Extra costs incurred when high lubricant losses are allowed


Here’s some real costs associated with high leakage machines:

  • Cost of replacement lubricant
  • Cost of catching the spilled lubricant
  • Waste oil disposal cost
  • Environmental cost
  • Cost of in-plant transfer and resulting empty drums
  • Extra drum disposal cost
  • Temptation to switch to cheaper lubricant
  • Extra labor involved to maintain oil level
  • Shorter equipment life due to poor in service maintenance
  • Shorter equipment life due to lubricant starvation
  • Substitution of product due to emergency fill operation
  • Housekeeping costs

And a real “Biggie”:
The cost of slip and fall liability.

Spill Cleanup

Simply the best, most cost efficient, clean up solution….On land or water. For oils, paints, acids and other liquids.

We’ve had customers express an interest in having us obtain different products for them, in relation to our Lubrication Management business. Often requested has been spill absorbents. That didn’t really appeal to us because, well, it didn’t sound very exciting and more generic than what we usually work with.

We had a National Sales rep visit us, encouraging us to take on his product line of spill absorbents. He sent samples, called, and quite frankly, we never responded too him.


One day in the warehouse I was busy on the fork lift, in a hurry to get chores done because I was leaving for a short vacation to Pismo Beach. It was at that time that my aging fork lift (1948) decided to dump it’s gear lube all over the warehouse floor. Fortunately, I had completed the chores for the day. But, what to do with that spilled gear oil? I remembered the samples that had been sent to me.

I grabbed some of the sample product, sprinkled it on the spill and left final cleanup for when i got back. Once back, I grabbed a shovel to pick up the absorbent. Wow. What I ended up using was a broom and dust pan. The absorbent worked so good that there wasn’t even a stain left on the concrete floor.

That absorbent? Sphag Sorb. I called the National Sales rep and asked if the line was still available. 20 years later, we’re still carrying it. The benefits are listed below but if you want to see it in action, watch the video clip below and take a look at our Sphag Sorb Solutions page. Then contact us.


  • Natural – Benefit Safe for Humans, Animals, Plants and the Environment.
  • Non-Toxic – Benefit No associated Health & Safety issues or environmental issues in use or disposal.
  • Organic – Benefit Use to improve soil conduitions (A RENEWABLE RESOURCE)
  • Biodegradable – Benefit land filling Hazardous and nonhazardous waste. (Landfill friendly No long term environmental effect)
  • Flammability – Benefit SPHAG SORB does not ignite instantly when exposed to heat or flame, in fact it is difficult to establish a smolder.
  • Versatile – Benefit Can be applied on any surface type, land or water, and absorbs the widest variety of liquids when compared to traditional absorbents. (Reduces inventory and simplifies training and decision making; one absorbent does it all)
  • Easy to use – Benefit No specialized training or equipment, just open and apply. (Reduces labor and equipment expense)
  • Lightweight – Benefit Absorbs 4 tiems its own weight. (Less physical strain in handling and lower shipping and disposal cost)
  • Super-absorbent – Benefit Absorbs hydrocarbons with up to 8 times less Sphag Sorb absorbent than competitive products. (Lower volumes of absorbent and weight. Reduces transportation and disposal costs)
  • Absorbs on contact – Benefit Quicker absorption means less spill spread and less penetration resulting in lower clean up cost.
  • Non-Leaching – Benefit Holds onto the absorbed liquid, therefore less dripping mess in clean up. (Very important in controlling the liquid on site cleanup, during transportation and in landfills)
  • Vapor Suppressive – Benefit Reduces flammable vapors by 90%. (Lowers explosion and odor risks)
  • Microbe Enhanced – Benefit Specially cultured bacterial strains that are known to digest hydrocarbons are concentrated in a formula and then added to SPHAG SORB in production. Designed to assist Mother Nature by adding massive amounts of specific bacterial-enzymes to hasten the remediation process.
  • Optimal Remediation Environment – Benefit SPHAG SORB provides an ideal (Remediation) environment by allowing heat, air and water to reach the microbes, ensuring rapid bacterial growth and reproduction.
  • Renewable/Sustainable Resource – Benefit Sphagnum peat moss is the dead material that accumulates as new live material grows on top and exerts pressure on the peat moss below. Over 50 million tons of peat are estimated to accumulate in the natural environment each year in Canada while current production utilizes approximately 700,000 to 800,000 tons annually. Several options are currently utilized for bag reclamation and restoration.


Here’s a very effective older video with demonstrations:

Oil Ban Creates Unintended Consequences


California is once again leading(?) the way in consumer protectionism by banning some engine oils considered obsolete by the API. Proponents of the bill felt it was necessary to protect consumers from mistakenly introducing engine oils into their passenger cars thereby not giving modern engines the protection they need.

A recent article in the online *Lube Report* details the plan as it rolled into effect.

Flash forward a bit and we see that ILMA (Independent Lubricant Manufactures Association) plans to ask the state for exemptions. A more recent article in the on-line *Lube Report* details the unintended consequences of this ban. Such exemptions would cover Antique vehicles, Racing Engines, and many home and Garden engines.

In todays environment of more classifications, if you want to make sure that you’re using the proper engine oils in your fleet, give us a call.

California Doesn’t Need New Taxes to Pave its Roads

I usually don’t use this media to post on such things. However, the road infrastructure in California, once the envy of the nation, are an embarrassment.

Some of the highest gas taxes in the nation and we arguably have some of the worst roads. It has nothing to do with too little taxes, but on politicians spending money in all the wrong places and using the roads as a pawn to raise taxes.

This is a great article illustrating the issues. Let me know what you think.


Know Your Aerosols Provided by CAPCO

I was doing some research for a customer and came across this information. These are some interesting facts about Aerosol products gathered from Aerosol.org

Consumer Aerosol Products Council (CAPCO) is a nonprofit organization formed by aerosol product experts, manufacturers and industry scientists dedicated to providing accurate information about aerosol products. Information on this site is constructed to educate you about recycling aerosol products in your community, modern aerosol technology and how aerosol products interact with our environment.

The Aerosol Products Fact Sheet was developed to share benefits of aerosol products, including facts about propellants, with retailers and other stakeholders. Used for many decades, aerosols have evolved into a highly efficient and sustainable packaging form. The fact sheet contains many resources and easy-to-read info graphics. Download Aerosol Fact Sheet Here.



Audi Posts Super Bowl Ad

Wow! you don’t have a pulse if you don’t enjoy this one.

Published on Feb 3, 2016

Surrounded by memories of the Space Age’s golden years, a retired astronaut has lost his zeal for life. But when his son shows up and hands over the keys to the new 205-mph Audi R8 V10 plus, a rocket ride under the stars stirs newfound life within the Commander. It’s a universal reminder that amazing things happen when we choose exploration, technology and the moon”

Pivot Irrigation System Challenges

Center pivot irrigation gear boxes have a tough environment to work in. Wet. Dusty. Seasonal. Need to be ready to run long hours in critical times. Enclosed gear cases that are prone to leakage and/or are difficult to service. You get the point.

This is a great video on some of the challenges and solutions for these systems. See how a formulation specifically for Center Pivot Irrigation Gear Boxes…

  • Keeps gear sets and seals coated with lubricant during idle periods when they are most vulnerable to rust and corrosion
  • Significantly reduces gear box failure due to loss of lubricant from worn or leaking seals
  • Eliminates interruptions in the irrigation cycle due to gear box and seal failure
  • Wipe out the demanding physical job of replacing gear boxes during the growing Season
  • Extends Life of Gear Sets and Seals
  • Increases Uptime of Irrigation System during the Growing Season
  • Extend Gear Box Drain Intervals

Bottom line:

  • Improve Irrigation Efficiency
  • Increase Production
  • Reduce Input Costs
  • Conserve Water

Need more information on how to protect your systems? Contact us.

California Association of School Transportation Officials 48th Annual Conference

Hydrotex will be participating in the California Association of School Transportation Officials’, better known as CASTO,  48th Annual State Conference in San Diego, California. The conference is March 19th through the 21st, 2016.

CASTO was founded in 1968 to promote safe pupil transportation for all California children. They are dedicated to the safety of all children through education and training in every avenue of transportation.

CASTO is recognized by State and Federal agencies and other professional organizations as the leader of school transportation safety in California.

We look forward to meeting up with the participants to discuss Principals of Lubrication, Precision Fuel Management, and many other related subjects.


Inspection of Agriculture Based Hydraulic Systems


We have an agriculture customer that has requested that we inspect his fleet of self built harvesting equipment hydraulic system. We’ve already taken oil analysis samples of the hydraulic fluid with particle count and asked the lab to run additional testing for fuel as the hydraulic tanks are a shared unit with the fuel tanks.

The oil analysis’ came back with some minor elevation of wear metals and a bit of outside contamination. As suspected, we also found fuel contamination. He is changing out his fluid and filter each year after harvest.

The machinery works in orchards. This is a very hot dusty environment and creates the added risk of hoses getting snagged on tree limbs.

The initial review checklist will include:

Inspect the hydraulic tanks.

  1. We already know that some work needs to be done to create a seal between the fuel and hydraulic oil
  2. We’ll also look for proper baffling and confirm that the hydraulic tank size is appropriate
  3. Check the type of air breather and/or fill cap (Desiccant Filters?)
  4. Proper thermometer and sight glass placement
  5. Magnetic Drain Plug at a low point in the tank for draining water

Inspect the fluid conductors

  1. Check for cleanliness
  2. Check for leaks
  3. Engineered for a streamlined flow?
  4. Routed to help prevent tree snags?

Review placements of screens and filters

  1. Screen on the pick up tube?
  2. Filter between the screen and Pump?
  3. Filtration after the Pump?
  4. Kidney filtration for additional filtration?
  5. Filtration on return lines?

We’ll review the filling procedures.

  1. Filter the new fluid using a filter cart with a filter of the right micron and beta rating to ensure the fluid cleanliness is correct for the systems smallest clearance?
  2.  In the absence of a filter cart at least run the fluid through a 120 mesh (120 squares per inch) screen.

This is the preliminary check list and we’ll modify it as the inspection and  operating conditions (Load, Environment, Temperature, and Speed) require.

What would your initial check list include?