What Does Grease Do, and Why Use a Grease?
There are many different types of lubricant technology available, but when should you use a grease vs. an oil? Greases provide a unique combination of properties including:
- Reducing friction & wear between moving parts
- Protecting surfaces from rust & corrosion
- Repels & prevents moisture ingression
- Maintains structural consistency or “stay-in-place” performance
- Provides a seal to prevents oil leakage or contamination from the environment
- Protects & lubricates over a wide range of operating temperatures & speeds
The viscosity of the base oil will not have a large impact on the final consistency of the finished grease.The amount of base oil used however, can alter the “softness” of the finished lubricant.
What type of Thickeners are Used in Grease?
There are two main categories of thickeners for grease formulation: Soap Thickeners and Non-soap Thickeners.A brief breakdown on type of thickeners and their benefits is listed below as a reference.