JCB Partners with Kohler on Compact Machines

September 10, 2013

JCB has partnered with Kohler’s Global Power Group and will adopt a range of Tier 4-Final engines for use in some of its compact machines. The water-cooled Kohler Direct Injection (KDI) will be branded JCB Diesel by Kohler.

The JCB 35D 4x4 Teletruk forklift will be the first machine with the new engine.

“The decision to partner with Kohler to develop engines for JCB compact machines was driven by the synergy in the technologies used by JCB and Kohler to achieve stringent Tier 4 Final emissions legislation," said Alan Tolley, director of engine programs. "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. These highly efficient engines will offer our customers improved performance and lower fuel consumption.”

The European-built engines will be progressively introduced in JCB products, including the Teletruk TLT35D; 406 and 409 compact wheel loaders; 135, 155, 175, 190 and 205 skid steers; 150T, 190T and 205T compact track loaders; and select compact excavator models.

The KDI engines use a common rail fuel injection system,  cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR), four valves per cylinder and a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) within the exhaust system.

There are two 1.9-liter three-cylinder engines, the KDI 1903M and the KDI 1903TCR, delivering 41 and 56 horsepower, respectively. The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder KDI 2504M and KDI 2504TCR deliver 48.8 and 74 horsepower.