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Grease Selection

Discussion in 'Lubrication' started by Nige, Aug 2, 2019.

  1. Nige

    Nige Senior Member

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    If you want to stay with a 5% moly all you need to do is find one with a lower NLGI Number. I assume you're using a grease that is NLGI #2. You could go to a #1, a zero, double zero, or even a triple zero. A lot depends on whether the grease is manually applied or run through an autolube system. So long as the greases come from the same family they will be 100% compatible, the only things that will noticeably change is that the 4-ball weld test number will come down a bit, and the weld scar number will go up.
     
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    I like grease that's slick. If it's not greased on time every time the type and brand doesn't matter.
     
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    When it comes to trucks, that is very true. However, on heavy equipment, I do not believe that you will get the same hours out of a lithium chassis grease as you would with moly, even if you had an auto-greaser.
     
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    We don't use lithium base grease. But all the U-joints for the past four years on class eight have been grease-less warranted for 450,000 miles.
     
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    What kind of grease do you use?
     
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    checking to see if you folks are on your toes. nlg #2
     
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    Yeah, but what base? Poly, calcium, aluminum, what?
     
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    Sorry I didn't put my lab coat on to check that.
     
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    Ah, so it probably is Lithium
     
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    When it gets down to 0 any grease will work for me cause I'm not firing any machine up. A good friend gave me a new Milwaukee 18 volt grease gun for Christmas, sure makes greasing lots easier. I tend to do a better job since I have it.
     
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    I trust you guys, but I'm having trouble seeing it. I don't plan on using my loader daily, but is it really that hard to use a pistol grip gun? Won't it be good exercise?

    What am I missing?

    I can see how if you had to grease 10 pieces of equipment, but I just have one backhoe that I will probably use once a month.
     
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    You have to be a Philadelphia lawyer to figure this out!!!

    Funny thing is that everyone I know who owns a Kubota or Deere farm tractor never talks about grease. I'm guessing that's why these tractors don't last.

    If you get the piece of equipment used, how do you know what grease was used so you don't mix?
     
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    Don't worry about that so much. Just grease more frequently the first week or so, wash it up to get rid of the mess and you'll be good to go.
     
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    Pump enough in to flush out the old crap.
     
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    I use Schaffer 238 and suffer through its nasty stringyness. It’s the worst. But it is computable with lithium complex so I’m not stuck like if I used polyurea. I tested it with polyurea and the poly lost its base oil. I tested it with the green lucus.
     
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    Pretty pink or red for bearings, ujoints and sticky black bear shat for bushings, pins suspension parts and disk bearings. I dont really deal with much new and super extreme so the bear shat comes from Mystic 3% moly. Its a dolar a tube more and have to have extra guns. If I was hobby or part timer wouldnt fuss, would use chassis and bearing in it all and simply give it a pump on occasion.
    We were out and got some general, I dont think it hung in the disk like the moly does. Same for kingpins and ball joints.
     
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    With the Chemtool factory burning down last week in Rockton, stock up on your favorite flavors. Especially bulk polyurea.
    Experiencing shortages in my region.
    For example, Petro Alaska has shifted all resources just to supply Fort Knox mine.
     
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    Tried certified Extreme Permalube. Was on a excavator and it could not take the heavy load at all. Tried Paragon 3000 with dropping point of 640 F and 100 timkin load . It worked way better. By the way the sales guy selling the Certified told us the Timkin load did not really matter. Is that true? I'm not so sure myself as his grease did not have a Timkin load rating and it failed miserably compared to the Paragon 3000.
     
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    I suggest that you take a look at Post #1 on Page 1.