Down to the Core

September 1, 2009 02:35 PM

When working with their John Deere dealer, farmers have more options with remanufactured components.

John Deere Reman was born from a joint venture that evolved into a wholly owned business segment of the machinery maker in late 2008.

Located in Springfield, Mo., the facility remanufactures John Deere engines and fuel systems to distribute within the John Deere dealer network. Between the Springfield facility and another in Edmonton, Canada, this
division of the company offers remanufactured engines, engine components, fuel injection systems, hydraulics, drivetrain components, starters, alternators, electrical components and electronic components.

For example, if the engine in your sprayer needs to be replaced, your options include a new engine from John Deere, a rebuild from a dealership or a drop-in remanufactured engine. The remanufactured option has a two-year, 2,000-hour factory warranty.

"The greatest advantage of a John Deere Reman product is that it extends the life of equipment using genuine John Deere parts at 60% to 70% of the price of new and includes a warranty that meets or exceeds a new John Deere warranty,” says Stacy Schroeder, product marketing manager.

The company says crate engines are made available for the first couple of years after a model's release, but as the machine ages, a greater focus is placed on using a remanufactured option.

How it works. John Deere Reman depends on cores returned from the active machinery fleet. Dealers receive credit for reclaiming used components and parts. Engine core values range from $800 to $5,000.
Cores are put through the process on a first-arrived, first-served basis. Some cores are processed immediately to supply inventory for particular orders, whereas some wait months.

Once on the remanufacturing floor, the process includes disassembling components and parts, cleaning them, replacing critical and failed parts with OEM quality parts, and inspecting and testing to confirm that the final product fits its original specifications.

"With a rebuild, they'll fix it to the point of failure; with Reman, we disassemble it and put it back together as it was when it was new,” explains Sutton Berry of John Deere Reman.

"We maximize the value of failed stuff by placing the good material from used components back into service,” Schroeder adds. "As is common in the industry, we will at times use undersized or oversized pieces, but all components and parts used in the remanufacturing process conform to John Deere tolerance levels.”

When all is said and done, "it's not uncommon that John Deere Reman engines are higher performance quality than what came out of the machine because ours incorporate the new
design changes,” Schroeder says. "Any warranty of our products will meet or exceed the original warranty.”

In all, John Deere Reman services more than 40 years' worth of John Deere parts and components. From the Springfield facility, nearly 100% of products are shipped the same day that an order is placed.

John Deere Reman is still playing catch-up with Tier 3 engine designs but plans on synching its Reman capabilities with Tier 4 interim engines as those models are brought to market. The fuel systems line will be expanded threefold in 2009 as it brings on high-pressure common rail products to support Tier 3 products.

In addition to the monetary savings, the remanufacturing focus has a lesser environmental impact. John Deere Reman diverts millions of pounds of waste material a year.


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