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Old 05-01-2012, 07:13 PM
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55 gal barrel of rotella question

I have an opportunity to buy a sealed 55 gallon barrel of SHELL ROTELLA T Triple Protection 15W40....i can pick it up for $450...i know it is a good price but looking at the big picture....he said he thinks it is about 14 months old...still sealed...was stored indoors...If i buy it it would be just for personal use so i think it would take me 2-3 years to use it up. so......

1. would i have to worry about the shelf life?

2. do i have to mix it everytime before dispensing into gallon jugs to put in truck?

3. if so how would i mix a 400+ pound barrel properly?

4. If i store it in my garage would i have to worry about condensation?

I just do not want to waste my saving while using it up. i included a pic of what it looks like right now
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:52 PM
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thats still like 9 dollars a gallon, hell you can get it almost that cheap new. if it was like 250 i would consider it (not really because i don't run that junk in my engine) but it would be more plausable
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i have looked everywhere here and the cheapest i can find it at sams club is 73.83+tax for 6 gallons...i am open to suggestions for 9 per gallon locations
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you just got to wait until it goes on sale. pay 11 to 12 dollars a gallon for new oil out of a jug or 9 dollars a gallon for some old as$ oil. sounds like a deal to me. i pay 25 dollars a gallon for oil and prolly change it more often than you do
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If you watch circulars, you can usually find any of the big brands (Rotella, Delvac, Delo, etc) for 10-12 bucks a gallon. I know Delvac has a rebate ($5 per gallon) and usually goes on sale every spring. Heck I think the normal price for those oils at Wally Wold is 12-13. Not a stellar deal IMHO, personally I would just watch the specials.
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I'd just call a local bulk fuel and oil supplier and question them about shelf life. I've thought about buying in bulk and changing oil in buddies rigs and charging a bit to recoup the cost of the oil. It should be fine though, there's nothing to settle out of the oil and it's sealed. As long as you keep it closed in between changes you should be good. Sorry but a gallon around here is 12 plus bucks on sale now...what's it gonna be 6 months or a year from now? I'd do it.
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