Canada plans to order Tier 4 emission standard requirements on non-road vehicles by the end of next year, and John Deere is preparing for those adjustments.
By the end of 2012, the Journal of Commerce reports, the U.S. will legally require those standards on all new models, and prices will be as much as 15 percent higher.
"John Deere is rolling out new IT4-equipped models in stages," Joe Mastanduno, product marketing manager for engine/drivetrain with the John Deere Construction and Forestry Division, told the publication. "While many of our new machines sold in the U.S. are equipped with IT4 technology, we’re still providing Tier 3 equipment to the Canadian construction market."
As part of the effort to meet standards, machinery such as John Deere farm equipment have engines that include hydrocarbon controls that are equipped with a catalyst for diesel oxidation. To meet compliance with standards outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency, a diesel particulate filter and an active regeneration system also were added.
"The EPA began requiring IT4 technology for non-road vehicles at the beginning of 2011, and it will be mandatory on all non-road construction equipment sold in the U.S. by the end of 2012," he said.
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