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Nu-Tier Brands and Total Announces Lubricant Price Increase

Nu-Tier Brands announced that due to rising costs associated with raw materials and manufacturing, Nu-TierBrands/Gulf/ECOSE Lubricants will increase its prices by 6 to 8%. The increase is effective July 13, 2018.

TOTAL Specialties USA announced that effective July 6, 2018, the price of TOTAL branded lubricants will increase by 4 to 6%. The adjustment is reportedly due to the continuing escalation in the cost of base oils, additives, and other materials used in manufacturing and distribution of lubricants.

NOTE: As a point of clarification, although JobbersWorld included Amalie’s recent price increase, announced on May 18, in a table showing companies that have announced in the third round of price increases for 2018, Amalie’s increase was in fact its second for the year, not a third.

JWLubeQuiz Tractors6112018

And the Winners Are…

JobbersWorld ran a LubeQuiz two weeks ago about two old tractors we recently had the pleasure of seeing in action at a working farm. About these tractors, we asked JobbersWorld readers, how do you check the oil in the tractor shown at the right, and what type of oil is used in that tractor and the one at the below it that is cranked to start?

We received a number of interesting responses. Some right, some not so right, and some that were quite humorous. The winners of the quiz, the ones who got it right are shown below:

Name Company
Erik Dober Jerry Willkomm, Inc./ JWI Transportation
Frank Daul Halron Lubricants
Curtis Grove
Tim Svoboda PetroChoice
Brad VandeBunte J & H Oil Co.
Wayne Hughes TOTAL Specialties USA
Terence Dyson DysonAnalysis

Whereas all the winners said the two petcocks on the oil pan are used to check the oil level, one answer in particular sounded like it came right from the farmer’s mouth that we visited. This answer was from Tim Svoboda with PetroChoice. Tim said, “The tractor has two petcocks to check oil. It is always best to check oil after the tractor idled for a few minutes. The upper petcock would drain until it dribbled, close it, then the tractor has enough oil in it. When adding 30W to this age of tractor, most farmers had to use a glass-quart-Mason jar with a screw on metal funnel.”


With regards to both how to check the oil and the viscosity grade used, Erik Dober from Jerry Willkomm/JWI Transportation summed it up by saying, “Check oil level on the side of the oil pan. Two petcocks on side, lower is your low oil level, upper is full. Oil used should be: Above 80°F use SAE 30, 32°F to 80°F use SAE 20, and below 32°F use an SAE 10.”

For those unfamiliar with this tractor, it’s an International Harvester Farmall Tractor. Other than saying it was from the “40s,” the farmer did not know the age, but he sure knows how to keep this one and all the other tractors on the farm running.

Congratulations to the winners!

Round 3 Lubricant Price Increase Summary

Company Announced Date Effective Date Increase
Sinclair Lubricants 5/8/2018 7/1/2018 10 to 12%
Sunoco 5/16/2018 6/16/2018 4 to 6%
Advanced Lubrication Specialties 5/16/2018 6/16/2018 4 to 6%
CAM2 5/18/2018 6/16/2018 4 to 9%
Smitty’s Supply 5/18/2018 6/16/2018 4 to 9%
U.S. Lubricants, Commerce, CA 5/18/2018 6/17/2018 $0.40/gal lubricants $0.05/lb greases
Axel Royal 5/21/2018 6/24/2018 5%
Chemlube 5/22/2018 6/11/2018 5 to 9%
Maverick Performance Products 5/22/2018 6/18/2018 4 to 8%
Allegheny Petroleum Products 5/23/2018 6/18/2018 6 to 8% on bulk, additional 2% on drums and totes
Warren Distribution 5/23/2018 6/25/2018 4 to 8%
PennStar 5/23/2018 6/15/2018 6 to 10%
Old World Industries 5/24/2018 6/30/2018 4 to 9%
ExxonMobil 6/1/2018 7/1/2018 up to 9%
TOTAL Specialties USA 6/8/2018 7/1/2018 4 to 6%
Nu-Tier Brands/Gulf/ECOSE 6/11/2018 7/13/2018 6 to 8%

Click on the Timeline Below to See All Effective Increase Dates in 2018


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