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Looking to replace an engine in a gradall

Discussion in 'Forklifts/Telehandlers' started by Mobilewrench, May 14, 2022.

  1. Mobilewrench

    Mobilewrench Well-Known Member

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    Have a client with a 544 d10 (s/n 0455344)
    His engine has excessive blow by and has recently started to have an over heating problem.
    Engine is a Cummins 4bta (s/n 60117914, col 1963). He asked me about replacing the engine. I didn't give him any numbers because it has been about ten years since I have run across a gradall/Cummins that I felt needed it.
    My first step was to contact my local Cummins dealer to ask for a quote (I like to have a baseline to make a decision against). Waited about a month, think I called a couple of times in there but couldn't get the right guy on the phone, finally called this morning and just waited for him. He emailed me the quote and I just looked at it. It seems unreasonably high to me, but I don't often buy engines.

    Its Friday evening now so I can't contact any other places for competitive quotes so I thought I would throw the numbers up on the forum to see what anybody else thought.

    $12,128.56 for the reman, $1300 for freight (engine barged from the mainland to Hawaii Island, core back to Oahu). About 120 days lead time. I think an internet search showed me a company that provides new 4bt's for less than half that price (I dunno, "agkits" maybe?)

    I don't really want to do the overhaul myself. According to the data tag the engine was already remanufactured at least once. There was a time when I would have, but it is a time consuming process and all of my time is spent on just trying to keep the machines in my stable up and running and I am about three or four weeks behind just doing that.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. Birken Vogt

    Birken Vogt Charter Member

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    It seems to me that there is likely all kinds of equipment such as generators that gets sold for cheap or goes into the scrapper with a perfectly running 4B of some kind, you could get a good used one and swap over what needed swapping.

    You could widen the net possibly: Does it need to have as much HP as it does with aftercooled? Is it ATAAC or water? Does it even need a turbo engine or would he get along fine with NA?

    But if you can get a new aftermarket one for $6k, that seems like a pretty good deal to me.
     
  3. CM1995

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    The 4BT is a great engine. We also have a Gradall 543D that has been a great machine.

    The little engines are quite popular in the off-road world where folks are putting them in Jeeps and rock crawlers. A quick search found several 4BT's around the $5-6K range.
     
  4. Tyler d4c

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    I've read somewhere that those new after Market engines are not all that great and none of the parts would interchange with cummins. Just hear say tho.
     
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  5. Mobilewrench

    Mobilewrench Well-Known Member

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    The client is actually okay with paying what was quoted by my local Cummins dealer. So I'm not even going to ask him about putting in a used or scrap engine. I just have a hard time believing (with the popularity of this engine and the reasonable prices for genuine Cummins reman kits) the $12,000 price tag.
     
  6. Mobilewrench

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    I saw that as well. I didn't even know that that was a thing.(putting diesels in jeeps). But....I don't know. I don't understand other people's hobbies.
    I spend about 70 hours a week on other people's mechanical problems. If I ever find a hobby; pretty sure wrenches aren't involved.
     
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  7. Mobilewrench

    Mobilewrench Well-Known Member

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    That is what I was worried about.
    Any idea where you read that?
    Or does anyone have hands on experience with this?
     
  8. Tyler d4c

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    I believe it was on one of the mechanic pages on Facebook ill look around for it a bit
     
  9. John C.

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    That price doesn't seem out of line to me right now. I've seen some pricing on new big bore diesels engine in the $40 to $60K range. What is the warranty on the new 4BT? Does this machine have two engines or one? Does Cummins offer anything in a reman?
     
  10. Mobilewrench

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    John C. That is a reman. The quote has a core charge as well.
     
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    Oops, I went back to your initial post and see the paragraph of the replacement being a reman. My other thought was about your statement about another company providing a new 4BT for half that price. Do you mean another reman or a new engine for half that price?
     
  12. Mobilewrench

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    New engine, according to the website. I think it was agkits, but I got the impression that it isn't actually a cummins, some sort of cummins clone.
     
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    Leave that clone alone. I did one-WON'T do another. Timing cover is different, holes in block for oil pressure sending unit is a different thread, and other things. Don't mess with it. There's a lot of different ways to go about getting another engine. That price is high to me. I wouldn't build it either- too many issues with sub-standard parts, poor machine work, and you at the end of it all. Keep looking around.
     
  14. skyking1

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    A member on another forum offered to quote one from Cummins, are you interested?
     
  15. Mobilewrench

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    Of course thanks.
     
  16. Mobilewrench

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    That was what I suspected. Thanks for letting me know.
     
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    I asked, using the numbers in your OP.
     
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    Had a truck shop telling me you can't even get a big bore Cummins long block for a truck right now and they're wanting $30-35.000.00 for a short block.