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Success of Charter Business Rides on D6s

By Western Branch Diesel on April 2, 2020 at 5:12 PM

“The engines are running awesome. With or without a load, we’re burning three gallons of fuel per hour, cruising at 16–17 mph,” says John Tibbels, owner and captain at Tibbels Fishing Charter Service, a family-owned company started by his grandfather and great uncle in 1921.

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Getting you back on the road. Not only fast, but safely.

By Western Branch Diesel on April 1, 2020 at 10:14 AM

Every minute you are off the road puts important shipments, deliveries, and services at risk. At Western Branch Diesel, our goal is to diagnose your technical issue and make the necessary repairs quickly, to get you back up and running.

Currently, we do not plan to restrict our hours or services due to the Coronavirus, unless mandated by the government.

Topics: News On-highway
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Ten Tips for Top Engine Performance

By Western Branch Diesel on March 25, 2020 at 12:39 PM

As summer approaches, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming fishing season. Maintaining your engines, marine gears, and generators should be on your annual de-winterization to-do list. A proper maintenance plan is key, to not only maximizing your fishing time and enjoyment this season, but to extend the life of your engines as well. Following your manufacturer’s recommended maintenance program will help to ensure your days on the water are worry-free.

Topics: Marine Service
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Sea Creature Comes to Life with Volvo Penta D13s

By Western Branch Diesel on January 17, 2020 at 2:42 PM

Your engines are smoking. “Not exactly the words any boat captain wants to hear,” says Steve “Creature” Coulter, captain of Sea Creature, in Hatteras Village, NC. “I knew about the problem, and replaced the turbos, but the engines were still smoking. After realizing the injectors were bad and the engines needed to be rebuilt, I found out that I couldn’t get parts for my old engines. So, I began to look at new engines for the boat.”

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Mission-Critical Work Driven by D11s

By Western Branch Diesel on December 10, 2019 at 1:16 PM

Coming alongside and boarding a 150,000-ton coal collier on open water is not easy. Matt Hardison, operations manager and captain for Paradise Point Marine, who operates Paradise Creek, a launch boat with newly installed, twin Volvo Penta D11 510-horsepower engines, accomplishes this task with relative ease.

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Rolls-Royce Provides MTU Generator Sets for New Central Utility Plant at UNC Charlotte

By Western Branch Diesel on November 20, 2019 at 9:59 AM

  • Three MTU 1250kW generator sets to provide back-up power for major campus expansion
  • Versatile onboard paralleling capabilities of MTU generators among key features

MANKATO, MN — Rolls-Royce and its MTU distributor partner, Western Branch Diesel, recently received an order for three MTU 16V2000 DS1250 standardized backup generator sets to service an area of the University of North Carolina’s Charlotte campus (UNC Charlotte). The generator sets were installed at the university’s new central utility plant and will deliver up to 800 hours of standby power per year to select, critical buildings across the 1,000-acre campus.

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