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Caterpillar Announces Plans For Tier 4 Used Equipment Migration

Posted on November 8, 2013

Caterpillar Inc. announced its strategy for selling and purchasing used Tier 4 interim products for operation in lesser regulated countries, where prevailing fuel quality and fuel sulfur content vary widely.

Cat said, based on testing, analysis and field validation, it has determined that its Tier 4 interim engine systems between 174 to 1200 hp (130 kW and 895 kW) (7 to 32L engines) will not require any modification to operate in lesser regulated countries. For Cat Tier 4 interim engines less than 130 kW, Caterpillar will offer authorized modification processes that remove aftertreatment from machine and commercial engine configurations to enable operation in lesser regulated countries. Modification processes, which includes decertification, will be made available to customers in lesser regulated countries exclusively through their local Cat dealer beginning in 2014.

Caterpillar anticipates both the modified <130 kW engine systems and unmodified 130 to 895 kW engine systems will meet used equipment customer expectations for operation in the vast majority of potential lesser regulated export destinations.

Since Caterpillar began introducing Tier 4 products in February 2011, the field population has grown to over 82,000 products operating in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. These products have amassed almost 42 million operating hours, creating interest among used equipment purchasers.

Ramin Younessi, vice president, Industrial Power Systems DivisionYounessi said, “with the migration strategy, we’re looking forward, ahead of the Tier 4 interim products that are already finding their way overseas to lesser regulated countries. Tier 4 final products won’t be far behind the Interim products, which is why the strategy we’ve developed focuses on a solution for today’s customers—and for future customers.”

Beginning with Cat dealers in locations Caterpillar has identified as higher probability recipients of used Tier 4 equipment, the company is preparing dealers to support the migration of used equipment to lesser regulated countries. These dealers will have access to service training, parts stock, service tooling and product information, including detailed information on specific product availability.