Cub Cadet and Yanmar utilize small diesels

  • 10-Nov-2008 02:35 EST

The Cub Cadet Volunteer utility vehicle shares almost everything except the engine with current models. The Yanmar diesel will allow it to compete more evenly with other utility vehicles, although the Volunteer should be more capable off-road.

The Cub Cadet and Yanmar joint venture has resulted in two new products for 2009. Yanmer diesel engines will be offered in a Cub Cadet utility vehicle (UV) while a new small tractor will be badged Cub Cadet Yanmar.

The Volunteer 4X4D is part of a line of UVs available from Cub Cadet, but the addition of a diesel makes it more competitive with other UVs. While gas-powered UVs with long suspensions have dominated the off-road market, the Volunteer combines its diesel with a fully independent suspension with 8 in (203 mm) of travel and 3-in (76-mm) welded steel frame for both comfort and working advantage.

The Yanmar 854-cm3, three-cylinder inline diesel produces 36.9 lb·ft (50 N·m) at 2400 rpm and pushes the payload and towing capacities to 1400 lb (635 kg) in the 14.4-ft3 (0.4-m3) bed. This is connected to a CVT transmission and onto a Hilliard locking front differential.

Four wheel hydraulic disc brakes slow the vehicle from a maximum speed of over 30 mph (48 km/h). A wide variety of accessories include an enclosed cab, bed liner, snowplow, and electric bed lift.

The new diesel tractor from Cub Cadet Yanmar is the Ex450. While it is relatively small, it is on a larger frame to allow a wide array of attachments, including a front loader with a universal quick-attach bucket, backhoe, and three-point implements, allowing the Ex450 to be used for everything from cutting grass to backhoe trenching and excavation. Designed for small farm and ranch owners, landscapers, and lawn care businesses, the Ex450 comes with a 2000-h, two-year limited warranty on the tractor, with 2000 h and three years covering the engine and drivetrain.

The direct-injection, four-cylinder Yanmar offers 45 hp (34 kW) and is mated to an 18-speed transmission, with nine gears in each direction. The column shifter has a syncho-shuttle that allows for easy transitions in direction.

While a variety of implements are available, the three-point hitch can lift more than 2400 lb (1089 kg), and the power steering aids maneuvering in rough terrain.

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