This excerpt was originally posted on the John Deere, John Deere Emissions Hub August 7th, 2012. You can view the original post here.

Last month we introduced you to West Side Tractor Sales, a licensed John Deere dealer serving Indiana and Northern Illinois. In 2009, West Side Tractor recognized that its customers would face a wide variety of emissions challenges beginning in 2011. The company resolved to lead by education, making themselves experts on emissions regulations and then proactively teaching customers how to meet the new challenges.

When we talked with Steven W. Deller, product support manager at West Side Tractor, we asked him the four most common questions we hear from customers about new emissions-compliant construction equipment. Here are his answers:

1.     What should you look for in emissions-compliant equipment?

Many fleet owners look primarily at the cost of new iron, but the more important issue is: Will a new machine change the way that we work. You need to make the transition to emissions compliance easy on everybody in your company; from operators to technicians to fleet managers. The first step is finding equipment that your team can operate and maintain, and finding a dealer that can help you understand the regulations and the technology.

2.     What do my operators need to know about emissions-compliant equipment?

When we’re talking about Interim Tier 4-certified equipment, the most important issue is regeneration. Operators need to be aware of how the passive regeneration process works in the background while they run the machine. They also need to be aware of how to optimize this process, particularly by minimizing their idling time. If they need to override the passive regeneration process for any reason, they have to remember to switch it back to “auto-enable” when they’re done so that the machine continues to burn off the excess particulate matter while they work.

3.     Will emissions-compliant equipment require more maintenance and service?

The news has been great on this front. The only real maintenance issues we’ve seen involved equipment that was not using the right engine oil, diesel fuel or coolant. If you use the right engine fluids, then your maintenance needs should be minimal, particularly now that John Deere diesel particulate filters have been shown to last up to 15,000 hours without needing to be replaced.

4.     What do I need to do to make equipment X work on job site Y?

Just give your dealer a call. At West Side Tractor, we know the ins and outs of local emissions requirements and can help you find the right solution for your project. Sometimes a job might just require a simple after treatment retrofit. Other times you might need to consider repowering your machine with a new engine or purchasing a new tractor.

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