Posted March 2, 2016

Kubota Launches Line of Spark Ignited Engines

With outputs ranging from 23.5 to 97.9 hp, Kubota Engine America Corp. has launched a line of spark ignited engines, available in gasoline, propane, natural gas or dual fuel options.

Kubota_WG3800The company says the line is unique because the WG series engines mirror Kubota's diesel line, which means its gasoline engines are industrial based rather than automotive and can be used where equivalent diesel engines are used. 

“Because our Spark Ignited engines are made using the same major diesel engine components, they inherit the proven robustness of the diesel engine range. Kubota Spark Ignited engines utilize heavy-duty drive gears, whereas automotive based competitors use rubber drive belts. If these rubber belts are exposed to extreme conditions or not serviced correctly, they may break causing potentially catastrophic engine failure,” says Kubota Engine America Strategic Business Development Manager Rob Shailes.

With the complete WG line, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) now have the option to use diesel or gasoline engines without significantly re-engineering the installation envelope. “Kubota is the only company now offering a full range of complimentary Compression Ignited/Spark Ignited engines below 100 horsepower. The lines maintain interface and major service points, easing installation and familiarity for technicians. The options are important with expected Tier 5 diesel emission requirements on the horizon in the United States,” Shailes says.

Spark ignited engines are not subjected to Tier 4 or anticipated Tier 5 requirements. Kubota’s full WG line serves as a cost-efficient alternative and promotes company growth in market segments that have shown interest such as aerial work platforms, material handling, airport ground support equipment and air compressors.

Kubota Canada Sales and Marketing Manager JP Ouellette says, “As gasoline prices decline, these . . . engines save money, while maintaining reliability and durability for our customers.”