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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Winterizing 101: The Basics

November 23, 2020

OVERVIEW It’s that time of year again, when the sun is out less and the weather is getting colder.  We have had a couple weeks of temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, but with the approach of some colder weather that is here to stay what does that mean for our equipment?   ENGINE OIL When you’re out working in the cold, you want to make sure that you’re using the right fluids to protect…

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