Compact Equipment

JUL 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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14 Compact Equipment JULY/AUGUST 2018 We Visit Hatz Engines in Germany to Detail Its New H-Series Compacts By Keith Gribbins DOWNSIZING IN DEUTSCHLAND D eep in the heart of lower Bavaria, Hatz has been per- fecting small engines for more than a century. Its hometown of Ruhstorf an der Rott in Germany is not unlike a small American Midwest town, surrounded by old bucolic villages and rolling farmland. It takes two and half hours to get to Ruhstorf from Munich. The border to upper Austria is only 10 kilometers away. The border to the Czech Republic only 75 kilometers. Yet from this small town, over the last 100 years, Hatz has been quietly chal- lenging the off-highway diesel engine market. Hatz developed its first combustion system with a flat seat injector way back in 1926. "We started in the heart of the engine to develop our core competency," explained Bernhard Richter-Schützeneder, director of sales and mar- keting for Hatz, speaking at an international press event in June. In 1958, Hatz developed the first-ever aluminum engine. "Our focus was to reduce weight for mobile ma- chines," said Richter-Schützeneder, "which is an obvious Editor AT LARGE

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