Engine Failures? It could be your coolant

February 24, 2022

  An estimated 40 percent of all engine failures are associated with problems in the cooling system. Construction companies now have fleets with equipment containing more sophisticated coolant systems. But approaching the maintenance of these systems like their older ones—sort of a “fill it and forget it” approach - is exposing them to an increased risk of coolant system failure. This is all the more shocking when we realize that…

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What is THF?

February 8, 2022

Tractor Hydraulic Fluid is commonly referred to as THF.  It is a multi-purpose fluid used in agricultural equipment that has a centralized system to lubricate the transmission, differential, wet brake, power steering, and hydraulic systems. THF also contains special additives for the wet brake systems to prevent brake chatter and provide smooth operation. Our tractor hydraulic fluids can also be used as a gear oil when a GL-4 approved fluid…

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What are Biodegradable Lubricants? Part 2

January 20, 2022

In our last blog we discussed the differences between 'environmentally friendly', 'inherently biodegradable', and 'readily biodegradable' lubricants. But what are 'Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants'?   Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) are a special class of biodegradable lubricants. These lubricants meet the criteria set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This designation is to ensure that consumers know exactly what specifications are met when they are purchasing an EAL product.…

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What are Biodegradable Lubricants? Part 1

January 11, 2022

When searching for lubricants that are good for the environment you wouldn't be alone if you're confused about the way they are named. Today in the lubricant market you will see oils that are "environmentally-friendly", "inherently biodegradable", and "readily biodegradable". Is there a difference between these names? Absolutely.   Conventional Oils Standard mineral hydraulic oil is made with a base oil that typically contains zinc. Zinc is used as an…

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Cold Weather Hydraulic Oils

January 4, 2022

Can you use the same lubricants in the summer as you do in the winter?  This question comes up frequently in our industry, and the answer is simple. It depends! What does it depend on?  Everything from application, to specific equipment, to operating conditions, to OEM requirements, and location of the equipment. If you use your equipment during extreme cold weather you may find that your hydraulics are sluggish or…

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