Kohler unveils tri-fuel, propane engines

October 19, 2015 -  By

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Kohler Engines released new tri-fuel and propane engines.

Four of the company’s Command Pro horizontal shaft engines—the CH260, CH270, CH395 and CH440—now offer the ability to run on three different fuels: gasoline, propane and natural gas.

“Our new tri-fuel engines provide ultimate flexibility for engine dealers as well as end users,” said Scott Lee, product manager for Kohler Engines. “Now, dealers have the ability to stock a single engine model and—as long as they have the necessary fuel kits—they’ll be able to set the engine to accept gasoline, LP or natural gas. This level of engine flexibility can significantly cut a dealer’s inventory costs while also allowing them to quickly make adjustments to meet the exact needs of their customers.”

The four new Kohler Command Pro Tri-Fuel engines are available in power ratings from six horsepower to 14 horsepower. They will be utilized in a wide variety of utility equipment, including blowers, concrete saws, pumps, welders, wood chippers and more, according to the company.

Kohler also made its propane-powered 624cc Command Pro EFI engine commercially available. These engines are available in two models offering 27 hp and 29 hp. Both models feature Kohler’s closed-loop EFI technology.

“As propane and other alternative fuels continue to gain traction, we’re very pleased with the initial feedback we’ve received to our new tri-fuel engines and we’re certainly excited for our propane EFI units to be hitting the market,” Lee said.

Kohler touts its propane option as environmentally friendly, and the company said it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25 percent and carbon monoxide emissions by up to 50 percent, compared to similar models. The company also calls it fuel efficient, as it features 25 percent better fuel economy and saves up to $12,000 a year on fuel, when compared to similar Kohler models.

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