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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What is Synthetic Blend Engine Oil?

December 9, 2021

Your engine oils are available as conventional, synthetic blend, or full synthetic. These categories are based on quality. But what is really the difference between them?   The Difference is in the Base Oils The most common difference is the type of base oil used in the blending process. The American Petroleum Institute (API) classifies base oils into five major groups. These groups are based on the level of saturates,…

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Should Your Hydraulic Fluid be Zinc-Free?

December 1, 2021

Zinc has been a key additive in hydraulic oils for decades. Its primary purpose as an additive is as an anti-wear agent.  The zinc forms a sacrificial layer in the form of Zinc Dialkydthiophosphate (ZDDP). ZDDP protects pumps and other parts of the system from wear damage during boundary lubrication instances.   The advantage to hydraulic oils with ZDDP is that it will also work as an antioxidant - extending…

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Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

November 17, 2021

Have you considered the benefits of upgrading your engine oil into a more robust synthetic product? There are advantages in moving from a conventional 15W-40 heavy duty engine oil into a full synthetic 5W-40 engine oil. These advantages can far outweigh the additional costs from the lubricant.   Full synthetic 5W-40 offers better start up protection during cold weather winter months. Synthetic also offers better heat resistance, and enhanced durability…

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How to Check a Vehicle’s Coolant/Antifreeze

October 14, 2021

Coolant is essential to keeping your engine from overheating. Something you might not know is that it also keeps your radiator from freezing during the cold winters in Canada. Our climate means that checking your coolant is even more important. Coolant/Antifreeze is considered a "fill and forget" fluid. You are probably checking the levels of it (maybe doing a top up or two) but most of the time coolants aren't…

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