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Old 04-04-2016, 09:06 PM   #1
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Oil analysis kit

Who do yall use for oil analysis?

Is there a kit or something? Want to test oil from main and gen.
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:15 PM   #2
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:22 PM   #3
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If there is a local big diesel repair or new construction equipment dealer place near your town (San Antonio or Houston surely has several) call them. I do it at my local CAT place (Gregory Poole) for about $10. They do it onsite. No buying kits... no mailing off... They turn it in a day.
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If there is a local big diesel repair or new construction equipment dealer place near your town call them. I do it at my local CAT place (Gregory Poole) for about $10. No buying kits... no mailing off... They turn it in a day.

Hmmmm. I have no idea. We do have a CAT dealer here.
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:49 PM   #7
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A one time deal wont really tell you much, unless its a big problem. trends over time are the fortey of oil analysis, they help prevent problems before they get to big or leave you stranded.
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Where do western Canadians get theirs done?
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:59 PM   #9
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A one time deal wont really tell you much, unless its a big problem. trends over time are the fortey of oil analysis, they help prevent problems before they get to big or leave you stranded.

Yeah. Trying to start a trend. Get a baseline.
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If you plan on cruising...may consider a mail order place anyway....


Blackstone sells kits of 6 sample bottles and mailer packages..easy peezy...if too much money, they tell you on their site what to use and how to sample and mail anyway.


Best to stick with one lab for a trend analysis and even though the Post Office occasionally gives me a hard time....Blackstone gives you a letter saying the PO should take your sample, blah, blah...It has always worked.


On my 8th sample over 3 years and never a lost one yet (good insurance is to keep a separate sample in a squeaky clean jar for the week or two till your results are posted to your email.)


In some ways if your local postal guy gets it (mentally that your sample is OK to mail)...even easier than driving to the CAT place.
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I get mine done at Finning, the local Caterpillar Euipment dealer. $25 CDN For best results tell them the brand and viscosity of the oil as well as operating hours.
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I get mine done at Finning, the local Caterpillar Euipment dealer. $25 CDN For best results tell them the brand and viscosity of the oil as well as operating hours.
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Blackstone +3.

Been using them for years. Actually hate to think how many years.

I just checked to see if they are now charging for kits since I need to get some sample kits to replace the ones they sent me many years ago. Blackstone still does not charge for the sample kits. I have never paid for one and they have sent be a couple boxes with six or so kits each. Took years to use up those kits that I double ordered by mistake.

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Sample cost is $28.00 per analysis.

Attention! While the kit is free, the oil analysis costs $28.00.
Many labs will charge you for the kit when you order it.
We let you keep your money until you send in your oil for analysis.
I do check their website to figure out how many stamps I need to mail the kit to them. I drop the sample off at the post office, either inside with the clerk or in the drop off box. Thankfully, I have never had a problem mailing the sample but I have heard others having a problem with the post office. As was posted here, Blackstone has a letter to give the post office if there is a problem mailing the sample.

I would pay extra and get the TBN tested as well as the basic tests.

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Some info on what you can expect from an oil analysis and what a report actually looks like.
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100% Blackstone. I have used them for the past few years and I am very happy with their service. Check out their web link.
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Old 04-05-2016, 01:26 PM   #16
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Thanks. Ordered the Blackstone kit. X2.
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FYI. Package your samples in one of the USPS set rate boxes, then the person behind the postal counter won't freak out when you mail it. Perfectly legal to ship, but sometimes the person behind the counter doesn't know the rules. When asked if you have any forbidden stuff you simply say "no."
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FYI. Package your samples in one of the USPS set rate boxes, then the person behind the postal counter won't freak out when you mail it. Perfectly legal to ship, but sometimes the person behind the counter doesn't know the rules. When asked if you have any forbidden stuff you simply say "no."
You say "no" because it is right on their poster that describes shipping oil....and what is OK.

The Blackstone Samples I bought have prepaid postage and I'm not going to spend another $5 shipping it because the Post Office doesn't know their own rules inside and out...the letter Blackstone provides has always worked...just for got it the last time. I just stayed at the window till one of the brighter employees looked it up on their poster and said it was OK.

But you have a point...in the future I may not buy the pre-paid bottles and use the Postal Service boxes. But it is all legal based on their regs to say "no hazardous" contents. The nice thing about the Blackstone sample bottles is they include an absorbent pad, zip lock bag, sample note with data blanks and leakproof container. Yes it's probably cheaper to assemble yourself...but I saw it as a bargain when discussing with the post office that millions of these get mailed every year...not my homemade pickle jar....
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Hell I didn't know they had pre-paid postage. Yeah it may cost a little more to send it in a box but it may mean less time wasted. I also sent in the results from when I bought the boat and made that the baseline for me. Just another preventive maintenance thing for me.
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Thanks everybody, Didn,t start the thread but just ordered kit from Blackstone.
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