Monday, October 1, 2012

AMSOIL Won’t Let Million-Mile Trucker Retire

When AMSOIL Dealer Jerry Pruett of Woodhull, Ill. purchased his new 1999 Kenworth over-the-road truck in December 1998, he thought it might run forever if he installed AMSOIL synthetic lubricants. Now with more than 1.6 million miles on the drivetrain and over 1.1 million on the factory-rebuilt engine, “forever” still remains in sight.

The mileage is even more impressive considering how little work the truck has required. The Detroit Diesel Reliabilt® engine still has virtually all of its original components, including the turbo and fuel injectors. The truck accumulates 2,300-3,000 miles a week hauling loads averaging 27,000-35,000 pounds, with some up to 80,000.

The reliability of the drivetrain is also notable. Though the clutch has been replaced a couple times, the transmission hasn’t been touched. “I’ve done nothing to the transmission. All the gears in it are at 1.6 million miles,” said Pruett. The differential gears are also original to the truck.

See the October AMSOIL Magazine for more information.

Fast Lube Operators Survey Shows Increased Popularity of Synthetics

The 2012 National Oil & Lube News Fast Lube Operators Survey indicates significant growth for synthetic motor oils and increasing oil change intervals. While synthetics accounted for 11 percent of total motor oil sales at fast lubes in 2011, the percentage increased to 15 percent in 2012. The average customer oil change interval increased 6 percent from 4,520 to 4,777 miles.

Demonstrating the inroads AMSOIL Dealers have made in the fast-lube industry, AMSOIL placed fifth on the list of top-selling synthetic motor oils, with 4 percent of fast lubes listing it as their top-selling synthetic oil.

Every Dealer should have at least one registered installer account to which they can send people who do not want to change their own oil. The AMSOIL Installer Kit (G250) contains all the materials necessary to make five sales presentations and register two installer accounts.

Increased Use of Synthetics in Commercial Market

According to a recent Kline and Co. study, volume demand for U.S. commercial automotive lubricants (including heavy-duty motor oil, hydraulic and transmission fluid, gear oil and grease) slipped 9.6 percent between 2008 and 2011, while market value increased 18.8 percent. Among the factors cited for this statistic are the increased use of synthetic lubricants and oil analysis services, increased practice of extended drain intervals and improved mechanical efficiency in commercial vehicles.

Although penetration of synthetic lubricants is still relatively low in the U.S. commercial heavy-duty motor oil (HDMO) segment, this could change in 2016 when original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are faced with more stringent fuel economy regulations.

“This may prompt OEMs to specify lower-viscosity engine oils, a potential technical driver to synthetic usage,” said George Morvey, U.S.-based project manager with Kline’s Petroleum and Energy Practice.

AMSOIL Adds New Distribution Partner in Alaska

AMSOIL is partnering with Carlile Logistics to improve distribution in Alaska. Effective October 1, Carlile will be handling warehousing and shipping duties on behalf of AMSOIL in Alaska, and the Palmer AMSOIL Distribution Center will be relocated to the Carlile facility in Anchorage. AMSOIL Dealers and customers will also have the option to pick up products from Carlile facilities in Fairbanks, Kenai, Kodiak, Seward and Prudhoe Bay. The new partnership with Carlile allows AMSOIL to better serve all Alaskan Dealers and customers, including those in remote locations. It also allows Alaska to follow the same end-of-month close-out schedule as the rest of the U.S. and Canada. See the Alaska Shipping Terms and Conditions in the Dealer Zone (Ordering > Shipping Info > Shipping & Handling > Shipping to Alaska) for more information.

Carlile Anchorage Logistics Warehouse
1301 Whitney Rd.
Anchorage, AK 99501
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

AGGRAND 946-ml (Quart) Bottles Reintroduced in Canada October 9

AGGRAND natural fertilizers will again be available in Canada in 946-ml (quart) containers. Beginning Tuesday, October 9, Canadian Dealers will find the newly labeled products in Canadian AMSOIL distribution centers. While the new quart labels reflect product names commonly used on larger AGGRAND packaging in Canada, but different than those used in the U.S., fertilizer formulations remain the same as their U.S. counterparts. The 946-ml bottles will be available for the following products:

·         AGGRAND Fertilizer 4-3-3                                  NOFQTC      
·         AGGRAND Liquid Phosphorus 0-12-0                 NBMQTC 
·         AGGRAND Liquid Lime                                      NLLQTC
·         AGGRAND Fertilizer 0-0-8                                  NKPQTC

The Canadian AGGRAND Price List (G2743) is currently under revision. Canadian AGGRAND 946-ml (quart) pricing is now available in the Product Pricing Interface in the Dealer Zone.