Compact Equipment

JAN 2019

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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40 Compact Equipment JANUARY 2019 SIMPLE SOLUTIONS T oday's off-highway diesel engines are impressively sophisticated and small. Engineered into equally intricate and compact construction equipment, these diesels are powerful, efficient, cost-effective and clean. Advancements like electronic control systems with high-pressure common rail systems deliver unparal - leled performance and precision — faster responses and more optimized power. A variety of high-tech aftertreat- ment systems with acronyms like SCR, DPF and EGR are now incorporated to clean pollutants. Multifaceted op- tions like silent packs, intelligent turbochargers, radiators and air cleaners can be included. "Engines have become increasingly compact and effi- cient due to several advancements in technology," con- firms Kyle Brandemuhl, business director of diesel engines Americas for Kohler. "This includes four valves per cylin- der, high-pressure common rail up to 2,000 bar, cooled ex- haust gas recirculation [EGR] and customized engine man- agement software. These highly tuned components help deliver more torque and quicker response in a significantly smaller package." Despite all these complex technologies, off-highway die- sel engine makers are still heavily focused on connecting both dealers and customers to simple solutions for these

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