Subaru Industrial Power Products is bringing 2:1 and 6:1 gear reduction technology to its line of overhead cam engines – an industry first, according to the manufacturer.
Subaru says it’s adding gear reduction to meet growing demand for Subaru power in a broader range of applications, allowing rental centers and contractors to standardize with Subaru and have a single point of contact for parts and service.
“Gear reduction allows us to answer those demands and to become the primary engine supplier across the board for small engine powered applications,” said David Frank, Subaru vice president of sales and marketing. Subaru’s small engines can now be matched with various products used in the landscaping, recreational and concrete construction industries.
The 2:1 gear reduction opens up new applications in go-karts and sod cutters, the company says, while the 6:1 gear reduction provides additional power opportunities in turf rakes, overseeders and aerators as well as concrete mixers and buggies.
Subaru was the first manufacturer to use high performance, chain-driven overhead cam technology in the industrial air-cooled market. Overhead cam, or OHC, technology provides more power, easier starting and quieter operation than same-class competitive engines, according to Subaru.
Subaru will start releasing gear reduction technology on its EX and SP series engines in April.