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Engine Oil Grades for Diesel Engine

Diesel bulldozer in the desert

Engine oils can be specified by two properties or characteristics. They can specify their performance capabilities and their viscosity. For any typical motor, the correct viscosity to be chosen will be dependent on the highest ambient temperature during operation and also the lowest start up temperature. Both of these can typically be found in your vehicle’s operation manual. The original equipment manufacturer will usually list a chart of recommended engine oils viscosity grades for the ambient temperature conditions that are likely to be experienced.

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Marine Grease vs. Regular Grease

Excavators in water.

There are many factors to look at when analyzing the differences of marine grease vs. regular grease. The most popular thickener that is added to the base oil to create a grease would be lithium soaps. Most conventional marine greases and regular grease are made up of lithium soaps. Added to the formulation for those greases would be your standard additives for extreme pressure, rust and corrosion, and additives that can enhance the grease’s ability to deal with water. Again, we’re talking about your conventional, run-of-the-mill marine grease and regular grease. Lithium soaps do not perform naturally well in wet environments. To make them perform better, they require specialized additives. The end result is a grease that is a compromise between regular performance and those needs for moisture resistance.

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How to Keep Diesel Fuel from Gelling

Excavator in the snow.

When cold weather starts to approach and temperatures drop, it is critical for diesel operators to keep fuel flowing effortlessly. Diesel fuel contains wax and when temperatures start to become colder, the fuel can start to cloud. Clouding means that the wax starts to form crystals, which can cause filters to start to clog and create problems in engine performance. If the fuel goes beyond clouding to where it actually gels, then diesel equipment will come to a screeching and abrupt halt. Today’s diesel fuel filtering systems can more easily lead to filter clogging due to their far more restrictive design. Modern fuel filters can filter fuel from 10 microns or less. Older style filters had a filtering capability of 25 microns. 10 micron filter, because of their stricter and finer filtering capacity, can easily become clogged when temperatures drop and when cloud points are reached.

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How to Improve Fuel Economy in Diesel Engines

Fleet of diesel trucks.

When looking at the operating budget of diesel fleets and trucking companies, the singular item that stands out in terms of being the biggest consumable expense would be diesel fuel. It is imperative to find as many ways as possible to lower the operating expenses for diesel fuel. Both truck manufacturers and diesel engine manufacturers agree that there are common rules to follow when trying to control fuel consumption costs. Specifically, we’ll try to address how to improve fuel economy in diesel engines by applying some simple, yet powerful, strategies.

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Can I Use Motor Oil In My Air Compressor?

If your compressor is due for an oil change, you may ask the question: can I use motor oil in my air compressor? If you’ve visited many forums online where this same question has been discussed, you’ll notice that many have said they’ve used motor oil in their compressors without any issues. The reality is, they’re lucky to not have experienced problems. There is the obvious temptation, for the sake of convenience, to use the spare motor oil lying around in your shop. However, this can prove to be a detrimental mistake for your air compressor, which requires its own specific type of high-performance lubricant. Long-term, we propose that a better strategy is to choose a specially formulated air compressor oil. Here’s why…

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What is EP 2 Grease?

Heavy industrial machinery in quarry.

In this blog post, we’ll analyze what is EP 2 grease. Before we answer that question, let’s discuss how grease is created. Grease is made up of 2 basic components, a thickening agent and a base oil. There are various combinations and types of thickeners and base oils that an oil company can formulate. In addition, there are various additives and modifiers, along with performance additives, that when blended together can give the grease unique lubricating characteristics.

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Hydraulic Oil Life Expectancy

Over the last twenty years, the demands on hydraulic oil performance has vastly increased. Hydraulic oil systems have been designed to be smaller, resulting in smaller oil reservoirs. At the same time, hydraulic pumps are now called upon to produce more output, the result being much higher operating pressures. Coupling together these higher pressures along with much smaller oil volume, the end result is much higher oil temperatures. What does this all mean? If the hydraulic oil temperatures rise, this translates to an increase in oxidation, along with the additive chemistry weakened due to extreme temperature increases. What hasn’t changed during these twenty years is the mindset of end users. End users want to invest as little as possible for hydraulic oil that will last as long as possible while simultaneously offering high levels of protection for the machinery.

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Best Grease For A Tractor Loader

Tractor loader moving dirt in the mountains.

Off-road fleet equipment owners have a large financial investment in carefully chosen equipment that they depend on to help them get their jobs and projects done on time and within budget. Unscheduled downtime is the worst situation for an owner/operator if this were to happen in the middle of an important job. To protect this large investment in equipment and to minimize the potential of costly downtime, it is imperative that the best possible lubricants are chosen. When considering what would be your choice for the best grease for a tractor loader, there are a number of factors to consider. The majority of heavy equipment is exposed to extreme working environments. They operate in a broad range of temperatures and weather. They are exposed to abnormal amounts of dirt, dust, mud, and water. In addition, they must withstand extreme pressures and shock loads. Their most important function is to minimize downtime and earn the owner/operator profits. They can’t earn their keep if their equipment is sitting in the repair shop rather than on the job site. Choosing the proper grease is more of a decision based on its ability of delivering performance rather than on the lubricant’s cost. Deciding on a grease based on the lowest price could, in the long run, be the most expensive mistake an operator could make.

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