JCB and Claas Set to Harness Efficient New Engines from Rolls-Royce

rolls royce logoEngines from the MTU Series built by famed British manufacturer Rolls-Royce are being embraced by both JCB and Claas as they seek to improve the efficiency and cleanliness of their farm machinery ranges, according to FG Insight.

All of the engines in this family are compliant with Stage 5 emissions standards and come with outputs ranging from 134hp right up to 644hp. And within two years Rolls-Royce is intending to increase the number of the MTU units that it manufactures significantly, potentially hitting an annual total of 5,000 to keep up with demand.

Cleaner and More Efficient

Claas spokesperson Bernd Kleffmann said that his firm was aware of the need to take note of the latest emissions regulations and as such had chosen the MTU engines for a wide selection of its upcoming farm machinery launches. This includes the Xerion range of tractors, as well as the forage harvesters which form the Jaguar family.

Kleffmann said that Claas had already installed MTU engines on board a number of machines to test out performance and viability, and they found that they were a great fit for the kinds of applications that were intended. This enabled it to go ahead with a full-bore adoption, allowing this type of power plant to increase its influence over the farm machinery marketplace.

While JCB builds equipment like the Fastrac range specifically for agricultural use, it has a broader portfolio of machinery, with many models making use of engines which the manufacturer designs and builds in-house. It is also known to use engines from third parties, with its new deal with Rolls-Royce marking the first time that MTU engines will be combined with excavators.

Spokesperson Tim Burnhope pointed out that MTU power plants have been harnessed in the past to bring JCB’s 457 series wheeled loaders to life, meaning that there is an existing relationship between the two organisations which has now been strengthened further thanks to this latest agreement.

He went on to point out that by adopting the cleaner and more efficient MTU engines it would be possible for customers to make considerable reductions in fuel costs. The excavators should be able to cut consumption by up to a tenth, meaning that the environmental benefits are not the only selling point to consider.

Ready for Use by 2019

While the MTU range encompasses engines which cover many power levels, it is expected that the machinery which both Claas and JCB have in mind will be at the upper end of the spectrum in this respect. In particular, the aforementioned Xerion range is built for heavy-duty operations in a variety of challenging conditions, from working out in the field to clearing snow from steep mountain slopes.

The first machines from these manufacturers to make use of MTU engines from Rolls-Royce are set to touch down in 2019. And with used farm machinery built by Claas and JCB already available to buy, customers in the UK can take advantage of cutting-edge technology at a lower price point today.


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