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John Deere Power Systems Introduces Redesigned PowerTech 6068SFM75

John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) is introducing a redesigned PowerTech™ 6068SFM75 marine diesel engine that offers a power range of 249 hp to 400 hp in a more compact 6.8-liter engine.

The redesigned PowerTech 6068SFM75 joins the 550-hp PowerTech 6090SFM75 and the 750-hp 6135SFM75 to complete the Waterloo, Iowa-based engine manufacturer’s high horsepower marine engine lineup. The company says the new 6.8-liter marine engine represents John Deere’s continued commitment to offer customers a complete lineup of marine engines rated for commercial fishing and high-speed recreational craft.

John Deere’s redesigned 6.8-liter marine engine is 9 inches narrower than the previous 6068SFM75 design, which offers a more compact engine for vessels with reduced clearances in the engine room. The 6.8-liter propulsion engine is due to hit the water in the fall of 2011, while the generator drive ratings will be available in 2012.

The newly redesigned engine meets Environmental Protection Agency Marine Tier 2 European Union emissions requirements and is MARPOL Annex VI compliant.

“We have redesigned the 6068SFM75 in order to significantly reduce the width of the engine. Customers have been asking us for an engine that was more compact, so they could use it in their boat where there is not a lot of space available,” said Dave Flaherty, marine marketing manager for John Deere Power Systems, in a company press release. “This engine now gives them what they have been asking for — a small package with a lot of reliable horsepower.”

The 6068SFM75 is a 6-cylinder, electronically controlled, turbocharged and air-to-seawater aftercooled marine engine.

“Based on competitive testing we know that this John Deere engine is more reliable than the competition, and now the smaller size gives us an engine in the 7.0-liter size range that will complement our 9.0-liter and 13.5-liter marine engines,” Flaherty added.

The company says the engine is an ideal choice for a variety of applications that include commercial fishing vessels, small workboats, sportfishing boats and high speed yachts. 




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