As you prepare for working in the fields, don’t forget about grease. Your equipment depends on grease for protection from intense friction that ultimately leads to the breakdown and improper operation of your machinery. That’s why choosing the right grease is one of the most important preparations for the busy, high-pressure planting season.
New formulations, better performance
When you buy Cenex® grease this spring, you may notice it looks different than it did last year. Don’t worry, this change in appearance is intentional to make a better-quality grease. Plus, when creating its new grease formulations, Cenex asked for feedback from farmers and used this to direct changes.
Cenex greases, including BLUE GARD+™ and ML 365®, have been reformulated to meet higher quality standards. You may notice the greases have a lighter color. This change is due in part to replacing sulfur in the original formula with calcium carbonate to improve performance under high-moisture conditions.
These new grease formulations stay in place longer, creating a reliable layer around critical equipment parts. This in turn protects your equipment from rust and corrosion and is better suited for temperature fluctuations throughout the changing of the seasons.
Remember these grease best practices
New formulations will only help if you’re using the greases properly. Now is a great time to revisit best practices for choosing a grease.
1. Analyze your needs. Not all greases are created equal. Allow time to reflect on what you need your grease to do and what conditions it will encounter, including temperature and moisture level. Be sure to talk through your needs with your local Cenex dealer for expert advice.
2. Check compatibility. Many types of grease will not work effectively on top of each other, so if you’re changing greases, don’t just combine it with existing greases. To ensure compatibility and consistency down the line, take a photo of your current grease’s packaging and use this when talking with your Cenex dealer about greases.
3. Read the directions. Be sure to read the directions for your grease gun carefully. Some models come with anti-debris filters that can restrict flow if the wrong cartridge is used.
As the seasons change, so should your operational practices. By taking time now to ensure best practices are in place, you’ll save yourself time and money down the road. To help determine which grease suits your equipment needs, contact one of our Energy Specialists to help you decided what works best for you.