13 06 2009

The MER Heat Shield Aids Engine Efficiency

The MER Heat Shield Aids Engine Efficiency







 To Tour the MER Web Site, just click: to begin a quick tour of our web resources. To reach us, just dial
Down the left hand side of  MER’s Home Page you will find seventeen buttons, most of which are self explanatory. Near the bottom of the list though, there are new buttons that we’ll introduce today:
TRANSMISSION DRIVE PLATES-Push this button if you are replacing your transmision and need a new drive plate. Then, once the page comes up, click on the brochure to read the ultimate drive plate resource. Just select the one you need and call MER to order. Notice the extra info on how to tell which SAE size flywheel housing you have!
USED AND SURPLUS EQUIPMENT-This is the page to find those peculiar items that only the most serious commercial fishermen will need. Have something to consign? Tranny, engine, extra propeller shaft, or even a generator set? Let us know, we’ll add it to the next brochure.
INSTRUMENT PANELS-Our Service Manager, Herb Knight, thought of this one and asked for a listing of all the standard and custom panels we handle. Just click on the brochure to see our listing. Do you know of a panel we should offer? Call Gary or Norm at 800-777-0714 and ask for a quote.
SERVICE CHECKLIST-Our Service Advisor, Stevie Schmidt designed this form to help our customers prepare for each season and enjoy maximum equipment up-time. Click on the list to print yours.
OUR NEWSLETTER-Click here to view our archive of “Industry-Best” technical resources. Let us know what other topics you would like to see in future electronic newsletters. E-mail stevie@merequipment, to get on our electronic newsletter list.
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We Are Looking Forward To “2009”!

29 12 2008


It’s time to bring everyone up to date and also think about the New Year at MER Equipment! 

Chris Clonch has joined the MER Sales Department and is now working closely with General Manager Mike Hoyt and Sales Manager Dave Walker. Tiffany Condon has joined accounting where she and Kathy Hoyt are keeping the books up to date.

Mike Hoyt, our GM, celebrated his 65th birthday this year and is retiring in “09” after 24 years with MER.  His lovely wife Kathy has only been with us for 18 years but she said if Mike isn’t going to work anymore, “I’m not either”  Kathy and Mike are firing up the motor home and taking off to see the world.  We will miss them both, but they have promised to keep in touch.

You will notice as you read this article, that we have put a huge effort into our web log-MERPOWER Technical Support. It’s for you!  Let us hear from you and tell us what you’d like to see covered.

Shawn Fox and Andrew Scott have recently joined the production and fabricating teams. They move back and forth from production to fabricating as needed. 

And speaking of welding, Tyler and Ron have recently added a new heavy-duty Miller AC or DC TIG welding machine to the shop, as well as constructing a larger, second welding area ventilation and air exhaust system, complete with a variable-speed fan to pull welding smoke and fumes from the new curtained welding hood.  Ron and Tyler also design and build one-off items such as marine manifolds for the old Pisces Marine Engines, as needed. If they don’t happen to have a template for your cracked or corroded marine manifold-just bring yours in to get a firm quote on a custom MER replacement manifold.

Besides regular production, we have been developing a number of great new products that  will make your marine equipment last longer and cost less.


 First up is the MER Fuzz-Buster transmission magnet system for the small aluminum case ZF (formerly Hurth) transmissions. The Fuzz-Buster resides on top of the transmission fluid filter and collects any steel particles that are normally circulating in the transmission fluid. This filter improvement will extend transmission life.  Abrasive particles generate more particles as the transmission works, the quicker they are removed from the fluid, the less wear on gear surfaces. We are excited about the Fuzz-Buster because it gives you a quick visual check of your transmission.  Just remove the lid from the filter cavity to inspect for “Fuzz”.  Don’t see any Fuzz, you’re in great shape to run up the coast over the July 4 holiday!  If you do spot more fuzz than seems normal, It’s an early indicator of a larger problem.  A quick call to MER Service Manager Herb Knight, and he will ask Stevie to schedule Bobby or Karl to inspect your transmission & shifting linkage.  The Fuzz-Buster is an visual early-warning to avoid a premature transmission failure.  

Next is the MER Accu-Luber, which does two very important things to extend the life of your engine, or pressure lubricated transmission. The Accu-Luber has a pre-luber function that lubes your engine before every start with filtered oil. This reduces engine wear dramatically by floating metal surfaces on a film of oil before the starter motor engages. Second, the Accu-Luber is an accumulator, similar to those used in racing applications. It holds reserve oil and pumps filtered engine oil into the main oil galley if there is ever a pressure drop in the lube system. Think of it as an easy way to have a larger oil pan.

We designed the Accu-Luber to pre-lubricate metal surfaces before start up, and work as an accumulator with filtered oil. We don’t know of any other pre-lubers on the market that use filtered oil in such an ingenious fashion. Since 90% of the wear on engine bearing surfaces takes place in the first 30 seconds of engine start, we are confident the Accu-Luber will yield dramatic improvements to engine life expectancy.


Ever have a hard time priming your fuel system?  We have found that many of the new HPCR electronic engines can be difficult to prime and restart after running out of fuel or developing air leaks in the fuel delivery system. With a solution in mind we designed and built the MER Diesel-Prime  system making it a breeze to re-prime the fuel system after changing fuel filters, or quickly prime and remove all air from the system after running a tank dry or developing an air leak in the fuel delivery system.  Like the Accu-Luber, the Diesel Prime system is plate mounted for convenient on engine, or remote installation.

Watch for more new products in MER development!  We are currently working on a New Engine Intake Silencer design that will drastically reduce turbo intake whine & make life on your boat much more pleasant.

We’re also developing a Magnetic Filter  to protect, and extend the life of speed sensors, and magnetic pick-ups!  This will enhance the trouble-free operation of your electronic engine.

Keep in touch…

John Deere Press Release-New 6090 Marine Diesel

17 11 2008


John Deere Power Systems Launches The New PowerTech 6090SFM75 Marine Diesel Engine

WATERLOO, Iowa (October 28, 2008) —– John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) is pleased to announce its newest marine engine will be on display at the 2008 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show October 30 to November 3.  The PowerTech™ 6090SFM75 marine diesel engine is the newest addition to the John Deere lineup and boasts up to 373 kW (500 hp).

John Deere will have three other diesel engines on display at the show: the PowerTech 4045TFM75, 6081AFM75 and 6125SFM75. All of these engines meet EPA Tier 2 and EU emissions requirements and are MARPOL Annex VI compliant.

“John Deere continues to expand the marine engine lineup with more new models and higher horsepower ratings,” said Dave Flaherty, marine marketing manager for John Deere Power Systems. “We designed the new 6090SFM75 to provide high power output from a compact engine while maintaining the legendary long-term reliability our customers have come to expect from John Deere marine engines. These engines live up to the reputation our marine products have earned for rugged durability, fuel economy, quiet operation and ease of maintenance.”

The new PowerTech 6090SFM75 has 9.0L of displacement and offers up to 373 kW (500 hp). The 6090SFM75 is a six-cylinder, electronically controlled, turbocharged and air-to-sea water aftercooled marine engine with side or front service locations. And with high torque at low-rated speeds, customers enjoy excellent vessel control and maneuvering.
Product highlights:
* The PowerTech 4045TFM75 has 4.5L of displacement and offers 101 kW (135 hp). The 4045TFM75 is a  four-cylinder, turbocharged marine engine.
* The PowerTech 6081AFM75 has 8.1L of displacement and offers up to 280 kW (375 hp). The 6081AFM75 is a six-cylinder, turbocharged and air-to-engine coolant aftercooled marine engine.
* The PowerTech 6125SFM75 has 12.5L of displacement and provides 455 kW (610 hp). It is the most powerful engine manufactured by John Deere. It is a six-cylinder, electronically controlled, turbocharged and air-to-sea water aftercooled marine engine.

All of these engines are excellent choices for cruisers, trawler yachts, houseboats and other recreational applications. John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) manufactures and markets 30 kW to 448 kW (40 hp to 600 hp) industrial diesel engines and 56 kW to 455 kW (75 hp to 610 hp) marine diesel engines, as well as drivetrain components for use in a variety of off-highway applications. JDPS can be contacted at 1-800-JD-ENGINE (1-800-533-6446), or via e-mail at Information about the full line of JDPS engines and drivetrain components can be accessed at

John Deere (Deere & Company — NYSE: DE) is the world’s leading provider of advanced products and services for agriculture and forestry and a major provider of advanced products and services for construction, lawn and turf care, landscaping and irrigation. John Deere also provides financial services worldwide and manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment. Since it was founded in 1837, the company has extended its heritage of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation around the globe.

Deere also continues to offer a full line of heavy duty marine engines for the commercial fleet, all of which are in stock and available through MER.