JCB DEAL JUST THE
BEGINNING FOR KOHLER
U.K. equipment icon’s selection of KDI diesels to power compact machines first major application for engine line
BY IAN CAMERON
When Kohler first unveiled its Kohler Direct Injection (KDI) engines in late 2011,
company executives indicated that the
development had drawn a great deal
of interest from “very recognizable”
global equipment manufacturers.
That interest was manifested last
fall when, in what was a surprising
move to many, U.K. equipment icon
JCB announced that it had linked up
with Kohler for the supply of Stage 3b/
Tier 4 final engines for several JCB
compact machine lines.
The water-cooled KDI engines —
which are branded JCB Diesel by
Kohler — meet the next stage of emissions regulations without the need for
a diesel particulate filter (DPF).
The first JCB machine to be fitted with the new engine, a JCB 35D
4x4 Teletruk, was unveiled at the
RWM waste management show in
Birmingham, England, in late 2013.
“The decision to partner with Kohler
to develop engines for JCB compact
machines was driven by the synergy
in the technologies used by JCB and
Kohler to achieve stringent Tier 4
final emissions legislation,” said Alan
Tolley, JCB’s director of Engine
Programs. “Kohler’s achievement of
Tier 4 final without the need for a
bulky DPF is fully in line with our
own engine strategy and allows our
designers maximum flexibility when it
comes to meeting machine design and
“These highly efficient engines will
JCB selected Kohler’s KDI diesels to power several of its
compact machine lines. The engines, which will cover a
range of 31 to 55 k W, are branded JCB Diesel by Kohler.
14 DIESEL PROGRESS NORTH AMERICAN EDITION January 2014
Jack Burke and Chad Elmore contributed
to this report.