quicker return on diesel since he spends 14 hours a day on average in the fields.
Terning, president of TnT Farms, an agricultural corporation he shares with his brother Dennis, starting using the product a month ago in his Case International 535 four-wheel-drive tractor.
Before Xp3, Terning was getting about 12 hours on a tank of fuel. Now he gets 14.5 hours on the same fuel with Xp3 added.
At $3.16 a gallon for diesel, for every $20 Terning spends of Xp3, he gets $150 back in fuel savings.
“It almost sounds to good to be true,” Terning said.
In addition to the cost-savings aspect, Terning wanted to try Xp3 because he has had problems with plugged filters due to bacteria growing in the tank. Bacteria can grow in a tank the more it sits and Xp3 claims that bacteria cannot survive in that atmosphere, Terning explained.
He also liked that the product is expected to disperse the water in the tank, making it a burnable fuel.
“I’m very happy with it,” he said.
Though there are those skeptics who are leery about putting anything in their gas tanks for fear of what it may do to the engine, Marschall explained that in laboratory tests, diesel with Xp3 falls in the parameters of diesel.
For more information on this product, contact Marschall at (320)282-1552 or Spudic at (612) 508-3320.