Perkins engines ranges from tiny to huge industrial behemoths, and at ConExpo the company added four new product platforms ranging in size from nine to 18 liters.
At the show Perkins unveiled the new 9.3-liter, 1700 series. It’s a six-cylinder, turbocharged and aftercooled Tier 4 Final engine with direct injection and a fully electronic control system. Power ratings for the 9.3L ranges from 335 to 456 horsepower. Also new in the series are a 13L, 2200 series; a 15L, 2500 series; and an 18L, 2800 series. The new engines are being manufactured in the company’s Seguin, Texas factory.
Perkins Synchro 1.7- and 2.8L engines were also on display at the shows. The three-cylinder 1.7L generates 39 horsepower and 89 lbs.-ft. of torque. The four cylinder, 2.8L model cranks out 74 hp and 239 lbs.-ft. of torque and is available as a turbocharged or turbocharged aftercooled variant. Both are Tier 4 Final, common rail with electronic controls.
Perkins also announced a new aftermarket business initiative. Initially aimed at customers in the United States, a new online platform called perkins.com/shop will allow customers to buy genuine Perkins parts over the internet. The online shop will be supported by a regional parts distribution center in Kentucky, which can provide one day ground or air delivery service to the major population centers in the country.
And if you’ve ever been frustrated by a missing service manual, that won’t be a problem with Perkins engines. The company’s “My Engine App” will be available later this year for downloading from Apple and Google stores. The free smart phone app will enable you to register your Perkins engine and access the complete maintenance manual and parts book, including exploded parts diagrams. You can also keep a service record of your efforts on that engine, record engine hours and get information about consumables such as filters and fluids.