Yanmar 3TNV82 – An efficient Workhorse Day after Day

Even though Steve Barbeler has owned and operated his Yanmar 3TNV82 diesel engine for four years, he remains impressed at how well this powerhouse performs.

Fitted to a big lateral irrigator, the Yanmar is called on to run for seven days straight during the dry season. That’s 168 hours at 1500 rpm without a break, and without faltering.

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“This engine is a real workhorse,” said Steve Barbeler. “Even looking beyond what I ask of it, the fact that it only uses 2 litres of fuel an hour is an amazing feat.”

Steve Barbeler is a cane farmer just outside of Mackay in far north Queensland. His linear irrigator is 300m long. It is designed to run up one side of a 90 hectare paddock, pivot around 180 degrees and make the run back down the other side.

With the irrigator programmed to dump 40mm of water on the cane crop, it takes 3½ days to run up one side of the block. Then it’s a 40 minute job to run the irrigator through the 180 degree spin-around process and another 3½ days back down the other side of the paddock to the start.

The Yanmar 3TNV82 is coupled to a 10 kVA gen set, with the complete self-contained package housed on the irrigator. The Yanmar diesel engine powers the gen set which delivers the electrical power to the irrigator. Individual electric motors drive each of the wheels of the irrigator.

“In the four years that I have had this Yanmar powered irrigator, the engine has clocked up 1500 hours,” Steve said. “Apart from a vee drive belt, and the usual servicing every 250 hours, I’ve not had to touch the Yanmar engine.”

“It’s a set and forget operation. The engine ticks over at 1500 rpm and it’s connected to a 150 litre fuel tank. It all pretty much looks after itself.”

As an aid to protecting the Yanmar 3TNV82 engine, a Power Equipment Engine Protection System is also fitted. This provides essential engine safeguards for automatic shut down and also features an external emergency stop button for added safety.

The Yanmar 3TNV82 used by Steve Barbeler is a three cylinder, water cooled industrial diesel engine, complete with a radiator to flywheel package and Engine Protection System. This is supplied as a complete package from Power Equipment.

In generator mode, the Yanmar 3TNV82 develops 14.8hp at 1500 rpm. It displaces 1331 cc and weighs just 111kgs dry. Being a water cooled engine greatly assists in keeping the noise levels low. The Yanmar 3TNV82 has a service interval of 250 hours, when the filters are replaced and oil changed.

“I’ve been really happy with my Yanmar 3TNV82 engine,” Steve Barbeler said. “This is my first experience with Yanmar and I would have no hesitation in buying another Yanmar engine for my farm.”

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