Workboat and Commercial

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The Special Products Division, assisted by the R&D team, is fully equipped to cater to the fishing market and now has a large portfolio of commercial fishing boats powered by John Deere and Shire Workboat engines.

Covering a power range from 15hp – 750hp, John Deere and Shire Workboat engines have been specifically designed with commercial users in mind and are renowned for their rugged reliability, durability and fuel efficiency. Offering years of trouble free maintenance and available as bespoke packages, these engines can be tailored to suit specific requirements and offer an engine solution for a wide range of commercial applications.

The Special Products team deliver an extensive service from start to finish and work closely with the end user to establish requirements and deliver a custom solution. Utilising the same production and testing procedures that are applied to engines for the military and professional rescue services, the engines meet the highest quality standards laid down by ISO9001-2015 and allow for flexibility in designing and producing custom components and accessories. 


John Deere marine propulsion engines have been chosen to power Guiding Star; a 14.95m steel scallop trawler operated by marine fishing company, Aquaria (Grimsay) North Uist.

Guiding Star’s main engine is a John Deere 6135AFM85, rated 365hp at 1800rpm arranged with heat exchanger cooling. A John Deere 6068FTM50 engine rated 154hp at 2300rpm is fitted on the port side for driving the hydraulics.

Prior to dispatch, each engine is extensively tested by dynamometers, tuned to suit fishing licenses and test run with a full delivery inspection. Sea trials are carried out before an application review and installation report upon completion. The Special Products team of highly trained technicians provide on-going support throughout the life of the engine which is backed by a specialist dealer network.

Extensive production facilities matched with unrivalled industry expertise and on-going support ensures that the Special Products team can deliver the right engine package for each application. 

Skipper Expo


Barrus showcase Shire Workboat and John Deere marine propulsion and generator engines at all three Skipper Expo International shows in Galway, Aberdeen and Bristol annually.

Established in 2013, Skipper Expo International is a specially created commercial fisheries show for the UK and Ireland fishing industries. The exhibitions are a showcase for a wide range of products and services that pertain to the industry and are a great place for networking and socialising as well as business. 

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For more information, contact Sam Pearson on 01869 363636 or email

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Marketing Services Department,
E.P. Barrus Ltd, 
Glen Way,
Launton Road
Bicester, Oxfordshire
OX26 4UR        

Tel: 01869 363636
Fax: 08714 298109

VAT Number: GB226662558

Company Registration Number: 148476

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