9 de maio

The article below will appear in Agri Trader's Test Yearbook 2023 in mid-January.


The benefits of good lubrication

In practice, the correct lubrication of agricultural equipment often falls short. Essential lubrication points are not lubricated or not lubricated properly. The result is more downtime, high repair costs and lower trade-in values ​​of equipment. Lubrication therefore has a direct effect on the operating costs and business operations of the company. Read more about the benefits of good lubrication here.
Susceptible to wear

The most significant issues are visible at open lubrication points that regularly come into contact with manure, sand, and plant juices, such as pin-bush connections, bearings, and couplings. These lubrication points are the most susceptible to wear and require the most attention.

Cheap Often Means Expensive 

The temptation is great to opt for cheaper maintenance products, as these are the costs that are immediately visible. In these expensive times, these are the easiest savings. It is quite easy to use a grease cartridge of only a few euros on an agricultural machine worth several hundred thousand euros, without thinking carefully about the possible consequences. These are often lubricating greases based on old technologies, including lithium and graphite. In addition to the insufficient lubricating properties, these lubricants also often contain microplastics (including Teflon) and other chemical substances that do not pass the environmental test.

Invisible Costs 

To give an idea of the costs of lubricants in relation to the total operational costs, the iceberg model provides visibility. It becomes clear that the costs for a lubricant only amount to 2 to 5% of the total, while the costs of repair, parts, and unplanned downtime can add up to 70% of the total costs. These latter costs are regularly underwater, and are therefore often invisible and difficult to measure.

In addition, the influence of lubricants on the costs that are 'underwater' is significant. In short, the right lubricant significantly reduces costs for preventive maintenance, overhaul costs, and unplanned downtime. The lubricant not only pays for itself, but even has a positive effect on the entire business operation.

Modern Equipment, Modern Lubricants 

Agricultural equipment puts lubricants to the test. Consider a combination of high-pressure load at low speed, exposure to aggressive (acidic) substances from, for example, manure components or plant juices. The result is extreme wear and corrosion.

So, what should a lubricant meet to prevent downtime and repairs? A lubricant should preferably ensure less wear and at the same time contribute to greater efficiency, fuel savings, and lower emissions. In addition, a good lubricant must be less harmful to people and the environment.

Reinforcing Effect 

Eurol's development department has developed the SYNGIS technology to cope with these harsh conditions. The Eurol Specialty line of lubricants contains this technology consisting of modern additives that reinforce each other and ensure a synergistic effect. The result of this operation is that, even in the most extreme conditions, the lubrication of bearings and other components is maintained, and components are protected.

This prevents unwanted repairs and unplanned downtime more often. It is also important that the residual value of the lubricated equipment is higher because it remains in better condition than comparable machines with the same operating hours.

Lower Environmental Impact 

According to the manufacturer, the development of the Eurol Specialty lubricants is based on the best results with the lowest possible environmental impact. For example, many Specialty products are free of microplastics (PTFE) and contain fewer harmful substances for the user. In addition, better lubrication also saves fuel and reduces emissions. The SYNGIS Technology, therefore, meets modern requirements and is in line with future-proof business operations.


Case JvEsch

Bescherming van maaimachines tegen gewassappen
JvEsch uit Cromvoirt had door de invloed van gewassappen op de ruim 300 maaimachines te maken met veel stilstand door slijtage van onderdelen. Verder werkte het bedrijf met drie verschillende smeervetten wat de kans op foute toepassing vergrootte.

Met de Eurol Grease CS-2/501 werden alle drie toepassingen gesmeerd en beschermd tegen invloeden van de gewassappen. JvEsch kon van drie smeervetten, naar één smeervet voor het onderhouden van de maaimachines.


Er werd een afname van 20% tot 25% in de benodigde hoeveelheid smeervetten gerealiseerd. De totale jaarlijkse besparing door minder stilstand en reparaties bedraagt duizenden euro’s.