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Protecting your construction equipment with high quality lubricants.

Construction equipment is subject to harsh conditions that put immense pressure on the machinery and its components. The equipment usually faces extreme temperatures, excessive moisture, and dust and dirt. These conditions can cause failure of the machinery if it is not treated properly with the right lubricants.

When selecting the right grease or oils for your construction equipment it pays not to cut corners. Cheaper lubricants with lower viscosities can melt under high temperatures or be easily washed out by water. Generally speaking, lubricants with a high viscosity work well when faced with the extreme conditions experienced within construction activities.

How to choose the right lubricants?

When choosing a lubricant for your construction equipment there are some key points to consider. Firstly, be sure to check the manufacturers specifications on the product type and the lubrication interval intended for the machinery.

Also keep in mind the conditions that the machinery will be operating under - will there be excessive moisture or extreme temperatures? Operating conditions are one of the key factors for determining how a grease will behave.

Selecting a lubricant with the right viscosity is also key to getting the best performance from your construction equipment. If the viscosity is too low then this can result in metal to metal contact which will cause the components to weld together. Also, if the water tolerance of the lubricant is too low then this can also allow rusting to occur.

Applying lubricants

Once you have chosen the right oil or grease for your machinery check that the distribution system is effective. A good pumping system will ensure that all essential parts of the machinery are given adequate lubrication, whereas grease guns may not be as accurate.

Before you add grease or oil to your equipment you should also check for any soap residue or contamination from other sources including dust or dirt. Contamination of your lubrication system can cause blockages, ineffective operation or high-pressure faults. Keep dust and dirt at bay by regularly cleaning components before you re-grease them. Keep contaminants away from your lubricants by always ensuring that the lids of containers are correctly fitted and that they are stored and handled correctly.

Be aware of over-application when adding greases and lubricants to your machinery. Adding too much can cause rupturing of protective seals which in turn can lead to contamination. Knowing when you need to add grease will stop over-greasing and also help you to avoid running-out of lubricant.

Choosing the right oils and greases for your construction equipment will prolong the life of the machinery and help you cut down on repair and replacement costs. You can find an extensive range of high quality oils, greases and lubricants in our online store.