5 Steps to Choosing the Right Grease

Posted by John Presti on Apr 24, 2012 9:15:00 AM

1- Make sure the number matches! Do you need a #1, #2, etc? The numbers indicate the texture of the grease. #2 is the most common grease. As you go up from #2 the texture gets more solid and paste-like, as you go down, the texture of the grease gets wetter and more slippery. (How the NLGI classifies this stuff gets a little confusing -  the wikipedia article here gives a pretty solid quick overview)

2- Make sure you are matching the base stock for the grease! If you need say a lithium based grease, its very important you get a lithium grease and not say a calcium or aluminum based product.

Warehouse racks stocked with various engine lubricants

3- Make sure your grease meets the NLGI (National Lubricating Grease Insititute) parameters such as GC-LB-GA-LA-GB. (The website for NLGI goes into more detail, if you need more information, you can visit: https://www.nlgi.org/ )

4- In most cases, the color of the grease doesnt actually mean much (red vs blue). Where color DOES matter is when you see a "gray grease". This means the grease has a moly (short for molbdenum) additive in it. Most major off road equipment like excavators, skid steers, cranes recommend a moly grease. Major OEMs like Caterpillar, John Deere, Case, and Komastu also recommend moly grease ONLY in their equipment.

5- If all else fails - Ask somebody! Contact myself of one of our other fully trained lube experts at Dennis K Burke, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have about what product you need for your specific job.

*You can also get more in depth spec and MSDS info on our website by going here -Fleetline Lubricants - Specs/MSDS *

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Topics: Lubricants, grease

Finished Lubricants Prices Going Up Again?

Posted by John Presti on Apr 20, 2012 11:53:00 AM

It looks like we will all be absorbing another pricing increase 30 days for now in the finished lubricant market. Most majors Like Shell, Warren, Peak, Cam2 and Smittys have already announced that they will be participating.  I predict some of the other majors such as CITGO, Castrol and ExxonMobil will soon follow.   

Check out the link to “Jobbers World”  (http://www.jobbersworld.com/) that can help you monitor this situation. (Its also a great site to favorite to follow trends in the Petroleum Industry overall)

This chart from Jobbers World is a neat snapshot of % in price changes over the past ten years:

PCMO pricing changes

If you have an questions or concerns regarding the upcoming lube price increase, please contact me at 857.241.9678 or email me at john.presti@burkeoil.com

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Topics: Price Increase, Lubricants, Jobbers World