Engines, transmissions and sales

When Southern Diesel Services were founded in 1989, the majority of our rebuilds were done on Detroit Diesel engines (series 53, 71, 92, 149), Allison Marine gearboxes, Allison Transmissions and Twindisc Marine gearboxes.
In 1992, we started employing a number of technicians with background in other major engine and transmission brands eg. Cummins, Caterpillar, EMD, ADE, Clark transmissions, Funk, ZF etc. and started to recondition any make of diesel engines, gearboxes and transmissions.
Today, we recondition and make of diesel engine, gearboxes and transmissions. We have a dynamo tester on our premises where all engines are tested before it is delivered to our client.
We stock service exchange engines, gearboxes, cylinder heads, water pumps, injectors and fuel pumps to minimise down time. We also have 2nd hand units we can rebuild to manufacturer specifications and sell at a fraction of the new price. We supply spares for most engine brands and always try to source it locally. We do however have an import license and can source parts from all over the world.


We are also dealers for HK Engine Components USA (marine) in South Africa. They manufacture and source spares for EMD engines (models 567, 645, 710). HK parts are supplied at much lower cost than the OEM parts without sacrificing on quality. All engines rebuilt by us using HK parts, were in operation for the OEM prescribed hours, without any downtime due to parts failure or faulty workmanship.

Engine brands reconditioned to date:

ADE • Iveco • Nissan
Caterpillar • Komatsu • Lombardini
Cummins • Lister • Bergen
Detroit • Perkins • Anglo Belgian Corporation
Deutz • Petter • Yanmar
EMD • Volvo • MAN
Ford • Scania                           
Isuzu • Mercedes Benz