History of Archer Quality
Those who hear the Archer story for the first time are often surprised. Archer has
been producing quality lubricants for farmers and heavy duty equipment operators
since 1929. But Archer got its start in the air-not on the ground.
Back in the twenties, both commercial and private aviation were in their infancy.
Little was known about airplanes, their power plants and their lubrication problems.
As the airplane became more common for commercial use, it became evident that every
precaution must be taken to improve its safety record if the industry was to make
a permanent place for itself in the transportation world. Thorough investigation
of accidents led to the knowledge that a large percentage of accidents were caused
from engine failures brought on by faulty lubrication.
A new system of quality control of aircraft oils came into effect. Only oils of
proven high quality could be used. Oils that were so well refined that all of the
non-lubricating materials were removed and the finished product had that extra stamina
built into it for aviation use. Archer developed this high-quality oil, and thus
this is what launched Archer’s tradition of superior quality. (The 6082D designation
on Archer product labels today specifies that the base oil meets military specification
MIL-6082D for aircraft reciprocating engines.)
When Archer introduced this tougher oil to the agricultural and heavy duty equipment
markets, operators soon discovered that this oil – built to withstand the extra
heat and strain of an aircraft engine – naturally lasted longer and protected better
than any of the conventional oils. That quality was something they wanted in their
equipment – that quality was what they wanted to tell their neighbors about.