What to look for with an Industrial Engine

June 9, 2015 - 10:54 AM by Samantha Pudney

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The best industrial engine is one you will be able to rely on no matter what. From the time you start or end your day, you should be able to rely on your industrial engine to help you get the job done and get it done right.

But choosing just the right engine can be tricky. What features should you be looking for? Are some features more important than others?

When it comes to industrial engines, we have you covered. Here is what to look for with an industrial engine.

Fuel usage

Your first step should be to determine the type of fuel use that you would like to use. You can use gasoline or diesel to power your engine, but even in those categories, there are multiple types of engines.

Diesel engines are by far the most popular because they provide plenty of power per unit of fuel. They also have a much lower volatility, which makes them much safer for you to use and handle. These engines come in two styles: two-stroke and four-stroke.

Gasoline engines are reliable choices, but they are usually not as powerful as diesel engines. Then again, maybe you do not need so much power.

What separates these types of engines is the way they ignite. A gasoline engine uses a spark to ignite and start, but a diesel engine uses compression to get going. Diesel engines draw up air into the engine, which is then subjected a high compression. This act heats up the air to a much higher temperature than what is attainable in a gasoline or electrical engine.

Reliability

The first thing to look for is an engine’s warranty. All manufacturers should supply you with some sort of a guarantee. If warranty situations should occur  they will fix your engine free of charge. With most engines, you need to register your product through the manufacturer’s website in order to get the warranty, which can last anywhere from six months to several years depending on the parts.

Remember these other potential exemptions:

  • Consumable parts are not covered through the warranty
  • After you replace a defective or broken part, the new part is covered under the warranty for 6 months
  • The manufacturer may not cover secondary damage caused by the replacement piece of the engine
  • If a distributor or dealer makes a bad repair to your engine, a manufacturer may not cover the costs
  • Parts that are not considered genuine manufacturer parts are also not covered

Fit for job

Different engines can handle different types of jobs. Bigger industrial engines will power larger machines, but not all driven equipment  need a large engine to operate. Irrigation Packs, for example, might be belt driven which will allow the use of high speed diesel engines to achieve the kW read

Installing an engine that is too small or does not offer enough power will frustrate you to no end. The engine will need more repairs in a shorter amount of time, and you may find that the smaller engine cannot handle long work days. You will also end up paying a fortune in fuel since your little engine will have to work so hard.

On the other hand, a bigger engine is not always a better engine. You also might end up paying far more in fuel costs to power the engine. Take into account how long your work days are and for how many continuous hours you will need a machine to operate. Your answers will help you determine how much power you need and which engine will suit your needs best.

Maintenance levels

All engines will need to be maintained and serviced in order to keep them up and running. The more diligent you are about keeping your engine in good condition, the longer it will last you.

Both diesel and gasoline engines require about the same amount of maintenance from you and a mechanic. You should be inspecting your engine before and after every usage so you will be sure to notice any problems that come up. If you notice any odd sounds or break down while out working, it is best to take your engine in to a mechanic right away.

There are, of course, a few things you can do to keep your engine in tip top shape yourself, such as:

  • Clearing all dirt and debris you can see from the engine
  • Change the filters as recommended by the manufacturer
  • Change oil as recommended by the manufacturer

Conditions of operations

The waters and weather are the two things that no one can plan for. Rough waters stop you in your tracks, and a major storm can throw you off course.

The best industrial engine for you should have more than enough fuel to get you to your destination and at least halfway back without needing to fill up. As bad weather can delay a trip, you need to make sure you do not run out of fuel while sailing.

Take into account how long you will be sailing from place to place and how far you will be away from the shoreline. Smaller engines might not be able to handle big waves and winds, but if you barely go off the coast, why use a bigger engine?

Buying an industrial engine is a big decision for anyone so it is important to consider all aspects of an engine before choosing the perfect one. You should know how long your average journey will be and what types of weather conditions you will likely be sailing in.