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?


Q: What does Ecosafe mean?

A. UltraLube products are biodegradable, contain no zinc and no chlorine and are neutral in water (passing the OECD toxicity test), which means they are safer around your family and pets.
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Q: What does the 4X more lubrication mean?
A. The plant-based oil used in UltraLube® has four times the lubricating qualities of conventional petroleum, which means less heat and less wear. In fact, tests prove that it performs significantly better than the competitors, and creates long-lasting bonds with metal and even plastic surfaces. Check out our demonstration video.
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Q: Where can I buy UltraLube products?
A.  To see a list of stores that sell UltraLube products, please visit our where to buy page.
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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?
A. UltraLube grease will mix with petroleum base greases of like soap base types (lithium with lithium).  However, to get the full benefit of a biobased product (reduced friction, lower operating temperatures, longer component life, etc.) all old grease would need to be removed.  
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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?
A. UltraLube oil will mix with petroleum base oil.  However, to get the full benefit of a biobased product (reduced friction, lower operating temperatures, longer component life, etc.) all old oil would need to be removed.  
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Q: Can I mix grease types? What types of greases are compatible?
A. Only certain types of greases can be inter-mixed without affecting the lubricating ability of the grease. To be safe, the general rule of thumb is not to mix any greases with different additives or thickeners which could actually promote rusting, corrosion, lower operating temperatures or cause oil separation and leaking of grease/oil. 
Please reference the chart below for compatibility. No matter what the chart says, the best way to use grease and to get maximum performance and life from the new grease is to always flush and clean the old grease if you are not using the exact same grease.
Figure 1. Relative Compatibility Rating B = Borderline C = Compatible I = Incompatible 
Note: This chart is a general guide to grease compatibility. Specific properties of greases can dictate suitability for use. Testing should be conducted to determine if greases are compatible. Compatibility of grease mixtures is typically categorized as follows: 
  • Compatible – The properties of the mixture are similar to those of the individual grease.
  • Incompatible – The properties of the mixture are significantly different than those of the individual greases. 
  • Borderline – The properties of the mixture may or may not be acceptable, depending on the nature of the application.

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Q: How is the UltraLube® Multi-Purpose Lubricant & Penetrant different from WD-40®?

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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Q: What is the shelf life of UltraLube products?

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.   

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Q: What surfaces are okay to use UltraLube® Multi-Purpose Lubricant & Penetrant on?

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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Q: What determines which grease to use?

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:

  • Dispensing capabilities / methods   
  • Bearing capabilities   
  • Performance features (hi-temp, EP/load carrying capability, etc.)   
  • Product component (thickener, moly, synthetic)   
  • Temperature requirements / limitations   
  • Load bearing requirements   
  • Presence of contaminants   
  • Elastomer requirements (compatibility)   
  • Shear stability   
  • Water resistance   
  • Oil separation   
  • Cost   
  • Lubrication intervals

Grease Terminology:

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:

Rating Penetration Depth Characteristics
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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Q: What are the technical specifications for UltaLube® greases?

Quick Reference Grease Chart
Grease Identification / Specification / Application

Grease Name Soap Base NLGI
Grade
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

0.54

25 387 Off White Very Good

ULTRALUBE GENERAL GREASE PROPERTIES:

Multi-Purpose Lithium Grease:

  • Rated “LB” – severe duty chassis
  • Chassis components
  • General lubrication on non-critical components
  • Plant machinery

Low Temperature Multi-Purpose Lithium Grease

  • For chassis and general lubrication cold (northern) climates where easier pumpability is required
  • Can pump down to -22°F
  • Ideal for snow removal equipment, cold weather ag & industrial equipment, cold weather automotibe, truck & ATV chassis

White Lithium Grease:

  • Rated “LB” – severe duty chassis
  • In general, same as above but has a higher temperature rating
  • The “white” color helps differentiate old (used) grease from new grease going  in where a complete grease “flush-out” is recommended by the manufacturer of the part / machine
  • High di-electric strength – protection of electric components against corrosion – trailer connectors, battery connections, light bulb sockets, etc.

Moly EP Grease:

  • Rated “LB” – severe duty chassis
  • Sliding parts
  • Rotating sleeve & journal connections
  • Wherever a “moly” grease is specified

LMX Red Grease:

  • Rated “CG-LB” – severe duty wheel bearing and chassis
  • Wheel bearings
  • Trainer bearings
  • Heavy duty chassis application
  • Machinery
  • Load bearings
  • In high water washout situations
  • High temperature applications

Disc Drum Wheel Bearing Grease:

  • Rated “CG-LB” – severe duty wheel bearing and chassis
  • Wheel bearings
  • Trainer bearings
  • Heavy duty chassis application
  • Machinery
  • Load bearings
  • In high water washout situations
  • High temperature applications

5th Wheel Trailer Grease:

  • All 5th wheel trailer hitch applications
  • Unique “toss/smash” pack makes application easy & clean – simply toss the pack on the plate (do not open it) and drop the trailer

H1 Food Machinery Grease:

  • All food and beverage processing equipment where incidental food contact with greased components may happen
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Use Grade 1 for cold environment and automatic lube systems.  Use Grade 2 for manual/pneumatic/battery grease guns and warm environments

Marine Grease:

  • Rated “CG-LB” – severe duty wheel bearing and chassis
  • Wheel bearings
  • Trainer bearings
  • Heavy duty chassis application
  • Gimbal  bearings
  • In high water washout situations
  • High temperature applications
  • Swivel hinges
  • Pins
  • Anchor chains
  • Winches
  • Steering cables

Drill Rod Grease:

  • Drilling equipment

Cotton Picker Spindle Grease

  • Cotton picking equipment
  • High speed spindle applications

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Q: Is UltraLube Multi-Purpose Lubricant & Penetrant safe for use on plastics?

A. Yes, the Multi-Purpose Lubricant and Penetrant can be used safely on plastic parts without damage to the plastic.

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Q: Is UltraLube Multi-Purpose Lubricant & Penetrant safe for use on rubber?

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.

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Q: How do I clean up UltraLube if it gets on surfaces or clothes?

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.

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