5 Things To Know
Once you've made a list of each diesel-powered piece of equipment, categorized by their specific controlling Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM), you need to collect the following information:
- Tier Level of existing engine (not the equipment make, model or type - but the engine itself).
- Cost and Availability of the Four R’s: Retirement, Replacement, Repower, Retrofit
- Retirement: dispose of the equipment.
- Replacement: buy a new or used piece of equipment with a higher Tier level engine.
- Repower: replace the engine and cooling system with a higher Tier level engine.
- Retrofit: add an exhaust aftertreatment package to reduce NOx and/or PM.
- Longevity of equipment before major repairs - ie, should I replace or repower?. Is it an easy repower, difficult or even impossible?
- How many hours per year do you use the equipment? Under 100 hours, it is exempt. Could retire several pieces of older equipment and replace with new T3 or i-T4 flexible machine (ie, replace a single function paddle scraper with a motor grader that could do some of each)
- Fuel usage. The increased fuel efficiency of a new engine may, by itself, justify the new equipment purchase or repower. Ask your dealer for engine-specific fuel consumption data.