The folks at Cub Cadet have taken new advantage of the company’s relationship with diesel engine builder Yanmar. I am not referring to the highly fruitful Cub Cadet Yanmar joint venture that has already brought several new compact tractors to the market. I am instead referring to the company’s switch from Caterpillar/Perkins to Yanmar diesel engines to power its diesel Volunteer utility vehicle. While I am a big fan of both Cat and Perkins, I was not thrilled to learn that servicing the Cat-badged engine was the province of a certified Cat dealer and not your neighborhood Cub Cadet dealer.
The new 4x4D Volunteer has a wider stance, beefier structure and better ride quality when compared with much earlier iterations of the Volunteer. This UTV is capable of towing and carrying a full 1,400 pounds, has an adequate and safe top speed of 25 mph, and features cast-iron rear axle housing. The most exciting part of this new machine is its engine, however.
Yanmar’s 854 cubic-centimeter displacement, 3-cylinder diesel engine makes 21.9 horsepower at the flywheel and nearly 37 lb.-ft. of torque. This small, heavy-duty diesel has been well proven in all kinds of industrial and agricultural applications, and it is a member of one of the most reliable diesel engine families in the world.
I haven’t had the opportunity to operate this new Volunteer yet, but if it is even better than the gasoline-fueled Kohler-powered Cub Cadet UTV we use around the farm, I know it is a winner.
Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on Google+.