5 Things to Consider When Choosing Engine & Transmission Oils

Farmers and construction business owners have many options available to them.

1. Is every task covered?

Did you know high-quality lubricating oils have many functions? Oil:

A. Lubricates.

Lubrication is the first and foremost task. To do this, oils form a thin fluid film on moving parts, preventing the metal to metal contact which would cause excessive wear or failure of an engine.

B. Cools.

Cooling is provided by the circulating oil which carries heat away from moving parts to minimize oxidation and deposit formation.

C. Disperses Contaminants.

Dispersion of Contaminants is achieved by special additives that surround some contaminants, keeping them in solution within the oil. The additive package in CNH Viscosity oil is designed specifically for your equipment, to insure that particles are transported to the filter where they can be removed from the oil. Particle disbursement prevents the formation of deposits on metal surfaces in the engine and also prevents corresponding engine wear.

D. Prevents Oxidation.

Oxidation Resistance is important in extending the service life of an oil. Oil reacts with oxygen at high temperatures in engines to form gums and varnish which cause deposits and thickening of the oil. As part of the CNH Viscosity Oil additive package, oxidation inhibitors reduce sludge formation and significantly increase the oil’s useful life.

E. Protects Against Corrosion.

Corrosion Protection is necessary to combat chemical attack on engines. CNH Viscosity Oils are designed to meet the needs of today’s high horsepower agricultural equipment, with the right detergents and acid neutralizers to counteract the strong acids which are a byproduct of combustion.

If your oil doesn’t perform these tasks, nothing else will. Aftermarket lubricants do not have the same combination of base stocks and additives that perform these functions. Protect your equipment with CNH Viscosity OEM oil.


2. Are you using the right lubrication for your machine?

Aftermarket lubricants may work well with some machines, but not others. CNH Viscosity oil is engineered to work with the newest Tier 4 machines, but also with your Legacy machines.

Many aftermarket oils being offered to you are not capable of meeting the load demand of high horsepower equipment. What does that mean?

  • The Available Horsepower Used in a car or pickup engine is around 30%.
  • An over-the-road truck averages 60%.
  • Farm tractors, combines, or construction equipment uses up to 90% of available horsepower. CNH Viscosity oils are engineered to meet or exceed the demands of all the equipment on your farm.

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3. Are you voiding your warranty?

Lubricants—including engine oil, hydraulic and transmission oil, and coolant—are now tied to your equipment warranty. If a problem occurs and you apply for warranty, but you’ve used an insufficient aftermarket lubricant that does not meet the minimum requirements it may void your machine’s warranty.


4. Do you have the most cost-effective solution?

As you can see, there are costs involved with using non-OEM products. Using aftermarket lubricants can damage your machine. They can also decrease the oil change intervals. CNH Viscosity Oils are a value in what it provides in terms of preventative maintenance and service intervals.


5. Are you maintaining a high performance level?

As you can see, having the right product is important. Birkey’s Farm Store recommends using only the CNH Viscosity Oil products that your equipment was designed to use. With CNH OEM lubricants, you can trust that your equipment will run at peak performance all season long.


For all of your Case IH lubricant needs, call or visit your local Birkey’s today.


By : Birkey's /May 22, 2015 /Agriculture, Construction, Tech Tip, Tech Tip, Tech Tips /0 Comment Read More

What Is a Customized Maintenance Inspection, or CMI?

Birkey’s developed the Customized Maintenance Inspection, or CMI, more than 20 years ago to help customers extend their equipment’s life and value. During an inspection, our service techs have two priorities:

  1. Performing recommended maintenance (changing oils and filters)
  2. Inspecting wear parts that are under stress in your rugged work environment (more…)
By : Birkey's /December 11, 2014 /Birkey's, Case IH, Construction, Illinois, Indiana /0 Comment Read More

Case Equipment for Every Season: The City of Sullivan


The leaves turn, the snow falls, the spring rains come, and the summer heat scorches. The seasons may change, but the City of Sullivan in central Illinois is prepared to tackle each challenge they bring.

For the three departments serving the Moultrie county seat, overcoming Mother Nature’s tests begins with a flexible, team-oriented approach. (more…)

By : Birkey's /November 06, 2014 /Construction, Customer Profiles, Illinois /0 Comment Read More

Tech Tip: Save Money with Preventative Maintenance on Construction Equipment


One Veteran Tech Gives Critical Tips

Dennis Budde recently retired from his role as Service Technician after working at Birkey’s for 20 years. Before he left, we asked him to share critical maintenance tips that can reduce downtime and catch problems before they grow and cost more to fix.

Dennis talks about these tips in the context of CMIs, or Customized Maintenance Inspections, that he performed at Birkey’s. You can put these tips to good use in your own shop, or bring your machine in for a CMI done by a certified Birkey’s service tech. (more…)

By : Birkey's /November 06, 2014 /Birkey's, Construction, Illinois, Tech Tip /1 Comment Read More

No Surprises: Why One Contractor Chooses CMIs


A&R Services, Inc.

Urbana, IL

“It’s like any other insurance problem. You want to make sure you have the most cost-efficient coverage you can get,” explained Tom Bridwell, General Manager at A&R Services, Inc. The company, a division of A&R Mechanical Contractors, does site utilities, concrete work and excavation around Champaign, Illinois. 

Insurance policies help companies protect themselves from a major loss. But A&R Services chooses to invest in “insurance” on a smaller scale—one that can still make a big difference to the company’s bottom line.

Their method is a yearly CMI, or Customized Maintenance Inspection, on each of their construction units. (more…)

By : Birkey's /October 13, 2014 /Birkey's, Construction, Customer Profiles, Illinois, Testimonial /0 Comment Read More

Customer Feature: MBI Construction

MBI Construction

Delivering on Schedule…All Day, All Season

Gary Bartels, owner of Effingham-based MBI Construction, stays ahead of the competition by offering customers something many other site-prep contractors can’t provide—the ability to do large, time-sensitive projects quickly and efficiently. “We have the people and the equipment to get a project done fast,” Bartels noted.

The company specializes in “green field” projects, where it goes into an empty field and “by the time we leave there’s a new grain elevator, grain bins, or a 100-car train loop and dump pits.” (more…)

By : Birkey's /October 02, 2014 /Birkey's, Construction, Customer Profiles, Illinois, Indiana /0 Comment Read More

CE Tech Tip: Hydraulic Systems


Prevention Beats Cure…Every Time

Inadequate maintenance and operations practices cause 90 percent of hydraulic breakdowns, costing equipment owners millions of dollars in replacement parts and service work annually. With proper care, you can extend the life of the hydraulic system and save money, said Dennis Budde, service tech at Birkey’s Urbana location. Budde offers these tips: (more…)

By : Birkey's /October 02, 2014 /Birkey's, Construction, Illinois, Indiana, Tech Tip, Tech Tips /0 Comment Read More

Birkey’s Earns Diamond Dealer: Highest Award from Case Construction


What Diamond Dealer Status Means For You

Urbana Store Manager Brian McCoy accepts the award from George Preocanin, Senior Sales Director at Case Construction, and Michael Bergstrom & Neil Detra from Case CE.

Urbana Store Manager Brian McCoy shakes hands with George Preocanin, Senior Sales Director at Case Construction. Case CE representatives Michael Bergstrom and Neil Detra are also present.

Birkey’s Construction Equipment, with dealerships in Bloomington, Galesburg, Mattoon, and Urbana, has been awarded Diamond Dealer status by Case Construction Equipment for the second consecutive year. The partnership program encompasses parts and service, sales and training, and includes more than 45 specific criteria.

This article outlines what Diamond Dealer status means for customers. A formal news story was written in Construction Equipment Guide.


By : Birkey's /August 07, 2014 /About Us, Birkey's, Construction, Illinois, Recent News /0 Comment Read More