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Environmentally Friendly Oils & Lubricants

For fleets interested in using alternatives to petroleum-based lubricants, biodegradable, nontoxic, ecologically friendly products for vehicles and equipment are available. These bio-based solutions offer excellent performance in a variety of applications and can be used as a replacement for conventional petroleum oils.

AMERIgreen offers its line of lubricants for vehicles and a wide array of tools and equipment exposed to demanding environments. The company’s lubricants combine highly stable vegetable base oils with unique additive technologies to create products that provide excellent thermal and oxidative stability, according to AMERIgreen, while delivering anti-wear and anti-corrosion protection. Visit www.amerigreen.com for more.

Hydro Safe Inc. offers hydraulic oils, lubricants and gear oils, among other products, that use vegetable-based oils as base fluids. The Hydro Safe line, according to the company, exhibits excellent thermal and oxidative properties, and improved performance characteristics over mineral-based oils, including low volatility, high flash points, lubricity, biodegradability and low toxicity. The high viscosity index of the products allows for operations in winter and summer without the need for fluid changes or equipment modifications. Visit www.hydrosafe.com for more.

Hybrid Service
A new partnership between XL Hybrids and Henley Transmission Services, the largest franchise holder of AAMCO automotive service centers, has certified AAMCO technicians to install and service the manufacturer’s hybrid electric powertrains for Class 1-3 commercial vehicles.

The XL Hybrids’ powertrain technology is available for Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cargo and passenger vans. The company is also expanding its product line to include other makes and models, including Chevrolet and Ford vans and pickup trucks. Designed for aftermarket installation, the XL Hybrids’ powertrain installation takes fewer than four hours without modifying or removing the OEM engine or transmission. AAMCO service center technicians will also be trained to provide warranty service and maintenance on the hybrid vehicles. Visit www.xlhybrids.com and www.aamcohenley.com for more.

Lift Safety
Heavy-duty vehicle lift manufacturer Stertil-Koni USA Inc. is emphasizing the importance of product certification by the Automotive Lift Institute combined with a regular program of scheduled maintenance and annual lift inspections to ensure maximum performance and operational safety.

“The ALI Gold Label, indicating product certification, is fundamental to ensuring the highest quality standards in the lift industry,” said Dr. Jean DellAmore, president of Stertil-Koni USA. “ALI does not issue conditional or partial certifications. It assures the customer that a particular lift model is in electrical and mechanical compliance with established and agreed-upon standards.”

Stertil-Koni also stresses that heavy-duty vehicle lifts should be serviced regularly in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommended schedule. “Safety is paramount and routine servicing is the way to go,” DellAmore added. “We also support ALI’s recommendation that vehicle lifts be inspected at least once per year, or more frequently if specified.”

Stertil-Koni lift products include mobile, two-post, four-post, in-ground, parallelogram, half-scissors, and the axle-engaging, in-ground, scissor-style heavy-duty hydraulic lift configuration. Visit www.stertil-koni.com for more.

Ditch Witch Parts Now Interactive
Detailed information about Ditch Witch parts is now more readily accessible in the parts section of the company’s website. Redesigned for easy navigation and updated with new photos and information about digging system components, electronic guidance and locating equipment, vacuum excavation system components, drill pipe and replacement parts, the section features an interactive tool selector that helps users quickly and easily identify types of Ditch Witch tools. The parts section also has a tab to access and download Ditch Witch parts catalogs. Visit www.ditchwitch.com/parts for more.

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