Environmentally Friendly Lubricants

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The field of environmentally friendly lubricants (EFLs) is relatively new. It probably originated in the Black Forest of Europe in 1985 when power saw chains were required to be lubricated with these products. As time passes, the lubricants used in most logging, farming, construction and earthmoving equipment could be changing to meet environmentally friendly requirements.

Marc Nelson Oil Products is a leader in environmentally conscious petroleum products. If you are looking for oil that has less environmental impact, call us. To learn more about eco-friendly lubricants, keep reading!

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What Is An Environmentally Friendly Lubricant?

It usually means the lubricant must not be toxic and must biodegrade in a relatively short time. This requirement means that EFL’s are not the same as food grade lubricants that meet certain toxicity requirements for human beings, but may be toxic to other land and aquatic life.

The highest volume of EFL products is in hydraulic fluids. Most of these products are based on rapeseed oil, also known in the food industry as canola. Other crop oils, synthetic esters and polyglycols are also being marketed. Most have excellent lubricating properties – in some cases superior to mineral oils – making them candidates for use not only as hydraulic fluids but also for lubricating oils and greases.

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When Good Viscosity is Important

Marc Nelson Oil Products has the gear lubricants that work for your application: industrial, farming, logging and more. Give us a call to speak to a knowledgeable professional about what would work best. We carry a complete line of Gear Lubricants from the ConocoPhillips family of products which will help you with whatever your application may be.

Good viscosity is essential to ensure cushioning and quiet operation. An oil viscosity that is too high will result in excess friction and degradation of oil properties associated with high oil operating temperatures. In cold climates gear lubricants should flow easily at low temperature.

Gear oils should have a minimum pour point of 9 ° F lower than the lowest expected temperature. The pour point for mineral gear oil is typically 20 ° F. When lower pour points are required, synthetic gear oils with pour points of -40 ° F may be necessary.

If you have questions about the pour point, viscosity, or any other specific, we have all of our product information for you to review or you can give us a call at 800.523.7676 and we will be glad to help.

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The Top 5 Things to Know About Eco-Friendly Lubricants


⇩ 1 – Biodegradable is the Most Eco-Friendly Term

If you want to be as environmentally-friendly as possible, look for the term “biodegradable.” You will come across other terms like eco-friendly, green, and bio-based, but these vague terms can be misleading. It is best to stick with products that are biodegradable so you know they are as eco-friendly as they claim.

Be especially careful with the term “green,” as it is widely popular, but also pretty misleading. This term may imply that some elements of the lubricant are good for the environment while ignoring that it may not be biodegradable at all. Similarly, “bio-based” usually only guarantees that the product is partially plant-based.

⇩ 2 – Be Aware of Temperature Sensitivity

With all of their upsides, you need to be aware of the downside of plant-based lubricants. Due to their organic nature, these lubricants tend to suffer from thermal instability and inferior oxidation. Essentially, this means that the product is more lille to break down and decompose at extremely high temperatures. In extremely cold temperatures, plant-based lubricants can become especially thick and sticky, which can interfere with applying the lubricant correctly.

⇩ 3 – Eco-Friendly Lubricants Reduce Friction

In addition to being good for the environment, eco-friendly lubricants have also been found to have greater lubricity and higher flash points. This means they are more efficient AND safer to use.

⇩ 4 – Biodegradable Products Have a Limited Shelf Life

Biodegradable lubricants tend to have a shorter shelf life. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, being aware of it will prevent you from overstocking and wasting product. Our team can help you plan out your purchases and make you aware of typical shelf life time so you can plan your inventory properly.

⇩ 5 – Vegetable Oil & Petroleum Oil Don’t Always Mix

If you are using synthetic-based oils and want to switch to plant-base oil, you need to keep in mind that the two oils may not be compatible. Their compositions differ and when combined, they can become more viscous. Be sure to check with our team at MNOP if your new biodegradable oil is compatible with any other oils you previously used.

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