WALBRO Worked With Cub Cadet To Launch The First Consumer EFI Lawn Tractor

WALBRO ANNOUNCES THEIR NEXT GENERATION ELECTRONIC FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM FOR CONSUMER ENGINE APPLICATIONS

(Many of you had questions last year about the EFI engine that Cub Cadet was using in the XT2 LX42″ EFI Lawn Tractor. Here is a little more info on this.  I mentioned this on the Today’s Mower Facebook page a while back but it’s worth repeating here.)

Tucson, Arizona, 16 January 2017 – Walbro is pleased to announce the production launch of their next generation EEM®Injection system designed specifically to bring the benefits of electronic fuel injection to both single and twin cylinder consumer engine applications. The system features a small, light-weight Engine Control Unit that is integrated with a throttle body and designed to fit within the space of most traditional float carburetors on engines ranging from 5 to 30 Horsepower. Walbro worked with MTD Products, a global leader in outdoor power equipment and the first equipment partner to utilize this highly cost effective technology, to develop a new 679cc V-Twin fuel injected engine for the Cub Cadet XT2 Enduro Series Lawn Tractor, now available through the Cub Cadet dealer network.
“We worked with Cub Cadet to launch the first consumer EFI lawn tractor in 2015,” says Chris Quick, Walbro’s Senior Vice President of Global Business Development and StrategyEEM Injection Throttle Body Photo. “Now that we have added twin cylinder engine control, we expect the demand for EFI in cost-sensitive consumer applications to grow very rapidly. Homeowners who purchase lawn tractors, generators, snow blowers and other power equipment want the same ease of starting and performance benefits that professionals have long demanded, and our system delivers those benefits at an affordable price point,” adds Quick.
“Our latest EEM®Injection system makes it easier for OEM customers to offer fuel injection on their engines because the integrated ECU and throttle body is sized to fit within the space of a traditional float carburetor,” says Eric Zbytowski, Senior Engineering Manager for Walbro. “And by keeping the number of system components and connections to a minimum, we were able to hit the cost targets necessary for large-scale consumer adoption.”

WALBRO EEM™: AN ALL-AROUND IDEAL FUEL INJECTION SOLUTION

The first ever electronic fuel injection (EFI) system for a consumer lawn tractor was displayed by Walbro at the GIE+EXPO 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky for use in the Cub Cadet XT2 Enduro walbro-electronic-engine-management-system-imageSeries Tractor. Cub Cadet sought out Walbro as a partner for this groundbreaking project based on Walbro’s impressive history, unrivaled system integration capabilities, complete fuel system solutions, and its technology position with a competitive EFI system optimized to reduce components, connections, and overall system cost. Walbro’s low cost, bolt on EFI solution featuring its electronic engine management (EEM) fuel injection system provides customers with improved starting, running quality, fuel economy and ethanol compatibility for emissions standards.

The initial cost of an automotive-based EFI system may be difficult for many small displacement engine manufacturers to accept, but the technology will be needed to improve fuel economy and meet future exhaust emissions regulations. It also provides a better user experience with faster and easier starting and better run quality in all weather conditions.

“The major advantage of Walbro’s EFI technology is that it allows customers to meet the exhaust emission standards – but with an easy-to-install package that eliminates many of the engine tooling changes and expensive sensors required in typical automotive-based designs,” says Eric Zbytowski, Engineering Manager at Walbro.

Walbro entered the automotive fuel injection industry in the 1980s, and transferred that knowledge of automotive EFI technology to expand its small engine product portfolio. Its successful application of the automotive technology to the small engine market has provided customers with the products necessary to meet both technical and regulatory challenges for Outdoor Power Equipment, Marine, and Powersports applications. Walbro EEM Injection is one of these derived technologies. Backed by Walbro’s global technical resources and manufacturing centers, Walbro EEM Injection is not only an industry leading technology, it is supported by the knowledgeable, experienced, and customer-focused Walbro team. With a wide range of support including project planning and application engineering, calibration and design validation, and assistance with emission certification procedures, the experts at Walbro have you covered.

EEM is a cost-effective solution that requires minimal engine modifications to meet Euro 4 and other similar standards. Beyond ensuring compliance, it improves starting, cold engine performance, emissions, fuel economy, and storage. Factor in the cost savings that come with the Walbro EEM fuel injection system and you have an all-around ideal fuel injection solution. As a global leader of engine management systems for outdoor power equipment, recreational, marine, and two-wheel markets, Walbro has earned its stellar reputation as an innovator and provider of high quality engine products.  Visit Walbro.com for more resources, solutions, and an in-depth look at our product lines.

About Walbro:
Walbro is a global market leader in engine management products and fuel systems, and a leading supplier of high pressure aluminum die casting to customers around the world. Walbro’s products have powered over 435 Million engines since 1950 in the lawn and garden, recreational and marine, construction, agriculture and outdoor power equipment markets. Walbro manufactures carburetors, ignition systems, fuel injection systems, pumps, valves and fuel storage and delivery systems. Walbro is a global organization, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, with over 2300 employees worldwide. The company has ISO certified manufacturing and engineering facilities in the United States, Japan, Mexico, Thailand and China.  Additional information regarding Walbro is available at www.Walbro.com.

Yes, You need a new Gas Can!

With today’s fuels you need a gas can that seals tight. It helps the fuel last longer and the escaping vapors won’t wreck the environment. But the biggest problem is find one that works. The cheap ones ($20 or more now) don’t have vents so it takes forever to fill the tank on your lawn tractor. The cheap ones are also flimsy and the spouts break after the first year.

Well, I’ve found one brand that works great! It’s vented inside the spout so it pours fuel quickly yet seals tightly when not in use.  I’ll give you links at Amazon for two sizes. I suggest buying the size so that you don’t keep more than a month of fuel around the house.

No-Spill 1405 2-1/2-Gallon Poly Gas Can. A good size for snow blowers and push mowers. 

No-Spill 1450 5-Gallon Poly Gas Can (CARB Compliant) This one has a second handle in the back so it is very easy to use and hang onto when pouring into your fuel tank. A good size for lawn tractors and zero-turns.

If you have a problem holding a gas can the SureCan is a great can. It’s very comfortable to use to use and built well.

SureCan – Gas Can with Rotating Spout. 

Fuel Stabilizer: When I go to the gas station and buy fuel I always put fuel stabilizer in the storage tank. It helps keep the fuel fresh and some also clean your carb and fuel system without messing it up. There a man good brands but I’ve used

SeaFoam for years and it’s always worked well. I use 2 tablespoons per gallon of fuel.

Seafoam 

Other fuels stabilizers to check out: Fuel Stabilizers

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