FOCUS ON: Engines
The ultimate source of mower power.
Before deciding which piece of equipment will best fit your fleet, consider what's at the heart of that machine: the engine. Manufacturers frequently offer a selection of engines in their equipment that vary in horsepower and design. Here are some engines (15-hp and more) that are typically found in grounds equipment. Knowing which options you require in an engine can make overall equipment selection easier. So take a look at what's out there to choose from. If you need more information about the following engines, use the circle numbers provided at the end of each product description.
BRIGGS & STRATTON
The Vanguard V-Twin Big Block air-cooled and liquid-cooled engines, by Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power, are available in 25-, 27-, 29-, 31-, 33- and 35-hp models. The air-cooled engines feature an advanced debris management system that is incorporated into the engine's air-cooling system and allows the engine to run cooler and cleaner, while enhancing durability and performance. The liquid-cooled engines have high-capacity of liquid cooling that allows engines to run cooler, smoother and longer.
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The GTH760 OHVI engine from Generac is a high-displacement air-cooled engine and has a maximum horsepower of 29.2. The GTH760 is a horizontal shaft, V-twin cylinder engine that also meets EPA and CARB certifications. Each OHVI engine has full pressure lubrication with more than 30 psi of oil pressure to every bearing surface.
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AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.
The Honda iGX 440 15-hp engine features an integrated electronic control unit (ECU) that delivers complete drive-by-wire remote control capability and controls key aspects of engine operation. Designed for a wide range of commercial and residential power equipment applications, the overhead cam (OHC) engine features new technology that results in lower fuel consumption, lower emissions and lower noise through reduced total engine running time and engine speed.
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Iveco Motors of North America introduces the NEF Series of diesel engines, which offer a range of 3-, 4- and 6-cylinders. NEF engines provide optimal access to every part of the engine, reducing maintenance time. With 40 percent fewer components than engines with equal performance, these engines feature low lubrication oil consumption. The series also features noise emission reduction, with a noise level below 91 dB(A).
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John Deere Power Systems introduces the PowerTech Plus 6.8-liter diesel engine. The engine is Tier 3/Stage III A emissions certified and boasts good fuel economy. John Deere incorporated three key technologies into their PowerTech Plus engines: cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), the variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) and an electric control unit (ECU). Through the adoption of cooled EGR and VGT technologies, Deere was able to maintain and increase the power density of its engines.
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Kawasaki introduces the FH430V 15-hp air-cooled engine. Other features include a pressurized lubrication system for less internal heat buildup, electronic spark ignition, automatic compression release for fast and easy starting, a dual element cleaner and an internally vented carburetor. All FH series engines deliver the same high level of durability with a features list that includes overhead valves, cast-iron cylinder liners and multiple air filter options.
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Kohler introduces its new 30-hp twin cylinder Command Pro vertical- (CV750) and horizontal-shaft (CH750) models, designed for larger commercial mowers and zero-turn-radius equipment. The 747cc, air-cooled overhead valve engine features a two-barrel carburetor, which delivers higher performance in the equipment operated by this engine. A new high-flow fan provides improved thermal management to keep oil temperatures cool during the entire power range, regardless of application or duty cycle.
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Subaru Robin introduces the EH63 V-Twin Cylinder 18-hp engine. The EH63 features aluminum alloy blocks with cast-iron cylinder liners, electronic ignition with automatic timing adjustment, dual ball-bearing supported crankshaft, automatic decompression system and splash type lubrication.
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TECUMSEH POWER COMPANY
Tecumseh Power Company introduces the 18-, 20- and 22-hp (OV691EA) Enduro XL Rider engines. These engines offer added features for extended engine life, such as dual element air cleaners, oil filters and cast iron cylinder liners. The air cleaner has a paper filter with poly pre-filter and the bearings are made of aluminum alloy.
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Yanmar introduces the 2V750 model to its Vengeance series of diesel engines. The liquid-cooled V-twin diesel engine features a cast iron cylinder head design, a vertical crankshaft and is EPA Tier II Exhaust Emission compliant. Other features include a pressure lubrication system with trochoid pump, an optional remote-mounted radiator and an optional dry-type air cleaner with paper element filter.
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