John Deere's Line of 130 kW and Above Engines Receive Tier 4 Final/Stage IV and CARB Emissions Certifications

John Deere announces its line of off-highway engines powering 130 kW and above have received Tier 4 Final, Stage IV and CARB emissions certification.

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John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) announces that the company’s engine lineup 130 kW (174 hp) and above has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 Final, European Union (EU) Stage IV and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions certification. The PowerTech PVS 6.8L, PowerTech PSS 6.8L, PowerTech PSS 9.0L and PowerTech PSS 13.5L models are the first John Deere off-highway engines to receive Tier 4 Final, Stage IV and CARB emissions certification in the 130 to 560 kW (174 to 750 hp) power category.

“We began the design process by listening to our customers, and we have worked with them every step of the way to ensure our solutions deliver the industry-leading performance and low operating cost they expect from John Deere,” says Geoff Stigler, Manager of Worldwide Marketing for John Deere Power Systems. “Our building-block approach has enabled us to adopt the best available technologies to meet each new regulatory tier, and this continues with Final Tier 4/Stage IV.”

Tier 4 Final/Stage IV emissions regulations begin January 1, 2014, for engines 130 kW (174 hp) and above, and require an 80% reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOx) from previous Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIB requirements. Particulate matter (PM) levels remain the same as those mandated by Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIB regulations.

For Tier 4 Final/Stage IV, John Deere continued with its planned building-block approach by developing the Integrated Emissions Control system to meet the challenging standards. For 93 kW (125 hp) and above engines, John Deere will offer models equipped with an Integrated Emissions Control system configured with cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and diesel particulate filter (DPF), as well as an selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system. The DOC/DPF reduces PM while cooled EGR and the SCR system reduce NOx. 

“The certifications of our PowerTech engines 130 kW (174 hp) and above are tremendous milestones for John Deere, and confirm that our customers can be confident in our tailored Integrated Emissions Control systems, which deliver innovative technologies capable of meeting more stringent emissions standards,” Stigler says. “We are confident that all of our Final Tier 4/Stage IV solutions will provide the power, performance, ease of operation, fluid efficiency, reliability, durability and economical operating costs customers expect from John Deere.”

With the use of SCR technology for Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engines, total fluid economy becomes important, and John Deere is confident that its total fluid operating costs will maintain an industry-leading position. Total fluid economy takes into account both diesel fuel and diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). DEF consumption with John Deere Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engines will be 1 to 3% of diesel fuel consumption depending on the application. With diesel fuel economy gains achieved through increased injection pressures and the optimized Integrated Emissions Control system, John Deere Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engines are expected to improve upon the total fluid economy of Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIB engines. Low DEF consumption also means the DEF tank size can be smaller, minimizing space required on equipment. Other benefits of low DEF consumption include less on-site bulk storage requirements for customers and extended DEF filter service intervals.

“Our Interim Tier 4/Stage IIIB engines have been tested in many applications around the world and have established the benchmark for fluid economy,” Stigler says. “We’re confident that our Final Tier 4/Stage IV engines will continue to provide world-class fluid economy while delivering improved performance and higher machine productivity.”

John Deere has an established record of durability, accumulating over 22 million operating hours with various aftertreatment technologies.

Models and power ratings for the certified Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engine lineup 130 kW (174 hp) and above include:

  • PowerTech PVS 6.8L: 138 to 187 kW (185 to 250 hp)
  • PowerTech PSS 6.8L: 168 to 224 kW (225 to 300 hp)
  • PowerTech PSS 9.0L: 187 to 317 kW (250 to 425 hp)
  • PowerTech PSS 13.5L: 309 to 448 kW (414 to 600 hp)

The worldwide John Deere dealer network of over 4,000 service locations will be trained and prepared to fully support customers and their Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engines.