Understanding API Certification

Posted by John Presti on Jul 27, 2012 8:43:00 AM

If you buy motor oil, you probably get frustrated sometimes with all the specifications and constant updates to product info... "Do I need a CI-4 a CJ-4 -whats the difference anyways? I know I need 15w40, but why? What is that anyways?"

API stands for American Petroleum Institute, a "national trade group representing all aspects of the oil and gas industries" according to their website .(As an aside their website www.api.org is a great resource for learning about current issues in energy and their impact). Anyway, API certifies that oils meet the requirements set forth by vehicle manufacturers through testing and sampling, etc.

You should ALWAYS DEMAND API Certified product!

The specific symbols and letters on API specs can be a little confusing, so I thought I'd link up a pretty good guide that gives an overview of what info you need to look for and what it means. You can get the guide online By Clicking Here

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Topics: Lubricants, API Certification

BioBlend Environmentally Friendly Products for Environmentally Friendly Contractors

Posted by John Presti on Jul 23, 2012 8:10:00 AM

Did you know we stock BioBlend lubricants? Environmentally friendly lubricants for the environmentally friendly contractor.

BioBlend is all about vegetable based, readily biodegradeable fluids. These products are ideal for golf courses, marinas, trash companies, and contractors working near water.

Call now and get 5% off your first BioBlend order! Just mention Lube Updates when you order!

We stock: 

  • AW32 
  • AW46
  • AW68
  • Two-Cycle Oil
  • Universal Tractor fluid
  • Grease

Bioblend Environmentally Friendly Lubricant

Here are the specs for these BioBlend Products:

BioBlend AW Hydraulic Oils

BioBlend 2 Cycle

BioBlend EP2 Grease

BioFlow Universal Tractor Fluid

(For the Specs and MSDS on the full line of lubricants we carry, click here:  Spec Sheets and MSDS )

 

 

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Topics: Environmentally Friendly Products, Lubricants, BioBlend

An exciting announcement from Dennis K Burke's Lube Division

Posted by John Presti on Jul 16, 2012 7:08:00 AM

Dennis K Burke's Lube division is excited to announce that Jim Daigneault and Chris Smith have been promoted to Account Managers.

Jim will be handling Middlesex and Worcester Counties

Chris will be handling Suffolk and Essex Counties.

(Rich Ahern will continue to be the Account Manager for the South Shore, Cape, and Rhode Island, and I will continue to Manage NH, ME and Western MA)

Please Join us in congratulating Chris and Jim, and feel free to contact them to discuss any of your lubricant needs!

 Dennis K. Burke, Boston employees around a Danika Patrick cardboard cutout advertising PEAK products

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Topics: Lubricants, Lube Sales

Hey Mr Marina - Why the Name Brand?

Posted by John Presti on Jul 12, 2012 8:16:00 AM

From talking to many marinas this week I was floored on how much an OEM is charging for 2-cycle outboard engine oil.  Its insane!!! 

What buyers do not understand is that as long as the brand of oil meets that engine's requirements (it is usually a TCW-3), it  should work.  We carry a great 2-cycle oil that meets the requirements of honda, mercury, evinrude and much more.

 Click here for a Coastal TC-W3 2 Cycle Product Data Sheet 

We also carry BioBlends BioMotive 2C, a readily biodegradeable, environmentally friendly and fully synthetic 2 Cycle Oil. To read more about Biomotive 2C, click here

Cityscape picture of Boston Marina

Happy boating!

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Topics: Marinas, BioBlend, Coastal

Additives are Our Friends!

Posted by John Presti on Jul 10, 2012 7:58:00 AM

ADDTIVES are our friends!

LETS FIGHT THOSE NASTY ETHANOL ISSUES!!!!!  The only answer is Valvtect . . .If you have a gas tank and you’re a  golf course, marina and/or landscaper, you should keep a few cases of this on hand, NO DOUBT!  Check out “YouTube” to see what happens when you do not use a great additive like Valvtect.  DKB sale price on this is $67.99, good till 8/31/2012.

The video below has some good general info on how Valvtect works and why you should use it!

Would you like to have ZERO emissions from your diesel vehicles?  Then you should be using Diesel Kleen from Power Service.  Power Service are the diesel additive experts for well over 30 years!  As the cleansing  takes place with Diesel Kleen , you can also get up to 4 number increase on your cetane boost.  DKB carries this in 32 oz cases (12 in each) and 55-gallon drums.  This is perfect in any off and on road applications. 

For a spec sheet on Diesel Kleen - click here 

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Topics: Power Service, Valvtect, Additives

We carry Specialty Oils too!

Posted by John Presti on Jun 6, 2012 10:19:00 AM

We Carry Specialty Oils Too!

We stock a wide range of motor oils and lubricants for trucks and autos. Did you know we also carry a great line of Citgo specialty oils?

You can read about the great line of Citgo specialty oils we carry in this month's Lubricant News by clicking here for a downloadable PDF copy

Thanks!

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Topics: Lubricants, Specialty Oils, Citgo

Team Burke Racing Day May 18th!

Posted by John Presti on May 16, 2012 9:34:00 AM

Join Dennis K Burke Inc and Team Burke Racing May 18th and check out the DKB Super Com Dragsters, meet John and Brad of Team Burke Racing, and even check out Junior Dragsters with the kids!

  • When: May 18th 2012 from 10am to 2pm
  • Where: Dennis K Burke Inc- 284 Eastern Ave, Chelsea

Dennis K. Burke Racing picture with two dragsters pictured

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Topics: Team Burke Racing, Coryell

Our Top Ten DEF Questions

Posted by John Presti on May 15, 2012 12:06:00 PM

Day to day, we get quite a few calls about Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). Expanding fleets are increasing demand, and customer focus is moving from single-use containers to DEF dispensing equipment.

By now, most fleet managers are familiar with DEF, a solution of high-purity urea and deionized water, and how it is used with a newer vehicle’s Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) equipment.

Various containers of Fleetline DEF

How much DEF do I need?

Your vehicle consumes DEF at a rate of about 3% by volume to diesel consumption.

 

Does the DEF mix with the fuel?

No, it’s sprayed into the exhaust stream where it reacts with the NOx in the SCR system, then released as nitrogen and water.

 

What DEF equipment do I need?

Beyond single-use containers, we offer a full line of dispensing solutions for fleets.

 

Does DEF have a shelf-life?

Yes, approximately two years.

 

Is DEF hazardous or flammable?

DEF is not hazardous, toxic or flammable.

 

Is DEF corrosive?

Yes, DEF is corrosive to copper and brass, as well as other materials. Only approved materials listed in the ISO 22241 standards should be used with DEF.

 

What happens if I run out of DEF?

Vehicles are equipped with a dashboard DEF gauge to alert the driver on the fluid level. If the level becomes low, an alert will let the driver know that the DEF level needs to be replenished. If the driver runs out completely, the vehicle power will be reduced to encourage the operator to refill the DEF tank. Once the DEF tank is refilled, normal power levels will be restored to the vehicle.

 

Does DEF freeze in winter?

Yes, a 32.5% solution of DEF begins to freeze at 12º F. Freezing does not harm the quality of the DEF solution. After thawing, the DEF will perform as required.

 

Why use a 32.5% solution?

The 32.5% urea concentration is the lowest freezing point for water urea solutions, and SCR systems are calibrated to a 32.5% solution for optimum NOx reduction.

 

What if the DEF in my truck freezes?

If DEF freezes when the truck is shut down, start up and normal operation of the vehicle is not inhibited. The SCR heating system is designed to quickly return the DEF to a liquid, and operation of the vehicle is not affected.

 

For more info on DEF, or help in choosing the right dispensing equipment for your growing fleet, give us a call.

 

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Topics: DEF, SCR, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, NOx reduction, Lubricants

Finally! A truly global Antifreeze!

Posted by John Presti on May 14, 2012 1:12:00 PM

We're excited to announce that we now stock Peak Global Extended Life Yellow Antifreeze & Coolant. This Antifreeze is for all applications - heavy duty, light duty and automotive. Finally, no more stocking multiple products for multiple uses!

For spec info on this global antifreeze click here

For pricing info, fill out the contact form to the right, call 800-289-2875, or email us at [email protected]

Large yellow barrels of Global Antifreeze

 

Dont forget - May 25th is the last day to order lubes before the price increase!

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Topics: product of the month, New Product, Price Increase, Lubricants, Yellow Antifreeze

Another DEF Price Increase???

Posted by John Presti on May 2, 2012 1:18:00 PM

Spring is not looking to be a very fun month for lubricant decision makers out there.  We just had the industries FIRST price increase on diesel exhaust fluid last month; We in the process of having this year's first finished lube price increase; NOW, diesel exhaust fluid is going up again.

My suggestion, buy NOW and stock up!  But do not stock up too much.  DEF (pending on the surrounding tempatures) has a shelf life of 2 years.

Feel free to give me a call if you have any questions. (617-884-7800)

We did a previous entry running through what drives these type of price increases, specifically the April 2012 increase on DEF - if you want to read the entry to get some background info, Click here to read about the Urea Price Increase

 

 

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Topics: DEF, Price Increase, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Urea