In this post, I am going to do a comparison between Schaeffer oil and Amsoil. If you know anything about the synthetic oil space, then you will be well familiar with these two brands.
They are some of the best, most recognized products on the market. In the world of engine oils, it is recommended that an oil change be done at around the 5,000 miles mark.
When this routine is adhered to, you can expect your engine to perform well over a long period of time. If you are able to get to the 250,000 marks with your vehicle, your rate is in the higher echelons of vehicle longevity.
What if I told you that with one of these brands, vehicles have been able to reach well over 1 million miles with little to no engine wear? Well, it’s true and if you read on, you will find out which of these brands offers this.
Amsoil vs Schaeffer Oil Comparison
Amsoil As already mentioned, the company was founded in 1969 with the aim of producing a high-quality product that would surpass what was on the market.
Fast forward to today and you will see that they have managed to hit their goal. Amsoil is currently the name that comes to most people’s minds when synthetic oils and their benefits are mentioned. Amsoil performs very well in just about every condition you throw it in.
It maintains its viscosity in both high-temperature environments and passes the flow tests in cold temperatures. It was formulated to give your engine maximum protection. It is believed to be 4 times better than Mobil 1 synthetic oil. Vehicles that run Amsoil exclusively have been known to last up to 4 or times longer than those running regular engine oil.
With a company that has a 130-year history, you can expect them to know a thing or two about the industry they operate in. It is actually the oldest oil company in the US.
When they started out, they were more focused on the industrial and agricultural markets. They have since broadened their market to include smaller motor vehicles. Industrial vehicles that run Schaeffer oil have consistently done 1 million miles of service.
Vehicles hitting that mark have been dismantled and assessed and, besides the need for new gaskets and seals, the engines were as good as new. That’s really impressive by any standards. Business owners who run industrial equipment have trusted this brand for more than 100 years now so it’s definitely worth looking into.
Schaeffer and Amsoil Oil Types
When we talk about engine oils, there are basically two different types. The first is classified as organic and made from fossil fuels.
The other type is known as synthetic and is formulated using synthetic materials. This classification can be a bit misleading though as synthetic oils are often not 100% synthetic but have a certain percentage of the base being synthetic while other elements mixed with it are not.
Schaeffer and Amsoil are both synthetic oils that offer much better performance than regular motor oils. When it comes to history, Schaefer trumps Amsoil by 130 years.
They have been in existence since 1839 while Amsoil, on the other hand, was founded in 1969. Having said that, the performance of their oils does not betray their relatively young age. They have managed to make quite the name for themselves over the past 52 years.
Benefits of Running Synthetic Oils
Synthetic oils have been growing in popularity over the past few decades but there has been a greater uptake in recent times as more people get educated on the advantages of running synthetics.
When an engine is switched off, the oil settles into the oil pan. It is only re-engaged at startup. Ordinary oils tend to take a bit of time to get back into the engine and lubricate it. For this reason, the greatest wear in an engine happens at start-up when some parts are not yet lubricated.
Synthetics, on the other hand, move a lot faster into the engine at startup and then do a better job of lubricating the engine. Due to these factors, engines that use Amsoil and Schaeffer only need an oil change at a minimum of 20,000 miles instead of the usual 5,000 miles.
Engine longevity is greatly improved up to 4 or 5 times the usual. When you run a bypass filter on your vehicle, the oil change intervals will increase to 50,000 to 100,000 miles.
This is because the bypass filter does a great job of filtering out any impurities in the oil meaning it lasts longer. To top it off, synthetic oils improve gas mileage by up to 5% mainly due to the fact that your engine performs a lot more efficiently with a lot less strain.
Which Is The Better Option?
Though both of these brands are great engine oils that will give you exceptional performance, Schaeffer wins this one. This is by no means a slight against Amsoil. It’s just that we are comparing two really great products and one of them has to be chosen.
Amsoil is not a bad product by any stretch of the imagination; it just suffered from being pitted by a slightly superior product. They may be over 60 years younger but they really have done a great job closing the gap between them and Schaeffer.
Robert Anderson is a world class motorhead who rebuilt his first carb at age 10, his first engine at age 15, and completed his first full hotrod build when he was just 18! Previously, he has ran a part warehouse, delivered pizzas, and managed the service department for a $20 million/year revenue dealership. Robert knows cars like few others and he is passionate about sharing his knowledge.