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Environmentally Friendly Hydraulic Fluids - Doug's Tip of the Month

Environmentally Friendly Hydraulic Fluids are a great choice for Landscapers, DPWs, Golf Courses, Tree Services, Paving Companies and Municipalities – Schools, where green, lawns and the environment are a concern or consideration.

Environmentally Friendly Hydraulic Fluids can be manufactured with either Mineral based oils or Vegetable based oils. They can be either Inherently Biodegradable or Readily Biodegradable. They consist of the latest technologies in additives which eliminate the additives that are considered toxic, like Zinc and other heavy metal-based additives.

Inherently biodegradable is defined as > 20% but < 60% biodegradability as measured by OECD 301A-F testing.

Readily biodegradable products are those that biodegrade quickly and completely (≥ 60% by OECD 301A-F/ASTM D7373 testing) within 28 days. They have the natural ability to biodegrade to their natural state when subjected to sunlight, water, and microbial activity. Readily biodegradable products are environmentally preferable.

Here at Dennis K Burke, we offer both Vegetable based and Mineral based Readily Biodegradable products such as:

Bio-Blend AW Hydraulic Fluid
  • Vegetable Based
  • Readily Biodegradable
  • Zinc Free
  • Non-toxic
  • High Viscosity Index (VI)
  • Excellent Wear protection
  • Excellent Solvency – Reduces deposits and varnish.
Petro-Canada Environ MV R Hydraulic Fluid
  • Mineral Based
  • Readily Biodegradable
  • Zinc Free
  • Non-toxic
  • High Viscosity Index (VI)
  • Excellent Wear protection
  • Excellent Solvency – Reduces deposits and varnish.
  • Excellent Hydrolytic Stability

Inherently Biodegradable products

Phillips 66 Powerflow NZ Hydraulic Fluid
  • Mineral Based
  • Inherently Biodegradable
  • Zinc Free
  • Non-toxic
  • High Viscosity Index (VI)
  • Excellent Wear protection
  • Excellent Solvency – Reduces deposits and varnish.
  • Excellent Hydrolytic Stability
Petro-Canada Environ AW and MV Hydraulic Fluid
  • Mineral Based
  • Inherently Biodegradable
  • Zinc Free
  • Non-toxic
  • High Viscosity Index (VI)
  • Excellent Wear protection
  • Excellent Solvency – Reduces deposits and varnish.
  • Excellent Hydrolytic Stability

Please reach out to your Sales Representative or myself (Doug Vrooman – Sr Technical Advisor) with your application and needs for best recommendation.

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Cold Weather Awareness- Doug's Tip of the Month

 

Situational awareness and common sense are crucial for proper lubrication, especially in harsh environments. This applies to automotive, commercial, and industrial applications alike. Understand your equipment, its needs, and the surrounding environment for optimal performance and longevity.

Consider the following points:

  1. Ambient Temperatures:
    • Note the temperatures your equipment operates in, as they impact lubricant performance.
  2. Environmental Conditions:
    • Assess cleanliness and debris levels; adjust filtration or use desiccant breathers accordingly.
  3. Greasing Practices:
    • Adapt greasing frequency for cold seasons; choose the right NLGI for the application.
    • Follow the "5 Rights of Lubrication" to avoid over-greasing. 
      1. Right Product
      2. Right Application
      3. Right Amount
      4. Right Place
      5. Right Time
  1. Gear Box Inspection:
    • Monitor for vibrations or noise; early detection can prevent bearing or gear issues.
  2. Hydraulic Systems:
    • Ensure systems are sealed and free from dirt and moisture to prolong hydraulic fluid life.
    • Follow the rule of thumb: cleaner and drier hydraulic fluid lasts longer.

Considerations for specific applications:

Automotive:

  • Engine Oil: Choose the correct type (conventional, synthetic blend, synthetic) for the vehicle and environment.
  • Grease and Gear Lubes: Select based on NLGI, Base Oil Viscosity, and Viscosity grade.
  • Antifreeze: Maintain a 50/50 mix with De-Ionized/De-Mineralized Water.
  • Tires: All Season or Snow

Commercial (On and Off-Road) Equipment:

  • Similar lubricant considerations as Automotive, with additional attention to Hydraulic Fluids and Antifreeze for heavy-duty applications.

Industrial:

  • Hydraulic Fluids: choose the correct fluid for the application (AW, HVI, R&O, Turbine)
  • Gear Fluids: choose the correct fluid for the application (EP, Non-EP)
  • Heat Transfer Fluids: choose the correct fluid for the application (Flash Points, Operating Temperatures, Skin Boiler Temperatures)
  • Coolants: Metal Working Fluids – choose the correct fluid, what is being done? (Drilling, Stamping, Broaching, Forging), Neat Oils – Mineral base oils, Water Soluble (Conventional, Semi Synthetic, Synthetic).

In summary, the environment and ambient temperature significantly impact lubricant performance and equipment life. Choosing the right lubricant for the specific application and conditions is essential for optimal results.

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