Toro, Yanmar America Strike Deal

Yanmar will supply Toro with Tier 4-compliant diesel engines

Bloomington, Minn.-based The Toro Co. announced that Yanmar America Corp. will provide diesel engines for select Toro commercial turf maintenance equipment. Toro says the Yanmar diesel engines will allow it to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Tier 4 emissions regulations, which go into effect Jan. 1.

Yanmar will provide Toro with EPA-compliant diesel engine models. Toro said the low total lifecycle ownership cost of Yanmar's diesel engines along with innovative technology and reduced environmental impact were deciding factors in its decision to form a partnership with Yanmar. The first Toro products to feature Yanmar's Tier 4 compliant diesel engine technology will be select commercial mowers over 25 horsepower.

"Toro is confident that its customers will appreciate the state-of-the-art Yanmar diesel engine technology which has been developed to ensure both high-quality performance and the cleanest emissions," said Darren Redetzke, vice president for Toro's commercial business.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Yanmar to partner with a category-leading company like Toro," said Ted Bregar, president of Yanmar America. "Both companies share a complete commitment to doing what's best for the environment today and in the future."

The Tier 4 EPA emissions requirement for off-highway diesel engines set specific limits on the amount of pollutants, specifically oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter that can be released into the environment. The requirements are part of the federal Clean Air Act to reduce air pollution because of its potential hazards to human health and the environment.

In May 2004, as part of its Clean Diesel Program, the EPA finalized a comprehensive rule to reduce emissions from non-road diesel engines. The rule consists of four tiers of emissions standards; Tier 4 is the final stage.