Farmers need machines that work as long and hard as they do. In order to create a sustainable business in the agricultural sector, good equipment maintenance is critical. Farming equipment must work for long hours, and usually in tough conditions. Machinery components such as engines, axles and transmissions need the correct lubrication solution to increase their longevity and sustain the productivity required to keep a farming enterprise profitable.

Role of lubricants in engine protection

Effective lubrication should protect engines against corrosion, dirt build-up, component wear and premature aging of engine oil. In terms of corrosion prevention, quality lubricants such as those supplied by Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa, neutralise the gases and acids that are produced as part of the engine combustion process. Counteracting these gases and acids also help prevent engine oil from aging.

Dirt in an engine from piston deposits or sludge can reduce the efficiency of a machine and increase the fuel costs of running it, especially when it is used for extended periods. A high-quality lubricant removes deposits and helps keep the engine clean.

The Monolec® difference

LE’s Monolec® wear-reducing additive creates a single molecular lubricating film on metal surfaces, vastly increasing oil film strength without affecting clearances. It allows opposing surfaces to slide by one another, greatly reducing friction, heat and wear. Monolec® 8700 is designed to help engines to go up to 50 000km without an oil change, while Monolec® Ultra 8800 only needs changing every 100 000km.

Although it can be tempting to reduce operating costs by using cheaper products, the long-term risks are high. While inferior lubricants won’t cause immediate equipment breakdowns, they can lead to significant maintenance expenses over time.

“The right lubricant helps protect equipment in all conditions, even when operating at maximum volumes. By guarding against wear, deposits and corrosion, machinery keeps functioning efficiently and the risk of costly unplanned downtime is reduced,” says Callum Ford, national marketing manager at LE.

The answer to smoother running equipment

A quality product will keep equipment running well by lubricating the axles, transmission, wet brakes and hydraulic systems of agricultural machinery like tractors, diggers and combine harvesters. The correct lubricant will help to smooth brakes, improve the longevity of oil and protect against wear.

LE’s Almatek® General Purpose Lubricant 1233 is designed to withstand shock loading, pound-out and water washout in friction and anti-friction bearings, chassis points and other grease-lubricated applications. This versatile, tacky grease is specially formulated to give superior protection and long service life. Almagard® Vari-Purpose Lubricant 3752 is recommended for more extreme conditions. It is extremely tacky and will not wash off, pound out or melt and run, even in severe conditions. It is ideal for on-and off-road agricultural equipment where high impact occurs.

Ford says: “The reliability and efficiency of any piece of farming equipment depends on how well a lubricant performs in the transmission. A reliable product simplifies maintenance, while still protecting equipment for longer, all of which helps customers improve productivity and reduce their long-term costs.”

“Agricultural producers need to partner with a lubrication supplier that can help them find the best solution for their equipment and help develop a maintenance schedule that fits in with their off season.

LE’s consultants can help clients manage their lubrication for maximised effectiveness. A lubrication consultant will offer education and advice on the right way to store and handle lubrication, where to properly apply lubrication on any equipment, when to re-grease a surface, how to check whether lubrication suits a particular type of machinery and works properly, and how much lubrication to use for each application,” Ford concludes.

About Lubricant Engineers

Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa represents the LE brand in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia. LE holds the rights to Southern Africa on the LE brand, recognised internationally as a specialist in lubrication.

Through LE Incorporated, they are a member of a worldwide network of companies spanning Europe, South America, Asia and Africa, while LE Incorporated operates in North America, covering Canada, Mexico and the USA.

LE provides high-performance, heavy-duty, quality lubricants for virtually every industry and application, as well as expert technical support.

For more information, phone Callum Ford on 011 464 1735, send an email to callum@lubricationengineers.co.za or visit www.lubricationengineers.co.za.