Waterloo, Iowa-based John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) and New Bremen, Ohio-based Crown Equipment have developed a 2.4-liter liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industrial engine for the new Crown C-5 Series forklift. The new engine was designed specifically to power material handling equipment in demanding applications.
Based on John Deere's standard heavy-duty industrial diesel engine platform that powers off-highway John Deere and OEM machines around the world, the new 2.4-liter LPG engine features a cast iron head and large, robust components that are designed for reliability, durability and long engine life. It also offers increased horsepower and low-end torque, designed to improve performance during acceleration, incline-loaded travel, and when carrying or pushing heavy loads, according to Mike Weinert, director of worldwide engine engineering for John Deere Power Systems. “Our business is focused on applying an ideal level of engine technology to optimize equipment performance and reliability requirements,” Weinert said. “The close collaboration with Crown resulted in a strong integration between the engine and the vehicle systems, allowing us to fully leverage our expertise in world-class design, development and validation.”