Quiet, compact Yanmar engines give Peerless compressor an edge
Yanmar LN Series compact diesel engines are meeting the need for small lightweight and quiet diesel engines for use in air compressors in the mining and mobile service vehicle industry.
This is confirmed by Peerless Products who has been using Yanmar’s L48N, L70N and L100N engines for its air-cooled diesel compressors for 12 months.
Peerless Products is one of market leaders in the production of air compressors, air tools and drilling machines. The company has the largest range of air compressors in the Australian market today and can design and build compressors to meet any requirement.
Peerless Products National Sales and Marketing manager Troy Jamieson says customers were unhappy with the diesel engines and compressors they previously used because of the high noise levels they created.
There was a demand for smaller, quieter diesel engines and compressors to suit the needs of the service sector with mobile mechanic’s vehicles, which have limited space.
“Noise and weight are the common complaints that you get in the market, and Yanmar offers a significant drop in noise,” Troy says.
The compact size and light weight of the Yanmar LN diesel engines are a major reason Peerless Products switched engine brands for use within its air compressors.
“When it comes to diesel engines, Yanmar is one of the smallest engines on the market. It has less weight than other brands, and the noise reduction compared to other brands is significant.”
Peerless Products’ customers also wanted a more fuel-efficient engine and are more than pleased with the Yanmar LN units, which offer significant fuel savings.
“One of our big OEMs switched from petrol to diesel because they worked out in three-to-five years they would save just under a quarter of a million dollars, thanks to fuel savings and lower long-term costs. The smaller diameter of the engines also means they are better for smaller builds.”
Peerless works closely with Power Equipment Limited, which supplies the top-of-the-range Yanmar LN series exclusively within the Australian market.
The L-N series of engines are designed with Yanmar’s propriety direct injection technology, which maximises combustion efficiency and offers a powerful but environmentally friendly engine. They are designed to supply power to a wide variety of machines, including pumps, power generation, construction and agriculture. The engines are simple to install and fit in small spaces without sacrificing power and performance.
The L48N, L70N and L100N engines are all four-stroke, vertical cylinder, air-cooled diesel engines, weighing just 27kg, 36kg and 48.5kg, respectively, with the recoil start. They have a respective fuel oil tank capacity of 2.4L, 3.3L and 5.4L.
Lightweight alloys are used for the main engine parts, while Yanmar’s miniaturised fuel injection system is very efficient and cuts fuel consumption.
Precision balancers deliver superior vibration and noise reduction, which means more operator comfort, while starting is easy with the standard recoil starter.
Throughout Australia, Yanmar engines are recognised for their simplicity, especially in the mining industry. There is also a good range of the parts available through Power Equipment.”
Troy says Power Equipment not only supplies the Yanmar engines, it is proactive in supporting Peerless Product’s product development.
Power Equipment Power Products Area Manager Steve Harvey has been working with the Peerless team in the development of the P17 compressor using Yanmar LN engines, which are now in production and on the market.
Troy says Peerless Products receives excellent support from Power Equipment, which assists the company in its research and development work.
“Power Equipment helps us with our special builds with exhaust changeovers and modifications to the unit. Steve Harvey has been right on the ball and offers a very high level of service.
“That is what we need in the OEM market. If something happens we need it fixed straight away.
“We work quite extensively in the service industry and the mining sector, and it is a vital part of our service that we ensure a smooth transition to the end user.”
Troy sees significant growth opportunities for Yanmar within Australia’s diesel engine sector.
“As time progresses, hopefully smaller engines will become more economical. We expect to see more demand in the farming sector for smaller engines as farmers get the diesel rebate through the government.
“Yanmar builds diesel engines that give long-term financial and environmental benefits, rather than a short-term gain. They offer a sustainable future within the diesel engine market.”