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Buddy Meyers of had working for us milking
Zanesville, OH, is a dairy cows was running it when a
and crop farmer who has pin came out on the
used Conklin products since governor, or something
1974. He has an interesting inside the engine, and
story that has become a dropped in the gears. It
“Conklin Classic.” locked up the oil pump and
was running wide open
I have a 1970 John Deere without oil pressure, for a
4020 diesel tractor that we period of time before we
bought new. We used John were able to shut it down.
Deere lubricants in it until A neighbor, who was a
we were introduced to mechanic for a coal
Conklin products in 1974. company here in Ohio,
Initially, I still continued to worked on huge engines, so
use John Deere oil because I had him take a look at it.
I pretty much have John He saw what had happened
Deere bred into me. I did and after inspecting the
add TKO® into the John At first, I wasn’t convinced that engine said, “Buddy, I
Deere oil and we started with Conklin’s Convoy® oil would be don’t think this engine is hurt.” He
Fuelmate®. I don’t think the better than the John Deere product I put it back together and it started
company had DieselPlus® back then. had been using, but Jonas convinced right up. He said, “I would use that
Jonas Moss, who introduced us to me to try it in just one engine. ”. I oil in everything I own!” We made
Conklin, kept telling me about other said “Well, okay we’ll try it in the the switch then and we’ve never
products. It was really hard to least expensive engine we have”, used anything except Convoy®
believe, but every product that Jonas which was a Wisconsin V4, (you since.
had us try actually performed better guys that have been around the farm
than what he said they would. remember those and how ornery they
can be). It was an International skid
We didn’t start out to set a record steer loader. We changed the oil out
with the 4020, it just happened. The that afternoon and I told Dale Van
quality of these products is just Horn, who worked for us, “Dale,
phenomenal in what they’ll do for “Let’s leave that skid set outside
engines, transmissions or whatever tonight and we’ll just see if it starts in
the application might be. The 4020 the morning.” It was December and
has got over 25,600 hours on it. pretty cold. I was really hoping it
We’re in southeastern Ohio, where wouldn’t start. I was still trying to
there are lots of hills, so they have not prove Jonas wrong. When Dale came
been easy hours. It’s held back to work the next morning, I asked Conklin’s lubricant
thousands of loads of silage, coming him to go out and see if the V4 would products . . .
from the fields down the highway to start. The next thing I knew, he
the silos. When it was 30 years old, brought it down to the milk barn and
4-Power®, TKO®, and
our mechanic, Galen, put brakes on it. said, “Bud, that thing started easier FuelMate® all work
We also had him check the this morning sitting outside than it together to provide
transmission and everything was very did yesterday sitting in the building.
clean. In Galen’s words, “It looks Looks like Jonas is right again.”
10% or more increased
like it just came off the showroom fuel economy!
floor!” In May, the next year, a gal that we
P AG E 2
ARE OUT OF
Try these Conklin
products that work
together to save you
money. . .
Gene Ramaekers of Humphrey, NE, products. They put the head back on
4-Power® is a fuel system is a farmer who has been using Conklin
cleaner. You put a pint into a and I’ve been running it ever since.
products since the middle ‘70’s.
normal tank of gas or Like all of us once in awhile, I didn’t
diesel fuel and it runs look to see if I had my products
through the system. It Back in 1979, I had a 3208 Cat ordered in time and I ran out about a
cleans all the way irrigation engine that I started using month ago. I ran a whole tank of fuel
from the tank, through Conklin products in. I first started through without any of the
the lines, through the with Fuelmate® fuel conditioner but DieselPlus® and I lost over 6/10 of a
injectors.Mechanics switched to DieselPlus® as soon as gallon per hour in fuel efficiency. In
we talk to say that it Conklin came out with it because it is just one tank full, I lost 10% fuel
cleans better than specially designed for diesel irrigation savings.
anything they’ve used or diesel fuel.
In 1979 I ran about 700 hours and
I’m very particular when it comes to saved over $460 on that one engine.
4-Power® dissolves gum and keeping records, and on that particular Today, if I run the same amount of
varnish and even breaks down 3208 Cat irrigation engine, I found it hours, my savings on that one engine
tough carbon deposits would burned 5.6 gallons per hour. is about $1,850 savings after the cost
When I put in the Fuelmate®, it of the products. That’s significant for
dropped down to 4.9 gallons per hour. one well.
TKO® is a balanced engine oil That’s about a 12.5% fuel savings.
treatment designed for better Back in 1979, my average fuel costs,
lubricity and reduced sludge and (those were the good ole days), were There is not only a savings in fuel
varnish buildup. A pint of TKO® about .73 cents per gallon, so we costs, but the lack of wear and tear on
in a normal crankcase will add didn’t talk much about fuel efficiency. the engine is significant as well. I’ve
what Harry Conklin called the I was more focused on the longevity probably gotten 2-3 times the life in
“polar molecule” to that oil giving of the engines. I dropped my fuel that engine over what I normally
that oil an affinity for bare metal consumption another few tenths of a would have.
surfaces like gallon by putting in Convoy® oil and
a magnet. actually got it under 4.7 gallons per
The “polar hour. That is more than a 16% savings
molecule” using those two products.
You’re paying for
The engine has never been overhauled.
I figure I have somewhere between 22 whether you’re
to 23,000 hours on that engine and
have not touched the engine. using them or not
Actually, I took it in one winter when because they will
it had about 11-12,000 hours on it and
TKO® resists oil breakdown the mechanic pulled the head and save you way more
and helps the engine run
everything was spotless. They
micrometered it out and there was
money than they
virtually no wear from using Conklin cost you.
F ARM ER ’ S S ECRET S P AG E 3
FUEL PRICES ARE OUT
When you use Conklin lubricants, OF CONTROL! . . .
breakdowns are not a way of life!
Jim Jarosz of Cedar Rapids, NE, has
been involved in cattle feeding and FuelMate Plus® is a fuel
production agriculture all his life. He’s conditioner that when added to
used Conklin lube products since 1992. each tankful of gasoline
I was a lot manager for a custom cattle increases your fuel economy by
feeding operation and eventually we up to 10%.
put the whole yard on Conklin
In 1996, I bought a new windrower (or
swather some might call it) and we
converted it to Conklin products the universal joints that are greased and 8
first year. It was a rotory disc mower, gear boxes, and none of that has been
10 yrs old and we hadn’t replaced any replaced to this date. These machines
universal joints or gear boxes in the sometimes run in sandy and wet
full 10 yrs. We’d had to replace some conditions, you get a lot of mud in the Extends injector and
sealed bearings, but never anything head and there are a lot of operators— fuel pump lives
that was greased. We’d had Rhino in it not an easy life. A great experience as
since it was new, and the second year far as repair bills and fuel efficiency
changed out the gear boxes to the Gold with the Conklin lube products. Diesel Plus® is the fuel
conditioner made especially for
Guard Plus®. The machine has 21
diesel engines and performs the
same way. Diesel Plus® also has
685,000 miles and still going strong! the ability to lower gelling
temperatures by as much as 35
Ford delivered trucks that had the die- degrees in cold weather.
sel pumps screwed too tight, so they
weren’t getting enough return fuel CONVOY® is a
coming back and getting hot. As a re- parasynthetic moly-based motor
sult, they were burning up engines in oil. If you get a 10%
those trucks. This was one of the rea-
improvement with 4-Power®,
sons that I was getting such high mile-
FuelMate Plus® or DieselPlus®
Skip Hoag and his 1999 Ford 250 age. My truck wasn’t burning up, how-
and TKO®, you’ll see additional
Power Stroke® Diesel with 685,000 miles ever, because I had Convoy®, Diesel
improvement with Convoy® oil.
Plus®, and other Conklin products in
Skip Hoag of Coldwater, MI, operates the truck that offset that temperature.
a commercial trucking business delivering
campers to dealers all over the United They called and told me they were go-
States. Most of his delivery involves towing ing to void my warranty if I didn’t
with Ford Power Stroke® Diesel pickups. bring it in. I laughed at that since my
He’s been using Conklin lubricants since truck was already out of warranty. I’ve
1998. since learned that every truck that
Skip reports, “I own two Ford Power came off the line with that defect either
Stroke® Diesel trucks. I bought a new had the engine blow up or was re-
1999 and a 2003 that had 67,000 miles called for repair. Mine is still running
on it at the time of purchase. The 2003 down the road at 685,000 miles just
has over 400,000 miles on it right now like it was new.
and the 1999 has over 685,000 miles on Even the front end parts on the 1999
the odometer. The 1999 is still running Ford 250 are all original. I’ve greased
original injectors, transmission, and every 17,000-20,000 miles using
differential. Only the water pump has Conklin’s Rhino® parasynthetic Provides engine wear
been replaced once at 450,000 miles. grease with moly.” protection even under the
The truck is ‘Conklinized’ from the
most severe driving conditions
front to back.
I’ve been using Conklin lubrication
and vehicle products exclusively
since I bought my truck in 1994.
Now, with over 530,000 miles, it still
runs and looks like new.
- Ben Welch, Convoy® Enthusiast
We can’t afford NOT to use Conklin lubricants in our truck!
“We switched our 60 Series Detroit diesel engine over to the
CONKLIN lubricants and added DIKE stop leak. It stopped
the head gasket leak we’d had and saved us from being towed
off of a pass when the radiator hose blew a hole. The best
part is that our mileage went from 6 MPG to 7.8 MPG on the
very next trip saving us over $200 on that trip in fuel costs.
We can’t afford NOT to use CONKLIN products in our
truck.” Dave Wilson, Delta, CO
How can you deal with the Challenges of
Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel?
Tom Jackson, have at least 10% BioDiesel in it.
diesel BioDiesel sounds like a great thing
mechanic and has lots of promise in the future,
instructor, says, “The problem is Ultra but it only has a storage life of about
Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel does 90 days. Store BioDiesel more than
not have the lubrication that it needs. 90 days and it starts to build up
If you just take ULSD from the pump bacteria very rapidly. I believe that
it has a wear-scar rating of 600. The bacteria is feeding the algae and
equipment manufacturers say that that’s why we have more algae
wear-scar should be no greater than problems than in the past 15 years. In
Over 30% Reduction in wear.
480. So, what that tells us is that using Diesel Plus®, you’re going to
ULSD does not have near enough of lubrication in the new diesel fuel. I control the amount of moisture that’s
lubrication in it. If we treat ULSD don’t know anything better to run or in that fuel and you’re going to get
with Diesel Plus® (Conklin diesel anything else that’s had the testing the moisture moved out of there. In
behind it that Conklin’s Diesel Plus® turn, you’re going to control the
fuel conditioner and anti-gel
additive), it will drop that wear- has. If you put Diesel Plus® in your bacteria which helps control the
tank, you know you have more algae. In this way you keep your fuel
scar down to 410 which is well
below where the manufacturers say lubrication in that fuel than what’s from deteriorating in that 90 day
mandated by the manufacturer of your period. “
it needs to be. The savings is
phenomenal. The longevity of your equipment. Add DieselPlus® at 1 gallon per
pump and injectors is going to be Another problem is that due to a 1200 gallons in the summer and
Federal mandate, ULSD is going to 1 gallon per 660 gallons in the
challenged if you don’t run some sort winter to lower gelling by 35°.