Getting the right grease for your big machines will make them last longer and work better.

Heavy equipment requires a considerable investment of capital, so you want to make sure that you take the right steps to maintain that machinery properly. A key component of any good maintenance plan is appropriate lubrication. Most heavy machinery is going to require grease, as opposed to oil, and LH Travis has some pointers on how to choose the right grease for your equipment. 

Get the Right Grease
While it might be tempting to try to get one type of grease that is multipurpose and can be used throughout your whole operation, this isn’t a good idea. Different pieces of equipment have different requirements, and even within one machine, there can be variations in temperature and operation that call for more than one type of lubrication.

The first thing you need to do is check the equipment manual to see what is recommended. That manual is not likely to tell you specifically what to get, but it will probably have some general guidelines. If you aren’t sure what the manual is suggesting, you can always call LH Travis for some clarification.

Another thing to consider is the environment in which the machine will be operated. If we’re talking about construction equipment, and your company is based here in Central Florida, then you know that the external temperature is going to be pretty consistently high, and the machinery frequently will be subject to high levels of moisture. Heat causes grease to become thinner, so a thicker grease is appropriate here, such as an NLGI #2 (polyuria or multipurpose) grease. Marine greases that contain lithium complex thickeners are good for particularly wet conditions, as they can protect against rust and salt damage from seawater.

LH Travis at Your Service
If your heavy machinery is in need of lubrication system equipment, you can count on LH Travis to make sure you get the right setup for your needs. The right lubrication applied correctly and regularly will keep your investment paying off for many years.