What is e3 and how will it reduce your farm tractor's emissions?

August 30, 2010 at 9:01 AMRing Power

The e3 system is AGCO's brand for selective catalytic reduction or SCR. AGCO introduced e3 before the 2011 Tier 4 regulation, because there was a market demand for powerful and fuel-efficient agricultural tractors. The exhaust gas recirculation or EGR optione3 emissions reduction will remain until 2011, at which time it will no longer be in compliance, and production will end.

Energy: Since e3 equipped engines deal with the regulated pollutants after the exhaust gas has left the engine, these engines create more power. This is after-treatment.

Economy: When e3 was introduced, AGCO and Challenger Tractor advertised up to 15% savings versus competitive (tier 3, EGR) engines. In fact, testing was completed at the Nebraska Test Lab and the results (made public in December of 2009) showed that e3-equipped tractors save up to 17% over comparable tractors.

Ecology: In current Tier 3 products, e3 reduces particulate matter by up to 70% and brings the NOx emissions to near Tier 4 interim levels.

e3 is AGCO's brand of SCR or Selective Catalyitic Reduction

Energy: After-Treatment for Exhaust Emissions

Economy: Up to 17% Fuel Savings

Ecology: 70% Fewer Particulate Matter

Watch this blog as Ring Power's agricultural division continues to discuss Tier IV emissions and Challenger's e3 initiative. Next posting we will reveal details on how SCR works.

Ring Power sells and leases new and used Challenger Agricultural and Farm Tractors throughout Florida and the Southeast, with service and repair facilities located in Perry, Tallahassee, Lake City, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala, St. Augustine and Tampa. Ring Power also supplies a range of farm implements and attachments like Sunflower disc harrows, field cultivars and grain drills, SprayCoupe sprayers, RoGator ag sprayers, TerraGator, Diamond Boom Mowers, and Land Pride grooming mowers. 

  

Emissions Regulation: What does this mean for growers and farmers?

August 25, 2010 at 4:04 PMRing Power

Challenger Tractors presents e3 to meet reduced emissions standards.NOx acceptable 
levels Tier4

The EPA regulates emissions produced by a variety of sources. The chart below shows the amount of particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) for the corresponding tiers and the years when those tiers become effective. This chart applies only to engines producing 175 - 750 HP. PM is easily defined as the black smoke you see coming out of an exhaust pipe. That smoke is essentially unspent fuel. It is a major contributor to smog and a variety of respiratory ailments. NOx is a large contributor to ozone depletion and when combined with water (rain) can form Nitric Acid (acid rain).

Tier 3 became effective in 2006. Most engine manufacturers used exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) in conjunction with other technologies to achieve Tier 3 compliance. EGR was used because it did not have significant effects on vehicle design and was the most cost-effective solution for both manufacturers and customers. The problem with EGR is its effect on fuel consumption. Customers quickly realized that even though the cost of products equipped with Tier 3 engines was not significantly different from the cost of previous models, the operational costs were higher due to fuel consumption and service intervals.

The year an engine or vehicle is produced determines which Tier it will be regulated by. For instance, in March of 2011, if a dealer or customer rents, leases, purchases, or takes possession of a tractor built in 2010, that tractor will still be in compliance because of when it was built. Rest assured that all products delivered by AGCO will meet all state and federal regulations at the time of delivery.
Looking forward-what is the next step?

AGCO recognized that the market needed a solution that helped customers' bottom lines and met current and approaching regulations. We launched a new series of HHP fixed-frame tractors in Atlanta, GA in February 2009. The tractors were introduced with two engine options: SCR and EGR. These tractors and engines are rated only for Tier 3 emission compliance. So why did we introduce this technology now? The answer: e3!
► Growers need a balanced solution: Investment versus operating costs.
► Regulation is inevitable
► Selective Catalytic Reduction
    – Benefits customers
   
Benefits environment
   
Meets regulations

In the coming weeks, Ring Power's agricultural division will continue to discuss EPA Tier IV Emissions and Challenger's e3 initiative.e3 scr technology
Continue reading other articles and we'll reveal how farmers can comply without compromise and without loss of tractor performance.

Ring Power' Agricultural Division sells and leases new and used Challenger Agricultural and Farm Tractors throughout Florida and the Southeast, with service and repair facilities located in Perry, Tallahassee, Lake City, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala, St. Augustine and Tampa. Ring Power also supplies a range of farm implements and attachments from Sunflower disc harrows, field cultivars and grain drills, SprayCoupe sprayers, RoGator ag sprayers, TerraGator, Diamond Boom Mowers, and Land Pride grooming mowers.

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Challenger Roadside Mowing Seminars and Operator Safety Training

January 25, 2010 at 11:21 AMRing Power

Ring Power Ag Division offers Challenger Roadside Mowing Seminars & Operator Safety Training in March. Challenger Mowing & Training Seminar

Roadside and Boom Mowing Safety Seminars will continue in 2011. Click here to see the 2011 Roadside Mowing Course Schedule.

The Challenger Roadside Mowing Course, offered at five different locations throughout Florida, is taught by Ring Power’s Customer Training Manager, Lon Barfield, CPT.
The Roadside Mowing Seminar uses Challenger Agricultural Tractors, Land Pride bat-wing Mowers and Diamond Boom Mowers. In addition to covering features and safe operation of agricultural/farm tractors and mowers, the roadside mowing course covers the following:
► Clear & Focused Mind - Personal Assessment
► Understanding Risks and Hazards of Roadside Mowing
► Operational Site & Tractors and Mowers Assessment
► Safe Mowing and Tractor Operation Techniques
► In-the-field Training/Hands on Challenger Mowing Demonstrations and tractor and mower walk-around

The Roadside Mowing Seminar concludes with a Course Review and Final Exam. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available.

The Mowing Seminar costs $75 per person and covers: Course Materials, Classroom Training, Hands-on Demonstrations & Field Training, Door Prizes for Participation, On-site Lunch, and a Certificate of Course Completion. Click here to view Challenger Mowing Seminar flyer: Mower Safety Training.pdf (246.64 kb)

All Roadside Mowing Seminars start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. The Challenger Mowing Course locations and dates are as follows:
► St. Augustine, March 16, 2010
► Ocala, March 18, 2010
► Orlando, March 23, 2010
► Tampa, March 25, 2010
► Tallahassee, March 30, 2010

To register for Ring Power’s Challenger Roadside Mowing Seminar and Operator Training email us at info@ringpower.com or phone our Training Department at  904-494-1376.

Ring Power sells and leases new and used Challenger Agricultural and Farm Tractors throughout North and Central Florida, with service and repair facilities located in Perry, Tallahassee, Lake City, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala, St. Augustine and Tampa. Ring Power also supplies a range of farm implements and attachments from Sunflower disc harrows, field cultivars and grain drills, SprayCoupe sprayers, RoGator ag sprayers, TerraGator, Diamond Boom Mowers, and Land Pride grooming mowers.

Announcing RingPowerAG.com for Agricultural Tractors, Attachments, Parts and Service

October 1, 2009 at 10:25 AMRing Power
Challenger farm tractors

Ring Power Corporation, the Challenger farm tractor dealer in north and central Florida, has launched a new Website designed with our agriculture industry customers in mind. RingPowerAG.com has all the latest and greatest information on all of our ag tractors, farm attachments and ag implements, including pages on the complete Challenger line, pre-owned and used farm equipment (with details, pricing and pictures of the available tractors) and frequently asked questions. New to this site are pages where visitors can "Meet Our Team," view agriculture and farm machinery related event photos and read customer and farmer success stories.

For information on Challenger® farm and Agricultural Tractors, Sunflower® discs, ROME® plows,  Land Pride® mowers, Schulte® cutters and rotary mowersSpra-Coupe® ag sprayers, Terra Gator® agricultural sprayers, Diamond Mowers®, ICON® scrapers and pans, Willmer®, and Trelleborg®  agricultural wheel systems, please visit RingPowerAG.com and be sure to visit us at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia October 20-23.

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