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Perkins diesel

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by BD79, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. BD79

    BD79 LawnSite Member
    from Mi
    Posts: 30

    I'm looking at a used Sullair 185 with a Perkins engine and I don't know squat about them. It's a 2006 with low hours and the price seems fair, so I'm going to check it out this week. Anyone have any experience with those engines?

    How much hose are you guys keeping on your compressors?
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,694

    Perkins has a decent rep - probably the best-ever small-pickup diesel engine is a Mazda copy of a Perkins engine.
  3. hunterpreferred

    hunterpreferred LawnSite Member
    Posts: 181

    I bought a used 2006 sullair 185 with the perkins diesel from a united rental branch. Had a diesel mechanic service it after I bought it and then put it to use. No problems or complaints yet, ran great all season last year. It's pretty fuel efficient too.
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,976

    Perkins(British) is right up there on smaller diesels. First thing I would do is check to see if parts are available for that particular engine.
  5. BD79

    BD79 LawnSite Member
    from Mi
    Posts: 30

    Right now I'm choosing between the Perkins and one with a Deere. Both are about the same price and have been maintained by a mechanic.

    I would think that the Perkins (2006) would have parts available, but what do I know? The good thing about the 2005(Deere I think) is that there is a Deere repair center nearby, and if it's a CAT then there's one of those to.
  6. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,631

    if its the deere 4 cyl its basically bullet proof . Its the same engine they use in their backhoes , I have a 1984 310 b backhoe with 9400 hours and still runs fine
  7. BD79

    BD79 LawnSite Member
    from Mi
    Posts: 30

    Is there a way to know that it is actually putting out 185cfm, and are there any red flags that I might want to look for?

    How much pipe are you guys keeping on the truck?
  8. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,436

    perkins destroyed a large number of their casting molds for the older stock, my bobcat skid steer has an engine that parts are unavailable for repair or replacement
  9. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 779

    They are great motors just hard to get parts for them.
  10. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,631

    run the compressor for at least 1 hour , check the temp , make sure its not blowing oil out the discharge , as far as checking cfm , dont know. I carry 200 ft of hose on every compressor .

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