John Deere announced on Oct. 15 that it will support current and future preowned machines in countries where ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) is not accessible.
The Sulfur Compatibility Solution allows dealers to assist customers migrating highly regulated Tier 4 equipment, requiring ULSD to a lower-regulated or nonregulated market. The solution is available for select interim Tier 4 applications greater than 56 kW and final Tier 4 applications less than 56 kW.
Low sulfur fuel has been essential to the implementation of advanced vehicle emission controls, according to TransportPolicy.net. However, it has not become widespread around the globe as of yet.
“Since global fuel sulfur levels vary significantly by country and region throughout the world, it’s important that engines and machines delivered into a given market have access to the appropriate fuel and technology,” said Craig Timmerman, engine and driveline product marketing manager of John Deere Construction & Forestry.
John Deere’s solutions now permit the removal or disablement of systems that are prone to damage when using non-ULSD. The exhaust-after-treatment system and exhaust gas recirculation system are typically impacted by the utilization of non-ULSD.
“John Deere recognizes used machines will move from a highly regulated market to a lesser-regulated market,” Timmerman continued. “Installation of these solutions will ensure the highest level of uptime for customers, regardless of the sulfur content of the fuel.”
As of 2014, Brazil, China and India have sub-national regulations that require higher quality fuels in specific regions and cities.