Boating is a big part of enjoying time with friends and family. Whether you are an experienced or novice boater, nothing is more disappointing than a fuel-related mechanical problem that can ruin your entire day. This is especially true given the amount of planning and preparation that can go into a typical day on the water. [...]
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Light duty, diesel-powered pickup trucks are amazingly versatile. People use them in their businesses as well as for weekend recreation – and sometimes both. You might see a carpenter or gardener using a Ford, Dodge or GMC pickup to haul a load of wood or lawn equipment, or an outdoor enthusiast using the same vehicle to tow a camper to [...]
How clean is your oil? How clean should it be? Without accurate analysis, the full value of your lubrication initiatives can be considered lost. Successful oil analysis depends on a data-rich sample. An improperly taken fluid sample can skew results, producing either costly false negatives missing possible catastrophic failure, or a false positive resulting in tying up an [...]
With the trend toward more fuel-efficient vehicle design and engine technology, automotive OEMs are increasingly specifying lower-viscosity synthetic lubricants across multiple applications, including transmission fluids. Whether in the engine or in the transmission, synthetics are known for superior all-weather performance, longer service life and excellent wear protection. That makes them well-suited to today’s newer, technologically [...]
Product Update Please be aware of the following important grease product sunsets outlined in the chart below. The color, viscosities, and thickener types of each sunsetting and replacement product can be found on a more detailed chart, linked here. Inventory of the sunsetting products will only be available while supplies last, [...]
The Cold Truth: Synthetic Oils Shine in WinterSelect an oil that meets the demands of your hardware and operating climate
Are synthetic oils better than conventional oils?” We hear this question all the time, and we don’t have a yes-or-no answer. It depends on so many factors, including the mix of equipment in your fleet and your operating conditions. What we can say is this: in order to meet more stringent EPA emission and fuel [...]
Look at Your Hydraulic FluidToday’s hydraulic systems demand high-quality oils. Between cost pressures and customer demands, industrial equipment operators are always looking for ways to optimize efficiency. Whether in equipment performance, process improvement or energy consumption, increased efficiency should translate to lower operating costs and higher productivity. Today’s modern hydraulic systems are engineered to perform at higher [...]
Efficient inventory management is key to running a profitable fast lube business and these days it has become an even bigger balancing act. Engines are transitioning from legacy to more modern, fuel-efficient technology, thereby creating a need for full synthetic oils. People are also holding onto their vehicles longer, leading to increased demand for specialty [...]
For operators of heavy-duty off-road machinery, a change of seasons typically means a change in transmission fluids and other component lubricants. Particularly if you’re adhering to the Caterpillar TO-4 specification, and relying on monograde fluids, you most likely will need to change viscosity grades based on temperature changes. For example, moving from a SAE 30 viscosity [...]
The formation of foam on the oil in an industrial gearbox should not be ignored. Most of the time you might see a few bubbles on the surface of the oil that dissipate quickly without destabilizing the oil level, in which case it is not a problem. However, if so much foam is forming that [...]