Ford's venerable V-10 6.8L stationary engine has just received EPA and CARB (California Air Resources Board) certification for propane power, giving irrigators a money-saving alternative to comparable diesel-fuel engines.
Anderson Industrial Engines of Omaha displayed the new Ford Irrigation Power Unit at Husker Harvest Days this week in Grand Island, Nebraska.
The V-10 is rated at between 93 horsepower and 134 hp. depending upon its gearing based on an operating altitude of 2,000 feet and derated for 100 degrees F. ambient temperature.
In University of Nebraska tests, the V-10 Ford on propane showed a 25% reduction in operating costs over a comparable diesel-fueled engine in the same class, based on 2010 propane and diesel fuel prices.
The basic powerplant unit lists for $10,070, and carries a two-year or 2,000 hour warranty.
For more information, call (800) 747-1438.