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2002 Engine Preview - John Deere
Engines — Richard Thiel, Capt. Ken Kreisler, Capt. Patrick Sciacca

Diesels
- John Deere
2002 Engine Preview


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In last year’s engine issue, we announced that John Deere had entered the pleasure marine market with a line of engines that emphasized longevity and efficiency over output. Apparently the debut went well, as the company has unveiled another new engine. The 6068SFM uses the same 6.8-liter six-cylinder block as Deere’s 6068TFM, which is available in ratings from 154 to 225 hp. However, its power range stretches from 180 to 300 hp. At the top rating, designated M5, full-power usage is allowed for up to 30 minutes out of each six hours of operation. Deere is aiming its entire line of propulsion diesels at displacement vessels, but given the engine’s weight of around 1,300 pounds, this new engine’s 4.3:1 weight-to-horsepower ratio, flat torque curve from 2300 to 2600 rpm, and Deere’s reputation for reliability and durability may attract some planing-hull cruisers as well. (800) 533-6446. Fax: (319) 292-5075. www.deere.com/jdpower.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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