Different engines need different lubricants. All engines need some type of oil, but it is never the same kind of oil for every type of engine. It is important to know the difference so that you do not put small engine oil in your car and diesel oil in your riding lawnmower. Additionally, these oils are used for industrial machines and the engines that power them, but again, they should not be confused or tragic consequences for the engines (and people) could ensue.
Small Engine Oil
Small engines, like those in chainsaws, lawnmowers and gas-powered yard tools, all require small engine oil. Small engine oil is mixed specifically for the smaller and less in number cylinders in these engines. It frequently contains a mixture of oil and coolant or another agent that will help keep the engines from overheating while keeping them functional. Because of the extra agents added to small engine oil, you do not want to put this in larger engines, even in emergency situations.
Standard Motor Oil
Motor oil for passenger cars and trucks that do not have diesel engines is simply known as standard motor oil. There is nothing added to it, except maybe some cleansing agents (in a few brands). It is purified oil, (which is why it is yellowish instead of black) extracted from the black petroleum pulled from the ground. Its primary purpose is to lubricate the cylinders in the engine so that they can continue to move rapidly and smoothly without grating and without catching fire.
Diesel Motor Oil
Diesel motor oil is made especially for diesel engines. Diesel engines work harder and burn hotter, and the oil used in these engines has to withstand hotter temperatures. Otherwise, it just instantly incinerates and you have to constantly replace the oil. It also has to work with diesel fuel, something that standard oil cannot do.
Industrial Motor Oil
Finally, there is industrial motor oil. This is made for heavy construction equipment engines, manufacturing machines, and industrial processing machines. It is a heavy, thick sort of oil that thoroughly coats the internal working components of these engines. Additives may be present to help reduce the build-up of sludge in the engines and reduce frequent breakdowns and repairs. As with all of the other types of oil above, you do not want to put this type of oil in anything other than what it is meant for, or you will cause irreparable damage. For more information, contact a business such as Small & Sons Oil Dist Co.