6 surprising facts about synthetic grease


Every single day you have to deal with grease products whether being a heavy-equipment newbie or an industry veteran. But do you know or have you ever wanted to know some fantastic facts about grease that may surprise you? Here are some of them:

  1. Grease is not as same as oil

Though both oil and grease are used for lubricating things that do not mean that they are interchangeable. Actually, they are not interchangeable. For once you try using oil in a high-pressure machine, there is a high probability that it would squeeze out under all the pressure, but on the other hand, if you talk about grease, it is hard or thick so it will not leak off or slide off.

Grease is so thick that it can ‘hang on’ to the gears and that is why it always has a lubricating film on it, and it really does not matter how long they have been sitting upon.

  1. Grease is made up of three different things.

The main components within the synthetic grease are a base oil, a thickener and some of the additives. Mostly, its appearance is affected by the quality, and the quantity of the thickener that is being used and the way your grease performs reflects the base oil and the additives used by the manufacturer.

The performance of the grease varies widely as there are endless qualities of additives available and it depends upon the manufacturer which quality raw materials he uses.

  1. Synthetic base oils come with their own specific benefits.

Synthetic base oils have much more stability when they are heated and cooled than the mineral base oils, therefore, if your equipment operates at a very high temperature or low, synthetic grease is the best choice you could ever have.

  1. Grease has got its own type of viscosity.

Viscosity is somehow related to pumping ability, which means the way grease flows from fittings, nozzles or through lines. The more easily it flows, higher will be the pumping ability.

  1. Grease can prevent bacteria formation.

Synthetic grease can really prevent bacteria formation, but it mainly depends upon the additive being used which will be beneficial for varying purposes be it the preparation of food or packaging, etc. Though some of the equipment will not be castrated by the grease, both FDA and USDA, have stated that grease additives can really suppress the growth of bacteria.

  1. Grease is double tested

If you ask a synthetic grease manufacturer, you will get to know that after manufacturing, it has to go through various tests. Tests vary from thickness to the prevention properties of oxidation, to the way it varies depending upon different conditions, etc. They also let you know the results too so that you can decide which type of grease you can rely on. It also enables you to know that your synthetic grease is adequate of everything its manufacturer claims.