Lubricants News and Updates

Doug's Tip of the Month - Oil Analysis Flagging Limits

An oil analysis report contains results on as many as 40 different parameters that each have acceptable ranges identified. The type of oil, its formulation, how it should be maintained, and the operating conditions all are considered when evaluating an oil sample and setting acceptable ranges. Also considering the type of equipment and the operating environment is just as important.

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An acceptable oil analysis program should consist of these basic components; standard processes for the establishment of normal ranges, along with the identification of limits and a reliable system for recognizing failure modes. Most labs offer comments and recommendations in the form of flags that are patterned after green, yellow and red traffic lights. Yellow and red flagged parameters indicate that a threshold has been passed and further action is required on the part of the end user; green flagged information indicates an item is within range, and is archived for trending. Some parameters, such as particle counts, only have upper limits. Other parameters, such as oxidative stability, only have lower limits. Parameters such as viscosity, that measure stability, have both upper and lower limits. There is not a universal approach for setting alarm limits. Also, some parameters and stats on the lab report are not critical to that specific piece of equipment, so not every oil analysis parameter needs an alarm limit.

Because oil analysis is as much expertise as formulae and there are so many considerations involved, most labs do not publish limit information. The issue for end-users is who sets the range and who to believe—formulator, OEM, lab, industry, association such as ASTM—and why.

There are four traditional absolute methods for determining oil analysis ranges and flagging limits.

 

These methods are:

  1. Industry standards. These are generic limits placed on machines that are grouped according to working pressure or type (e.g., gearboxes or hydraulic systems). These standards are generally considered baseline. Limits set by industries and associations often involve equipment with strict safety and reliability requirements. These limit values should be carefully considered.
  2. Statistical alarms. These are based on common distribution functions that are usually built into software.
  3. Trend-based or rate-of-change limits. These define an unacceptable departure from a usual level. There are three ways of developing trend or rate of-change alarms:
    1. Relative magnitudes. This identifies a significant change in magnitude.
    2. Rolling average. This compares the current value to the average of several historical measurements.
    3. Weighted delta settings. This uses a weighting method that requires a very large change to occur before an alarm is tripped for a small measured value. As the measured value increases, the required percentage change decreases.
  4. No predefined limits. These are judgment-based and rely on the availability of experienced analysts familiar with the type of machinery being monitored. A qualified technical data analyst will have relevant industry experience and bring value to the recommendations by considering a multitude of factors rather than focusing on a single test result and evaluating it without consideration of other key data. In addition to statistical anomalies, a data analyst reviews rates of change and the amount of time on both the equipment and fluid.

 

Consider working with your Technical Advisor and a Lab to help determine any changes to flagging limits for the end-user.

 

 

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Final Drive Train Oil - Doug's Tip of the Month

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Final Drive Train Oil

Final drives play a crucial role within a machine’s drive train by transferring power to the tires or tracks while providing speed reduction and torque increase. Since final drives are closed components and thus hidden from view, it is easy to overlook their maintenance.

Proper Oil Use

The three main functions of oil are to provide: cleaning, cooling and lubrication. Modern drive train systems feature new metals, elastomers and paper disc materials which may have advanced lubrication needs, requiring you to change oil at the correct intervals, properly, and use the right drive train oil to achieve top performance.

Use the Right Drive Train Oil

Final drives, axles and differentials experience high gear and bearing loads and temperatures. In these conditions, it is important gears and bearings are protected.                            

Depending on the configuration of the final drive and the equipment, 1 of 2 very different fluids may be recommended, Tractor Hydraulic fluid or TDTO/CAT TO-4.  

Tractor Hydraulic Fluids – also most commonly known as – THF or UTF – which can carry all of the required additives to meet or exceed OEM specifications.

  1. This fluid is typically used to lubricate transmissions, wet brakes, clutches, hydraulic systems, and of course final drive.
  2. To meet the specific requirement for this fluid must have: Friction Modifiers – which help to prevent wet brake squeal and offer smoother clutch operation
  3. Tractor Fluids meet or exceed API GL-4 spec.

TDTO (Transmission Drive Train Oil)/CAT TO-4 – also known as Powershift Transmissions and Drivetrain Fluid.

  1. Primarily used in CAT equipment or other equipment that requires fluids without friction modifiers
  2. This type of fluid is used to lubricate transmissions, brakes, clutches, hydraulic systems and of course final drive.
  3. To meet the specific OEM requirements for this fluid: TDTO fluids do not contain (Friction Modifiers). TDTO fluids are available in SAE Grades of 10W, 30, 50 and 60 for specific application and temperature requirements.
  4. TDTO fluids – only meet API GL-3 spec

Larger and more advanced equipment may require a heavier viscosity, synthetic fluid, which will meet the new CAT FDAO spec for Final Drive Axles. This fluid is commonly used in Differentials, Front Wheels and Final Drives for Off-Highway Trucks.

 

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Racing Season Kickoff - Renegade Race Fuels Available

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Renegade race fuels are premixed and factory sealed so no more guessing at mixing or additizing, and no more spending time and money to hit the gas station and juggle multiple containers. 

 

Renegade Ratman Bushwacker Juice 50/1 & 40/1 premix drums and pails are ready to use immediately.   From Renegade: "RENEGADE RATMAN BUSHWHACKER JUICE premix fuel is a specialty fuel developed with the lawn care industry in mind. This premixed product is not only an affordable premix fuel, but also offers quality that can’t be found at the pump.  Use of this product will reduce maintenance cost and increase time in service of all of the 2 stroke power equipment it is used in. RATMAN BUSHWHACKER JUICE utilizes race fuel technology along with premium HP synthetic 2 stroke oil to give your power equipment a performance edge"

 

Ethanol free options mean reduced repair costs and equipment replacement due to ethanol issues. Fewer repairs and equipment downtime combined with less downtime at the shop which makes it a no brainer.  

Renegade also carries P97 which is just your pure ethanol free gas too in a factory sealed drum or pail.  From Renegade," Renegade HR P97 is an ethanol-free unleaded race, small engine, and storage fuel that won’t gum up carbs or cause issues like today’s average pump fuels. Renegade HR P97 can be used as a storage fuel or in an exotic application that requires ethanol- free fuel."

 

Renegade products are available by special order monthly through John Presti, cell is 857.241.9678 or john.presti@burkeoil.com 

 

Next special stock order will be placed first thing Monday June 6th. . .So please order accordingly.

 

For more information on Renegade products, check out their website here:  Renegade Race Fuels or feel free to reach out directly by email.

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Fluid Management: Hydraulic Oils - Doug's Tip of the Month

A common question amongst maintenance personnel is around the life expectancy of our Hydraulic Oils in their machines. For the most part, many maintenance personnel say that they expect a very short time because of the aggressive environment surrounding the manufacturing equipment.

And this is true if we recognize that the oil will suffer just two adverse effects in the equipment: Contamination & Degradation.

Premium hydraulic oils are capable of maintaining their initial characteristics and protect the equipment for a very long time…..even several years in a properly designed hydraulic system and with a proactive maintenance program.

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6 areas to help extend the life of Hydraulic fluid while protecting equipment:

1.-Choose the Right Product:

A few Premium Hydraulic fluids characteristics:

  1. Advanced Technologies in Base Oils and Additives:
    1. Keep the oil and system clean
    2. Have Outstanding contamination control
    3. Have Exceptional protection against wear
    4. Control demulsibility

2.-Prevent Contamination:

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  2. Change from metal screen breathers to a desiccant breather.
  3. Use proper Filtration and filters with an Absolute Ratio β according to your needs.
  4. Segregate type of lubricants to prevent compatibility concerns.
  5. Consolidate Inventory of Lubricants.
  6. Fix leaks and the air intrusion in the equipment.
  7. Do not use after-market additives or mix products.
  8. Identify and ‘Lube Tag’ the equipment and the oil being used.

3.-Avoid Waste

  1. Repair leaks
  2. Use the golden rule: The right product in the right place with the right amount.

4.-Protect against deterioration:

  1. Maintain proper storage and handling of hydraulic fluids.
  2. In outside storage, stack drums horizontally or upside down to prevent water contamination
  3. Monitor equipment operation to avoid: high temperatures, excessive air exposure, static or electric discharges.

5.-Extend Useful Life

  1. Purchase Premium products to meet your equipment’s needs.
  2. Determine the optimum practical drain interval.
  3. Establish a system of simple checks in the field to assure the integrity of the oil and its operations – Send in routine used oil samples to a laboratory.

6.-Personnel Training on Lubricants

  1. Training generates experience and this is the base of an optimum use and preservation of the lubricants and the benefits that can be achieved.
  2. Do not let unauthorized/inexperienced people handle lubricants.
  3. Hydraulic lube oils are the heart and soul of your equipment and maintaining a staff that can take proper oil samples and interpret the laboratory testing results will pay huge dividends back to any operation.

 

 

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Maintaining Proper Oil Levels - Doug's Tip of the Month

Maintaining Proper Oil Levels in Reservoirs, Sumps, Gearboxes and Crank case

Whether the case is Automotive – (engines, transmission, differentials), Gearboxes, Circulating Systems or Pumps; maintaining proper oil levels in reservoirs and sumps is imperative for both the equipment and oil life.

When oil levels are too low, machine wear and damage can occur very rapidly. There may be an increase in friction due to the lack of lubricating boundary film and/or viscosity changes from increased fluid temperatures. The lack of oil can lead to metal-to-metal contact which can in turn cause wear. This wear mechanism, known as spalling, pitting, smearing and seizing, all of which are forms of Adhesive Wear, are most common from metal to metal contact.

When oil levels are too high, it mainly can affect the lubricant and its properties, but can also cause damage to equipment. Oil levels that are too high for long periods of time can result in the machine or equipment aerating or churning the oil. Oil that has been aerated can change viscosity, speed up oxidation, and use up additives. When equipment or machines are run in these conditions, the lubricating film strength weakens, boundary conditions form and damage to the equipment can occur.

Implementing proper programs and procedures to continually monitor and maintain oil levels will result in longer fluid life and equipment life. Properly training personnel on how to “Monitor and Maintain Fluid Levels” through dip sticks, sight glasses or other methods determined by the OEM can produce higher productivity and less down time. Checking the oil for proper levels at regular intervals will help to ensure long life for both the equipment and the oil.

 

 

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Lubricant Storage & Handling - Doug's Tip of the Month

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One of the most important but overlooked aspects of proper lubricants and lubrication,  is storage, handling and transport of the lubricants.

Storage of lubricants should be in proper containers, which are clearly labeled, to aid in preventing cross contamination.

  • All openings on bulk storage or drum containers should always be kept closed with proper venting, preferably with desiccant breathers. Desiccant breathers help prevent the ingression of contaminants, both in the air such as dust or dirt as well as water content from humidity or a moist environment.
  • Containers should be kept in an area with adequate lighting and ventilation.
  • Lubricants should always be stored with proper containment in case of a spill.
  • Storage areas should always be clean and free of clutter.

Handling and Transport of lubricants should always be in airtight, sealed, color-coded, and clearly labeled container. As part of handling of the lubricants, filtration should be considered.

  • Proper filtration should be used to move lubricants to bulk storage and then again from bulk storage to the transport container.  
  • Optimally, the lubricant should be filtered again before going into the equipment.
  • Filtering systems and carts should have designated pumps and hoses to aid in preventing cross contamination.
  • Filtering lubricants and maintaining clean oil can extend the life of the lubricant as well as extend the life of the equipment being lubricated. An acceptable level of cleanliness is established via the ISO Cleanliness code which is determined by the OEM of the equipment being lubricated.

Improper handling and/or storage of lubricants can easily result in cross-contamination or cross-mixing of oils, which can be very detrimental not only to the lubricant, but also the equipment that it is lubricating. Improper mixing of lubricants can cause oxidation, additive loss, and changes to viscosity.   

If you were to cross contaminate a Gear Oil and an R&O Hydraulic fluid, for example, where only a hydraulic fluid was required it could result in the gear oil attacking (chemically corroding) yellow metals that are found in bearing materials. This is due to the EP – (Extreme Pressure additives) found in Gear Oils. On the other hand, diluting the EP additives in gear oil with an R&O Hydraulic fluid could result in inadequate lubrication for a heavily loaded gear set where Gear Oil is required.

With any lubricant, proper storage and handling should always be the best practice. Keep in mind, that it is easier and less expensive to keep contaminants from entering a lubricant and/or prevent cross contamination, than it is to remove the contaminants or solve the cross contamination issue after the fact.


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Lubes are the new Fuel. What's up with all the price changes?

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Since December of 2020, we have seen an unprecedented SIX price increases roll out on base oil, additive & finished lubricant products. Now we are additionally seeing essentially all major suppliers move to allocations on products because of increasing difficulty on supply/sourcing.

So what is going on? 

Like most things in 2021, a lot of the issue started with the Pandemic & its after effects. When shutdowns went into effect in March 2020, demand for finished products crashed and that led to cuts in production volumes by producers, and the simultaneous drop in fuel demand led to a drop in refining, which caused a drop in the ability to source products for lube production that derive from fuel refining... and so on, like dominos. 

Once things came back online, the freak ice storms in Texas that derailed refineries once again slowed the access to lube production products. 

As soon as that was sorted,  demand  in the US roared back much faster than anticipated on both fuel & lubricant products as the world began to open back up.  This essentially created a situation where production was not able to come back online fast enough to meet suddenly skyrocketing demand. 

This has led to unofficial allocation levels for nearly all distributors across the country, as companies from major suppliers to independent blenders struggle to access the supply required to service their customers properly. 

To add another layer of frustration, the labor shortage in the transportation industry (read about that here: All Eyes on the Growing Driver Shortage )  means that even in the event that product CAN be sourced adequately, it is increasingly difficult to secure delivery, even at higher than standard freight rates. 

Long story short, the Pandemic, Economic Rebound, and Labor Shortages have essentially created a "perfect storm" where the fundamentals of supply and demand are pushing lubricant, additive, and base oils skyward. Optimists in the field hope supply issues will be remedied by the end of the summer, but with talk on the horizon of yet another increase in September, it seems doubtful that will be the case. 

We will keep you apprised of any major changes in the supply and pricing picture going forward. Hang in there, everybody.  

 

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Check out our Taunton Facility, where Product Integrity is Everything

In 2015 we moved out of our longtime corporate headquarters in Chelsea MA into our new facility in Taunton MA. In 2020 we also added another state-of-the art lubricant plant in Saco, Maine.

While current COVID protocols limit our ability to show our facilities to our customers, we thought a photo "walk through" and explanation might be helpful while we wait for things to open up in Massachusetts so we can return to the real thing (which thankfully should be soon!!) 

Below is a quick run through some of the key parts of our main facility in Taunton, Mass. 

One of the things we are most proud of about the Taunton facility, is starting again in the warehouse let us have the ability to put the same level of extra care into planning out product segregation in our facility as we have always done in our trucks. 

We have a substantial tank farm, and our Lubricant Operations team really went the extra mile in installing a segregated piping system, including separate pumps for hydraulic, motor oil, and DEF. This essentially provides extra steps to ensure product integrity, and eliminates the chances of any cross contamination by removing even the chance of slight residual product in hoses after pumping. 

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Within our customized lube delivery trucks, the same principal applies, as you can see here:

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For DEF, our DEF trailers are equipped with 1 micron filters, which ensures the cleanest possible product and guarantees no contamination. We run closed systems on all DEF packaging & equipment to ensure quality throughout the life of the product. 

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Additionally, we added a customized tote wall setup. This setup allows us to store multiple totes in an efficient space, as well as designate each one by product and manufacturer, so each tote only carries its designated item which we can track by barcode from fill through delivery to a customers site, meaning in the event of any issues, we have full visibility into the full journey of the product and know exactly where it is and where it came from. 

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The barcoded, segregated totes tie into our broader inventory tracking & product delivery platform we use to integrate product management within the warehouse with precise delivery to customers, and route optimization for our drivers, but that's a subject we will cover in another update. 

Saco to follow!

 

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PetroCanada, ATF, Duradrive, allison transmission fluid

Allison Trusts PetroCanada - So Should You!

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As a PetroCanada distributor, we're excited about the release of their new Duradrive HD Synthetic 668 transmission fluid.  This product not only has the hard to get Allison approval, it's the new global factory fill fluid for the Allison TES 668, and the only Allison approved fluid for new transmissions (Allison Approval List)

DuraDrive HD products are designed for commercial and heavy duty applications performing under extreme conditions or requiring extended drain schedules. 

DuraDrive HD Synthetic 668 is also fully backwards compatible for all Allison transmissions that require a TES 295 fluid, so this is the ATF you need to keep every Allison transmission in your arsenal performing the way it was built to. 

PetroCanada is so sure your equipment will outperform your expectations with their products they guarantee it. For more info on the testing for Allison certification, the product specifications, and the lubricants warranty, check out this brochure: DuraDrive HD 668

If you would like to speak to an area rep for more product info or to place an order, fill out the contact form below or contact us at 800-289-2875

 

 

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Protect your Plow with PFC this winter

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Berkebile Oil's Protection First Class (PFC) is a must for plow and snow removal equipment operators. Road treatments, added to harsh conditions of New England winters can do a number on plows and salt spreading equipment. With PFC, you can coat plow blades (polymer or metal), spreader bays, augers, and chains, and even battery terminals. You have a lot riding on your equipment functioning correctly, and remaining in peak condition to perform. Help protect it with Protection First Class. We stock PFC in our Taunton facility. For more info, contact your area rep, or simply leave a comment below and we will reach out. 

The video below explains more about PFC, particularly for use in snow removal. For additional info, visit Protection First Class

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Spec Changes for PCMO on the Horizon: GF-6

The next generation of passenger car motor oil (PCMO) is on the horizon. The new ILSAC (International Lubricant Specification Advisory Committee) is GF-6A and will be backwards compatible with ILSAC GF-5 and prior. The new spec will begin licensing as of May 1,2020. 

 EPA regulations that mandate enhanced efficiency and lower emissions have resulted in OEMs making changes to engine designs and that means the oil keeping that engine going smoothly needs to be adjusted as well. This new spec will offer better protection for new engine designs that have come online (or will soon).

The API spec that correlates with the new ILSAC standard will be SP and API certified products will still display the "donut" logo. There is also a GF-6B portion of the new spec and that introduces a new viscosity - 0w16 that will also have API certification. The API certification seals you'll see on the new spec look like this:

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From now through the spec hitting market, suppliers will be going through licensing processes for their products to be tested & re-certified. As always, remember to check for API certification on the items your fleet or shop runs on - it really is the simplest way you can ensure the highest product integrity, no matter what the change in spec. 

 

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AFS AWDA Cold Flow Additives Now Available

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AFS AWDA Cold Flow Additive is now in stock for the winter months. This additive helps reduce diesel fuel pour point and CFPP  8-12 degrees below the fuel's non additized temperature rating.

We're stocking both  1:3000g and 1:1500g treatment ratios. 

 

AWDA 3000 - one gallon treats 3000gal (available in drums and pails). Product Info Sheet here: AWDA-3000

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AWDA 1500 - one gallon treats 1500gal (available in drums) Product Info Sheet here: AWDA-1500

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If you have questions on the product, or whether bulk fuel additives make sense for your operation versus rack treated product, contact your rep or call the office 800-289-2875

 

 

 

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DKB Now Stocks Protection First Class Products

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We're excited to officially announce that we are a distributor for Berkebile's 2+2 product line, which includes Protection First Class products. We have brake parts cleaner, white grease, aerosol grease, and PFC - Protection First Class Undercoating. 

The PFC Undercoating protects against corrosion and rust and it stays translucent so it does not impede diagnosing any vehicle issues, unlike some other products. Application is so straightforward that its DIY with compressed air. 

We have had a lot of positive feedback on the product so far, and anticipate that the customers testing out the PFC undercoating are going to have a much better experience this winter in terms of undercarriage protection than those who don't get their fleet covered before the salt and sand starts covering the New England roads. 

This stuff is fantastic for a diverse group of customers - auto repair shops have added it to their service menus, bus and transport companies are using it to protect their fleets on the road, and landscape contractors have had a lot of success protecting plows and equipment from corrosion. 

This fall we were able to have meetings with customers where a vendor rep demonstrated the product application process and answered any questions that came up. If that sounds like something that would help with your decision making process on these products, let us know and we can coordinate a demo & meeting at your facility. 

For more info on PFC Undercoating, this page has a ton of information on both the undercoating, and other PFC products for your vehicles & equipment - PFC Product Info  - or you can watch the video below for more specific info on undercoating:

 

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DKB Becomes Northeast Distributor for Phillips 66/Kendall

Dennis K Burke is proud to announce that we are now the Phillips 66/Kendall Lubricants distributor for the Northeast. Kendall has been on the forefront of advances in lubricant product technology since the early 1900's and we are excited to be able to offer their premium, cutting edge products to our customers.  

For more information about Phillips 66/Kendall Lubricants product offerings, please visit  https://www.kendallmotoroil.com/ or feel free to reach out to the office (800-289-2875) or your Dennis K Burke representative for more information.

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DKB becomes Castrol Distributor for New England

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Dennis K Burke is excited to announce that we are now an official distributor of Castrol automotive & heavy duty lubricants throughout the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont! 

Castrol is a premium product line, and offers a range of advanced motor oils including synthetics, synthetic blends, high mileage, conventional, and diesel engine oils.  We are excited to add Castrol to our product mix!

For more information on Castrol & Castrol Lubricants, check out their website at www.castrol.com 

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DKB becomes Petro-Canada distributor for the Northeastern U.S.

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Dennis K Burke, Inc is pleased to announce that we are now a Petro-Canada distibutor for the Northeastern United States!

For over 30 years, Petro-Canada has developed and produced top quality lubricant products, and we are excited to join with them to deliver these options to our customers throughout the Northeastern U.S.

We will be offering the full suite of Petro-Canada products, from trailer loads of bulk lubricants to cases of grease tubes, so whatever your shop or fleet requires to keep running at optimum levels, we have it!

For more information on Petro-Canada products, check their website here: https://lubricants.petro-canada.com/en-US or contact us at lubeorders@burkeoil.com 

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Charles George Companies' success with BioBlend Lubricants

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Check out the feature article in "Waste Advantage Magazine" on BioBlend Lubricants, and a feature on Charles George Companies' success with BioBlend as a full stream waste management and recycling company. (We got a little mention too!)

You can read the article at the link below:  

Waste Advantage Magazine: Bio-based Lubricants: An Environmental Solution for Refuse Hauling

or you can read it online by clicking here.

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DKB & Renegade Race Fuels, Partnering Up to Fuel Your Victory!

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We're excited to announce that we have partnered up as a Master Distributor for Renegade Racing Fuels for the Northeast!

Renegade produces high quality racing fuels and lubricants to power competitive racers for the win, from drag racing to supercross, to ATVs and power boats. 

Renegade is the fastest growing race fuel brand in the U.S., and we're very excited to work with them to provide an opportunity for customers in our area to have access to high quality, affordable competitive racing fuel. 

For more information on Renegade products, you can check out their website here: http://www.renegaderacefuel.com/ or if you want to speak to one of our sales reps about products and availability, feel free to contact us either via web form or calling us at 800-289-2875. 

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ICYMI: API Licensed Fleetline DEF is here!

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In case you missed it - this July we received our first shipment of our FleetlineDEF cases! This is a fully API licensed product. The cases contain two 2.5g jugs each, and are an economical choice for an ultra high spec product, like the rest of our Fleetline offerings. 

For pricing and quantity options, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at lubesales@burkeoil.com 

 

 

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DKB joins NESSARA


We just got this in the mail - NESSARA, or the New England Service Station and Automotive Repair Association is a non profit group that works very hard on behalf of small, independent service stations, repair facilities, and similar companies in the industry to keep them informed of policy changes that can affect their business, and lobbies  against legislation that hurts small business' bottom lines. 

(You can read more about NESSARA here: http://nessara.org/index.php )

 

 

 

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Dennis K Burke joins with PQIA to Support Lubricant Product Integrity

We are proud to announce that we are now official supporters of the PQIA - the Petroleum Quality Institute of America. The Institute's focus is testing and ensuring that lubricants, transmission fluids, and motor oils available in the marketplace have been tested and verified to be of high quality.

PQIA issued a press release on our support, you can read that here: PQIA Dennis K Burke Press Release

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Oil Eater comes in Second Place in Waste Min's 2013 Industrial Degreaser Ratings

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The Waste Minimization forum (wastemin.com) recently published its "2013 Industrial Degreaser Ratings" report. They tested the top 15 general purpose degreasers/cleaners, then ranked their performance, reported their pricing, and any hazard warnings relevant to the products. You can read their entire infographic on the study here: http://www.wastemin.com/discuss/index.php?threads/industrial-degreaser-performance-ratings-how-the-top-15-degreasers-stack-up.6/#.UzsDeKhdVRY  - they had some interesting results that challenge some conventional wisdom on what makes a good cleaner/degreaser - definitely worth the read.

The number two finisher in their study was Oil Eater Cleaner and Degreaser (which we're proud to be a distributor of). Even better, they came in at half the cost of the first place finisher. Oil Eater is water based, non hazardous cleaner that can be used on anything from gettin grease stains out of laundry to truck washing, to brake parts cleaning. In the Waste Min study, Oil Eater also produced less rust than a traditional solvent based degreaser.  

If you want to learn more about Oil Eater you can visit their website at www.oileater.com or if you'd like try it out, we do have limited free samples available. Give us a call or fill out the contact form to the right for more info or to get a free sample while supplies last. 

 

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Why are Environmentally Friendly Lubes Important for Vessels?

There have been a lot of questions regarding Marine vessel lubricants and the VGP regulations on them, so we thought it would be a good idea to lay out some of the fundamentals on the topic. The VGP regulations on vessels requires that vessel operators replace conventional lubricants with environmentally friendly options whenever possible. 

The concern isn't so much spills as normal amounts of lubricants lost in vessel operation, such as from stern tubes. A 2011 study by the European Commission DG Joint Research Centre actually found that routine operational lubricant discharge created more pollution in the Mediterranean Sea than accidental spills did. That's pretty significant!

By using more environmentally friendly products, operators can minimize damage to the environment while still meeting lubrication needs. 

Key issues are if a product is biodegradeable - either readily or inherently, whether its toxic to the aquatic environment, and how much bioaccumulation compounds in the product cause (how much it will build up in living tissue over time). For example, conventional petroleum based lubricants have the potential to bioaccumulate, don't biodegrade well, and can be highly toxic to the aquatic environment. In contrast, PAG, synthetic ester, and vegetable oil based Environmentally friendly lubricants biodegrade readily, have low toxicity to the aquatic environment, and do not bioaccumulate. So in that context, it makes a lot of sense to switch as much vessel lubrication as possible away from conventional lubes. 

In future posts we'll get more in depth on what different products meet VGP requirements, as well as what different parts of the regulation mean to different businesses and vessel types.

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How is DEF Pricing Going to Look Going Forward?

According to farmfutures.com in their weekly review, Urea prices on the international market spiked this week, up over $120 per ton.  Futures were trending lower for the spring and summer months though, on hope that international supply issues could relieve some of the demand pressures  - hopefully that leads to a pull back in pricing over the next couple months, but time will tell. As you know, ammonia pricing also impacts DEF pricing, and the good news is those prices eased some this past week or stayed relatively stable anyways, depending on the individual market. (you can read more about the specifics on the Urea & ammonia market movements here: http://farmfutures.com/story-weekly-fertilizer-review-0-30765 )

 

Since DEF is 32.5% urea, price swings on the market impact the price of DEF. Urea is also used in agriculture for nitrogen-release fertilizer, so usually we see spikes in demand (and price) along with agricultural schedules. This recent spike appears to be more supply related.

 

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This Ain't Your Grandpa's Diesel Truck - SCR, DEF & Clean Emissions

Diesel Engines have sure come a long way from the noisy, clunky, smelly, black smoke pumping trucks we used to see. Today's diesel engines are quiet and clean, and in the case of 2010 model year and later vehicles - they even have emissions ratings better than many of their gasoline counterparts. How did that happen?

The first step was the big one - the switch to Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel dropped the sulfur content from up to 500 parts per million to a max of 15 parts per million, which improved pollution levels like crazy and got rid of the black exhaust. 

The other major shift came as a result of the EPA's 2010 policy on reducing the NOx levels in emissions to almost zero. This was accomplished with the implementation of SCR technology and the use of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) - DEF is injected into the exhaust stream and neutralizes NOx into Nitrogen and Water Vapor.  

SCR Emissions Graph

Image Credit (and a great source) - http://www.factsaboutscr.com/scr/engine-control-standards.aspx 

If you want to learn more about SCR specifics and how DEF works to eliminate NOx emissions, You can find out everything (and probably more) that you ever wanted to know in this new product information video from Peak at the following link: 

http://www.peakhd.com/product-lines/bluedef/about/ 

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Are You Maximizing your Equipment's Efficiency?

We talk a great deal around here about proactive solutions - ideas and programs that, with a little time and capital ultimately save us time, money, and maybe most importantly - save us from the headaches of unanticipated problems. A major proactive plan that's been awesome for ourselves and several of our customers is Oil Analysis. 

What if you could get an analysis emailed to you every time you PM'ed your fleet  - whether that was tractors, heavy construction equipment, or a specialty machine?

What if that analysis could tell you your equipment may have a slow coolant leak, or your system showed a little corrosion? 

With that kind of heads up, you could proactively schedule down time for that equipment to be repaired without dealing with the chaos from equipment failure. 

What if on top of that, your report let you maximize oil drain intervals?

With that info, you could schedule your maintenance out more easily, and save on your overall lubricant spend in many cases. 

CITGO has a calculator on their site you can calculate what oil analysis may save your business based on mileage, fleet size, etc - you can try that calculator out here: http://www.hdlubes.com/Calculator/ 

(CITGO offers this analysis to Dennis K Burke customers for FREE on qualified engine oils, so you can try it no risk and see if it adds value to your bottom line..... Dont use engine oil? No problem - Dennis K Burke offers an analysis program for Industrial & Specialty Equipment as well )

You can read more about Oil Analysis benefits in general (especially for industrial equipment) on the WearCheck USA site here: http://www.wearcheck.com/ 

The peace of mind from knowing your fleet is running at maximum efficiency, and your mechanics have a heads up of small engine issues before they result in catastrophic failures and downtime alone is worth it. 

If you would like more info on Oil Analysis in general, or how DKB can help you get started, fill out the contact form on the right or call us anytime.

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Winter Additive Options

It's getting cold out there! 
Now is a good time to revisit the topic of winter fuel and fuel additives. Very few things are more critical than ensuring your fleets winter operability.
There are a lot of options out there, from Kero blending to different types of Additives. We've seen a lot of people have loyalty to the Valvtect Diesel Guard Winter Additive. The video below gives you a good amount of info on the product - if you're weighing out additive options for the winter season, it's worth a look. 
 
 
 
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Ethylene Glycol Demand Driving up Antifreeze Costs - Again

Antifreeze prices will be going up for all major suppliers this Spring due to the rising price of Ethylene Glycol. Ethylene Glycol is the main componant of automotive antifreeze - but it is also used in the manufacture of plastics and resins, including plastic soda bottles and it is also used in some medical applications. The increase in demand, especially for manufactured plastics as a result of economic expansion in countries like China has made global prices continue to climb.

As an effect of this, antifreeze manufacturers bear a higher cost of production for finished product, so costs are continuing to rise on the supplier level as well.

Most suppliers have set their increases to take effect on April 1 - we are holding off til April 12th to try and give you an opportunity to beat the increase if you can. If you would like to place an order before the prices increase dont hesitate to contact us at 617-884-7800 or email us at lubeorders@burkeoil.com

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Don't Forget to beat the DEF Increase!

Just a reminder on beating the DEF increase coming April 1st......As you know, this is the time of year where we start seeing increases in the DEF market.  1/3 of DEF is comprised of Urea. The reason this time of year causes an uptick in DEF prices is that Urea's primary use is as fertilizer in the agricultural sector, and competition for urea reflects on the commodities market side, and that results in an increase in its cost.

It looks like the market went up in March anywhere from $.03 to $.05/gallon. Dennis K Burke will be holding current pricing until April 1, so dont forget to get those orders in this week! I will keep you informed for April and the other upcoming months in terms of what impact the Urea market will have on your DEF pricing.

Feel free to give me a call to discuss, 617-884-7800.  If you would like to place an order (or an additional order) before the month is out, you can do so with customer service at 617-884-7800 or by emailing lubeorders@burkeoil.com

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Lubricants News: Don't Let the Cold Slow You Down

Don't let the cold slow you down

 

We all know that icing is one of the major causes of cold temperature fuel-related problems. As it gets colder, ice crystals begin to form in diesel fuel that contains about 500 ppm of water. In cold weather, diesel fuel is also prone to gelling, the solidification of diesel fuel into a partially crystalline state. These solidified waxes thicken the fuel, and then clog the fuel filters, causing the engine to stop running.

 

DIESEL GUARD ANTI-GEL DEICER

A highly concentrated multifunctional winter diesel additive for individual vehicle treatment.

 

Contains wax crystal modifier and deicer to help prevent gelling and icing in ULSD and biodiesel blends up to 5%.

 

Anti-Gel Deicer bottle
   

* Multifunctional detergent to keep injectors clean

* Lubricity improver, corrosion inhibitor, stabilizer and cetane improver to help improve cold starts

* Reduces Cold Filter Plug Point (CFPP)

* Reduces Pour Point

* Highly concentrated for easy storage and handling

* One quart treats 250 gallons

* 12-1 qt. bottles per case

 

DIESEL GUARD D-THAW

D-Thaw gets gelled fuel moving again. Reliquifies gelled diesel fuel and de-ices frozen fuel filters - the two most common causes for winter fuel problems. The most effective product to reliquify gelled diesel fuel and de-ice frozen filters.

O-Thaw bottle 

* Non-alcohol formula

* Add directly to frozen fuel filter to melt ice and wax

* Will absorb 1/3 cup of water for every quart of D-Thaw

* One quart treats 50 gallons of fuel in a "gelled-up" emergency

* Resolves any gelling diesel fuel in tanks during the cold winter months

 Diesel Gaurd logo

Dennis K. Burke offers a full line of ValvTect Diesel Guard products.

 

We are participating in a Valvtect Rebate Program now through July 31 2013. For info on the rebate program, click the following link: http://www.burkeoil.com/valvtect-rebate-program---valid-through-july/

 

 

 

CLEAR AND DYED KEROSENE

Dennis K. Burke offers both clear and dyed kerosene in 5 gallon pails and 55 gallon drums. Every 10% of kerosene blended with diesel fuel lowers the cloud point about three degrees.

We carry clear kerosene for winter blending in on-road vehicles, dyed kerosene (non-taxable) for winter blending in off-road vehicles, as well as heaters requiring a K-1 Kerosene.

You can also purchase dyed kerosene at the pump from our gas station located at 410 Beacham Street in Chelsea, or, if you have a jobsite or location running kero we can deliver in for you.  

 

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DEF Pricing Specials for December 2012

Various sized containers of DEF

We're excited to announce special pricing for Diesel Exhaust Fluid for the rest of December. We carry the highest quality DEF and we have the logistics to get it to you. Special pricing is effective on the conveniently sized 2.5 gallon jugs, in quantities from 25 jugs delivered (or pick them up at our headquarters and receive the special pricing with no minimum) to full pallets. (For more than pallet loads, contact lubeorders@burkeoil.com for pricing)

If you run a fleet requiring DEF, or a shop who's customers require it, this is a great opportunity to stock up and save! Don't wait though, special pricing expires December 31st!

 

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Fall Lubricants Pricing Specials for 2012

Its still August, but we are ready to roll out our Fall Pricing Specials for the Lube Division.

We're pleased to offer Citgo Citgard 700 Synthetic Blend 15w40 Diesel Engine Oil  in 4-1 Gallon Cases.

citgard 700

We're also offering deals on Valvtect, Diesel Fuel Supplement, Two Cycle Oil, SAE 30, SAE 40, and Oil Eater Products.

    Oil Eater product line          Power Service Diesel Additives logo       Valvtect logo

To view our fall pricing specials, click the following link: 

Dont forget - until September rolls on in, you can still save 5% off your entire Bioblend order for first time Bioblend customers!

Various containers of Bioblend with the bioblend logo

As always, feel free to call us with any questions at 617-884-7800, where any of our dedicated Customer Service Reps can answer all your questions. You can also email us anytime at lubeorders@burkeoil.com to ask a question, or place an order.

Enjoy these last days of beautiful New England summer weather!

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Lube News September 2012 - BioBlend

Environmentally Sensitive Lubricants

click here to read in PDF Format: Lubricants News September 2012- Environmentally Friendly Lubricants

Environmentally Sensitive Lubricants

BioBlend offers a complete family of high performance lubricants

BioBlend’s line of biodegradable and biobased lubricants provides ecologically friendly solutions for many of your tough lubricating challenges.

Various containers of BioBlend with the BioBlend logo

BioBlend MPO Biodegradable Multi-Purpose Oil is a readily biodegradable, biobased, multi­purpose lubricant designed for commercial, household, and general lubrication applications. BioBlend MPO meets the guidelines for an H1 product for incidental food contact.

BioBlend PO Biodegradable Penetrating Oil is an excellent penetrating oil and general purpose lubricant formulated from readily biodegradable, renewable resource, base stocks and additives. BioBlend PO offers excellent penetrating and loosening of frozen, rusted or stuck components. Dissolves dirt, grease and debris, while leaving a light lubricating film which helps prevent corrosion.

BioFlo AW Biodegradable Anti-Wear Hydraulic Fluid is formulated from readily biodegradable, high lubricity base oils coupled with nontoxic anti-wear and anti-corrosion additives. BioFlo AW reduces operating temperatures, friction and component wear in mobile and industrial hydraulics. Excellent thermal and oxidative stability assure superior service life with ­minimal viscosity change over a broad range of operating temperatures. Available in ISO grades 32, 46 and 68.

Foodstream BioFlo FG Biodegradable Food Grade is a readily biodegradable, high-pressure, anti-wear, hydraulic fluid for the food processing industry. BioFlo FG meets the guidelines for an H1 product for incidental food contact. Excellent lubricity and temperature stability provide efficient power transfer and superior service life. Available in ISO grades 32 and 46.

BioFlo UTF Biodegradable Universal Tractor Fluid is a readily biodegradable, high lubricity fluid, formulated to meet the requirements for Universal Tractor/Transmission Oil (UTTO), drive train, and hydraulic fluid. Reduces operating temperatures and component wear in industrial and mobile hydraulic systems. Provides excellent thermal and oxidative stability with minimal viscosity change.

BioGrease DR Biodegradable Drill Rod Grease is the ideal environmentally friendly solution for drill rod applications. Formulated from high purity vegetable oils and thickened with very shear stable lithium soap. Contains the latest in ashless, environmentally friendly, rust and anti-wear technology. Provides rust protection not only while the rod is in service, but also for extended periods while the rod is in storage. BioGrease DR improves water resistance, pumpability, and adhesion to the rod in service while minimizing torque.

BioGrease HD Biodegradable Heavy Duty Grease is a readily biodegradable, non-toxic Lithium 12-OH Stearate grease that provides high film strength, withstands high temperatures, maintains excellent stability, and extends lubricant life. BioGrease HD features high load-carrying capabilities and anti-wear characteristics with low water washout properties. Designed for heavy-duty use in industrial, mobile, and marine applications. Available in NLGI grades 1 and 2.

BioLube RD Biodegradable Heavy Duty Rock Drill Fluid is readily biodegradable, heavy duty drill lubricant for pneumatic tools, down-hole and surface drilling equipment. Natural polarity and tackiness additive allows the lubricant to adhere to tooling surfaces, reducing corrosion and wear in the presence of compressed air. Wear reduction greatly reduces premature bit shanking and lowers operating costs. 

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Understanding API Certification

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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BioBlend Environmentally Friendly Products for Environmentally Friendly Contractors

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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An exciting announcement from Dennis K Burke's Lube Division

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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Hey Mr Marina - Why the Name Brand?

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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Additives are Our Friends!

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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Team Burke Racing Day May 18th!

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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Our Top Ten DEF Questions

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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Finally! A truly global Antifreeze!

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 lubeorders@burkeoil.com

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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Another DEF Price Increase???

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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Come Visit us Today at MassBuys Expo!

Come Visit Us!  

DKB will be attending the 2012 MASSbuys EXPO, DCU Center in Worcester, Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 from 8am-330pm.

MASSbuys EXPO is the largest Business to Government (B2G) event in the Commonwealth that offers Statewide Contract vendors the opportunity to showcase your products and services available on Statewide Contracts to Commonwealth purchasing decision-makers. 

If you are a MA state employee and attending the show, please stop by to say hello!!

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Lubricants Prices Increasing (update)

Just a quick update on the increase in finished lube prices we mentioned a couple days ago - almost every supplier is going up anywhere from .30 to .40 cents per gallon.  (Heres a link to the updated info US Base Oil Prices - Lube Report)

Dennis K Burke will be increasing affected lube products on May 15th 2012. If you know you'll need supply, you can place an order before May 15th at 1-800-289-2875 or via email at lubeorders@burkeoil.com and beat the increase.

Thanks!

 

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5 Steps to Choosing the Right Grease

1- Make sure the number matches! Do you need a #1, #2, etc? The numbers indicate the texture of the grease. #2 is the most common grease. As you go up from #2 the texture gets more solid and paste-like, as you go down, the texture of the grease gets wetter and more slippery. (How the NLGI classifies this stuff gets a little confusing -  the wikipedia article here gives a pretty solid quick overview)

2- Make sure you are matching the base stock for the grease! If you need say a lithium based grease, its very important you get a lithium grease and not say a calcium or aluminum based product.

Warehouse racks stocked with various engine lubricants

3- Make sure your grease meets the NLGI (National Lubricating Grease Insititute) parameters such as GC-LB-GA-LA-GB. (The website for NLGI goes into more detail, if you need more information, you can visit: https://www.nlgi.org/ )

4- In most cases, the color of the grease doesnt actually mean much (red vs blue). Where color DOES matter is when you see a "gray grease". This means the grease has a moly (short for molbdenum) additive in it. Most major off road equipment like excavators, skid steers, cranes recommend a moly grease. Major OEMs like Caterpillar, John Deere, Case, and Komastu also recommend moly grease ONLY in their equipment.

5- If all else fails - Ask somebody! Contact myself of one of our other fully trained lube experts at Dennis K Burke, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have about what product you need for your specific job.

*You can also get more in depth spec and MSDS info on our website by going here -Fleetline Lubricants - Specs/MSDS *

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Finished Lubricants Prices Going Up Again?

It looks like we will all be absorbing another pricing increase 30 days for now in the finished lubricant market. Most majors Like Shell, Warren, Peak, Cam2 and Smittys have already announced that they will be participating.  I predict some of the other majors such as CITGO, Castrol and ExxonMobil will soon follow.   

Check out the link to “Jobbers World”  (http://www.jobbersworld.com/) that can help you monitor this situation. (Its also a great site to favorite to follow trends in the Petroleum Industry overall)

This chart from Jobbers World is a neat snapshot of % in price changes over the past ten years:

PCMO pricing changes

If you have an questions or concerns regarding the upcoming lube price increase, please contact me at 857.241.9678 or email me at john.presti@burkeoil.com

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Where can you find Propylene Glycol? What is this stuff, anyways?

Well of course I can only think of one place that can cover all your propylene glycol needs and that is Dennis K Burke.  This stuff is the best environmentally friendly antifreeze on the planet.  

Propylene Glycol can be used in all industrial applications including chiller systems, ground thaw units, hvac systems and for food grade applications. We stock concentrate as well as 50/50, 60/40, and 40/60 blends in bulk, 55 gallon drums, and 5 gallon pails.  We are also one of the only distributors that can distribute this in bulk with our dedicated antifreeze delivery truck.

If you use propylene glycol (or would like to) and would like DKB to perform a plant walk-through, email me (john.presti@burkeoil.com).

(As an aside: Some customers prefer to have propylene glycol tinted so they can easily detect leaks in their systems, if you prefer tinted product we are happy to oblige, just tell your customer service rep when you place your order.)

So what is propylene glycol, exactly?

Propylene Glycol is basically the alternative to Ethylene Glycol, which is the most common type of antifreeze. Ethylene Glycol works great but the problem is you can't use it anywhere where a leak could come into contact with potable water or food processing systems. Propylene glycol is chemically compatible with ethylene glycol, but far less toxic and that allows it to be used in a broader variety of applications because there is less concern with leaking causing dangerous contamination.

Propylene Glycol is actually in almost everything. Pharmaceutical grade propylene glycol is used in deodorant, soda, pet food, cough syrup, even lipstick.  Industrial grade propylene glycol is used in everything from plastics resins, paint, in dishwashing detergent and obviously as a heat transfer fluid (it drops the freezing point of liquids) - so everything from the electrical components and dishwashing detergent in your home, to the solar panels on the roof of our office contains some level of propylene glycol. (This website's brochure has some interesting info on all the things propylene glycol does Propylene-Glycol.com/Brochure )

If you want to learn more about antifreeze in general, including propylene glycol, this website has a really awesome FAQ section that covers everything you'll ever need to know and then some - from how to know youre using the right stuff to how to recycle it. This link will take you to the FAQ section: Antifreeze FAQs

Again, if you use propylene glycol (or would like to) and would like DKB to perform a plant walk-through, email me (john.presti@burkeoil.com). Or you call 1-800-289-2875 to speak to a customer service rep or place an order. Know what you want? Just submit your order online to lubeorders@burkeoil.com

Have a great day!

 

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April is National Car Care Month!

Please give your car a little extra attention this month.  A little TLC on the maintenance side of things can help your vehicle be more dependable and help avoid major repairs down the road.  

Either get your hands dirty or a ride to your local mechanic.  

Check out the attached link for The Car Care Council’s top 10 things to look at:  http://www.carcare.org

One thing also you can do for your vehicle is  to treat it to a nice dinner with full synthetic engine oil.  Luckily this month, Dennis K Burke has full synthetic engine oil (10w30 and 5w20) on sale. 

 

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UREA Price Increases Ahead

UREA price increase is happening in April 2012, so all distributors and end users of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) will be effected. If you are a DEF user, please call DKB today to get your latest price.

If you are curious...

Urea (fertilizer) is mainly used in the agriculture market and changes in the agriculture market, including rising natural gas prices, availability, and global agricultural factors have impacted price over time. Urea price is highly dependent on natural gas pricing, so when natural gas increases, urea follows. Because of its primary agricultural use, Urea is traded as a global commodity, and therefore liable to fluctuate with global conditions.

For a general run down on DEF, click here

For a general rundown on Urea, this website has a great explanation of what it is, why theres a global market, and how pricing works http://www.agrotainturf.com/QandA.php 

 

urea commodity price DEF

(The above chart shows urea fluctuation over the past year... Chart is from IndexMundi.com - great resource on commodity movements)

 

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You've got questions? We've got LIVE answers!

"Dial 3 to place an order..." Doesnt that drive you crazy?

Dennis K Burke has always, and will continue to seperate ourselves from our competition. One way we do this is with our customer service staff - Call 1-800-BUY-BURKE any time and you will ALWAYS get a friendly, live voice on the other end of the line. How many times do you call places and it takes numerous prompts, numerous number selections, just to speak to someone? Not here. Every call is picked up by the third ring by a trained staff member.

 

We are a knowlegeable and dedicated staff. Let us assist you in placing an order, answering your fuel or lubricant questions, explaining company programs, discussing market trends - any information you need is readily available.

Ensuring you have the right product for the job can be difficult in todays landscape of ever changing specs, technical requirements, technological advances, and tighter budgets. One of the most talked about items currently is DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid). This is a growing part of our business, and we are stiving to become a leader in this new technology that will help reduce diesel emissions - if youve got DEF questions: We've got the answers. (You can also get an explanation of DEF, why its being mandated, and what exactly all this SCR Technology is by clicking here )

 

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The Weather outside is frightful! Is your fleet ready?

Hey, where’s the snow? And where is the cold New England weather? This time last year, it seems a week didn’t go by without dumping a foot or two of snow.

Is your fleet ready for winter? 

Preparation is very important during the winter months. Our fleets have to be running as efficiently in the winter as they do in the summer. Checking tire pressures, double-checking your walk arounds, and keeping your windshield wash full, are all key steps in starting to have a safe day.

 What about fuel additives? If you’re not buying winterized diesel, you might want to keep plenty of anti-gel (pro­active) and thaw fluid (re-active) in your inventory for any freeze-ups that could occur. You should always check with your fuel provider what the fuel’s cloud point is at the time of purchase.

 

Key Terms for Winter Fuel

 Cloud point

All diesel fuel and heating oil contain wax, which contributes to the fuel's lubricity characteristics.

 Cloud Point is the temperature at which wax crystals in the fuel begin to form. The fuel becomes visually cloudy.

 

CFPP

Cold Filter Plugging Point (CFPP) is the temperature at which wax crystals in the fuel will start plugging up a fuel filter.

Pour Point

Pour Point is the temperature at which the fuel starts to become a semi-solid and loses its ability to flow or pour.

 

Dennis K Burke is one of the leading distributors for winterized products, such as kerosene, fuel additives, cold-weather hydraulic oil, and windshield wash. Need help choosing the right product? Contact me at (857) 241-9678 or john.presti@burkeoil.com

 

 

From Our Staff to Yours . . .

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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Oil Eater Truck Wash and Degreaser on Special - Money Back Guarantee

We're happy to announce that from now til December 31 2011 (while supplies last), Oil Eater Degreaser and Truck Wash is on sale! Oil Eater is readily biodegradable, non toxic, and works great! You can use Oil Eater for almost ANYTHING from parts cleaner to cleaning your shop uniforms after work. The special is for degreaser and truck wash, but we carry a full line of Oil Eater products from sorbent pads and booms to truck wash.  Best of all, if youre unsatisfied with the products performance, you can return the unused portion for a refund. What have you got to lose?

For more info on Oil Eater and to view the pricing specials, click here!

Oil Eater Products

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Visit Dennis K. Burke at The North American Heating and Energy Expo

See Dennis K. Burke Inc. at the 34th annual North American Heating and Energy Expo June 7th and 8th at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, MA. 

Stop by and meet with us on some of the industry’s hottest topics such as fuel hedging, biofuels, E-85 and Def (Diesel Exhaust Fluid).  We are located in booths 415, 417, 419 and 421.  We hope to see you there!

 

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Dexos1™ Now Available

Dennis K. Burke Inc. is proud to announce that   dexos1™ 5W-30 is in stock and ready to ship.  Dexos 1™is the new proprietary engine oil for   2011 General Motors vehicles worldwide.  Dennis K. Burke chose the Altra SHL brand as it is fully licensed with GM  (Lic # RB1A1008018) and features a full synthetic base stock as well as state of the art additive technology to provide the ultimate in engine oil performance.  Altra SHL dexos1™ 5W-30  also meets the requirements of API SN GF-5 performance categories.  For more information and discounted introductory pricing, call Kevin @ 617-819-3206 or e-mail me @ kevin.oleary@burkeoil.com  

 

***dexos1™ is a trademark of General Motors Corporation

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Don't Shoot the Messenger

It looks as though there will be a third national lubricants price increase between mid-May and June.  The typical suspects are to blame:  raw materials, packaging, additives, transportation, etc.  The new wrinkle being put into play is the A word:  Allocation.  Many oil companies have instituted limits on orders based upon a percentage of their yearly purchases and suggest that product shortages could exist.

At Dennis K. Burke Inc, we cannot control the price but we have a stable supply of  Fleetline Products for all of our current and future customers.  Unlike our competitors, we have no delivery or fuel surcharges.  To find out how we can save your operation money, call me @ 617-819-3206.

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Ed Burke to Speak at Massachusetts GreenStar Expo

 

Ed Burke, Chairman of the Board of Dennis K. Burke Inc.  will be speaking May 3, 2011 at the Massachusetts GreenStar  Expo being held at the Boston Convention Expositon Center during the Fleet Managers Workshop.  Ed will be speaking about the new Selective Catalyst  Reduction Systems that are now standard on the majority of diesel engines built after 2009.  This technology is designed to reduce NOx levels 83% from 2007 EPA Emissions.  The SCR system  is an aftertreatment technology that treats exhaust gas downstream of the engine.  Diesel Exhaust Fluid (Def) is injected into the exhaust stream and reacts with the NOx, changing into emissions of harmless nitrogen and water.

 Ed Burke at a podium giving a lecture

For more information on Diesel Exhaust Fluid, visit www.burkeoil.com or call Kevin O’Leary @ 617-819-3206.

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