Straightforward Blog

Upcoming Events: Where will the John Deere team be in 2012?

December 21, 2011

This excerpt was originally posted on the John Deere, Straightforward Blog December 19, 2011. You can view the original post here.

Here at John Deere we believe it’s important to interact with our customers and fans as much and as often as possible. Listening to feedback has helped us create the best John Deere engines and equipment to date, but we’re not done yet.

At John Deere we are never finished innovating and improving upon best-in-class products.  And, one of the best ways to do that is to mix and mingle with industry leaders and customers around the world.

Meeting Emissions Requirements: Is Aftertreatment Retrofit Right for You?

December 20, 2011

This excerpt was originally posted on the John Deere, Straightforward Blog December 15, 2011. You can view the original post here.

In a post last month we took a closer look at some of the most common ways fleet managers can achieve compliance with local emissions requirements. This month, we will focus on a particular avenue for emissions compliance — aftertreatment retrofits: What it is, where it makes sense to use, along with some pros and cons of this solution.

Interim Tier 4 Technology at Work: Engine Lineup

December 19, 2011

This excerpt was originally posted on the John Deere, Straightforward Blog December 12, 2011. You can view the original post here.

Engine technologies designed to meet U.S. EPA’s Interim Tier 4 (IT4) emission standards have been a hot topic here on the blog and across the industry. How has John Deere ensured its engine lineup is up to speed, while maintaining the top-notch reliability and efficiency you have come to expect?

The right technology, right now:

Simple. The single-fluid approach of the John Deere cooled EGR engine platform is simpler, more operator friendly and less complex to maintain than urea-based systems.

Interim Tier 4 Technology at Work: Equipment Lineup

November 17, 2011

This excerpt was originally posted on the John Deere, Straightforward Blog November 10, 2011. You can view the original post here.

John Deere Interim IV & Technology

Engine technologies designed to meet U.S. EPA’s Interim Tier 4 (IT4) emission standards have been a hot topic here on the blog and across the industry. So where can you find these engines at work?

John Deere continues to update its line of equipment with simple, fuel efficient, field proven, fully integrated and fully supported engine technology.  Below is a list of equipment that currently feature IT4 complaint engines with the latest additions to the lineup being the 470G LC, 670G LC and 870G LC excavators:

Idling and its effect on Interim Tier 4 Engines

November 1, 2011

This excerpt was originally posted on the John Deere, Straightforward Blog October 27, 2011. You can view the original post here.

John Deere and Idling

As we continue our wide-ranging discussion on optimizing Interim Tier 4 engine performance, let’s turn our attention to the impact of idling.

All off-highway vehicles have a normal low idle speed — generally in the 800 to 1,000 rpm range — while some have an auto low idle (1,200 – 1,300 rpm) or an ultra-low idle (600 – 700 rpm). Different machines have optimal rpm settings; for example, excavators use the higher auto low idle setting to provide quick response when returning to work mode.

New, Improved Technologies Serve as Building Blocks to IT4 Compliance

October 18, 2011

This excerpt was originally posted on the John Deere, Straightforward Blog October 10, 2011. You can view the original post here.

John Deere Emissions

Engine design has grown more challenging with each new tier of EPA emissions regulations. The transition from Tier 3 to Interim Tier 4 (IT4) presents non-road diesel engine manufacturers with their most significant challenge yet: IT4 regulations demand a 90 percent reduction in particulate matter (PM) and up to a 50 percent drop in nitrogen oxide (NOx) compared to Tier 3. At John Deere, we’re meeting this design challenge with a “building block” approach.

Interim Tier 4 Engines Put to the Test – Part 2

September 27, 2011

This excerpt was originally posted on the John Deere, Straightforward Blog September 21, 2011. You can view the original post here.

John Deere Heavy Equipment News

Last month we shared results of the Nebraska Tractor Tests, which demonstrated superior performance from the engine featured in the John Deere IT4 744K wheel loader, proving that emissions reductions and fuel efficiency can go hand in hand.

This month we are proud to share the results of an internal test* showing the same excellent fuel efficiency and productivity from another John Deere machine, the IT4-certified 850K Crawler Dozer.

4 Fluids That Can Impact Interim Tier 4 Engine Efficiency

September 22, 2011

This excerpt was originally posted on the John Deere, Straightforward Blog September 19, 2011. You can view the original post here.

John Deere Engine Efficiency

In our recent post on Total Fluid Economy we discussed the importance of considering total fluid consumption (diesel fuel plus diesel exhaust fluid) in your purchase of Interim Tier 4-certified equipment. But it’s also important for owners and operators to understand that they must carefully evaluate not only the quantities of fluids consumed, but also the type and quality of fluids they utilize. When it comes to fluid quality, there are four key factors to be aware of:

Current Ozone NAAQS to Remain…for Now

September 21, 2011

This excerpt was originally posted on the John Deere, Straightforward Blog September 13, 2011. You can view the original post here.

John Deere Ozone NAAQS

After a long period of uncertainty and delay, President Obama announced last week he has requested that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson withdraw the drafted Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) at this time.

The President said he has continued to underscore the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty as our economy continues to recover. This latest announcement is welcomed by many in the U.S. business community as they work to recover from the downturn and add much-needed jobs.

Start Learning About Interim Tier 4

September 20, 2011

This excerpt was originally posted on the John Deere, Straightforward Blog September 15, 2011. You can view the original post here.

John Deere Interim Tier 4

Are you new to the “Tier 4” conversation? You’re not alone.  Although the EPA has established and enforced emissions requirements in the form of “Tiers” since 1996, the biggest cuts in emissions are just a few years away from being enforced, bringing a surge of conversation and concern for the off-highway industry.  Interim Tier 4 (IT4) has become the hot topic recently and discussions regarding Final Tier 4 emissions standards will begin to rise to the surface in the coming months.