May 4th, 2007
JCB DIESELMAX ENGINE POWERS MACHINERY ON ROYAL ESTATE
The JCB Dieselmax engine, which powered the car that broke the world diesel land speed record
last year, is to be used in a machine that will harvest fruit on the Royal Sandringham Estate.
SFM Technology’s Samson model, a combined sprayer and harvester powered by the JCB engine,
has been delivered to the Norfolk estate where it will be used to harvest blackcurrants. Somerset-
based SFM, which designs and manufactures industrial equipment, bought from Coventry-based JCB
dealer Power Torque Engineering after being highly impressed with a JCB engine purchased to
power another fruit harvester, now used on a Scottish fruit farm, last February.
JCB Power Systems produces 140 engines a day, supplying 50 per cent of JCB’s total engine
requirement. JCB also sells engines to external customers via speciali st dealers and direct to OEM
customers. The Dieselmax engine is compliant with the latest emissions legislation: Tier III
electronic Common Rail versions are available in power ratings of 130hp, 145hp and 161hp. The
Tier III engines below 100hp are being finalised for production by the end of the year and will
continue to utilise mechanical fuel systems as they are currently at Tier II Stage.
SFM Director Keith Tridgell said: “We bought our first JCB engine last year and had no problems.
This is the first time we have supplied a machine to the Sandringham Estate, and we’re very pleased
that it will be powered by such a reliable and solid engine as the JCB Dieselmax.”
Marco Bersellini, JCB Power Systems’ Sales Director, said: “Increasing numbers of third party
customers are realising the capabilities of the JCB engine. Its performance, fuel efficiency and
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versatility, together with the environmental benef its it offers, make the engine an excellent choice
for OEM customers requiring a world class industrial power unit or dressed engine.”