Don Says “Improved Hydraulic Oil”

In May, 2014 Galfab changed to a higher quality hydraulic oil, Hydrex MV36.  This hydraulic oil has an advanced formula to ensure long life, anti-wear and a wider temperature range for mobile equipment.

This oil is recommended for use in piston, gear and vane hydraulic pumps and offers a minimum of start-up friction at low temperatures and maintains a safe viscosity at high operating temperatures.

This oil has rust and corrosion additives as well as water separation additives and improved foam control.  This clear hydraulic oil has a blue color additive to improve the site gauge reading.  This oil can also mix with other good grades of A32 hydraulic oils.

Improve Roll-Off Performance

Everyone knows that repairs or replacements must be made when something fails, wears out and no longer works. These repairs and replacements are most times costly, not only the replacement price, but downtime and potential break in time.

Often the new replacement parts have the same fitting tolerances as if they were new, which increases the stresses and strains forced on them as they try to break themselves in with other parts already worn and broken in.

These conditions increase the need to pay more attention and increase inspections both on the new replacements, but maybe more important their effect on other parts or equipment.

An example could be installing a new cable on a roll-off hoist and not noticing the cable sheave had a worn bushing and cable groves in the sheave made by the older cable. The result could require more greasing of the sheave until the new cable wears itself into the sheave (break in period).

When checking or inspecting a roll-off hoist, listen as well as look because any rubbing, scraping, squeaking or friction noise is a sign of excess wearing and therefore a forecast of a failure to happen.

Remember to always use a good grade of grease.

More information can be found in GalFab’s Roll-off Hoist operating manual entitled “Lubricating Information for Roll-off Hoists” 12.28.10.

How To Save Money at the Gas Pumps

I recently was exposed to information that I believe to be truthful and want to pass it on to friends, family and businesses. This information was part of a “consumer report.”

Paying for Premium Gas Can Be a Waste of Money

“Many people use premium gasoline in the belief that it’s better for engines than regular. That can be a costly mistake, especially during times of high fuel prices. Octane grades don’t represent a “good, better, best” choice; they simply measure the resistance of fuel to knocking or pinging, a condition in which gasoline burns uncontrollably in the engine’s combustion chambers. Knocking and pinging can damage an engine.

While high-octane formulations resist knocking better than lower octanes, most engines are designed to take regular gas, which had an octane rating of about 87. Engines requiring premium gas are typically the more powerful ones found in sports and luxury vehicles. Those engines use a very high compression ratio, making them more vulnerable to knocking, so recommended fuels have octane ratings of 91 or higher. Using premium gas in an engine designed to run or regular doesn’t improve performance.

Some engines for which premium gasoline is recommended can run on regular without problems. That’s because the engine’s knock-sensor system detects the presence of uncontrolled burning in the chambers. When it does, the engine’s computer-control system retards engine timing, eliminating the knock but slightly reducing power. If you don’t mind giving up some performance, you can run these engines on less expensive regular gasoline. To check whether your engine is capable of running on regular gas, read your owner’s manual or ask your dealership’s service department.”

Thank you for allowing me to share this with you, Don.