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Kubota Engine America and SmartEquip Partnering to Provide Superior Service for Rental Fleets

Lincolnshire, Illinois – Kubota Engine America Corp. is unveiling plans to join the SmartEquip Network utilized by a majority of fleets in the rental market. Company leadership is announcing the partnership at The 60th Anniversary ARA Rental Show in Atlanta, Feb. 21-24, 2016, at booth #4065. The new platform will allow KEA to improve parts and service support efficiency for rental companies, fleet owners, dealers and distributors.

SmartEquip is an advanced program that acts as an online portal for large rental agencies, merging technical support data, parts information and ordering services into one location. “The software makes it easy for rental agencies to place orders for high quality Kubota products, without the hassle of finding and contacting a parts supplier,” says Kevin Keyes, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Kubota Engine America. “Using the SmartEquip Network is easier, smarter and faster, and it will ultimately allow us to better serve customers who are looking for our unmatched reliability.”

The expanding network serves as a single source for most of the rental equipment industry, connecting more than 40,000 users with more than 160 brands of equipment. Ron Piccolo, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for SmartEquip says, “SmartEquip is proud to welcome Kubota Engine America to our growing list of OEM partners. The complexity of today’s engines makes our partnership even more important because we link the fleet owner to the manufacturer to insure the repair process is accurate and efficient.”

“Our partnership will not only minimize downtime for end users, but will also decrease maintenance costs for rental companies because we can protect our engines,” adds Kubota Engine America President Tomokazu Matsushita. He says while the economy is uncertain, he sees a lot of growth potential in the rental market. “For our industry, more people than ever before are using rental companies instead of purchasing. So improving our relationships with them through SmartEquip is vital.”

KEA leaders will officially launch SmartEquip in April of this year and plan to offer both regular and emergency ordering options for rental agencies. To learn more about Kubota Engine America, stop by booth #4065 at The Rental Show or visit http://www.kubotaengine.com/.

For information about the SmartEquip Network: www.smartequip.com

Kubota Engine America Unveils First Full Lineup of Spark Ignited Gasoline Engines

Lincolnshire, Illinois – Kubota Engine America Corp. is now offering a full lineup of Spark Ignited gaseous engines, available in gasoline, propane, natural gas or dual fuel options for manufacturers of construction and industrial equipment. The WG 3800 is the newest member of the WG series, now 0.74L to 3.8L and including five models, the WG752, WG972, WG1605, WG2503 and WG3800. Outputs range from 23.5 to 97.9 horsepower. The full line will be on display at The Rental Show in Atlanta, Feb. 21-24, 2016, at booth #4065.

The Spark Ignited WG series is unique in that it is mirrored after Kubota’s Compression Ignited diesel line. As a result, all gasoline engines are industrial based, rather than automotive based like much of the market, and can be used wherever their equivalent diesel engines are used today. The industrial diesel based engine design allows the Spark Ignited WG line to have similar levels of power and torque, compared to its diesel counterpart. “Because our Spark Ignited engines are made using the same major diesel engine components, they inherit the proven robustness of the diesel engine range. Kubota Spark Ignited engines utilize heavy-duty drive gears, whereas automotive based competitors use rubber drive belts. If these rubber belts are exposed to extreme conditions or not serviced correctly, they may break causing potentially catastrophic engine failure,” says Kubota Engine America Strategic Business Development Manager Rob Shailes.

With the complete WG line, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) now have the option to utilize either fuel type, diesel or gasoline, without significantly re-engineering the installation envelope. “Kubota is the only company now offering a full range of complimentary Compression Ignited/Spark Ignited engines below 100 horsepower. The lines maintain interface and major service points, easing installation and familiarity for technicians. The options are important with expected Tier 5 diesel emission requirements on the horizon in the United States,” Shailes says.

As emission standards for industrial diesel engines become more stringent, the Spark Ignited engines are not subjected to Tier 4 or anticipated Tier 5 requirements. Kubota’s full WG line serves as a cost-efficient alternative and promotes company growth in market segments that have shown interest such as aerial work platforms, material handling, airport ground support equipment and air compressors. Kubota Canada Sales and Marketing Manager JP Ouellette says, “As gasoline prices decline, these Spark Ignited engines save money, while maintaining reliability and durability for our customers. This solution proves Kubota continues to be the industry leader, providing the most diverse fuel options and the greatest multitude of emissions certifications, for an increasing variety of industries.”

To get an exclusive look at the complete Spark Ignited WG series, stop by booth #4065 at The Rental Show.

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Kubota Engine America Introduces BG Engines for Emergency Stationary Standby Gensets

Lincolnshire, Illinois – Kubota Engine America Corp. is expanding its reach into the power generation market with the introduction of the company’s first complete package. The BG Engines for Emergency Stationary Standby Gensets are hitting Kubota warehouses this month and will debut at the POWER-GEN International show in Las Vegas, Dec. 8 – 10, 2015, at booth #6239.

The efficient, reliable and cost-effective line is an easy-to install package, complete with an air cleaner, radiator and mounting kit. The BG Engines for Emergency Stationary Standby Gensets provide high performance in a compact size, and will be available in six models with standby ratings ranging from 10 to 42 kWe. “This line serves as a tool for both distributors and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) alike, because we will be able to provide a high quality product already packaged,” says Nick Grez, Regional Sales Manager for Kubota Engine America. “Rather than searching for the cooling systems or radiators separately, they will have one-stop shopping without sacrificing dependability and quality. These units will save companies time, money and hassle.”

The product line features a solid gear train and belt-free design, reducing the possibility of wear over time. It offers a unique fly-ball governor system that stabilizes and regulates energy output. Distributors or OEMs can also add optional items including a muffler or control panel. “We give them the flexibility to choose their own controls and exhaust configuration, which creates a more personalized, efficient and complete product,” Grez says.

This new launch expands Kubota Engine America’s unmatched reliability into the power generation market. “Kubota Engine America has a diverse market portfolio. We have a keen eye for recognizing growth markets where users are looking for high-quality, dependable products. We experienced success breaking into the forklift, compressor and oil and gas markets with the introduction of our spark ignited engine line. Now, the new BG Engine line for the power generation market is no exception,” Grez says.  “Kubota Engine America is the industry leader offering the greatest multitude of global emissions certifications, the most diverse fuel options and unrivaled dependability.”

Kubota Engine America (KEA) started as an engine division of Kubota Tractor Corporation in 1982.  The Engine Division was dedicated to the sales and reinforcement of technical support of the expanding industrial diesel engine market in the United States. Kubota Corporation and KEA pioneered the compact, high-density diesel market as an alternative to small gasoline engines. In response to the continued rise in diesel engine demand in the US market, KEA was formed in 1998 as an independent company and a subsidiary of Kubota Corporation and is headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Kubota is the world’s leading manufacturer of both compact diesel and gasoline engines, for industrial, agricultural, construction and generator applications. The company has built an extensive engine and generator distribution network with more than 800 dealers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and the Caribbean to support its customer base. Kubota prides itself on its track record for reliability and engineering that fulfills its “For Earth, For Life” philosophy.

Kubota Launches a New Spark Ignited Engine

Kubota has added the WG3800 to the WG series, a series of industrial based water cooled gas/gasoline engines. The WG3800 offers a 3.8 liter displacement and mass production will begin February of this year. The fuel options offered will be LPG, gasoline, natural gas and a dual fuel version. This engine will be supplied to manufacturers for construction and industrial equipment. 

As the awareness for the conservation of the global environment has increased, emission standards for industrial engines have become more stringent.  All industrial equipment manufacturers are now required to use emission certified engines. Kubota has taken measures to comply with the various emission requirements in designing the gas/gasoline engine.  Kubota’s “WG series” has the same industrial footprint as the diesel lineup.  The displacement ranges from 0.74L to 2.5L, and now adding the 3.8L with WG3800. With the addition of this new engine, we offer a wide range of gas/gasoline engines to construction and industrial equipment manufacturer for use in various applications such as forklifts and generators.

Emission Certification 

Kubota has developed the WG3800 meeting the latest emission regulations in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Based on our V3800 diesel engine, we have developed a combustion chamber, fuel and ignition system dedicated for gas/gasoline. With a three-way catalyst, the engine is certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Non-Road SI Tier 2 and California Air Resources Board (CARB) Non-Road SI Tier 3. (*1)

(*1)The LPG version is certified. The natural gas, gasoline, and dual fuel version will be certified soon.

WG3800 Series Output
Model NameOutputFuel
WG3800-L70 kWLPG
WG3800-G65 kWGasoline
WG3800-N63 kWNatural Gas
WG3800-GL66 kW (LPG) / 65 kW (Gasoline)Dual Fuel

Kubota Diesel Engines Between 56 and 130kW Receive Certification for CARB Tier 4 Final Emissions Regulations

The next emissions regulations for non-road diesel engines with an output range between 56 and 130 kW will come into effect in North America in January 2015. Kubota's non-road diesel engines between 56 and 130 kW are in compliance with the latest emission regulations. These engines have been certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Union (EU) and most recently by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). These engines will be installed in Kubota brand tractors and construction machinery. The engines for non-captive product will also be available for construction and industrial machinery. Mass production will start from October 2014.

Tier 4 Final and Stage IV are very stringent emission regulations. They require NOx (nitrogen oxide) reduction by about 90% in comparison with the current regulations. Kubota has adopted selective catalytic reduction (SCR) for NOx reduction. Together with the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC), Kubota has developed the integrated technology and system to comply with the latest regulations. Kubota has maintained its compact design with these new engine models and in some cases has even increased the output compared to previous engine models.

Certified date:  
July 30, 2014

Certification organization:
California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Certified Models (Industrial liquid cooled diesel engine with ouput range of 56 and 130 kW):     
(1) 3.8 Liter, Turbo inter-cooled for V3800 
(2) 6.1 Liter, Turbo inter-cooled for V6108

Note: These diesel engine models were certified by EPA, Tier 4 Final on July 17 and European Union, Stage IV on June 30.

Kubota Expands Diesel Engine Line-Up by Adding New Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) Only Option (19-56kW)

As the awareness for the conservation of the global environment has increased, emission standards for industrial engines have become more stringent. Kubota has taken measures to reduce emissions by first introducing engines utilizing Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) as the after-treatment device.

Today we are pleased to announce that Kubota has introduced 4 new diesel engine models with Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) only from 19kW to 56kW. This further expands the Tier 4 Final line-up providing the customer additional engine options and flexibility in choosing the right engine for their application. These 4 new engine models are certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB). The launch date for the new engines will be January 2015.

1.   New Kubota T4f Engine Models (DOC Only)

Model Name

Output
(Net without fan)

After Treatment
Device

Aspiration

D1803-CR-TIE4

36.5kW/2700rpm

DOC

Turbo Inter-cooled

V2403-CR-TIE4

47.9kW/2700rpm

DOC

Turbo Inter-cooled

V2607-CR-TIE4

52.2kW/2700rpm

DOC

Turbo Inter-cooled

V3307-CR-TIE4

54.6kW/2600rpm

DOC

Turbo Inter-cooled

2.   Current Kubota T4f Engine Models (DPF+DOC)

Engine Model

Output
(Net without fan)

After Treatment 
Device

Aspiration

D1803-CR-E4

27.6kW/2700rpm

DPF+DOC

Naturally Aspirated

D1803-CR-TE4

36.5kW/2700rpm

DPF+DOC

Turbo

V2403-CR-E4

36.8kW/2700rpm

DPF+DOC

Naturally Aspirated

V2403-CR-TE4

47.9kW/2700rpm

DPF+DOC

Turbo

V2607-CR-TE4

52.2kW/2700rpm

DPF+DOC

Turbo

V3307-CR-TE4

54.6kW/2600rpm

DPF+DOC

Turbo

Kubota Engine America Donates a Diesel Generator to the Science Barge

Kubota Engine America has donated a GL7000-USA Lowboy generator to the Science Barge located on the Yonkers, New York side of the Hudson River.  Due to the very rough winter the generator that the Science Barge had was damaged so they were in need of a new generator.  Mr. Bob Walters, the “captain” of the barge reached out to Kubota Engine America and explained their cause and current need. Kubota felt that the Science Barge was a great representation of our brand statement, For Earth, For Life, linking food, water and the environment.

The Science Barge is a prototype sustainable urban farm developed by NY Sun Works and acquired by Groundwork Hudson Valley in October, 2008.  It is operated as an environmental education center featuring a greenhouse and stations teaching students the basics of hydroponics and renewable energy. The Science Barge grows an abundance of fresh produce with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides, and zero runoff for our Get Fresh Yonkers Farmers Market, helping to improve access to fresh vegetables in this community where they are not readily available.

All of the energy needed to power the Barge is generated by 85% solar panels and 15% wind turbines and irrigated solely by collected rainwater and purified river water, thus operating completely “off the grid.”  When there is not enough solar power or wind power generated the Kubota GL7000-USA Lowboy will be used as a back up to power the barge. 

​In 2013, the​ Science Barge sees over 3,000 visitors per year, including tourists from 15 different countries​.  For further information about the Science Barge please visit their website athttp://www.groundworkhv.org/programs/science-barge/.

Kubota Engine America Now Offering Genuine KUBOTA Oil, Made Exclusively for KUBOTA Industrial Engines

We are pleased to announce the addition of Genuine KUBOTA Oil, made exclusively for KUBOTA Industrial Engines, to our line of Genuine KUBOTA Parts.  Genuine KUBOTA Oil is specifically designed to maximize the life of the KUBOTA industrial engine by lubricating, cooling, and cleaning all at once. Genuine KUBOTA Oil is manufactured to meet Tier 4 Emission Requirements and is approved for use in both Diesel and Gas engines. 

Contact your local KUBOTA Industrial Engine Dealer for more details.

KUBOTA recommends the use of Genuine KUBOTA Filters on all KUBOTA Industrial Engines.