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JCB brings in Kohler to produce diesel engine

JCB has announced a partnership with manufacturer Kohler to produce engines for its compact equipment.

The water-cooled Kohler Direct Injection - which will be branded JCB Diesel by Kohler - will meet the Stage IIIB/Tier 4 Final ­emissions regulations without the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF).
The first JCB machine to be fitted with the new engine, a telescopic forklift, was unveiled at the RWM waste management show in Birmingham last week.

JCB director of engine programmes Alan Tolley said the decision to partner with Kohler was driven by a “synergy” in the technologies used by the two companies to achieve the stringent Tier 4 Final emissions legislation.

“Kohler’s achievement of Tier 4 Final without the need for a bulky DPF is fully in line with our own engine strategy and allows our designers maximum flexibility when it comes to meeting machine design and packaging requirements,” he said.

The new engines will be progressively introduced into the JCB range, including midi excavators, compact wheeled and tracked loaders, skid steers and TM180 and TM220 articulated wheeled loading shovels.

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