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Watson Drills Deeper with John Deere Engines

Today’s drilling contractors want hard-working rigs that do more than ever before. For drilling rig manufacturers like Watson, the challenge is to continue providing Watson Drillingthe most productive equipment available to help customers succeed.

“Over the years, holes are getting bigger and deeper, and we’re having to keep pace with that,” says Watson’s Travis Richter, an engineer at the Fort Worth, Texas, company.

Watson customers can be found drilling building foundations, erecting power lines, installing geothermal lines, and drilling in the oilfields. Their need for powerful, responsive drill performance has led to the development of a line of Watson drills powered by John Deere diesel engines.

Mounted on trucks, crane carriers, excavators and crawlers, Watson drills feature John Deere PowerTechTM 4.5L, 6.8L and 9.0L engines ranging from 140 to 325 hp. The company will soon install the first PowerTech PVS 6.8L Final Tier 4 engine on a 3110 drill.

Richter says the performance of John Deere engines has been ideal for Watson applications. “John Deere engines have good peak torque and a reliable flat torque curve,” Richter says. “John Deere also kept the rated rpm at 2400 (with each successive emissions tier), and that’s a big deal when you’re running a transmission behind it. We need that rpm range.”

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John Deere Power Systems Unveils John Deere PowerSight at CONEXPO-CON/AGG

John Deere continues to show leadership in the development of innovative technology solutions including telematics. John Deere WorkSightTM  and John Deere FarmSightTM technology suites have been helping construction and agriculture customers turn data into fleet management and maintenance answers for years. At this month’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG trade show in Las Vegas, we unveiled a new, corresponding solution for John Deere off-highway diesel engines installed in OEM equipment: John Deere PowerSightTM.

John Deere PowerSight features four John Deere technologies — the JDLinkTM machine monitoring system, machine health prognostics, remote diagnostics and programming, and the PowerAssistTM app— that integrate seamlessly to help customers manage their John Deere-powered OEM equipment. This technology solution is available for John Deere Final Tier 4/Stage IV, Interim Tier 4/Stage III B and Tier 3/Stage III A engines.

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CONEXPO 2014: Final Tier 4 Insights from John Deere

John Deere has come a long way since introducing Interim Tier 4 technology at ConExpo in 2011, and was excited to share their Final Tier 4 solutions at the 2014 show in Las Vegas earlier this month.

In the video below, Andrew Kahler, product marketing manager, engine and driveline, John Deere Construction & Forestry, shares how John Deere has made uptime, productivity and low daily operating costs its focus when developing, testing and delivering Final Tier 4 compliant equipment.


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DEF Storage: John Deere Offers Fluids and Handling Equipment to Meet Customer Demand

As noted previously here on the Emissions Hub, it is important to be educated about best practices for use, handling and storage of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) when it comes to Final Tier 4-compliant equipment maintenance. There are a variety of fluids and handling equipment that can help make your job easier.

In addition to its Cool-Gard® II Heavy Duty Engine Coolant, Plus-50® II Premium Engine Oil and Diesel Exhaust Fluid, developed and manufactured to meet the specifications for use in selective catalytic reduction (SCR) engines, John Deere is offering a line of pump kits and portable dispensing units that make it easy to handle larger volumes of DEF.

According to Chad Smith, product line marketing manager with John Deere Merchandise, John Deere dealers are ready to be the one-stop resource for fluids and handling equipment customers will need for keeping their SCR equipment up and running. “We’ve had several years to prepare for Final Tier 4 emissions regulations to be implemented and have put products and services in place at John Deere dealerships across the country to make it convenient for our customers,” Smith says.

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Experience the Power at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014

CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas is this year’s global gathering spot for the construction industries. From March 4 – 8, the huge triennial exposition will showcase the newest equipment, products, services and technologies.

John Deere Power Systems invites you to visit South Hall 4, booth 83718 to experience the power of our Final Tier 4/Stage IV off-highway diesel engines. We’re excited to showcase 2.9L to 13.5L Final Tier 4/Stage IV engines that deliver responsive performance, reliable uptime and a low cost of operation while meeting stringent emissions regulations.

For Final Tier 4/Stage IV, we continued with our planned approach by developing the Integrated Emissions Control system, which encompasses a variety of aftertreatment and emissions-reduction component combinations. Integrated Emissions Control system technology configurations are tailored to meet regulations and customer needs in each power range.

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New John Deere Mid-Frame E-Series Skid Steer Loaders and Compact Track Loaders Meet Final Tier 4 Requirements

In December, John Deere began shipping new mid-frame models in the E-Series line of skid steer loaders and compact track loaders.

Let’s look under the hood to see how these machines meet emissions requirements:

The Yanmar Final Tier 4 diesel engines feature cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) with an exhaust filter consisting of a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and diesel particulate filter (DPF). Unlike larger FT4 engines (for machines >75hp), these smaller machines do not require a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system as an additional element. That also means that diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is not required. Continue reading

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John Deere Kicks Off Production of Larger Final Tier 4/Stage IV Engines

John Deere recently reached a significant milestone. We’re pleased to announce that we started production of our larger displacement Final Tier 4/Stage IV off-highway diesel engines, models meeting emissions regulations that took effect Jan. 1 for engines 130 kW (174 hp) and above. We’re right on time and ready to help our OEM customers integrate these certified engines into a variety of equipment.

Engines recently entering production include PowerTechTM PVS and PowerTech PSS 6.8L, PowerTech PSS 9.0L and PowerTech PSS 13.5L models with power ratings from 138 kW (185 hp) to 448 kW (600 hp). These engines feature an Integrated Emissions Control system consisting of a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC)/diesel particulate filter (DPF) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR). Continue reading

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Engine Maintenance Knows No Season

Last week we provided some tips on cold weather maintenance for your Interim Tier 4 and Final Tier 4 engines. While winterizing your engine is critical to maintaining performance and uptime when the temperature plummets, proper preventive maintenance takes year-round diligence.

Your engine is a fully integrated system of components that work together to deliver optimized performance, so maintaining your engine’s fuel, lubrication, air intake, cooling and electrical systems will promote a long, productive life.

After revisiting our cold-weather maintenance recommendations, check out the following collection of tips on maintaining your engine systems — regardless of season.

Fuel system

An unrestricted and uncontaminated fuel flow is very important in ensuring the proper operation and long life of your diesel engine. Therefore, remember to:

  • Check for leaks and a bent, kinked or dented supply or return.
  • Inspect fuel filters for dirt, water or other foreign matter.
  • Use quality fuel that is not contaminated with water.
  • Check for water in the fuel filter.

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John Deere Updates Motor Graders to Meet Final Tier 4 Emission Standards

John Deere’s best-selling G-Series Motor Graders now meet Final Tier 4 emissions standards with the implementation of a John Deere PowerTech™ EPA Final Tier 4/EU Stage IV engine. The engine update also allowed engineers to implement several customer-inspired ideas to better meet the needs of today’s operator.

“Updating the G-Series engines to Final Tier 4 allotted us the opportunity to talk with customers in more detail about what they liked and didn’t like with the G-Series design,” said Mike Ackerman, product marketing manager, motor graders, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “They wanted an emissions solution with no compromises, better all-around lighting, a more modern radio, an improved rear view camera with a dedicated monitor, and a few upgraded cab features. We delivered on these with these new G-Series motor graders.”

The G-Series still boasts 12 models (670G/GP, 672G/GP, 770G/GP, 772G/GP, 870G/GP, 872G/GP) with net horsepower ranging from 220 to 287. Six of the units (those models ending in two: i.e. 872G) feature six-wheel drive, enabling them to power through the toughest  cuts with power flowing to all wheels. Six-wheel drive gives operators increased traction, the ability to get more work done in fewer blading passes and a 30-percent increase in blade pull. Continue reading

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Cold Weather Maintenance for your IT4 and FT4 Engines

We know that even though the temperatures are dropping, hibernation is not an option for your fleet. Your uptime and productivity on the jobsite is essential. To keep your machines running efficiently this winter season, we have compiled some maintenance tips to keep in mind when preparing for, and combating the cold when it arrives.

Winter Preparations:

  • Cold Start Aid Check: Make sure your heating elements (block heater, diesel-fired coolant heater, or glow plugs) are installed and functioning For equipment configured with an ether injection system, confirm the ether canister is full and system is operating correctly.  See more on each option below.
  • Oil Change: Review the oil viscosity recommendation chart in your operator’s manual to find out which oil type is best for the temperatures you will be operating in. Lighter oil makes cold starting easier and protects the engine and powertrain from wear and tear during warm up.
  • Grease Up: Apply grease to your machine when it is warmer to reduce the amount of time you spend braving the elements when the weather turns cold.
  • Fuel Fix: Use a winter-grade diesel fuel, as this type has additives that prevent it from gelling in cold temperatures.
  • Examine the Electrical: Ensure the vehicle electrical system is fully charged, as damage can occur if the battery goes dead and freezes.
  • Cab heater: Confirm the cab heating system is operational to keep the operator warm and comfortable.

When the Cold Hits:

  • Warm Up: Allow your vehicle to warm up for the standard 5-10 minutes prior to operating; operating with cold fluids put more wear and tear on the equipment.
  • Heat Helps: There are a variety of different cold start aids that can help get your machine up and running quickly in the cold:
    • Electric Block Heater – If your machine is near an electrical outlet, this type of heater easily plugs in with an extension cord and heats up the coolant in-stream.
    • Diesel-Fired Coolant Heater – If you are operating in a remote area, this option functions on its own, using onboard diesel fuel and the vehicle’s electrical system to heat the coolant.
    • Glow Plugs – These are standard in many pieces of equipment. These elements heat up when you key on and heat the combustion chamber during the wait and crank period making it easier for the cold fuel to ignite and engine to start. When starting with glow plugs remember to turn the key to the run position and wait for the indicator before attempting to start the vehicle.
    • Ether – Large engines typically have ether canisters that pipe the combustible gas into the intake when you turn the ignition, helping to ignite the fuel air mixture inside the engine.
  • Regeneration Reassurance: John Deere IT4 and FT4 machines are equipped with active and passive regeneration that keeps the diesel particulate filters (DPF) clean and efficient. This does not change even in cold temperatures and low-use situations. The aftertreatment system is engineered to create its own heat to regenerate automatically, regardless of how hard you are working the vehicle or how cold it is outside; regeneration in cold weather is business as usual.
  • DEF Do’s and Don’ts: John Deere FT4 engines >75hp use Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to meet emission regulations while minimizing fluid consumption and delivering exceptional performance. DEF begins to freeze at 12 degrees Fahrenheit (-11 Celsius). Fortunately, freezing will not affect uptime on your equipment at all, as the system is designed to thaw the DEF upon startup with no impact on operation while thawing takes place.  Also, repeated freezing and thawing does not harm the makeup of the DEF. When storing DEF outside the vehicle, be sure to keep it in a place that remains above freezing to ensure it can be dispensed when needed.
  • Winter Windows: Scrape ice and frost off of the machine’s windows prior to operating to ensure visibility is clear on all sides

By following these simple steps, we hope you will keep those engines warm and humming this winter.

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