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Finding your serial number

Here at Industrial Engines, we are passionate about providing you with the right engine for your machine. In order to do that, we ask for the serial number of your engine.

Oftentimes, people struggle to find their serial number, which can often be tucked away in some awkward corner on an engine. We’ve put together some pointers on where to find your serial number on each of our core brands: Perkins, Deutz, Kubota, Cat and Lister Petter.

PerkinsOn a Perkins engine, there is a plate under the injection equipment, which has the serial number stamped into it. For each model of Perkins engine, there is a build list that starts with 2 letters, followed by 5 numbers. The serial no. comes directly after this, starting with another letter and 6 more numbers. Often, there is another letter on the end, which relates to the year of manufacture (Example: HP50995U980055N)

DeutzOn the Deutz 1012/1013 and 2012/2013 engines, the serial number (often called Motor No.) is normally on a plate on the rocker cover, or stamped into the block, as shown on the image below. Deutz 912/913/914 ranges have a plate at the bottom of the engine block with the serial number stamped into it. If the plate is missing, the serial number can be located next to the injection pump, stamped into the block, see image 2. A Deutz serial number is generally made up of 6-8 numbers.




KubotaOn a Kubota engine, the serial number is found on a sticker on the rocker cover, or stamped into the block under the injection equipment. A Kubota serial number is usually 6-7 digits, sometimes made up of only numbers, other times including a couple of letters.

Lister PetterThe serial numbers on lister petter engines are found on a plate near/on the rocker cover. The serial number consists of around 8 numbers, followed by a few letters (showing the model) and then more numbers (example: 10005635LPW2A02)

CatCat serial numbers are stamped into a plate, which is generally on/under the rocker cover. Other times, the plate can be found just above the sump. A Cat serial number tends to be 8 numbers and/or letters. Mostly, they are 3 letters followed by 5 numbers, however, this does vary.


Often the plates on engines get covered in all kinds of grime, so we would suggest rubbing some emery paper over the plate, in order to be able to see the serial number better.

There are a few instances where this varies, so if you still can’t locate your serial number, feel free to send some pictures of your engine to and we’ll try and identify it for you!


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We are still open!

On January 4th, the UK Government announced a 3rd national lockdown to help combat the spread of Covid-19.

In light of this, the team here at Industrial Engines are taking all extra precautions to protect our customers, ourselves, and the industries we serve – but we are still open! We are here to give expert advice and technical support, and able to dispatch engines in order to continue reducing machine downtimes all over the world. Part of our 2020 strategy included increasing our on-site stock levels, which we did with enthusiasm, meaning we are more prepared than ever to deliver the power!

Looking to make an enquiry? Feel free to contact the team on 01472 210888 or drop us an email on As usual, you can always reach us through our website, by utilising either the online chat or the contact form.

Get in touch today with your engine requirements and, as ever, we would be happy to help!

Industrial Engines – Delivering the Power.

At the heart of every machine lies a driving force.  That driving force is many cases is a diesel engine.

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Here comes 2021!

Wow!  Did someone say 2020?  They probably did but we’ve all tuned our ears not to hear it as it brings together memories of a somewhat turbulent year.

That said, we’re pleased and humbled to report that the year has seen some fantastic developments here at Industrial Engines, including 20% growth and a selection of new employees joining the team. We’ve seen 24% more engines than last year whistle out our door – a huge quantity of these orders were same day dispatch! This year has been a year of achievements – faster and better processes and systems, all to enhance our ability to deliver the power. We doubled our fleet of forklifts, our carpark is now full to bursting, and there’s more on the 2021 horizons with recruitment already underway, and a ambitious schedule of growth activities for each department of the business!

We’ve stuck to our main core brands such as Deutz, Perkins, CAT, Kubota, and Lister Petter, but we’ve also sold a variety of other brands such as Yanmar, Hatz, Volvo, Scania, Cummins and JCB! We kept going through lockdown, supporting key industries such as construction, quarrying, recycling, agriculture, and forestry – and we look forward to continuing to support these next year!

We are extremely thankful to the dedication of all the team, and our customers, for overcoming the challenges 2020 has thrown at us, and ensuring we don’t just survive, we thrive.

All this puts us in an even better position to satisfy your demands and reduce your downtime. We are excited to see what surprises await us in 2021!

As the year draws to a close, we have enclosed our 2021 calendar as a token of our appreciation for your business and support throughout the year.

We trust you enjoy this well-deserved break and we look forward to working with you in 2021 and beyond!

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Lest we Forget

102 Years ago this week, the world was witnessing the official cessation of one of the bloodiest wars in history. The first world war stole peoples livelihoods, homes, fathers, husbands, sons and brothers – to name but a few – and this is why we will always remember the heroes that fought so gallantly to save our country and its heritage.

Even though it lasted only 4 years, 3 months and 1 week, 8 million troops lost their lives and 21 million troops were wounded. 58,000 British soldiers were lost on the first day at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, making it one of the largest and bloodiest battles of the First World War. The sacrifices that these soldiers made should be held in the highest regard, along with the selfless families that supported their loved ones in their heroic efforts to fight for our country’s freedom, at the risk of losing them to the Great War.

Although the First World War was among one of the most horrific times in history, it also bought with it some important advances in technology and engineering. The diesel engine was quickly recognised as imperative to running the submarines, some aircraft and later on the tank. By World War 2, the diesel engine became the predominant power plant for military equipment on the ground and sea. It was only after World War One that Rudolf Diesel’s invention began to realise its commercial potential. The first diesel-powered trucks appeared in the 1920s, trains in the 1930s. By 1939 a quarter of global sea trade was fuelled by diesel.

Today, the market for diesel engines has only increased, and most machinery in many industry sectors would have a diesel engine. At industrial engines we cater for all your needs and are passionate about minimising downtime for our customers.

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Replacing an old engine – does it have to be an exact match?

When your engine goes down, there’s a plethora of questions that spring to mind.  Can it be replaced?  How long will it take to swap?  Can any old engine replace it or does it have to be an exact match?  Will the cost of it be worth it for the machine?  All difficult decision-making questions but the one we want to focus on is whether it needs to be an exact match swap.  Read on to learn.

Things to watch

Sometimes it’s just not possible to get the exact match for your replacement engine.  In that circumstance, there are a few major points to watch out for.  The list below should help cover off some of these, although it is not an exhaustive list.

  • Hydraulic power take off points. Some engines have an extra facility for power take-offs on the side of the engine rather than off the flywheel end.  Replacement engines may not have this option if they aren’t a direct match.
  • Turbo position – is the turbo facing the right way to connect to the exhaust system? If it is not in the same place, will you be able to swap the old turbo across?
  • Position of service items. Make sure that you will be able to access the filters and dipsticks when the engine is installed.  Some configurations have service items on the opposite side of the engine which means they are buried into the machine once everything is installed.
  • Power of engine. Different engines will have different power ranges which you will need to check against your current one.  Sometimes a drop in power is acceptable but it may mean your engine is overworked depending on the application.
  • Block and engine mounting differences. Some engine blocks have differences, even within the same models so it is worth getting in touch to check this through.  Engine mountings may also need engineering to meet your requirements.
  • Injection system – check that you are replacing like-for-like injection systems (i.e. manual or ECU controlled)

We must reiterate that this is not an exhaustive list and we would strongly recommend a phone call to discuss your specific situation on hand.


There is also a lot of talk around emissions at the moment with regards to replacement engines.  Whilst we are not in a position to categorically advise on this, we may be able to give some broad guidelines on the various approaches from different brands.

In conclusion, we’re only a call away.  With over 40 years of supplying replacement engines, we’ve overcome many challenges so remain confident that we can advise on the fastest way to get you back up and running again.

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Is Your Engine Smoking?

Noticed that your engine is blowing out smoke? This is a basic indication that something isn’t right, and that action should be taken to avoid further damage being done to your engine.

There a 3 basic types of smoke; black, blue and white, each indicating a different set of potential issues.

So, let’s start with black smoke. This generally points to an issue with the combustion of fuel.

  • Too much fuel being injected into the cylinders
  • An issue with the injection equipment (dirty or worn)
  • Incorrect timing

There are a number of issues that could be causing your engine to blow black smoke, and the above issues are just a few of the most common that we see.

Blue smoke? This is generally an indication of oil being burnt, which can be the result of several different things, such as;

  • Worn valve guides/seals
  • Piston rings sticking
  • Incorrect grade of oil
  • Turbocharger issues – e.g. faulty seals

Like with black smoke, it’s a good idea to thoroughly check and replace any damaged or worn parts in order to avoid any further internal damage.

And this leaves white smoke. If your engine is blowing out white smoke, it means that diesel is coming through the exhaust completely intact and unburnt. This could be down to:

  • Faulty/damaged injectors
  • Incorrect injection timing (worn timing gear/damaged crankshaft)
  • Low cylinder compression
  • Air in the fuel
  • Water in the fuel

We would advise checking through all these things, checking the fuel supply to make sure there’s no water/air ingress, check for holes/cracks in fuel lines, and replace parts as necessary.

The above are not an exhaustive lists of potential issues causing excessive smoke from your engine but just serve as a few suggestions.  We would recommend that you get a qualified mechanic/engineer to check these through plus any other items that they may feel it’s necessary to check.

Needing parts? We can help! Contact us on 01472 210888 or email Alternatively, browse through our enormous catalogue of parts here!


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Delivering Diesel Power Across The Globe

As we continue to grow the Industrial Engines brand, we are producing a huge list of countries that we’ve exported diesel engines to.  USA, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy – just to name the common ones.  Not to mention the remote parts of Africa, West Indies and Australasia!

A trusted brand gives confidence no matter what the culture or the language.  That’s why we constantly get asked to supply our diesel engines across the globe.  With 40 years of trading in diesel engines for construction machinery, agricultural machines and much more, we have acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience that allows us to handle even some of the most challenging engine requirements.

We are confident in the quality of every engine we sell, meaning that we offer the same great warranty terms to customers abroad as we do to our UK customers.

  • New diesel engines come supplied with 12 months ex-works warranty
  • Reconditioned and Low Hours Run units feature a 6 months ex-works warranty
  • Good working order second hand engines have 3 months ex-works warranty.

When machinery fails and you need an engine fast, Industrial Engines offer a range of affordable delivery options, including next day shipping for UK based clients.

Industrial Engines get you back up and running quickly, secure in the knowledge that you are protected by our extensive ex-works warranties. This is just one of many reasons we are trusted to supply engines on a global scale.

Do you require a quotation?  Send us your details via the contact form along with your delivery address and we’ll arrange a quotation.  Our main engine brands include Perkins, Deutz, CAT, Kubota, Lister-Petter and Hatz. We also have availability on many other engine brands – please contact us with any enquiry you may have!

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Harvest time is here!

Harvesting approaches…

As the warm weather starts to take a hold, the fields start to turn and we’re not far off the months where we hear the roar of harvesting machines running through the night.  Along with that goes the busy rush of tractors relaying from field to farm and the steady drone of moisture extraction equipment to add to the medley.  Hectic, but fun…if you’re prepared.


Are you ready?

There would be nothing worse than the corn turning and you not be able to haul it in.  Diesel engines are the heartbeat of the operation but they need a bit of care if they’re going to last forever.  Read on to see some quick tips on general engine checks.


Engine checks…

It’s well worth running through these simple checks before you start hammering the tractors and harvesters.

  • Check the oil – when was it last changed? Engine oil should be changed regularly to avoid any dirt getting into the engine system.  This is also essential if your engine has been idle through the winter months as the oil could have changed state with the cold weather.
  • Check your batteries – Summer heat can cause corrosion and fluid evaporation so it’s worth giving the battery a full check before getting going.
  • General engine checks – t’s a good opportunity to give the engine a full once-over.  Check for any signs of leakage, rust or areas of damage.
  • Check air filters – please ensure all filters are kept clean whilst harvesting! There’s a lot of heavy airborne dust floating around.
  • Check fuel filters – it’s a lot easier to change a fuel filter whilst in your workshop, rather than having to replace it in the middle of a field!
  • A good warm up is essential! Some equipment may not have been run up for a while so don’t underestimate the need for engine warm-up and cool-down time.  It’s essential that diesel engines are given at least 5 minutes to warm up if they haven’t been running regularly.  Plan ahead and make sure you allow time to get the engine going before pushing it hard.
  • Replenish coolant levels to avoid overheating.


Need replacements?

Have you found an engine that sounds a bit like it’s on its last legs?  Is it worth the risk running it into the busiest season of the year?  Our service exchange diesel engines are a fast way of getting a machine up to strong working order again with a fully tested and pressure checked engine that you can rely on.  We have many engines in stock of various conditions – low hours, reconditioned and quality-used.  Contact the sales team with your engine numbers on 01472 210888 to discuss your requirement.

Need spares?

Some minor repairs needed that you can sort yourself?  Industrial engines can supply parts at a competitive rate for our key brands:  Deutz, Perkins, CAT, Kubota, Lister-Petter.  Contact our Parts team on 01472 210888 to discuss your engine parts requirements.

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Business as usual?!

On March 23rd, the UK Government introduced further measures to combat the spread of Covid-19.

In light of this, the team here at Industrial Engines are taking all extra precautions to protect our customers, ourselves and the industries we serve. We are continually committed to delivering the power in every aspect, and would like to reassure all our customers that we are still open to give expert support and technical advice, alongside reducing downtimes through our extensive on-site stock.

Looking to get in touch? Feel free to contact Jim Smith on 07848 455983, or Sam Graham on 07584 140353 for all technical issues and sales enquiries.

And of course, you can always reach us through our website by utilising either the online chat or the contact form. As usual, all emails will be closely monitored and attended to, so feel free to drop us an email on

We will keep in touch with the relevant government bodies, and follow all the advice that is given to us in order to continually support our team here and our customers.

Lets stay safe, follow all the advice that is given to us, and look after one another. We will get through this. Together.

Industrial Engines – Delivering the Power.

At the heart of every machine lies a driving force.  That driving force is many cases is a diesel engine.

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Industrial Engines UK confirms attendance at Hillhead 2020

With the end of 2019 now in view, the team here at Industrial Engines are beginning preparations for the many exciting prospects that 2020 holds…including exhibiting our engine range at the famous Hillhead Quarrying exhibition!

Hillhead? That’s right, the UK’s largest quarrying, construction and recycling exhibition, with reports saying that demand for space at next year’s event has reached a record high!

Over the past 2 years, Industrial Engines-Grimsby, has been investing heavily in growing our product range, our team and finding new ways to continually improve the service we provide our customers, all of which has culminated in the decision to exhibit our range of engines, once again, at Hillhead 2020.

So what does our range include? Currently we stock Deutz, Kubota, Perkins, Lister-Petter and Caterpillar engines as our core brands, but it’s not unusual for us to see makes like Isuzu, Yanmar, Volvo and JCB pass through our doors. 

The exhibition – taking place in Hillhead Quarry, Buxton, between 23-25 June 2020 – promises to be a most eventful and beneficial occasion for all those who attend.  On the Industrial Engines stand, you will be able to see first-hand the quality of our diesel engines and learn more about how we can help you deliver the power your industry requires. We stock a wide range of engines specifically suited to the quarrying, construction and recycling sector and we will be bringing some of them along as part of our interactive product showcase, so make sure you pay us a visit.

Attendees can take the opportunity to speak with our experienced team to learn about our products, goals and exciting next day UK delivery service which aims to make downtime a thing of the past.

Will we see you there? We certainly hope so!

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