Q: What does Ecosafe mean?
Q: What does the 4X more lubrication mean?
Q: Where can I buy UltraLube products?
Q: Can I mix your grease with the grease I am currently using, or will I have to take everything apart and clean out the old grease?
Q: Can I mix your oil with the oil am currently using, or will I have to take everything apart and clean out the old oil?
Q: Can I mix grease types? What types of greases are compatible?
Q: How is the UltraLube® Multi-Purpose Lubricant & Penetrant different from WD-40®?
Q: What is the shelf life of UltraLube products?
Q: What surfaces are okay to use UltraLube® Multi-Purpose Lubricant & Penetrant on?
Q: What determines which grease to use?
Q: What are the technical specifications for UltaLube® greases?
Q: Is UltraLube Multi-Purpose Lubricant & Penetrant safe for use on plastics?
Q: Is UltraLube Multi-Purpose Lubricant & Penetrant safe for use on rubber?
Q: How do I clean up UltraLube if it gets on surfaces or clothes?
A. Our product is biobased and biodegradable. It contains no harsh chemicals and is virtually odor free. Biobase oil also has 4 times the lubricity, or ability to reduce friction, than that of petroleum base oil.
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A. Grease, as a general rule, 2 years. Grease shelf life is dependent more on storage conditions - temperature, humidity and whether or not the product has been opened. Oil separation is more of a concern. If there is excessive oil separation, simply stir the grease well and the oil will be reabsorbed into the base soap. Aerosols have virtually an unlimited shelf life. Oils also have a long shelf life, especially if unopened.
A. UltraLube Lubricant & Penetrant is safe on most surfaces including all metal and plastics. It is recommended to check on a small inconspicuous location.
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A. The correct grease to use for a specific application should be based on the appropriate viscosity and best lubricity offered within the limitations & requirements of:
NLGI: National Lubricating Grease Institute. The organization responsible for setting standards and issuing licenses.
NLGI Grade: This is the “consistency”, or “thickness” of the grease. This is determined by dropping a cone from a specific height into a predetermined amount of grease to see how deep the cone penetrates (measured in tenths of millimeters) into the grease. The grease is then rated from 000 (thinnest) to 6 (thickest). Grade #2 is the most common grease (over 90% of all greases). NLGI Grades include:
|00||400 to 430||Almost liquid|
|0||355 to 385||Very thin|
|1||310 to 340||Smooth|
|2||265 to 295||Most common|
|3||220 to 250||Very tacky|
NLGI Rating: Rating assigned after grease is submitted to the NLGI for licensing. The “GC-LB” is the latest and highest auto industry approval rating for wheel bearings and chassis. This is based on a life test of 80 hours.
Viscosity: The measurement of a fluids resistance to flow. The ability to maintain consistency and avoid breakdown.
Lubricity: The ability of an oil or grease to lubricate. Also called “film strength”.
Shear Stability: This is the ability of the grease to resist changes in consistency (hardness) during mechanical working. “Extended Penetration” and “Roll Stability” measure the “Shear Stability”.
Extended Penetration: Most grease is measured at 10, 10,000 and 100,000 strokes. At 10,000 strokes, good grease will stay within grade. At 100,000 strokes, a 30 – 60 point change is common. Most grease suppliers do not report results at 100,000. Some do not report at 10,000.
Roll Stability: A rating of 5% to 8% equates to very stable. Most “tacky” greases are not very stable.
Drop Point: This is the temperature at which the grease changes from a “semi-fluid” to “fluid” state. The operating temperature is 80 to 100 degrees F below this “drop point”.
Timken: The “Timken OK Load” rating (in lbs.) is a test that “broadly” reveals the load carrying capability. EP greases will typically have a Timken of 40 or higher. A Timken of 50 or higher normally degrades grease and/or bearing life performance. The Timken test has poor precision due to inconsistent levels of repeatability and reproducibility.
Four-Ball Weld Test: This is a another test that reveals load carrying (EP) capability of a grease and is much more precise than the Timken test. The test unit is loaded until the four-balls weld together. The results indicate low, medium or high levels of load-carrying capability. Premium greases have a rating of 250 or higher.
Four-Ball Wear Test: Similar to the Four Ball Weld Test but conducted at a lighter load to avoid welding, yet high enough load to "scar" the balls. The resulting scar's diameter is then measured. High quality greases yield a scar diameter of less than 0.60mm.
Water Resistance: There are two tests used, “Water Washout” and “Water Spray-Off”. Most grease does not excel in both cases.
Water Washout: The bearings are tested in a shielded, but not sealed housing. Good grease will have less than a 8% loss at 175 degrees F.
Water Spray-Off: The blasting effect measures cohesive strength. Results of less than 30% are excellent.
Oil Separation: This test is designed to measure the predicted amount of bleed from a 35lb. pail stored at room temperature. Premium products can be as high as 3%-5%. Low bleed does not in itself, assure long bearing life. “Controlled Bleed” is often necessary.
Cold Weather Mobility: This determines the low temperature suitability. Low temperature pumpability is most dependant on the base oil used, the additive package and thickener. Typically, calcium complexes, sodium and barium are not good choices for good low temperature pumpability.
Compatibility: Determines whether a grease will be affected if mixed with another grease. To be safe, the general rule of thumb is not to mix any greases with different additives or thickeners. This could actually promote rusting, corrosion, lower operating temperatures or cause oil separation and leaking of grease/oil.
Corrosion Protection: The ability of grease to prevent deterioration of a metal surface. Common test includes rust protection or salt fog. Results are either pass or fail.
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Quick Reference Grease Chart
Grease Identification / Specification / Application
|Grease Name||Soap Base||NLGI
|NLGI Certified GC-LB?||4-Ball Weld (kgf) ASTM D2596||4-Ball Load Wear Index (kgf) ASTM D2596||4-Ball Wear (mm) ASTM D2266||Timken OK Load (lbs.) ASTM D2509||Drop Point (°F) ASTM D566/D2265||Color||Water Washout|
|5th Wheel Trailer Grease||Lithium||2||N/A||400||58||0.52||N/A||338||Gray/Black||Good|
|Cotton Picker Spindle Grease||Lithium||00||LB||N/A||N/A||0.40||N/A||374||Golden/Brown||Very Good|
|Disc/Drum Wheel Bearing Grease||Lithium Complex||2||GC-LB||500||60||0.47||40||527||Blue||Excellent|
|Drill Rod Grease||Lithium||2||N/A||500||N/A||0.55||N/A||390||Dark Green/Black||Outstanding|
|H1 Food Machinery Grease||Aluminum Complex||1||N/A||200||N/A||0.48||N/A||380||Golden||Very Good|
|H1 Food Machinery Grease||Aluminum Complex||2||N/A||200||N/A||0.48||N/A||523||Golden||Very Good|
|LMX® Red Grease||Lithium Complex||2||GC-LB||500||60||0.47||40||527||Red||Excellent|
|Marine Grease||Lithium Complex||2||GC-LB||500||60||0.47||40||527||Red||Excellent|
|Moly EP Grease||Lithium||2||LB||400||58||0.55||45||387||Silver/Black||Very Good|
|Multi-Purpose Lithium Grease||Lithium||2||LB||250||58||0.54||35||374||Amber||Very Good|
|Low Temperature Multi-Purpose Grease||Lithium||1||N/A||500||N/A||0.47||N/A||381||Red||Very Good|
|White Lithium Grease||Lithium||2||LB||250||51||
|25||387||Off White||Very Good|
ULTRALUBE GENERAL GREASE PROPERTIES:
Multi-Purpose Lithium Grease:
Low Temperature Multi-Purpose Lithium Grease
White Lithium Grease:
Moly EP Grease:
LMX Red Grease:
Disc Drum Wheel Bearing Grease:
5th Wheel Trailer Grease:
H1 Food Machinery Grease:
Drill Rod Grease:
Cotton Picker Spindle Grease
A. Yes, the Multi-Purpose Lubricant and Penetrant can be used safely on plastic parts without damage to the plastic.
A. UltraLube is safe to use on synthetic-type rubber – Nitrile, Vinyl Nitrile, Neoprene, PTFE, FEP, EPDM, Hypalon, Polyurethane, Buna-N, etc. However, UltraLube should not be used on natural rubber. UltraLube can cause excessive swelling on natural rubber products.
A. You can use warm water and soap to clean up. For surfaces, a dishwashing soap that breaks down grease is best, and for laundry, a spot treatment works best.