Lubricants News and Updates

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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