Q. What key engine features are important for the construction market?
A. Construction equipment puts engines through the ringer — dusty, unpredictable job sites and demanding applications all play a factor. That’s why you should spec your equipment with rugged engines that are proven to withstand tough working conditions. Don’t also forget to incorporate productivity enhancing features, such as easy starting and reduced maintenance.
Q. Can engine features help reduce the total cost of ownership of equipment?
A. Yes, actually. Look for engines that specifically incorporate practical innovations — such as reducing fuel consumption without compromising on power. Doing so can give you yet another tool in reducing the overall total cost of ownership.
For example, Vanguard® EFI delivers the power needed for demanding construction applications with its closed loop system. By creating a nearly perfect air-fuel mixture and adjusting the ratio based on load, throttle response and air intake, EFI optimizes fuel efficiency and power. And while fuel savings vary by industry, application and engine family, the 25 percent mark makes the reality of a return on investment (ROI) feasible.
Q. Can an engine improve job site productivity?
A. Absolutely. End-users ultimately want equipment that’s working — not sitting in the shop. That means you should look for engines equipped with features that decrease job site downtime to increase the equipment value.
Here at Vanguard, we surveyed crews to uncover the largest reason for downtime and discovered that oil/fuel dilution during transport was a major factor. In response, we developed TransportGuard® technology, a three-in-one fuel/ignition shut-off that completely eliminates oil/fuel dilution. Other features, such as Vanguard’s cyclonic air filtration, which improves maintenance intervals to 600-hours, can drastically reduce the time equipment spends out of commission for maintenance.