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A Publication of John Deere Power Systems Vol. 3, 2006

Breathe Easy

With FireFans

Global Demand Grows

For Italian-designed

Genmac Gen-sets

Smarter Tomato

Harvesting With

The 9.0L Engine


New Applications

3 Posch removes the back strain out of firewood processing

4 Valpadana takes to the hills with its new vineyard tractors

Cover Story

5 Golden Valley Manufacturing of Bakersfield, California, introduces

the world’s largest and smartest harvester for processing

tomatoes. This highly productive, three-row harvester features

the new PowerTech Plus 9.0L engine. The Tier 3/Stage III A

engine powers the hydraulics through a sophisticated electrohydraulic

communication device designed to optimize harvester

performance and efficiency. As a result, the new harvester can

potentially reduce harvesting costs by at least half.


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Service and Support

6 Big John gets more power per pound with John Deere engines

7 FireFans generate a life-saving breeze for poultry and people

8 A hog house standby gen-set offers more value by

supplementing rural electricity

9 Service-oriented Genmac ships gen-sets by the

container load

10 Rotochopper turns wood chips into colorful mulch

11 Pellenc and John Deere forge a fruitful relationship


12 John Deere gen-set engines meet European Stage II approval


13 Rears Manufacturing responds to rising California air-quality

restrictions with the EDS 309 Pull-Flail brush shredder

14 Drought-burdened crops get relief from 63 John Deerepowered

pumping units

15 Alturdyne gen-sets receive a top ranking at the U.S.

White House

16 PSI gen-sets provide instant, reliable power to rapid-deployable

military shelters


18 Long-time customer Cadman Power sees an optimistic future

with Tier 3/Stage III engines

19 Dehondt adds innovation to an age-old tradition of producing


Distributor News

20 Distributors celebrate their 10-year affiliation with John Deere

22 The Le Petit train gets on track with a John Deere PowerTech

23 Driving with pride with the John Deere logo

23 Calendar of events

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Cut, Split, Done!

For nearly 60 years, Posch has taken

the toil out of firewood preparation

“We’ve always focused on quality —

and innovation,” says export manager

Johann Tinnacher. “So we’re proud of

our achievements, such as winning an

Austrian innovation award for our

Spaltfix K-500 firewood processor. But

what matters most is making firewood

preparation easier, safer, and more

economical for our customers. Cut,

split, done: it should be that simple.”

“That’s the idea behind the K-500. It’s

extremely robust and can be supplied to

stand on the ground or mounted on a

special tractor/truck chassis,” explains

Tinnacher. “It delivers a splitting force

of 30 tons, and is capable of splitting

logs 50 centimeters (20 in.) in diameter

and cutting them into lengths of 25 to

100 centimeters (10 to 40 in.) — all

with a high degree of automation.”

A move to diesel power. “Most of

our firewood processors are operated

by electric motors or tractors, but we

decided to include a diesel engine

option in the K-500 range — and we

knew John Deere was the expert,

offering a worldwide support network.

Plus, the company’s 60-kW (80 hp)

naturally aspirated 4.5L diesel offers

exactly what we wanted: a standard

gear auxiliary drive for hydraulic

pumps, low fuel consumption, and a

good price-to-performance ratio.”

“That was in 2001. From design to

finished product, we worked closely

with distributor Mag Motoren on all

the technical features. The engine fitted

perfectly, without requiring any adjustments.”

In 2003, Posch changed to the John

Deere turbocharged 74-kW (99 hp) 4.5L

engine to get more power from the

hydraulic pumps. The new K-500s run

at 1,800 rpm (instead of 2,500, as with

the first engine) so they’re much quieter.

And the company’s latest firewood

processor – the K-4000 – is equipped

with a John Deere 60-kW (80 hp)

4045D engine.

Based in Austria and southern

Germany, Posch markets circular saws,

firewood processors, shredders, and

debarking machines throughout Europe.

“So far, we’ve delivered 25 Spaltfix

K-500s and K-4000s fitted with John

Deeres,” says Tinnacher. “Our customers

are impressed by the low noise level

and fuel consumption (225 grams or

8 ounces/kWh at 1,800 rpm), and we’re

looking forward to using John Deeres

on more machines in the future.”

Cut, split, done – as easy as one,

two, three, with the Spaltfix K-500!

Engines: John Deere Tier 2/Stage II

PowerTech 4045D — a 60-kW (80 hp),

4-cylinder, 4.5L, naturally aspirated

diesel engine; Tier 2/Stage II PowerTech

4045T — a 74-kW (99 hp), 4-cylinder,

4.5L, turbocharged diesel engine.

Distributor: Mag Motoren, Grödig,

Austria, +43 6246/75775-0, Fax: +43

6246/74672, email:;

A little fuel goes a long way in the PowerTech 4045 engine.

The Spaltfix K-500,

mounted on a truck

chassis, cuts logs 50

centimeters (20 in.) in

diameter across into

lengths of 25 to 100

centimeters (10 to 40 in.),

with a high degree of


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The Valpadana tractors are ideal for growing fruit and wine production.

Hill Climbers

Visit a hillside vineyard or orchard anywhere in the world and you may well

find one of Valpadana’s small, yet highly innovative tractors at work

From a little town in Italy, small tractors are sold to farmers,

including wine and fruit growers, in countries as far away as

Australia and New Zealand. These agile machines are manufactured

by Valpadana, a company that’s been in business

since 1935.

Based in San Martino, in Emilia-Romagna, Valpadana has

evolved along with the equipment it sells. Today, its 80

employees produce around 700 tractors and small motorized

agricultural, horticultural, and gardening machines every

year. These products go all over the world, especially to Spain,

Greece, France, Austria, Slovenia, Australia, and New Zealand,

although Italy remains Valdpadana’s most important market.

Pioneers of the reverse-drive tractor. Innovation

has been the hallmark of Valpadana’s success. In

1988, it launched a truly revolutionary product:

the first reverse-drive tractor with the driver seat

positioned on a rotating platform. This multifunction

machine became a reference in the small

machinery industry. In 2004, Valpadana introduced

the hydraulic shuttle eliminating the need

for a synchronizing gear and dry clutch. This

unique feature helps reduce wear and adjustments,

and importantly allows the operator

smoothly and easily reverse direction without

having to stop and go.

Today, this spirit of innovation is as alive as ever.

In 2004, the company took another significant step

forward when they contacted Italian John Deere distributor

Rama Motori. “We wanted to upgrade our 50- to 60-hp (37

to 45 kW) range of four-wheel drive tractors,” says general

manager, Eros Petit Bon. “Most of our customers are fruit

or wine producers.

They tend to operate in the hills and mountains, so they

obviously need power and flexibility. That’s why we selected

the John Deere 4024T, a 49-kW (66 hp) agricultural engine.

It’s compact and light, reduces fuel consumption and noise

level yet produces enough torque to easily cruise up and down

the hills. Emission and noise are in line with Tier 2/Stage II

certifications, and easily adjustable to Tier 3/Stage III A.”

Looking to the future. The first tractors with

John Deere engines were delivered in June last

year, but already feedback has been very positive.

“It’s not just the engines that have performed

well, we’ve also had great support from Rama

Motori. We are looking into the development of a

new tractor range from 55 to 74 kW (75 to 95 hp)

and will certainly consider the John Deere 5030H

engine,” concludes Eros.

Engine: John Deere Tier 2/Stage II PowerTech

4024T — a 49-kW (66 hp), 4-cylinder, a 2.4L

turbocharged diesel engine. Distributor: Rama

Motori S.p.A, Reggio Emilia, Italy, + 39 0 522

930 711, email:,

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High-Tech Tomato


Golden Valley takes more brains to the field

with a revolutionary tomato harvester

powered by a PowerTech Plus 9.0L engine

Tomato harvesting just became potentially faster and more

efficient thanks to some modern technological advances.

Golden Valley Manufacturing in Bakersfield, California,

recently introduced a new, state-of-the-art tomato harvester

designed to pick three rows of tomatoes, rather than the conventional

one or two. It is perhaps the largest — and smartest

— tomato harvester in the world.

The company built its first prototype in time for the 2006

fall harvest. The new machine features a PowerTech Plus 9.0L

engine that drives four piston pumps, four gear pumps, and

one hydrostatic pump through a Funk 5600 pump drive. Those

nine pumps run 38 hydraulic motors on the machine.

Sophisticated. What’s interesting about this application is

that the hydraulic systems are electronically monitored and

controlled by a Parker IQAN system. The IQAN is the electrohydraulic

communication link between the hydraulics and the

PowerTech Plus 9.0L engine. IQAN monitors operator inputs

through the foot pedals and joy sticks and converts this data to

a usable electronic signal that precisely controls the hydraulic

and engine functions, optimizing the harvester’s performance.

Greg Brannstrom, owner of Golden Valley Manufacturing,

says the new harvester will potentially reduce harvesting costs

by two-thirds. It is designed to harvest 150,000 tons of processing

tomatoes a year — more than double the capacity of

conventional harvesters. Likewise, the fuel efficiency of the

PowerTech Plus engine is also expected to cut fuel use by

half. The three-row harvester will also potentially reduce

machine and labor requirements. Reducing harvesting costs by


50 percent or more is a significant savings that will reap

immediate benefits, says Brannstrom. “At that rate,” he says,

“the harvester will have a pretty fast payoff.”

Another cool feature is the electronic sorter. The PowerTech

Plus engine powers a large 31.6-cfm John Deere air compressor

that produces air for solenoids that remove the unripe fruits

and dirt clogs from the good fruit during the harvesting

process. The engine also drives a variable-flow fan designed

to remove debris from the radiator.

Brannstrom says he’s impressed with the new Tier 3/Stage

III A PowerTech Plus engine. “The engine generates a lot of

power and torque. If you drive along and need a lot of oil for

the hydraulics for a half of a minute, this engine will produce

the horsepower needed to get through the tough spots.

Normally, you would have to size a larger engine to handle the

load, but the 9.0L engine offers that power in the form of a

power bulge. I’m very happy with the way it runs. It’s also

very quiet and smooth.”

Above all, “it’s the most preferred engine for agriculture,” says

Brannstrom, who moved to California from Sweden in 1980 and

started the company in the mid-1990s. “I’m a new kid on the

block, and John Deere is a well-accepted engine. If you use John

Deere, customers perceive you as building a better machine.”

Engine: John Deere Tier 3/Stage IIIA PowerTech Plus

6090H — a 298-kW (400 hp), 6-cylinder, 9.0L, air-to-air

aftercooled diesel engine. Distributor: Western Power

Products Inc., Bakersfield, California, (661) 397-9155,

Golden Valley’s

new tomato

harvester picks

three rows of

tomatoes and

features an



system linking

the hydraulics

and the

PowerTech Plus

9.0L engine.

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More Power Per Pound

Maximum horsepower for their weight helped make John Deere engines this company ’ s

choice for its self-propelled crop sprayers and detasseling machines

“Pound for pound, John Deere engines deliver more horsepower

than other brands we’ve looked at. That’s an important

requirement in our tractors. John Deere’s worldwide service

network was also a major factor in our decision to go

with John Deere.” So says Jim Fritz, owner of Big John

Manufacturing Co., regarding the decision to switch to

John Deere diesel engines shortly after he acquired the

company in 1980.

Big John’s extensive product line includes a wide variety of

spraying equipment ranging from a small back-pack outfit to

large, self-propelled agricultural models that can apply crop

treatments in swaths up to 30 meters (100 ft.) wide. The

company also manufactures detasseling machines for the

seed-corn industry. Big John offers a 630 Series of 6-, 8- and

12-row detasselers and a 650D Pro Line of self-propelled

sprayers that includes combination models that can detassel

as well as spray. All are powered by a John Deere PowerTech

4045T engine.

Reliable. Fritz says the switch to John Deere engines has

proven to be a good move. “The engines have performed

pretty much flawlessly,” he says. “You always have some

routine mainenance and minor repairs with anything mechanical,

but I’m not aware of any major problem with any of the

John Deere engines we’ve put in our products. We’ve been

extremely happy with them, and so have our customers.”

The assurance that parts and service will be readily available

wherever Big John machines are used has also been a

strong selling point, Fritz adds. From its factory in Osmond,

Nebraska, a town of less than 800 near the northeastern corner

of the state, the company ships its detasselers and sprayers to

Hawaii, Mexico, South America, Australia and other places

where seed corn is produced.

“Our products are being used literally all over the world,”

Fritz says. “There’s a lot of peace of mind that comes from

John Deere’s reputation for reliability, and from knowing that

if something does go wrong, we have quick access to parts

and someone who can fix the problem.”

He adds that Big John’s John Deere engine distributor,

Industrial-Irrigation Services in Hastings, Nebraska, has been

another plus for using John Deere engines. “They’ve been real

good about getting engines to us when we needed them and

helping us size them to fit the various configurations of our

machines,” Fritz says. “And they’ve been especially helpful in

working through the hurdles of the new emissions standards.”

Engine: John Deere Tier 2/Stage II PowerTech 4045T — a

94-kW (125 hp), 4-cylinder, 4.5L, turbocharged diesel

engine. Distributor: Industrial-Irrigation Services, Hastings,

Nebraska, (402) 463-1377,

Big John



machines for

the seed-corn


using the

John Deere


4045T engine.

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Fans of the FireFan

Poultry catch crews and firefighters, alike, breathe easier

with a strong, steady supply of manmade wind

FireFans may very well be a chicken

catcher’s best friend.

Put it this way, you really don’t want

to work inside a chicken house during

the heat of the summer in the southeast

United States without one of these. The

houses are often hot with air filled with

dust, waste particles, and ammonia contaminants.

Choking yet? Well, breathe easy,

because Lilliston & Associates of

Salisbury, Maryland, has been supplying

John Deere-powered, high-velocity

FireFans to major poultry processors

throughout the years to help make the

chicken-gathering process a lot more

bearable for catchers — and the feathered

flock. In fact, many catchers simply

won’t work in a house without one.

FireFans ventilate a chicken house by

pulling heat and harmful contaminants

away from the flock and catch crews

during the chicken-gathering process,

explains Skip Lilliston, owner of

Lilliston & Associates. Placed at one

end of the building, a FireFan creates a

tunnel-ventilation effect, similar to a

moderate breeze. Many crews also use

a second fan to keep the caged critters

cool, reducing weight loss and death

that can result during periods of confinement

on trucks or in holding sheds.

For people, too. What FireFans do

for chicken houses, it will also do for

smoke-filled industrial and commercial

buildings, says Lilliston. By blowing air

into a building, FireFans dissipate

smoke and heat so that firefighters can

safely and more quickly identify and

extinguish the source of the fire. They

come to the rescue in a variety of other

jobs, too. One poultry company powered

up a FireFan to ventilate a processing

plant after an ammonia leak. The fans

could also aid relief efforts in transit

tunnels and public buildings in the

event of a terrorist attack, he says.

A John Deere PowerTech

4045T engine powers a

150,000-cfm FireFan,

ready to be shipped to

the Panama Canal

Authority for fire fighting.

At the heart of the FireFan is a

John Deere PowerTech 4.5L engine.

The company began using John Deere

engines with great success since the

mid-’90s, says Lilliston. “Since then,

we’ve sold hundreds of John Deere

engines. They undergo hard use, but

John Deere reliability and reputation

is the strongest argument that I can

make … because they’re ready to go

at a moment’s notice, and they get the

job done.”

Also getting the job done is Bell

Power Systems. The distributorship not

only supplies the John Deere engine but

also assembles the propeller, control

system, and other accessories to it and

then mounts the unit to a frame and

paints it. “They do their magic and ship

them to customers,” relates Lilliston.

Lilliston looked to these value-added

services from Bell Power when sales of

FireFans took on a velocity all of its

own. “I like working with Bell Power

because they are knowledgeable and

helpful. They’re also very easy to work

with. I can’t say enough about them,”

says Lilliston. “I’m looking forward

to a long and prosperous relationship

with them.”

Engine: John Deere Tier 2/Stage II

PowerTech 4045D — a 60-kW (80 hp),

4-cylinder, 4.5L, naturally aspirated

diesel engine; Tier 2/Stage II

PowerTech 4045T — an 86-kW

(115 hp), 4-cylinder, 4.5L, turbocharged

diesel engine. Distributor: Bell Power

Systems, Inc., Essex, Connecticut,

(860), 767-7502,

Company: Lilliston & Associates,

Salisbury, Maryland,

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Protecting Hogs and Cooling Houses

A John Deere-powered gen-set serves a dual role of keeping pigs cool and

providing supplemental electricity to a rural electric cooperative

It’s a hot, steamy, summer day in Iowa. Not a cloud in the

sky. Suddenly a standby generator outside a long metal hog

building kicks on. Sometimes this gen-set, powered by a

John Deere 4045T, starts up to keep feed and ventilation flowing

for the pigs, but today there’s no power outage. Rather the

generator is turned on to keep air conditioners and refrigerators

running in homes 30 miles away.

It’s all part of an arrangement between Pro Pork Associates

and North West Rural Electric Cooperative in Orange City, Iowa.

“We need the stand-by generator in case of a power outage,”

tells Todd Honkomp, production supervisor with the Sioux

Center, Iowa, hog management firm. “An hour without ventilation,

or heat for our baby pigs, and we could have animal losses.”

Second job. But rather than have the generator sitting idle,

waiting for an emergency outage, the local utility taps into the

generator to fill peak demand.

They have a switch they can throw that starts up the generator

and sends power out onto their lines,” Honkomp explains. “In

return, we get about a 30 percent discount on our utility bill

every month.”

The only problem with the system is if the utility hits that

switch and the Honkomp’s engine doesn’t start. If that ever happens,

Pork Pro Associates looses their discount for that month.

“We quickly saw the importance for having that engine

properly maintained,” says Honkomp. “We sure don’t want

to lose that discount. That’s why I worked with Greenway

to keep the engine and generator ready to run.”

Greenway is Greenway Implement, the John Deere

dealership in nearby Paullina, Iowa.

“Typically this engine runs about 350 hours a year,”

explains Rich Frerk, service manager at Greenway

Implement. “We check the engine periodically, change

filters and fluids as needed, and make sure everything is

working. Since we started the maintenance program they

haven’t had one break down.

“We are in the business of managing hogs,” says

Honkomp. “By turning the gen-set maintenance over to

Greenway, it’s two less things I have to worry about — will

the generator start when we need it, and will we get our

electricity at a discount.”

Engine: John Deere Tier 1/Stage I PowerTech 4045T —

an 86-kW (115 hp), 4-cylinder, 4.5L, turbocharged diesel

engine. Dealer: Greenway Implement, Paullina, Iowa,

(712) 448-3444. Distributor: Northstar Power Company,

Ankeny, Iowa, (515) 964-6100,

Todd Honkomp, production supervisor with Pro Pork Associates, and Aaron Oolman, technician with

Greenway Implement, stand next to the gen-set at the Pro Pork Associates facility. The John Deere

4045T-powered gen-set provides emergency power for 1,000 hogs and fills power needs of the local

utility during times of peak electrical demand.

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The Master 250 was rebuilt around

the John Deere 6081H engine.


in Miami, Florida, says Cristina

Beltrami, manager of the U.S. export

department. “We’re also represented in

20 countries through 32 independent


Generating More

and More Business

Italian gen-set manufacturer Genmac keeps shipping

products by the container-load

As we talked to Ioleo and Cristina

Beltrami of Italian company Genmac,

another container load of the company’s

new PMD30 residential generator was

leaving the warehouse. Equipped with a

2.4L John Deere engine, the PMD30 is

just one of Genmac’s impressive range

of generators that find their way to all

parts of the world.

Many Italian companies slow down

the pace for the summer, but not

Genmac. With business booming and

customers across the globe, it was

working flat out.

“We believe in giving customers personal,

24/7 service. It’s one of the

secrets of our success and why we’re so

busy,” says company president, Ioleo

Beltrami. “Our aim is to help make people’s

lives easier and more comfortable,

by providing high-quality generators

that are safe, reliable, and straightforward

to use. And we’re happy to tailor

our gen-sets to customer requirements.

We’ve created systems especially for

the Swedish telecom market by adding

remote-control systems. Flexibility is no

problem for us.”

Genmac makes compact, silent

generators for all kinds of markets,

but specializes in residential and light

industrial gen-sets, ranging from 850

watts to 500 kVA. It certainly seems

international customers appreciate their

reliability and that special touch of

Italian design — the company exports

66 percent of its gen-sets.

Although Italy may be home to

Genmac, it likes to keep close to its

customers overseas. “Our industrial and

residential gen-sets are particularly popular

in the U.S. so we have a subsidiary

The PowerTech 4024T proves

to be the perfect match for

Genmac’s latest PMD30.

Perfect for the Masters. With their

gen-sets powering all corners of the

world, an engine supplier with an

equally global representation and

sound reputation is a must for

Genmac. For Beltrami, John Deere and

local distributor Rama Motori are the

ideal solutions. “We’ve worked with

Rama Motori on various projects for

over 15 years. A couple of years ago,

when we wanted to expand our range

with more powerful models, they

showed us what John Deere could

offer. In fact, we rebuilt our Master

industrial range (150-250 kVA) around

John Deere engines. Rama Motori is

not a mere engine supplier — it’s a

valuable partner!”

Another shipment of PMD30s is ready to

leave the factory.

Container-loads of PMD30. When

John Deere introduced the new 4024T,

Beltrami knew at once it was the perfect

match for their new PMD30 — a

residential gen-set. “Rama Motori was

involved from the initial developments.

We ran tests together on prototypes.

And since we introduced the machine

on the market, it’s really taken off. The

container-loads leaving our warehouse

are proof of that!”

Engines: John Deere PowerTech

2.4L, 6.8L and 8.1L engines.

Distributor: Rama Motori S.p.A,

Reggio Emilia, Italy, + 39 0 522 930

711, email:,

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Processors’ Pick

When it became clear that most customers preferred John Deere

engines in the Rotochopper mulch processors they were buying,

John Deere became the manufacturer’s power unit of choice

Strong customer preference, a long track record of

dependable performance, and a reliable worldwide service

network made it easy to switch to John Deere engines as the

standard power unit for a chip-processing machine

Rotochopper Incorporated builds for the tree-care industry.

The St. Martin, Minnesota, company manufactures an

impressive variety of high-speed grinding machines that are

used primarily in the mulch, forestry, tree-care, pallet, waste,

and recycling industries. One of its newer products is the

CP118 chip processor/colorizer that’s used to grind, screen,

and simultaneously color rough wood chips to produce a

uniform mulch with eye appeal that consumers are willing to

pay a premium for.

When the machine was introduced, Rotochopper was putting

a competing brand of power unit in it but offered a John Deere

engine as an alternative. Now, however, it’s the other way

around. The CP118 chip processor comes equipped with a

John Deere PowerTech 4045T engine unless another brand is

specifically ordered.

“We soon discovered that most people in the tree-care

industry are particularly fond of John Deere engines,” says

Vince Hundt, a co-founder of Rotochopper and its current

vice president for sales and marketing. “It’s given us a definite

marketing boost to power this machine with an engine that

potential customers are familiar with and trust.”

Flawless performance. Hundt notes that durability and

dependability have helped John Deere engines earn their

strong reputation in the tree-care industry. “Those qualities

are important to us as a manufacturer, too,” he adds. “Even

though the engines aren’t ours, we don’t want to have any

problems with them, and we don’t want our customers to,


Jamey Brick, head of R&D at Rotochopper, confirms

that John Deere engines have filled the dependability bill.

Asked how they’ve performed in the mulch processor so

far, his answer is short and simple. “Flawlessly,” he says

without hesitation.

Hundt also says the John Deere overseas dealer network

was a prerequisite for making the switch. “We sell our

machines all over North America, Europe, and Japan,” he

explains. “We’ve got to have service anywhere in the world.

Otherwise, forget it.”

Strong support from Iowa-based engine distributor

Northstar Power Co. has been another bonus, according to

Hundt and Brick. “They’ve been very helpful

in assisting with occasional engineering

problems and preparing the engines for

manufacture,” Hundt says. “They’re a real

pleasure to do business with.”

Engine: John Deere Tier 2/Stage II

PowerTech 4045T — an 86-kW (115 hp),

4-cylinder, 4.5L, turbocharged diesel engine.

Distributor: Northstar Power Co.,

Ankeny, Iowa, (515) 964-6100;

With the help of a John Deere 4045T, the

Rotochopper CP118 chip processes,

screens, and colors rough wood chips to

produce a uniform mulch.

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Pellenc markets a full range of machinery for all types of vineyard

work, whatever the season. This 4320 self-propelled wine

harvester, equipped with a classic active head and a John Deere

engine, offers a 1.5-meter (4.9 ft.) cutting length.

Because Grapes

Don’t Wait

Pellenc teams up with John Deere to offer

unrelenting reliability and customer support

during the grape-growing season

Each of the many tasks in a vineyard must be accomplished

quickly and at a precise time. This means the machines that

are increasingly being used to streamline the work have to be

totally dependable. Even the most minor breakdown must be

dealt with immediately to prevent valuable crops from going

to waste. Pellenc is a leading supplier of wine- and olive-harvesting

machinery in Pertuis, in southeast France. It has built

its reputation not only on the excellent quality of its products,

but also on equally outstanding backup support for repairs

and spare parts.

John Deere, with its own solid reputation and more than

4,000 dealers worldwide, has been providing engines for

Pellenc’s equipment since 2002. Pellenc’s customers are

currently operating more than 500 machines with John Deere

engines. Its line of wine-harvesting machines consists of five

types: the series 4200, 4300, 4400, 4500, and 4600, according

to their cutting length, with individual models ranging from 20

to 80 within each series. They are all powered by John Deere

engines. Pellenc prides itself on its excellent product support,

but it needed a solid, reliable engine partner to guarantee this.

“In John Deere, we found a partner that doesn’t just make

fantastic engines, but one that will go above and beyond the

call of duty when it comes to service and support,” cites

Christophe Grisolle, who is responsible for viticulture at

Pellenc Iberica and recently experienced this first hand.

Worldwide support results in small miracles. Wine grape

harvesting now takes place nearly everywhere in the world:

in Europe, the United States, South America, Africa,

Australia, and New Zealand. Supporting the equipment

therefore requires a global network of service and parts

suppliers. Through its dealer network, John Deere provides

service and support for Pellenc and its other customers

everywhere in its own network.

Grisolle continues: “In mid-September we called in

Transdiesel, John Deere’s Spanish distributor. Our wine harvest

model MAV4560 had started overheating on the 13th of

September, but was needed on the 15th for a show demo in

Portugal. Luckily, Transdiesel’s service dealer, Gemoser, is

located in Ciudad Real, not far from the demo site. So at 2 p.m.,

the harvester was shipped from Portugal to travel the 400 kilometers

(249 miles) to Gemoser. At the same time, Transdiesel

Madrid packed up the necessary John Deere parts and shipped

them by DHL at 6 p.m. that evening. By 10 p.m., both parts and

machine had arrived at Pellenc Ibérica’s site. Gemoser showed

magnificent commitment by diagnosing the fault and fixing it

overnight. By 4 a.m. the next morning, the MAV4560 was back

in perfect running order, ready to make its public appearance

at 9 a.m. to show off the benefits of well-designed machinery

with first-rate repair and parts support. We didn’t think we were

going to make it. But all parties came through and delivered

top-notch service and dedication to get it working on time.”

Engines: John Deere Tier 3/Stage III A PowerTech Plus

4045H — a 104-kW (140 hp), 4-cylinder, 4.5L, air-to-air

aftercooled diesel engine, and the Tier 3/Stage III A

PowerTech Plus 6068H — a 129-kW (173 hp), 6-cylinder,

6.8L, air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine. Distributor:

TRANSDIESEL, S.L., Madrid, Spain, +34 91 669 97 87,

Fax: +34 91 673 74 12, email:

Pellenc’s new compact and

intelligent over-the-row tractors

are compatible with a variety

of tools.

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The new 4.5L gen-set engine offers up to 100 kVA at 1500 rpm.

New John Deere E.U. Stage II

generator drive engines

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John Deere unveiled a new lineup of engines

for generator sets from 30 to 450 kVA at the

Intermat Construction Exhibition last year. These

engines meet the Stage II emissions standards,

introduced 50Hz by the (kVA) new European directive

97/68/EC in January 1, 2007. John Deere offers

a wide power range of prime and standby generator-drive

engines from 21 to 460 kW (20 to

511 kVA), available in 2.4L to 13.5L engine


John Deere 50Hz is a (kVA) leading engine manufacturer

that has been progressively making a name for

itself in the gen-set market since 1970. We have

global experience and expertise with meeting

emissions standards in regulated and non-regulated

countries. To successfully adapt to each market

and application, we offer fuel efficient, reliable,

and durable engines to ease the transition

to Tier 3 and Stage II.

A worldwide clientele gives John

Deere the expertise in the emission

requirements of various regions

and markets where certification

may or may not be required. To

successfully adapt to each market

and satisfy various application

requirements, John Deere offers a

range of gen-set engines to ease the

transition to Tier 2/Stage II in both new

and existing gen-set applications.

Generator 60Hz sets (kWe) must be able to operate at

any moment and for as long as necessary. They

provide fast response for standby situations and

exceptional load recovery in all applications.

Because prime power gen-sets must be able to

work continuously, John Deere designs reliability

and durability 60Hz into (kWe) every generator-drive engine.

Plus, our engines only require an oil change

every 500 hours, minimizing maintenance.

The engines are also proven to be fuel efficient,

reliable, and durable.

John Deere engines deliver excellent cold

starting due to advanced electronic high-pressure

fuel systems and effective preheating options

such as glow plugs, air heaters, or block heaters.

We also offer a full line of cooling packages that

are adapted to harsh environments.


Clearly a Better Choice

Rears Manufacturing adds emission

compliance and ground speed to its

orchard equipment after switching to

John Deere PowerTech Plus engines

When it comes to the topic of managing orchard prunings,

Rears Manufacturing would like to clear the air — literally.

Three years ago, the Eugene, Oregon, company began

manufacturing the EDS 309 Pull-Flail in response to rising

California restrictions on burning tree prunings. The towable

brush shredder grinds tree trimmings into mulch using a rotor

that, until recently, was independently powered by a 242-kW

(325 hp) PowerTech 6081H engine. Now company steps up

to a new level of emission compliance with the new 298-kW

(400 hp) PowerTech Plus 6090H.

“Customers want equipment that will comply with the

Tier 3 (and Stage III A) emission standards,” relates product

manager Jamieson Rear. In addition to being cleaner burning,

he says the higher-horsepower PowerTech Plus engine offers

some performance advantages. “Customers are asking for

more ground speed. There’s a huge number of acres of nut

orchards and only a small window of opportunity to mulch

the trimmings,” he explains. “More ground speed is critical

to get over the acreage.

Better canopy coverage. Switching to PowerTech Plus

engines also increased the power and ground speed of Rear’s

high-velocity Power Blast sprayer. After years with the 127-

kW (170 hp) PowerTech 6.8L engine, the company was able

to maintain the same engine displacement, yet beef up power

to 168-kW (225 hp). And more power means more air to

reach the tops of tall trees. “Ground speed is based on how

long it takes to get spray up to the top of the tree,” explains

Rears. “More air volume allows you to pick up the pace.”

The EDS 309 Pull-Flail is independently powered by the new

PowerTech Plus 6090H diesel engine.

As orchard work shifts to a higher gear, workers appreciate

working with companies like Rears and John Deere, who

understand the orchard business. “Contractors will run 24

hours a day, 6 days a week,” says Rears. “Downtime is a

killer for them. If there’s ever a problem, it helps to work

with companies that you have a relationship with … who

understand the pressures of the business.

“Working with John Deere is important to our customers

because they don’t have to forge a new relationship,” says

Rears. “It’s a relationship that they already had.”

Engines: John Deere Tier 3/Stage

III A PowerTech Plus 6068H — a

168-kW (225 hp), 6-cylinder, 6.8L,

air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine;

Tier 3/Stage III A PowerTech Plus

The PowerTech Plus

9.0L engine puts

more power to the

rotor, making it

possible for the

Rears brush shredder

to move through

the nut orchard at

a faster pace.

6090H — a 298-kW (400 hp), 6-cylinder, 9.0L, air-to-air

aftercooled diesel engine. Distributor: Cascade Engine

Center, LLC, Seattle, Washington, (206) 764-3850,

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Quenching the Thirst

Farmers in El Paso County, Texas,

no longer need to worry if the

Rio Grande River water levels run low

In response to severe drought conditions in recent years, the

El Paso County Water Improvement District drilled 63 wells

that supply water to canals to supplement irrigation water

when a need arises.

The drilling project began four years ago when low snow

melt in Colorado and New Mexico put a strain on the water

levels in Elephant Butte Reservoir, which feeds the Rio Grande

River. Farmers downstream quickly felt the effects when they

were unable to acquire the necessary water allotment to flood

irrigate their crops.

“So we started drilling wells. We drilled 20 to start, and by

the following irrigation season we had doubled it,” says Jesus

Reyes, general manager for the El Paso County Water

Improvement District. Today there are 63 wells in the Rio

Grande river basin. Each pours forth a thirst-quenching supply

of water with the help of a John Deere pumping unit.

“We were looking for durability, an engine that could pull the

load and provide the service with minimal costs,” relates Reyes.

“We were very impressed with the John Deere diesel engine.”

Fencing guards a John Deere-powered pumping unit in El Paso County.

Dozens of diesels. After researching engine suppliers, El

Paso County Water Improvement District awarded the bid to

South Plains Implement Ltd., a local John Deere agricultural

dealership in Tornillo, Texas. Sales manager Gerry LaFoe

says the dealership has supplied nearly 300 John Deere engines

to local water districts and farmers for irrigation purposes in

the past three years. Another regional water district in

Hudspeth County bought 15 engines. La Foe says a lion’s

share of the wells within the two water districts are fitted with

the PowerTech 4045T diesel engines, as well as the 6068T.

“We run these units 24 hours a day,” says Reyes. Each

pumping unit produces an average 3 cubic feet (.08 m 3 ) per

second per well. We’ve been happy with the fuel efficiency

and the production that they’ve given us. Some of our

engines have close to 15,000 hours on them now and are

still going strong.”

In fact, it’s likely that more John Deere green will be dotting

the El Paso County landscape in the coming years. “We’re

very happy with John Deere,” relates Reyes. “If we were to

drill more or need a replacement engine, we definitely would

go with John Deere.”

Engines: John Deere Tier 2/Stage II PowerTech 4045T —

a 60 -kW (81 hp) and 73-kW (98 hp) at 1800 rpm, 4-cylinder,

4.5L, turbocharged diesel engine; PowerTech Tier 2/Stage II

6068T — a 95-kW (127 hp) at 1800 rpm, 6-cylinder, 6.8L,

turbocharged diesel engine. Dealer: South Plains Implement

Ltd., Tornillo, Texas, (915) 764-2263, Distributor: Engines Inc.,

Weiner, Arkansas, (870) 684-7361,

The El Paso County

Water Improvement

District pumps ground

water into the canal

system when water

levels run low during

periods of drought.


High-Ranking Gen-Sets

Alturdyne gen-sets lead the way as the choice source of power

for the White House Communications Agency (WHCA)

Before high-ranking White House

executives embark on an international

flight, a John Deere-powered Alturdyne

gen-set will often precede them on a

separate aircraft.

The gen-set provides the entourage

with a steady, reliable supply of electricity

that may not be available at foreign

destinations and remote regions. In fact,

the WHCA owns a fleet of these gensets.

Some have been used at President

Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, as well

as around the Washington D.C. area.

Custom built to strict governmental

specifications, the gen-sets are either

trailer or truck mounted and are very

quiet. The units are sound attenuated to

emit no more than 65 dbA at 7 meters

(23 ft.) — equivalent to a normal office


The power behind these 40-kW gensets

is the 50-kW (67 hp) PowerTech

4045D engine. Over the years,

Alturdyne has established an alliance

with its distributor Western Power

Products in Bakersfield, California, using

John Deere engines almost exclusively

in diesel-powered gen-sets up to 400 kW.

Alturdyne is a leading manufacturer of

custom gen-sets for the government and

has been doing business since 1971. And

these are no ordinary gen-sets. They are

battlefield ready and can be designed to

be infrared-suppressed, nuclear hardened,

and/or electro- magnetic-interference/pulse

(EMI/EMP) protected. “Not

everybody knows how to do that,”

explains company president Frank

Verbeke. “It’s the experience of our

employees who have been dealing with

military and government applications

over the years. Some of these employees

have worked here for 30-plus years.”

Telecommunications power. Not

only are Alturdyne gen-sets favored by

U.S. government agencies, they are

also the top choice of America’s largest

telephone companies. In fact, Alturdyne

foresees the demand for standby gensets

to increase with the population’s

growing demands on the telecommunications


Alturdyne is one of only a few independent

companies approved to sell

gen-sets to AT&T and Verizon, which

rely on them for emergency standby

power at central offices across the

United States. John Deere is well

accepted by these high-end customers,

in part, because of their performance, as

well as the extensive aftermarket service

Alturdyne gen-sets are mounted on a

truck chassis for easy portability on and

off an aircraft.

both domestically and worldwide, states

engineering manager Brian Root. Not

that a lot of service is needed.

“I can’t recall a single engine failure,”

relates Root. “To describe the performance

of the engine, I would use the

word excellent.”

John Deere-powered Alturdyne gen-sets

provide 50 or 60 Hz operation at the flick

of a switch.

Engines: John Deere Tier 2/Stage II

PowerTech 4045D — a 50-kW (67 hp)

at 1,800 rpm, 4-cylinder, 4.5L, naturally

aspirated diesel engine. Distributor:

Western Power Products, Inc.,

Bakersfield, California, (661) 397-9155.

Company: Alturdyne, El Cajon,

California, (619) 440-5531.

A PowerTech 4045D engine powers a

40-kW Stamford Newage generator.

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Rapid Response

PSI gen-sets are on the front lines when

the U.S. military needs to deploy a rapidly

deployable operations center.

This 60-kW PSI military gen-set, powered by a PowerTech 4045T,

is built to operate at high altitudes and temperatures.

A U.S. military Humvee pulls a 60-kW

gen-set powered by a Tier 2/Stage II

PowerTech 4045T. PSI also builds skidmounted

units with the same engine.

The U.S. military must have a lightweight, highly mobile,

and reliable source of electrical power. Dependable power is

crucial to the success of the mission.

Rapid-deployable shelters are pre-wired for electrical

systems and can be set up within 15 minutes to function as a

temporary tactical operations center, hospital, mobile radar

station, or a satellite monitoring station. The power and environmental

control required to complete the mission is provided by

gen-sets manufactured by PowerSystems International (PSI).

PSI is headquartered in Natural Bridge Station, Virginia,

and specializes in the development of power generation

systems, power distribution and control equipment. The

company also builds gen-sets with an environmental control

unit (ECU) that supplies heating and air conditioning to the

mobile command posts.

For years, PSI has relied on John Deere diesels to power its

generators, which range from 10 to 60 kW. In addition to the

military, other organizations such as homeland security, the

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Emergency

Management Agency (FEMA), government contractors, and

other governmental agencies use PSI equipment.

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Power Systems International relies on John

Deere diesels to power its 25 to 60-kW

generators to supply electricity and air conditioning

to its rapid-deployable shelters.

Tough. Built for extreme environmental conditions, the

gen-sets are rated to perform at 3,048 meters (10,000 ft.)

altitude and at highs of 50 degrees C (122° F). “We have people

trying to sell us engines every day, and we choose John Deere

engines,” relates Sam Campbell, vice president of business

development for PSI. “We have had John Deere-powered

units in Afghanistan since 1994. We had those units in last

year for refurbishment, and they’re still running.”

Durability is important, especially when a gen-set is the

sole source of electricity in a remote military location. “Our

gen-sets are all over the world,” says Campbell. “The military

can’t chance being without power. They must have equipment

that will not break down,” and if it does happen, “they need

parts quickly.”

With John Deere, we have that dependability … and we

have that worldwide service and support.”

Engines: PowerTech Tier 1/Stage I and Tier 2/Stage II

3029T — a 48–kW (64 hp) at 1800 rpm, 3-cylinder, 2.9L,

turbocharged diesel engine; PowerTech Tier 2/Stage II 4024T

— a 36-kW (48 hp) at 1800 rpm, 4-cylinder, 2.4L, turbocharged

diesel engine; PowerTech Tier 2/Stage II 4045T

— a 74-kW (99 hp) and 84-kW (113 hp) at 1800 rpm, 4-

cylinder, 4.5L, turbocharged diesel engine. Distributor: Bell

Power Systems, Inc., Essex, Connecticut, (860), 767-7502,


The United States military uses rapiddeployable

shelters to function as a

temporary tactical operations center,

hospital, or barracks.

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Knocking on Opportunity’s Door

Cadman Power welcomes the technological advances

of the new PowerTech Plus electronic engines

Cadman Power Equipment, Ltd. isn’t afraid to open the

door to the new Tier 3/Stage III A diesel engines. This

manufacturer of irrigation and manure-handling equipment is

moving from the Tier 1/Stage I engines and is greeting the

new electronic engines with an attitude of optimism.

“This is where the future is taking us,” explains Craig

Cadman, vice president of marketing for the company,

located in Courtland, Ontario, Canada. “People have to focus

on the advantages. I see improved fuel economy, and the

engines are going to be quieter and better performing. In the

end, it will be better for the end user and ultimately the


This long-time John Deere engine user is the first customer

of M-K Power Systems in Ontario to purchase a PowerTech

Plus 9.0L engine. So far, Cadman Power has sold two 9.0L

engines on pumping trailers. Compared to the PowerTech

8.1L engines in this same application, the 9.0L engine “runs

even smoother,” relates Cadman. “The power band is flat.

You don’t worry about a fluctuating curve because you get a

constant 325 hp (242 kW) across the entire operating rpm

range. As a result, I can guarantee customers performance at

different operating speeds.”

The PowerTech Plus 9.0L engine drives a high-pressure-centrifugal

pump, a clutch PTO to push sludge from a holding tank, and

a hydraulic pump that powers both a transfer pump and an air


Multi-tasking. The 9.0L engine drives three systems on the

Cadman pumping trailer. A 201-kW (270 hp) high-pressurecentrifugal

pump is driven off the engine’s flywheel, via a

clutch PTO, to push sludge from a holding tank to the drag

hose applicator traversing the field. Secondly, a hydraulic

pump on the engine’s auxiliary drive powers a transfer pump

that unloads sludge from trucks to the holding tank. Thirdly,

the hydraulic pump also powers an air compressor that purges

the line clean after completion of the pumping

application. Cadman says the engine is under the

greatest load when the transfer and pressure

pumps run simultaneously, but there are no worries

with the John Deere — even at lower speeds to

maximize fuel economy and impeller longevity.

“Generally, we would run the engine between

1900 and 2200 rpm. Now, we can run from 1600

to 2200 — and not lug the engine down running

at the lower rpms,” he says. “What was once an

operating window is now a doorway.”

Engine: John Deere Tier 3/Stage IIIA

PowerTech Plus 6090H — a 242-kW (325 hp),

6-cylinder, 9.0L, air-to-air aftercooled diesel

engine. Distributor: M-K Power Systems,

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, (905) 890-5323,

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The Cadman pump trailer features the new PowerTech Plus

9.0L engine, which offers a constant 242 kW (325 hp) across

the entire operating rpm range.

A Passion for Flax

Equipment-maker Dehondt is so passionate about

flax that it works with the entire value chain to create

opportunities in this centuries-old industry

Flax isn’t a business for Dehondt, it’s a

passion. You could say it’s in the blood.

“My grandfather was a flax trader and

grower who started making machines at

the end of the Second World War when

manual labor was in short supply,”

explains managing director, Guillaume


Today, Dehondt is recognized worldwide

as the name in flax baling. However,

its great love is flax – the whole industry,

from cultivating the soil to finding new

uses for a fiber used for textiles for thousands

of years. Indeed, the company still

grows flax in Normandy, France’s major

flax-growing region. This ensures a very

hands-on approach.

“One of our customers was amazed

when I jumped on his machine to show

him some driving techniques that would

give better results. But that’s important for

us,” says Guillaume Dehondt. “We are a

partner, not simply an equipment supplier.

We can offer advice about things like driving,

sowing techniques, and soil preparation

because we’re growers ourselves.

“Also, our entire staff drives the

machines at least once a year. So if a

customer calls in with a problem, even

the receptionist has an insight into what

they are talking about.”

Tradition of innovation. Over the years,

the company has led the world in innovative

harvesters, self-propelled balers,

and turning harvesters. Its latest doubleturning

machine continues the tradition

with special features that help growers

achieve high yields and handle bales with

ease. The double-turning machine also

incorporates four-wheel drive, an

ergonomic control station (a first in the

flax-industry) and a CAN-bus-based

electronic-control system. Plus, it offers an

air-conditioned cab – another innovation

in flax-growing, where hard physical

labor is still common.

John Deere: compact, yet powerful.

Why a John Deere engine? “There is an

industry trend towards 6-cylinder engines.

But they are large, heavy, and sometimes

consume a lot of fuel," says Guillaume.

The John Deere 4-cylinder delivers

160-hp (119 kW), yet is smaller and

lighter. As a result, the whole machine is

lighter, so the soil doesn’t get compacted,

and there is less dust thrown up. In addition,

with its electronic control, it’s light

on fuel consumption, too!”

Dehondt also appreciates the lack of

vibration and low decibel levels of John

Deere engines. “No other comparable

engine matches them. We can use less

insulating material and our customers

enjoy a much quieter work environment.”

Helping growers diversify. John Deere

engines are being designed into Dehondt’s

next generation of flax-handling equipment,

as well. “Growers need to diversify

into new uses for flax, but they don’t

necessarily have the contacts, equipment,

or know-how. So we’ve built partnerships

with major industrial users, and we’re

developing machines that can prepare the


Twice as easy: Dehondt’s double

turning flax harvester makes light

work of a tough job.

flax for industrial applications. For

instance, we’re currently working on a

patented double harvester for launch in

2008 or 2009.

“Once again, we’ve chosen John

Deere for the combination of power,

performance, low operating costs, and

compactness — and also for the preand

post-sales service. We have a longstanding

relationship with local distributor

Moteurs et Industrie Lhermite. Its team

really understands our needs and shares

our passion for quality.

“We want this next generation of

machines to help farmers from Brazil to

China continue the age-old tradition of

flax-growing, and to ensure that this

ecologically-friendly crop has a sustainable


Engine: John Deere Tier 2/Stage II

PowerTech 4045H — a 119-kW

(160 hp), 4-cylinder, 4.5L air-to-air

aftercooled diesel engine. Distributor:

Moteurs et Industrie Lhermite, 28501

Vernouillet Cedex, France, +33 2 37 42

88 90, email:

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A Decade of Distribution

At the May 2006 distributor meeting, Diesel Power Sweden and Kapelos Diesels

proudly received an anniversary plaque for 10 years of dedicated service

Diesel Power Sweden

Diesel Power Sweden AB, based in Västra Frölunda near

Gothenburg, supplies marine and industrial engines to original

equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the construction and

forestry industries, and recently marked its 10 years as a

John Deere distributorship.

“Switching to John Deere engines was a sound decision,”

explains managing director Owe Fredriksson. “We started in

1992 as a distributor for a Japanese manufacturer, handling

500- to 2,500-hp (373 to 1,865 kW) marine and industrial

diesel engines. Then, in the mid-90s we began focusing on

Swedish OEMS, who typically need 100- to 500-hp (75 to

373 kW) engines. We knew we could expect tough competition

from Sweden’s two engine manufacturers, so we’re looking

to partner with a reputable brand. John Deere was recognized

as the world leader in tractors and was gaining market

share in engine sales, so it made sense to enter into a sales

agreement with them.”

Partners for growth. “From the start, we’ve been

impressed. John Deere supplies us and our customers with

unparalleled levels of service. Their support and backup are

excellent, as are their technical information and brochures.

Plus, they send us engine prototypes and serial-produced

engines meeting the latest emission regulations, so we can win

customers from our competitors, and expand our business.”

When it comes to convincing potential customers, the

option-codes system (which lets us build engines to a customer’s

requirements) is particularly valuable. An added

advantage of this system is that replacing an existing engine

with a John Deere can be a very competitive option.

Today, Fredriksson is as optimistic as he is enthusiastic.

“John Deere engines now account for around 50 percent of

our sales. Their product range has enabled us to address a

new and wider range of customers. As a result, our sales have

grown by over 30 percent. And we’re confident that together,

we’ll grow even further.”

Distributor: Diesel Power Sweden AB, Gothenburg, Sweden,

+ 46 (0) 31 68 57 72, email:,

Something to

smile about:

Jacques Febvre

presents Owe

Fredriksson with a

plaque, thanking

him for 10 years of

mutual success.

Kapelos Diesels

Based in the Greek town of Piraeus, Kapelos Diesels not

only distributes John Deere marine and industrial diesel

engines, but also equips its own Electron Diesels line of

generator sets with them.

A decade to remember. “It’s been a good decade for us,”

says managing director Spyros Kapelos. “Our partnership

with John Deere has increased our sales and established our

company as a quality product supplier.

“Our sales have increased by 35 percent, and we’ve grown

considerably as a company. There are now 19 of us (11 are

experienced technicians), and in 2003 we had to move our

gen-set production and distribution operations to larger

premises in Aspropirgos. Our marine business is expanding

particularly fast, taking a well-deserved share of the Greek


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Something for everyone. With customers in all kinds of

industries, such as banks, hotels, telecommunications

companies, hospitals, universities, and even the armed

forces, Kapelos needs to cater to wide-ranging requirements

and budgets. “But whatever the market, all our

customers are looking for a good price-to-performance

ratio. That’s exactly what John Deere engines deliver,

and that’s really helped us expand our customer base.

“We pride ourselves on offering a comprehensive

service, which includes installing and maintaining engines,

so John Deere’s worldwide service and distribution

network is a major factor for us and our clients —

especially since we export a lot of our products.”

Looking forward to the next decade!

John Deere Saran runner team

advertised for John Deere and New Way

all along the Cape Town marathon.

Distributor: Kapelos Diesels Ltd, Piraeus,

Greece, +30 2104178657, email:,

Nothing Runs like a Deere

Twelve members of the John Deere Saran runners’ team

participated in the Cape Town, South Africa, marathon last


The best team performer was Dominique Delaunay from

the manufacturing department weekend shift who managed

to arrive 83 rd out of 575 runners in a good time of three hours

and 30 minutes. Marketing representative Jean-Michel

Grimault wasn’t far behind.

The team was locally sponsored by New Way Motor &

Diesel Engineering, a South African engine distributor,

whose marine facilities are located in Cape Town. The

runners proudly bore the Deere and New Way logos across

the country!

As shown by

Wayne Freed:

“Nothing runs

like a Deere”.

Jacques Febvre and Spyros Kapelos

celebrate a successful decade.

PowerSource 21


All Aboard! John Deere

Supports Local Community

John Deere doesn’t usually power trains,

but Le Petit Train at the Parc Floral in Orléans,

France, is now on track with a clean-running

PowerTech engine

Although a global company, John Deere believes in building

close relationships with the local communities through its

many factory and service locations across the world.

“We aim to be a true member of each local industrial community,”

says Jacques Febvre, John Deere director of engine

marketing and sales for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia

from John Deere Power

Systems in Saran. “Recently,

the John Deere Goodwill

Fund Grant was used to meet

a rather unusual request from

the community near our Saran


The Parc Floral in Orléans

wanted to upgrade the engine

of the Le Petit train (or Little

Train) that takes visitors on a

3-kilometer (almost 2-mile)

tour round the site. The Parc

Seventy-five percent less pollution

is good news for the Parc’s

vegetation — and people!

is one of France’s 10 most-visited parks, attracting around

145,000 visitors every year. However, the existing train

engine was no longer in tune with the park’s reputation for

clean air and tranquility.

“Our commercial & consumer equipment distributor,

Equip’ Jardin, has long been involved in the Parc’s floral

activities, so they turned to us. And John Deere Power

Systems was delighted to help. We donated a 60-kW (80 hp)

naturally aspirated 4045D engine, and Equip’ Jardin handled

Le Petit train held its official inauguration on April 29 th , 2006. From

left to right: John Deere Saran’s Jacques Febvre; Daniel Barbereau,

president of John Deere France; and Serge Grouard, mayor of

Orléans, expressing his thanks.

the installation. As an off-highway engine manufacturer,

we don’t usually provide engines for trains!” adds Febvre.

“Nonetheless, improving the environment and supporting

local communities are important to John Deere. This was a

small way we could do both.”

A gift to the Parc — and to the environment. On April 29 th ,

2006 the little train first showed off its new engine. The Parc

invited 400 members of the John Deere Society (employees

and their families) to come for a ride and watch Daniel

Barbereau, president of John Deere France, play a friendly

game of mini-golf with Serge Grouard, Orléans’ mayor.

Little train; big difference. “The new engine’s far quieter,”

says Febvre, “and it produces 75 percent less pollution —

important for a park with such a strong ‘green’ philosophy.”

In addition to the new engine, the John Deere agricultural

marketing division in Ormes has allocated funds for the

development of a rocky area alongside the train route, which

is planned over the next two years.

Engine: John Deere Tier 2/Stage II PowerTech 4045D — a

60-kW (80 hp), 4-cylinder, 4.5L, naturally aspirated diesel

engine. Distributor: Equip’ Jardin, Olivet, France,

+33 2 38 63 60 60, Fax: +33 (0)2 38 64 22 22, email:

Repowering Le Petit

train was a true multidivision

John Deere

effort, displayed by

the “Powered by

Deere” sticker.

22 PowerSource


On-road publicity

for off-road engines

John Deere engines distributors in Italy and South

Africa took their promotional efforts on the road by

investing in transportation and service trucks that sport

the John Deere brand. Branded vehicles are not as

commonly seen in these countries, but Rama Motori of

Italy and New Way Motor & Diesel Engineering of

South Africa saw it as a “good vehicle” to promote

their affiliation and loyalty to John Deere.


Look for John Deere engines and drivetrain

components at these upcoming

tradeshows, conventions, and exhibits.


28-30 PowerGen, Orlando, Florida, USA


16-20 AGROMEK, Herning, Denmark

23-26 World of Concrete, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

23-27 SWISSBAU, Basel, Switzerland


13-15 World Ag Expo, Tulare, California, USA

MARCH 2007

4-8 SIMA, Paris, France

APRIL 2007

23-29 BAUMA, Munich, Germany

30-May 3 Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, Texas, USA

MAY 2007

22-24 SED, Milton Keynes, UK


21-23 Ag Quip, Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia

PowerSource 23

When you’re going

beyond the boundaries,

go with someone who

knows the territory.


John Deere Power Systems

Usine de Saran, La Foulonnerie - B.P. 11013

45401 Fleury-les-Aubrais - Cedex - France

Phone: (33) 2 38 82 61 19

Fax: (33) 2 38 82 60 00

e-mail: •

Your equipment faces tough working conditions. That’s

why John Deere builds reliable, fuel-efficient diesel engines

that can handle anything your jobsite can dish out. We

have more than 85 years of experience and insight in

off-highway applications. And because you work in

remote locations — we’ve put our support network out

there with you — over 4000 locations strong.

Next time you want to go beyond the boundaries,

go with John Deere. To learn more,

call 1-800-JD-ENGINE or visit






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