Serving Southern California’s construction industry from its San Bernardino headquarters, Sukut specializes in late-model Caterpillar equipment. Established in 1986, the company has 300 pieces of heavy equipment in its rental fleet, which must continue to perform even under severe conditions, including heavy loads and extreme temperatures. While their in-house mechanics are highly trained experts in equipment maintenance, they’re smart enough to know that sometimes it can pay off to call in the experts.
When the maintenance team at Sukut expressed some concerns over their current lubricant product mix, they turned to their trusted lubrication partners— the Mobil Serv℠ Engineering team and its local distributor Flyers Energy based out of Auburn, CA—to understand the potential benefits of switching to a different lubricant. Sukut is no stranger to Mobil and Flyers Energy. The company has worked together in close partnership with Mobil and Flyers Energy for the past 20 years, developing a high level of trust that extends far beyond the typical supplier-customer relationship.
“When we pick up the phone, [they’re] always available,” said Mike Ortiz, President of Sukut Equipment, Parts & Rentals. “That’s huge.”
That long-term partnership with Sukut allowed the Mobil Serv℠ Engineering Team to understand the construction equipment supplier’s lubrication needs and provide their best recommendations for optimal protection for the fleet. The Mobil Serv Engineering Team conducted a complete and thorough inspection of Sukut’s Cat equipment, reviewed the company’s maintenance practices, and discussed the ongoing challenges that the company faced with their team members.
Mike Ortiz, President of Sukut Equipment, Parts & Rentals
After carefully considering their findings, the Mobil Serv Engineering Team recommended using Mobil Delvac™ 1300 Super 15W-40 engine oil. The team estimated that the switch would provide up to 50% more wear protection than required in API CK-4 engine tests and had the potential to extend oil drain intervals as much as 1.5-times the OEM recommendation.
After reviewing the recommendation, Sukut decided to implement the switch fleetwide. As a result, Sukut increased its oil drain intervals by 100%, cut its oil consumption in half, and boosted fleet uptime by 1,800 hours annually. Implementing this recommendation from a trusted partner resulted in an estimated $1 million in annual savings for the company. Discover what Mobil can do for you. Contact your Mobil distributor today or click here to talk to an expert.
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