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Q. How do I choose the right grease?

September 18, 2013

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A. Greases vary widely in their performance capability in respect to the basic performance factors. Greases for heavy equipment can be designed to pump very easily in cold weather while lasting up to three or four times longer in severe service. The key is to ask the right questions regarding grease design and performance capability matched to the operating conditions.

The most basic rule of thumb in selecting the right grease is to take these three factors into consideration:
1) Grease “staying power” or anti-leak performance capability. This quality ensures the grease will provide the necessary protection for the scheduled service interval and seal out contaminants.
2) Grease pumpability. It is important that the grease can be dispensed or pumped at the given temperature range. If the grease cannot be fairly easily pumped, it can lead to problems on all levels.

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3) Wear protection. Protecting the component against the forces that can cause premature component rebuild is the ultimate objective.

Comments

  1. 1. Vince [ September 29, 2013 @ 11:20AM ]

    Grease compatibiltiy is another key item to consider when selecting a grease.

  2. 2. Farmer Mike [ October 10, 2013 @ 05:14AM ]

    Well, you answered the question but you didn't really tell us a thing.

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Mark Betner

Heavy Duty Lubricants Manager

CITGO Lubricants

Mark Betner boasts 35 years of experience in the lubricants business. As the Heavy Duty Product Manager for CITGO Lubricants he is responsible for initiating and implementing the marketing of new products and human development programs and oversees communications with the media, trade shows and consumer education.

Prior to this, he was a field sales manager and technical training administrator at an independent lubricant company specializing in heavy equipment lubrication.

Mark earned a master’s and bachelor’s degree in both chemistry and biology from Indiana University. He holds a certification from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers and is a member of the Truck Maintenance Council.

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