New Diesel Engine Announced for Cub Cadet Volunteer UTV

Reader Contribution by Hank Will and Editor-In-Chief
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<p>The folks at&nbsp;<a title=”Cub Cadet” href=”” target=”_blank”>
<span style=”color: #0000ff;”>Cub Cadet</span>
</a>&nbsp;have taken new advantage of the company&rsquo;s relationship with diesel engine builder&nbsp;<a title=”Yanmar” href=”” target=”_blank”>
<span style=”color: #0000ff;”>Yanmar</span>
</a>. I am not referring to the highly fruitful&nbsp;<a title=”Cub Cadet Yanmar” href=”” target=”_blank”>
<span style=”color: #0000ff;”>Cub Cadet Yanmar</span>
</a>&nbsp;joint venture that has already brought several new compact tractors to the market. I am instead referring to the company&rsquo;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.</p>

<p>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&nbsp;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.</p>

<p>Yanmar&rsquo;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.</p>
<p>I haven&rsquo;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.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
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<a href=”” target=_self>Hank Will</a>
<em> 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 </em>
<a title=Google+ href=”” target=_blank rel=author>Google+</a>.</p>

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