Understand the issues our products prevent to prevent problems and extend the life of your equipment.
The AMSOIL Tech Talk article this month was directed specifically toward AMSOIL Dealers. Since most of the people who would be viewing this site aren’t AMSOIL Dealers, I have taken the liberty to modify the content and, hopefully, making it more informative for those that do visit this site.
If you have read our information regarding our 2 and 4-stroke power equipment products, you should be familiar with the benefits they provide for your equipment. AMSOIL helps homeowners and professionals solve problems that erode efficiency, increase service requirements, cause premature equipment failure and affect the bottom line whether you are a homeowner or a professional.
One of our top products for both homeowners and landscapers is SABER® Professional Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil (ATP). It fights power-robbing carbon to help two-stroke equipment start easier, run better and last longer. Mixing at 100:1 also cuts oil costs by 50% or more.
The following are 4 Technical Studies that were done on the SABER® Professional Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil (ATP)
- ECHO String Trimmer Technical Study (G3455)
- Lucas Semi-Synthetic 2-Cycle Oil In ECHO String Trimmers (G3466)
- ECHO 100:1 String Trimmer Technical Study (G3470)
- Redmax 100:1 Trimmer Technical Study (G3522)
Another key product is Synthetic Small-Engine Oil (AES, ASE, ASF, SEF). A zero-turn mower is a landscaper’s top expense after his or her fleet trucks. A new unit can surpass $10,000, and these mowers are vital to quickly producing professional-looking lawns and grounds. Running all day, every day in hot, wet and dirty conditions increases heat and stress, which break down inferior oils. Excessive engine deposits can form, which cause the valves and piston rings to stick, reducing power and eventually causing the engine to quit.
Most landscapers change the oil in their mowers every 100 hours. Kohler recently introduced the Kohler Pro 300 Hour Oil Change Kits. That’s a significant reduction in down time and labor costs doing oil changes. Instead of changing oil in his mowers every two weeks, a busy landscaper can now go five or six weeks between changes. A homeowner can go the full season and not really worry oil changes. (However, always remember to check your oil level prior to use.) That’s what a quality synthetic oil and filter can do. Guess who makes Kohler’s oil for these kits. (The AMSOIL name is on the Kohler box and bottle.)
As a homeowner you probably don’t have a $10,000 zero-turn mower but there is a good chance you have either a walk behind mower or lawn tractor along with a string trimmer and maybe even a backpack blower. While most landscapers do at least some of their own equipment maintenance, many homeowners don’t. If it doesn’t work it either goes to a shop for repair or gets replaced. Even consumer level equipment can last for years if simple care is taken to maintain it.
When you visit a maintenance shop, you might see mowers, trimmers and other equipment lying on a scrap pile
outside because they have quit running, many times due to heavy carbon, varnish and gum deposits. SABER® Professional and Synthetic Small-Engine Oils help keep equipment clean, long-lasting and running at peak power, giving you two great tools to help prevent problems.
There are a couple more great AMSOIL problem solvers:
Together with the two products already mentioned, they comprise the top four AMSOIL products for landscapers (and homeowners), and it pays to understand the issues they solve.
I bet I’m not the only one who’s seen workers running zero-turn and stand-on mowers in wet, drizzly weather.
Crews need to complete jobs on time, and a little rain (and sometimes a lot of rain) isn’t going to stop them. It’s also common to start mowing early in the morning before dew has evaporated.
This exposes the mower-blade spindles, casters and other components to heavy moisture, which can wash away inferior greases and invite wear and rust formation. This erodes mower efficiency, which slows down work. It also leads to component failure and extra maintenance.
And this also applies to a homeowner’s equipment. He may not have the zero-turn mower, but many mowers and all lawn tractors have grease fittings. Failing to keep grease in the areas that need it can lead to some costly repairs. Spend five minutes twice a year wiping off grease fittings and greasing the equipment could save you hundreds of dollars.
AMSOIL Synthetic Water-Resistant Grease is formulated with extra-durable cohesive and adhesive chemistry.
It holds together when exposed to water and clings tenaciously to metal surfaces when wet, protecting
components during prolonged exposure to standing or pressurized water. It protects spindles, casters and other components used in wet conditions, maximizing efficiency and mower life.
Another suffering point for landscapers is zero-turn mower hydrostatic transmissions. In many zero-turn
mowers, oil pressure drives the two-wheel motors, one at each wheel. A hydrostatic transmission is essentially a fluid pump. To deliver the speed and responsiveness workers need for peak efficiency, the transmission requires the correct oil pressure. Too little pressure slows operation.
Maintaining oil pressure requires the oil to retain its viscosity and fight wear. These units get extremely hot, and if the oil loses viscosity at high temperatures, it becomes thinner, which reduces oil pressure. In addition, fluid that fails to protect against wear can cause the tight tolerances in the wheel motors to widen, which reduces oil pressure. The operator soon notices the mower doesn’t respond the way it once did, affecting precision and speed. That’s why most of these transmissions require a high-zinc oil to protect against wear.
AMSOIL Synthetic Hydrostatic Transmission Fluid contains high levels of zinc-based anti-wear additives to help maintain those tight tolerances, while its synthetic base oils naturally resist viscosity loss in extreme heat. As a result, it helps maintain mower speed and responsiveness for increased productivity.
If you are a homeowner with a lawn tractor that has a hydrostatic transmission, you may or may not be able to easily change the fluid. Some manufacturers provide drain and fill plugs on the unit, some don’t. My argument with the “Filled For Life” manufacturers is that the “Life” of the unit is until it dies because the fluid broke down. You then have the option of replacing the whole tractor, replacing an expensive transmission or finding a rebuilt one (which may or may not be much cheaper).
If your lawn tractor does allow for hydrostatic fluid changes just make sure you use the correct fluid. Some call for motor oil and some call for hydrostatic transmission fluid. No matter what fluid it needs, use a quality AMSOIL synthetic fluid. Quality AMSOIL synthetic fluids run cooler, have a broader operating range and don’t break down as readily as mineral / crude oil based products. That translates to longer, more efficient service life of the equipment and more money in your pocket. Doesn’t make any difference if you are a landscaper or a homeowner, more money in your pocket is always a good thing.
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