Cummins Repower Rocky Mountain Media Trip: Day One Blog

The Cummins Repower team left Columbus, IN at 3:30am to catch the first flight west to see our newly repowered SUV’s for the first time.  We knew that once we landed in our respective airports in New Mexico and Colorado that we would have about an hour to set up our computers, make sure the calibrations are up to date and set up the data loggers before it was time to swing back around to pick up our media guests.  The day would be long but well worth it.

Touching down about the same time at each airport, we were each greeted with the great sight of two very clean SUV’s. Although looking very different from each other, they shared a very familiar sound under the hood. 

In Colorado, it was the Toyota Land Cruiser FZJ80 with Chandra Proffitt at the wheel.  After a quick calibration check and setting up the data logger, we looped back around and picked up our guest, Bryon Bass, from Overland Journal.  At the time we picked up Bryon, I had less than a mile behind the wheel. Nevertheless, it was time to hit the road to meet up with the red HZJ79 series Land Cruiser that was getting fresh tires at Proffitt Resurrection Land Cruisers about 45 minutes away. 

calibration check

My first impressions were very good.  With a vehicle tipping the scales at nearly 6,000 lbs (we will confirm once we find a scale) plus four adults and gear, we were comfortably cruising at 75mph (until I learned that the speedometer was wrong and quickly backed down a bit!).  Chandra told me how much they had enjoyed shaking this one down and that they too were impressed by the R2.8’s ability to effortlessly handle the truck. On their first tank of fuel, it returned over 23mpg - a tank of fuel for where they live consists of a lot of snow, 4wd, altitude (9,500 ft), and grade climbing. 

We arrived at the Proffitt’s shop just in time to see the 79 series pulling out with its new wheels and tires.  You may remember this truck from our SEMA booth this year. With a quick refresh of the calibration, it was ready to go with the latest and greatest tune from Cummins.

Proffitt's shop
Receiving a quick tour of the Proffitt's shop.

Before we left, we did a quick tour of the shop.  It is never easy to do a short tour of such an amazing place that brings these iconic rigs back to life.  Outside was a parking lot of an eclectic group of Land Cruisers patiently awaiting their turn to go inside for anything from a basic refresh to a complete refurbishment.  We could have spent an entire day looking around that lot; Jeramiah Proffitt knows the story behind each vehicle.  Inside the shop, it was a similar story – more amazing vehicles and a very talented crew.  We learned which vehicles were going to be receiving the R2.8 and which were staying with a stock engine. Proffitt Resurrection Land Cruisers is among the first of our official “Builder” customers; they are able to directly purchase R2.8’s from Cummins to install in a vehicle rather than an end-user needing to purchase and ship the engine to them.  You’ll hear more soon on the builder channel.

Leaving the shop, we had to head south to meet the crew that was heading north from Albuquerque, NM.  The scenic drive through Ouray and Silverton was breathtaking.  We drove up and over 11,000 ft in our two heavy R2.8 vehicles and daylight was burning fast; there wasn’t much time for site seeing.  We pulled into Durango within 1 minute of the New Mexico team. We hit the trails quickly before we lost all daylight. We trekked into the San Jaun National Forest and tested the vehicles through plenty of snow and mud. Finally, we turned back for a well-deserved and much-needed dinner. 

After our first day of driving these heavy autos, we were very impressed with the integration work of the modern 6-speed GM GL80 (Discovery) and 6L90 (Land Cruiser) with the R2.8. Currently, the R2.8 is targeted for manual transmission applications.  The shifting was on point as we rolled through the mountains. These builds are much more refined and less exhausting to drive long distances than some of our previous test vehicles.  At times, it was easy to forget that you’re testing a new driveline with only a few hundred miles on it. 

More to come on each vehicle later today, but it’s time to do some cold start testing and get on the road!

R2.8 Repowered vehicles

R2.8 Repowered vehicles

Steve Sanders

Steve Sanders is the Program Leader for Cummins Repower R2.8 Crate Engines.  Steve joined Cummins in 2009 in Cummins Emission Solutions. He has a background in industrial design and fabrication, studied business management in school, and has a passion for anything with wheels that he can drive.

Cummins 6.7 for RAM Commercial

Lineup of RAM trucks with Cummins 6.7 engine

There’s something to be said about confidence. Confidence gives you the feeling of security, support, and strength.

We all look for the edge that allows us to perform our best, whether that’s on the job or off the clock. Why not have an engine that gives you that extra edge of confidence in your truck?

Cummins 6.7 Liter Turbo Diesel takes 3500 AND 45/5500 RAM Pickup and Commercial customers to the next level of performance. 

PERFORMANCE

An engine needs to provide the power and performance you need on and off the job. Cummins is committed to providing customers with an extra edge of confidence in performance while hauling, so you can work hard and play hard. 

The Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel for Chassis cabs boasts 360 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque.  The RAM 3500 / 4500 / 5500 Chassis Cabs with the Cummins 6.7L turbo Diesel are offered with an Aisin 6-Speed Auto Transmission.   With the 3500 delivering a 25,890 lbs. of best-in-class towing capability   Also available with the 45/5500 RAM Chassis Cab, with 800 pound-feet of best-in-class torque, delivering 35,220 lbs. of maximum towing capability. 

HIGH RELIABILITY

From hauling your equipment on and off the job site, to Hauling your toy hauler on the weekend, you should have the highest level of reliability when it comes to hauling, towing, and payload. This legendary engine provides fuel efficiency and class-leading 12,000 thousand mile oil change intervals. That’s power and reliability you can always count on.

DURABILITY 

As the only engine with its own high mileage club, there is no denying that at 100,000 you’re just getting started with a Cummins powered RAM. Wear your engine’s high mileage like a badge of honor. Become part of the Cummins legacy of longevity with an engine that will withstand what you need for your work, business, or personal needs. Sign up with your high mileage RAM today at highmileage.cummins.com


LEGACY 

Cummins has been providing confidence for100 years. From pioneering new technology to first partnering with Ram in 1989 to haul two tons more than any competitor at the time.    Cummins has been a leader in the diesel engine world since  Clessie Cummins launched the company in Columbus, Indiana in 1919, with a commitment to producing the finest diesel engines on the planet. From humble beginnings grew an international enterprise that today provides products and service to customers in more than 150 countries. Nearly a century spent perfecting diesel engine performance provides Cummins unmatched insight and expertise.  The Cummins 6.7L Turbo diesel in RAM HD Pickup and CC are manufactured in our plant in the same community where it all started.   And Customers can expect the same reliability and dependability they have experienced since Cummins began powering Ram trucks in 1989.

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Machine of the Month: Cummins B4.5-Powered Chipper

Cummins B4.5 Chipper

Altitudes of over 11,000 feet, extreme temperatures, and remote and rugged work sites are a combination that would take many machines past their limit.

However, Rocky Mountain Tree Care’s B4.5 powered chipper has proven to be both reliable and powerful regardless of the job. According to owner, Don Wessels, “The Cummins B4.5 is so much better than what we’ve had in the past just by the fact that we know when we get to the job it’s going to start, it’s going to run, and it’s going to have intense power.” 

Cummins B4.5-powered chipperIn addition to reliable operation in extreme conditions, the B4.5 powered chipper has proven itself as a workhorse for Rocky Mountain Tree Care. “We can take it to a large job site and leave with virtually no debris that didn’t go through the chipper,” said Wessels.

For Rocky Mountain Tree Care, the Cummins B4.5 powered chipper has proven itself to be an asset both in the field and to the bottom line. According to Wessels, “In business it’s such a key element, we can’t afford to be down. Our reputation is on the line, other people’s reputations are on the line. We should perform.  When you deal with equipment there are so many variables, you should know in the back of your mind that when something goes wrong you can depend on the person behind the equipment that you’re running, and that’s been our experience with Cummins.” 

See the why the B4.5 powered chipper is a crew favorite at Rocky Mountain Tree Care in the video below. 

 

 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Cummins X12 wins the 2019 Jim Winsor Memorial Technical Achievement Award

During the Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC) annual meeting in Atlanta, GA, Cummins was presented with the Jim Winsor Memorial Technical Achievement Award for its new X12 diesel engine. Krista Toenjes – General Manager of Field Sales & Support in North America – accepted the award on Cummins’ behalf.

Cummins receives Jim Winsor Memorial Technical Achievement Award for the X12.
Jeff Harris, TMC General Chairman and Treasurer, Krista Toenjes, Cummins GM of Field Sales & Support in North America and Jim Park, Awards Committee Chairman as Cummins is presented with the Jim Winsor Memorial Technical Achievement Award for its new X12 diesel engine.

Because it’s lightweight without compromising on power, the X12 was specially selected by a panel of truck journalists for this achievement in innovation, setting it apart from all other products. The X12 is ideal for customers in vocational and regional haul markets whose jobs depend on a truck’s ability to handle heavy loads. The lighter the engine, the more payload trucks can carry. And at just 2,050 lbs. – up to 600 lbs. lighter than its predecessor at Cummins and hundreds of pounds lighter than its next closest competitor – that’s a lot of payload. 

Customers of the X12 will see even more value when they pair the engine with the Endurant from the Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies joint venture, offering exclusive powertrain features for enhanced performance, efficiency and driver confidence. Together, the X12 + Endurant is the lightest, most efficient and durable powertrain available for even the most severe duty cycles.  

Learn more about the Cummins X12.

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Machine of the Month: Cummins B4.5 Performance Series-Powered Roller

Cummins Machine of the Month - January 2019

When you’re in the business of building roads, you need equipment that is reliable and capable. Meeting Department of Transportation deadlines is crucial to the project success. 

Durability, reliability and power are key deliverables for equipment used on jobsites where the ability to meet a deadline is critical. To keep their construction projects on schedule, central-Florida’s (USA) Southland construction relies on their Cummins B4.5 Performance Series powered roller to complete tasks that are critical to high-quality construction projects.

Related: Cummins Off-Highway Engines Let You Do More With Less

Weighing in at over 23,500 pounds, the roller uses vibration to compact lime rock before asphalt is applied as the road surface. Frequently, the roller must power up grades while continuing to compact the lime rock. This ability to navigate grades while continuing to compact sets it apart from other rollers in the Southland fleet. According to roller operator, Bob Hagood “it’s a strong running motor, it doesn’t bog down going up hills.”

Originally built in 1991, and originally powered by a QSB3.9, the roller was selected in 2017 to participate in field tests for the Cummins B4.5 Performance Series. Since installation in January 2018 the B4.5 has logged over 600 hours in the toughest conditions that central-Florida offers.

View the Cummins B4.5 Performance Series powered roller in action and hear what the operator has to say, and learn how Cummins off-highway engines let you do More With Less in a world that's Always On. 

This is the first in a series of articles highlighting Cummins' "Machine of the Month." Each month, visit Cummins.com for a new article highlighting a unique Cummins-powered vehicle, and learn how Cummins is Powering a World That's Always On

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

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