The Tier IV engine, the powerhouse for big rigs that was born of regulations to curb greenhouse emissions nearly a decade ago, has become the standard in the well drilling industry. It is a staple at SIMCO Drilling Equipment, INC., and is built right on site for all our custom-ordered equipment.
The Tier IV engine was created to control greenhouse gases while powering some of the largest drilling equipment available and has been excellent at meeting that objective. While everyone wants cleaner air, the cost of the Tier IV can be a financial challenge, whether brand new or retrofit. That’s why SIMCO knows how important proper maintenance is to protecting your investment for the long haul.
In a recent Water Well Journal article “Working with Tier IV Engines”, William Wagner spelled out some tips to keep your Tier IV in top shape:
- Tip #1: Don’t take maintenance shortcuts.
This engine design requires very specific maintenance, so it’s imperative that truck dealers make sure customers understand that and know how to perform the program to the letter.
- Tip #2: Don’t skimp on fluids and lubricants.
SIMCO’s own General Manager Darren Swolley has talked about this regarding hydraulic systems and the Tier IV engine is no different. The type, brand, and quality of the fluids you use can make or break your engine so be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Tip #3: Let the pros turn the wrenches.
By bringing your drilling rig back to SIMCO or the manufacturer the rig was purchased from, they can help you keep track of maintenance records, protect your warranty, and ensure that your engine continues to perform up to Tier IV standards.
Care and maintenance of a Tier IV engine isn’t difficult, but doing it properly can save you tens of thousands of dollars in repair or replacement down the road. By following these tips and being vigilant, you can avoid downtime for your rigs and continue to keep your business and your drilling equipment running smoothly.