When building roads, a variety of road construction equipment is required to build a long-lasting, safe, and smooth traveling surface. Whether you’re looking to build a driveway, road, or highway, there are a multitude of modern heavy-duty modern road construction equipment that can be found at the job site. First, the ground needs to be cleared to make way for a deep and smooth foundation. The road foundation will ultimately hold the asphalt top that pavers and rollers will smooth out to create the smooth driving surface of the road.
The various types of road construction equipment that are used are bulldozers, excavators, semi-trucks, loaders, cranes, graders, forklifts, road rollers, and asphalt mixers. These are just a few of the various types of heavy equipment used when building a road. Some projects need many different types of vehicles, especially if the deadlines are tight. On smaller projects, you might need only an excavator, a single grader, and a roller.
Regardless of whether the project is small or large, expectations are such that deadlines for finishing the project must be met. Road construction equipment does not earn the business money sitting in the shop getting repaired. Once a project starts, all hands are on deck and downtime needs to be eliminated or kept to a bare minimum. To accomplish this, there needs to be a preventive maintenance program that is proactive rather than reactive. One particular area of a good preventive maintenance program is one that utilizes the best possible lubricants.
When choosing a lubricant for your fleet of road construction equipment, there are two choices: conventional lubricants or those formulated with 100% pure synthetic base stock oils. Let’s compare the two and see which is a better choice for maximizing the protection of your road construction equipment.
What exactly is the difference between conventional petroleum lubricants and synthetic oils? Petroleum oils are refined from crude oil whereas synthetic oil is engineered and manmade in a laboratory. When refining crude oil, the refining process isn’t able to extract many of the unwanted impurities that are naturally found in crude oil. These contaminants take away from the oil’s lubricating capabilities and thus can contribute to the formation of varnish, sludge, and other deposits.
On the flip side, synthetic lubricants are engineered in the laboratory using a complex process that extracts any potential impurities. The end result is a 100% pure oil that has a uniform molecular structure. Also, this highly engineered synthetic base stock oil is specifically designed for very specific lubricating applications. These 100% pure synthetic base oils are resistant to any effects of high temperatures or cold temperatures, and they function quite well in the most brutal and demanding conditions possible.
- Superior capability to cling to metal surfaces
- Excellent ability to cling to itself
- Resists impacts and shock load
- Guards against extreme pressure applications
- Does not pound out and stays in place
- Reduces friction and wear
- Superior water resistance
- Reduces grease consumption
- Extends greasing service intervals
- 6 times more engine protection
- Reduces downtime and oil consumption
- Enhanced fuel economy
- Restores power and efficiency
- Extends oil service life
- Maintains viscosity grade over a vast temperature range
- Reduces friction, thus improving fuel economy
- Reduces heat and temperatures
- Better cold-weather shifting
- Superior hot and cold weather performance
- Maintains cleanliness
- Protects against extreme pressure shock load
- Controls thermal runaway
- Resistant to water contamination
- Keeps hydraulic systems clean
- Superior cold and hot weather performance
- Reduces friction and wear in pumps, motors, valves, etc.
- Reduces foam and heat
- Extends oil service life
- Guards seals, hoses, etc. from degradation
- Helps to reduce oil leaks
There are many different oil brands on the market that cater to heavy equipment operations. You have invested a huge amount of money in your fleet and the success of your business depends on your equipment running reliably and without any downtime. To accomplish that, a superior preventive maintenance program is required. Choosing the best synthetic oil brand for your road construction equipment is a huge step in delivering on the goals you set for your maintenance program.
AMSOIL Synthetic Oils have over 48 years of synthetic oil manufacturing. They were first in their field to produce a synthetic motor oil that met the service requirements established by the American Petroleum Institute. 48 years later, they are still the leaders and trendsetters, and they continue to push the envelope in regards to synthetic oil technology, always staying steps ahead of the competition. Using AMSOIL Synthetic Oils in your road construction equipment will give you an added insurance policy against downtime and you will save on maintenance and repair costs. Any time you can reduce oil consumption, reduce maintenance costs, improve fuel economy, extend equipment life, etc. are all benefits that any operation would be glad to have.
Let AMSOIL become a team member of your organization and take your maintenance program to the highest level!