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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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Industrial Engines Celebrate 40 years of trading!

Time flies when you’re having fun – certainly the case over the last 40 years at Industrial Engines. From humble beginnings, in 1978 we have grown the business year on year to a full-scale operation that can have over 300 diesel engines in operation at any one time. Not to mention our stock of engine spares we have to hand.

And yes, it has been fun. Diesel engines are one of the most amazing inventions of all time. Just stop and think of all the things that take their power from a diesel engine: diggers, dumpers, rollers, crushers, screeners, tractors, forklifts, harvesters, boats, trucks, cars – where would we be without them?! Working in the industry gives an incredible insight as to how they keep things moving all over the globe. There’s nothing more fun than supplying a replacement engine to a desperate operator to get them up and running again.

Has it all been fun? Well, there’s been the odd time where selling diesel engines has been a mucky business. But we’ve never looked back. Industry relies on power and we’re here to deliver it with diesel engines.

What’s ahead? The future for Industrial Engines continues to look promising. With a whole bank of service improvements up our sleeve, our mission gets stronger. To satisfy is our satisfaction – this drives our passion to continually develop to further support the wheels of industry.

Keep in touch with us to find out more about how we’re delivering the power to industry.

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Engine maintenance advice this winter.

Winter Engine Maintenance

Construction and Industry don’t stop just because it’s getting cold – in fact, it generally increases! We use pumps to get rid of water, excavators to clear snow – these are just a couple of diesel driven plant items that are needed more than ever in the winter season. We’ve compiled some top tips that we’ve picked up over the years, showing you how to take great care of your engine in the winter and improve its overall lifespan:

Our Engine Tips And Tricks:

  • Never underestimate the need for warm-up and cool-down time. It’s essential that diesel-powered engines are given a minimum of 5 minutes to warm up in the winter months. Plan well ahead and make sure you allow enough time to get the engine going before pushing it to its limits.
  • Keep the fuel tank full. If the fuel tank is running low, condensation can form in the tank and freeze, causing blockages later down the line in the engine mechanism. Fuel prices may keep rising but they will never outweigh the cost of a replacement engine.
  • Check your batteries regularly. Summer heat can cause extensive corrosion and fluid evaporation so it’s always worth giving the battery a full and thorough check before the cold, winter months take hold.
  • General checks and maintenance. It’s always a good idea when the opportunity presents itself to give your engine a full once-over. Check for any signs of fluid leakage, rust and corrosion or other areas of damage. This can improve its lifespan, while also improving site safety, reducing slips and falls from leaking engine fluids.
  • Replenish all engine oil and coolant levels on a regular basis, making sure that you have the relevant amount of anti-freeze at the same time. A seized engine can cause a huge amount of downtime and no end of trouble, affecting not only your business but your reputation and productivity.
  • Consider winter storage options. Are you OK to leave it out in freezing temperatures? Or is it worth giving it some shelter for further protection? In our opinion, if you take care of your engine, it will take care of you. Make sure it is stored away safely in dry and if possible warm conditions when not in use.

With 30 years of experience supplying and refurbishing diesel engines, we’ve come across many machines that have been severely neglected – especially in the winter months. A lot of the preparation you need to do is simple (and common sense) however it is important to set aside the time to do it!
By following these best practices you are sure to get the best results from your Industrial diesel engine, no matter which sector you work in.

Get In Touch:

If you have any question or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on 01472 210888 or get in touch via our Contact Form

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Industrial Engines Holds Macmillan Event

On 30th September 2016 (the worlds biggest coffee morning!) Industrial Engines held a Coffee Morning Lunch to raise funds and awareness for the ever expanding amazing charity….MACMILLAN.  Thank you to our staff for your support and THANK YOU to Macmillan for all the tireless work you do.

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Whether the weather be rain or sun…..

Industrial Engines once again was pleased to exhibit at Hillhead 2016, and was a great success despite the number of downpours!!!   With a bumper 18,655 unique visitors from 71 different countries, Hilllhead 2016 beat its attendance record by 7.1%. Catching up with customers under umbrellas was rather fun and our Industrial Engines team carried the weather within us and never failed to greet people with a cheery a smile!!

This year’s trade fair, held from 28-30 June in the Rugged environment of  Buxton Quarry, Derbyshire, once again underlined its status as the world’s premier event for the mineral products, construction equipment and recycling industries.

A big thank you to QMJ, the organisers of the event…and we can’t wait to hear when the show dates are announced for Hillhead 2018!


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