Issues taken with oil story
I found “The Bulk Buy” [June], about purchasing engine oil and changing it yourself, to be an insult to my intelligence and that of other truck owners. We are capable of changing oil with our eyes closed and one hand tied behind our back.
I have yet to see a truck engine that needs 1-1⁄2” and 1-3⁄4” sockets to change the oil and a 3⁄4” ratchet with a 1-1⁄2” diameter pipe “cheater handle.” Second, only a fool would use a cheater handle on a ratchet and risk stripping the gears in the ratchet head. Third, we don’t need a $250 torque wrench to tighten the drain plug.
I have never seen anyone puncture an oil filter with a punch to drain it. Simply set it on end and the oil will drain out. And a Rubbermaid pan is not heavy enough to handle seven to eight gallons.
As far as “payback time” goes, needing to buy tools to do the job is a joke. We all have far more tools than that.
Why spend $40 on a container for transporting used oil when all you have to do is pour it into empty five-gallon pails that are always around the shop?
Why spend upwards of $6,000 for a waste oil furnace? I generate about 400 gallons of waste oil a year. Where do I get the other 600 gallons it is going to take to heat my shop?
GREG L. U’REN | Dane West, Inc. | Mt. Horeb, Wis.
Bulk oil buying works
Great article on bulk oil and changing your own [“The Bulk Buy,” June] oil. I have been buying oil in 55-gallon drums from my local supplier for a few years with better than 30 percent savings.
Oil is delivered for free. I put used oil in another drum and it is hauled away when they deliver a new drum. I installed a Fumoto drain valve for $30 in place of the oil pan drain plug. Now I have good drain flow control, and it’s easy getting an oil sample in the process. I need only a filter wrench for the simple, no-mess process.
CLIFF DOWNING | Kellogg, Iowa
Truckers sound off on hours
These comments are excerpted from posts on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s docket regarding a proposed revision to the hours of service regulations. Find it via docket ID FMCSA-2004-19608 at www.regulations.gov. The comment deadline closed June 8.
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