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Skid Loader Repowered With Cummins Diesel Engine
When the original engine went out on his 2012 Volvo skid loader, Melvin Zook of Kinzers, Penn., decided to repower it with an inexpensive used Cummins 4B39 diesel engine rather than rebuild the loader’s original JCB diesel engine.
    Zook operates an equipment repair business and occasionally uses his skid loader as a rental machine. “The Cummins diesel had less than 1,000 hrs. on it and has about the same power as the original JCB but has more torque, which comes in handy for excavation and logging work. Cummins diesel engines are known to run for a long time.”
    Zook made the conversion in August 2016. “I had to fabricate motor mounts for the front part of the engine since the bolt holes wouldn’t line up. Everything else worked out better than I expected. The bell housing, gas line, wiring, throttle and choke cables and even the original belts matched up.
    “I chose the Cummins engine because after taking measurements I knew it would fit well. It was an older 2012 model so it didn’t have any common rail fuel systems on it that would have made it harder to install.”
    Zook says the entire job took only about 30 hrs. to complete. “I paid $2,900 for the engine. It was money well spent.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Melvin Zook, 5277 Mine Road, Kinzers, Penn. 17535 (ph 717 940-1303; mzook241a@gmail.com)

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #4