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Video: On-Site Machine Tips - Greasing Heavy Equipment

19 December, 2023
By Al Marwan
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Video: On-Site Machine Tips - Greasing Heavy Equipment

Knowing how to grease heavy equipment is essential for maintaining its efficiency and prolonging its lifespan. This article delves into the best practices for lubricating heavy machinery, such as loaders, excavators, and bulldozers, ensuring they operate smoothly and reliably.

Importance of Regular Machine Grease Maintenance

Regular lubrication is crucial to prevent metal-on-metal contact, reducing heat and friction in moving parts. Neglecting this can lead to component damage and costly downtime. Therefore, incorporating greasing into daily inspection and maintenance, alongside refueling and securing equipment, is vital​​.

Mobile workshop performs preventive maintenance and heavy equipment greasing on-site
Mobile workshop performs preventive maintenance and heavy equipment greasing on-site

Identifying Grease Points on Heavy Equipment

Most grease points are visible externally, while some may be hidden. It's important to consult the owner's manual or look for diagrams on the equipment to locate all greasing points. Before applying grease, ensure that all fittings are clean to prevent dirt from entering the joints, which can cause excess wear​​.

Applying grease to the articulating joint of a wheel loader
Applying grease to the articulating joint of a wheel loader

How to Grease Heavy Equipment: Step-by-Step

1. Choose Manufacturer Recommended Grease: Different machinery and parts may require specific types of grease, especially considering operating temperatures and working conditions​​.

2. Locate Grease Points: Establish a routine order for greasing to ensure no points are missed​​.

3. Inspect Grease Points: Check for missing or damaged nipples and clean them to avoid contamination​​.

4. Remove Old Lube: Remove old grease, as mixing different types can be problematic​​.

5. Apply New Grease: Use a grease nozzle or a battery-powered grease gun, and pump new lube until grease exits the joint​​.

Understanding Heavy Equipment Grease Types

The type of grease used should be tailored to each machine's specific needs. Manuals often specify different lubricants for varying climatic conditions. Using the correct grease type enhances the machinery's performance and extends its service life​​.

Apply grease to the lift and tilt arms on your wheel loader
Apply grease to the lift and tilt arms on your wheel loader

Impact of Weather Conditions on Grease Selection

Weather conditions play a pivotal role in the type of grease selected for heavy equipment. In varying climates, the consistency and performance of grease can be significantly affected. For instance, in colder environments, a grease with a lower viscosity is preferable to ensure smooth application and optimal lubrication at lower temperatures. Conversely, in hotter climates, a grease with a higher dropping point and enhanced thermal stability is required to prevent it from becoming too thin and losing its lubricating properties.

Additionally, in wet or humid conditions, a grease with superior water resistance is necessary to maintain its integrity and effectiveness. This adaptability in grease selection ensures that heavy equipment can operate efficiently and reliably, regardless of the environmental challenges posed by different weather conditions.

For a more visual understanding, watch this short video where we demonstrate these greasing techniques in action.

Adhering to these heavy equipment greasing guidelines ensures that your machine remains in top working condition, reducing the likelihood of damage and downtime. Regular maintenance, including proper greasing, is not just about upkeep; it's about safeguarding your investment in heavy machinery. Check out other valuable tips on keeping your equipment running like new on our website.

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