Synthetics In The News

Even a casual survey of newspapers, popular magazines and trade journals published within the past year shows increasing interest in synthetic lubricants.

“[Quick lube] operators have learned that if they will just ask their customers if they would like to try the synthetic, anywhere from 10 percent to 25 percent will say ‘yes.”‘- The National Oil & Lube News. July, 1995.

“Two-cycle engine oils especially got a boost a few years ago when Austria banned recreational boaters from using mineral oil based products, which were perceived as contributing to acid rain, damaging the country’s lakes and rivers and threatening its tourist trade.” – Lubes ‘N’ Greases. June, 1995.

A Kohler Company spokesman told Grounds Maintenance (June, 1995) magazine that Kohler approves the use of appropriate service class and viscosity grade synthetic oils in Kohler products, which include lawn tractors, commercial mowers and other outdoor equipment. “Suppliers of conventional base oils face another dilemma. If field demonstrations take place, they will be competing against the best that synthetic, high viscosity index and isodewaxed base oils have to offer. What if – horrors! – the final GF-3 standard is based on the performance of those specialized products?” – Lubes IN’ Greases. April, 1995.

“Synthetic motor oils resist many conditions better than conventional mineral-based oils, offering increased durability.” – Motor Trend. February, 1995.

“There’s no doubt about it, all advertising hype aside, that synthetics do a better job of fighting friction, combating acid build up, carrying off heat, maintaining their viscosity, carrying more crud in suspension, and lasting longer than ‘Dinolene’ (i.e. oil based on fossil decay.)” – Four Wheeler’s Oil and Grease Guide, 1995.

“Synthetic oils are becoming more common, and they are the cream of premium lubricants.” – Farm Industry News. November, 1994.

Representatives of heavy-duty component manufacturers told Truck Parts and Service (November, 1994):

  • “As drain intervals extend beyond a year, synthetics give the protection required to keep components functioning properly.” – Steve Cochran, Dana Corp.
  • “It [synthetic oil] doesn’t oxidize and it doesn’t break down with heat as petroleum based lubricants can and if it doesn’t break down that means it can run that much longer.” – Charlie Allen, Rockwell Automotive.
  • “Synthetics maintain thermal stability at [high] temperatures. You could have almost five times as much non-synthetic lubricant to handle over the life of the truck.” – James R. Rawsyk, Eaton Corp.

“Albemarle [a major polyalphaolefin (PAO) producer] believes the PAO market’s growth rate will continue to be 10 to 15 percent for the next few years. Synthetics will be the best way to satisfy increasing
demands placed on today’s motor oil, says [Albemarle spokesman] Rudi Demeuse.” – Lubricants World. October, 1994.

The above article appeared in the October 1995 issue of the AMSOIL Dealer Magazine.

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