Best Practices

Lubricant & Oil

  • Using the right lubricant for your machines is critical to maximize the life of its components and reduce unnecessary downtime
  • Adhere to the specifications in your owner's manual to optimize the operation of your equipment

Hydraulic Oil / Fluid

Why is it important?

The primary purpose of hydraulic oil is to transfer power, but the fluid is also important to protect hydraulic components by preventing friction when it comes into contact with other parts.

Best Practices

Avoid ZincĀ 
Zinc is often added to hydraulic oil to reduce the wear of components, such as pumps, motors and valves. However, zinc itself is a heavy metal that can cause wear and erosion, and is also unfriendly to the environment.

Look for water emulsifiers
When water separates from oil, it can cause serious damage in heavy machinery. Emulsifiers disperse water, reducing the risk of water damage. Choose hydraulic oil with emulsifiers and avoid oils that promise to shed, separate or release water.

Always filter firstĀ 
Filter any hydraulic fluid before you add it to your machine, even if it is brand new. Proper filtration can help avoid contamination, which can lead to component wear and system failure.

Transmission Oil

Why is it important?

Transmission oil protects gears and bearings from wear, keeps components cool when in operation, and enhances the clutch performance.

Best Practices

Use the recommended oil
Check your owner's manual for the correct type of transmission oil. If you are going to use your equipment in a variety of conditions, make sure you choose a multi-season transmission oil to accommodate various weather conditions and avoid frequent changes.

Change your oil properly
When you change your transmission oil, make sure you take precautions to avoid contamination. Wash the transmission tank before removing cap, drain the oil as quickly as possible, install filters carefully, and keep filter packages sealed until they are ready for use.

Periodically change your filters
By properly following the guidelines set out in your owner's manual, you can avoid damage and wear caused by contamination or clogged filters.

Grease

Why is it important?

Grease is extremely important to maintain optimal performance from your machine. Grease reduces friction and wear caused by daily operation, and allows your machine to move more freely and efficiently.

Best Practices

Follow the owner's manual requirements
The owner's manual outlines the grease specifications to meet minimum operating requirements. Choose grease that exceeds these minimum requirements to increase parts life and performance.

Dispose of old grease
When grease is changed in any part of the machine, do not leave any old grease. The old and new grease may not be compatible, which could cause serious problems for your machine.

Bacon Universal Co., Inc. Best Practices: Lubricant & Oil