Can anyone give me hard concrete differences between a Marine 4045T John Deere and the Lugger 1064?
Is it worth the extra cost?* Deere can certainly afford to integrate whatever changes that Lugger does on more economical scale...*
I just repowered with the 4045T (just past 50 hours on the meter).* If you haven't already, talk to the folks at MER in Seattle.* They can certainly tell you about the Deere. I've only had one problem, that was an oil seal failure on the raw water pump.* MER quickly repaired that under warranty.**
It was expensive to repower, but I'm glad I went with new technology rather than rebuild the Lehman, or repower with an American Diesel.* I didn't think I wanted the electronics, for reliability reasons, but MER says the electronics haven't been a problem, and I must say the engine runs really well, without any smoke -- ever.* The electronic guages showing load and fuel burn are nice.
I'm not sure I needed the turbo, but I can't hear it and they're supposed to be reliable.* As is, I can't use all of the power until I add some more prop pitch.
Looking at the pictures of the Lugger, here are differences that stand out.*
1) On the Deere, the oil filter wasn't remote mounted and we had to modify the engine stringers to accomodate.**
2) On the Deere, the coolant plumbing is routed to allow access to the alternator belt. On the Lugger, it looks like changing a belt might require draining coolant, though I can't tell if the belt guard is in two pieces.* The Deere is wider at the front, so I had to modify the stringers a bit to clear the plumbing.*
3) From the Lugger pictures, (didn't look at the measurements), it looks like the Lugger might be slightly taller.
4) From the Lugger pictures, it looks like some of the electronics are mounted high on the engine --- where it's hot.* The electronics are low on the Deere.
5)* The Deere has two fuel filters.
-- Edited by bobc on Wednesday 14th of September 2011 08:08:14 AM